What to Expect From Alcohol Rehab

Published On 15-January-2018
By Tim

As it is the case in most of our lives; at some point, you’re going to have to dive into the deep and try or do something where you have no clue what to expect. For some of us, this involves going to an alcohol rehab centre. This is understandable, as you may have never been in an addiction treatment centre before and not knowing what it involves can be daunting.

You signed up because you’re desperate for a solution to get your life together. Many people worry about the issues that they can face whilst in the process of attending or preparing to attend a rehab centre. A good example is a relationship with your family and friends. Or maybe the rehab centre is a source of worry for you.

A lot of rehab centres are often cast in a negative light, to our surprise. This creates a certain stigma around rehabilitation centres, and will deter people from doing what is best for them, and visiting a rehabilitation centre.

The benefits of rehab centres are often understated. For many, going into rehab can be the best solution to get their lives back to the way it was before drug and alcohol addiction took over and destroyed everything they hold dear.

However, the process of rehabilitation and detoxification is still challenging, yet there is a sense of comfort because there is an environment of understanding in a rehabilitation centre. After all, being surrounded by professionals who have successfully helped patients rehabilitate, will have its merits.

As we attempt to clear up some of the misconceptions around alcohol rehab, we would like to show how life in a rehab or detox centre exactly works.  If you are someone who’s thinking of signing up for rehab, we can tell you that knowing what to expect will make your time at rehab a lot easier.

The question many ask: what do Rehab and Detox exactly entail?

A professional rehab centre is a facility where people go for drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation and detoxification and is the main step towards getting rid of a drug or alcohol addiction. It is a centre where people can go, to build a better and more positive life for themselves by getting treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. However, one rule of rehabilitation is that one size does not fit all. What works for one, does not work for another. All treatment centres approach every individual differently based on their character.

The first part: Assessing your situation

As every treatment plan is different, an initial assessment needs to take place. Arguably the most important part of the rehabilitation process, and therefore it’s the first action taken by rehabilitation centres. As drug and alcohol addictions are often accompanied by co-morbid mental health disorders, a thorough initial assessment is often the standard procedure rehab centres follow. Once the situation and the circumstances are clear, the rehab centre will move on to a physical assessment, to test the effects of drugs and alcohol on your body.

The hardest part: Detoxification

Detoxification is the process of cleansing your body. Eliminating toxins in your body can be done by letting your body take time to push everything out. This is a dangerous process as withdrawal symptoms can be extremely dangerous, and in many cases, can kill or leave lasting damage. A lot of people think they can do it in the comfort of their home, but we strongly advise against it. In cases like heroin addiction, you could suffer from hypertension and muscle spasms. Or in severe alcoholism, there are the possibilities of Delirium Tremens, which can lead to death or lasting psychiatric issues.

Most rehabs offer round the clock supervision to ensure a person suffering from withdrawal symptoms is as comfortable as possible and does not suffer from the symptoms as heavy as they would when they would attempt to withdraw at home. The time it takes to detoxify, is dependent on the person and the substance that the patient is addicted to. There is a correlation between the time it takes to detoxify, and the duration and severity of the addiction. Heroin is a prime example of a substance with a difficult detoxification period. The effects of heroin on a human brain are potent and the withdrawal period can be extremely difficult.

Post Detox:

Once the detoxification period has been completed, it becomes significantly easier to rehabilitate fully. What happens after detoxification is counselling and Education. A very important step on the road to recovery. Once you feel slightly better from your withdrawal, many rehabilitation centres offer post detox services like CBT. CBT stands for cognitive behavioural therapy and helps you become more aware of your behaviour in cases where you would want to do or alcohol.

These situations are called triggers. An example of a trigger is a situation where you have cravings because of stress, or an important event has happened, and you feel like you cannot cope without alcohol. CBT cannot only make you aware of these situations but also helps you find diverse ways to cope with these events. It’s also important to find the source of the addiction. Research has pointed out that traumatic life-events or co-existent mental health issues can be the reason for the addiction. That’s why counselling and professional help can help one weed out the root of the problem, and beat your addiction for good.

At Rehab 4 Alcoholism we can help you find a rehab centre that suits your needs and wants, and start building a new life for yourself.

Call us now on 0800 111 4108.


Tim is an avid blogger. Tim writes about a variety of topics including healthcare, science and literature.

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