It’s very encouraging that you are seeking information about getting treatment for your addiction. Should you decide to go forward and do so, you’ll have a bit of a fight on your hands. Fortunately, this is the “good” fight and something you don’t have to do on your own.
The first step towards recovery is yours to make. You have to come to terms with the reality you have an addiction. It’s not a knock on your strength or character. Addiction is a disease. As such, it’s not going to go away without treatment, which brings us to the second step towards recovery. You have to reach out for help. You can forget all the internet self-help solutions people are offering. They are seldom effective in the least.
What you need is to enlist the services of a professional addiction treatment facility like ours. One question you might be wanting to ask is, “How long does it take to get admitted into an inpatient program?” Addiction is a very serious issue that addiction treatment facilities take very serious. As such, it’s necessary for rehab facilities to streamline the process in order to efficiently get people in the door and ready for treatment.
To answer your question, the admission process takes as little as an hour. In most cases, the facility’s intake clinician will do an interview to determine the extent and nature of the prospective client’s addiction. From there, financial considerations will be discussed to make sure the necessary payment resources are in place to begin treatment. Assuming everything goes well, there’s no reason why the prospective client won’t become an actual client within an hour. Of course, available bed space could become an issue.
After admission, the facility’s clinicians will execute the addiction treatment plan. From here, we want to discuss the entire addiction treatment process.
The Treatment Process After Admission
The modern-day drug rehab facility uses a wider range of treatment options than rehabs of yesteryear. Innovation has put a lot more treatment options in the toolboxes of treatment professionals all over the country. While treatment options are evolving, the actual process remains intact. For the most part, the addiction treatment process includes three steps as follows:
- Detox Programs
- Therapy and Counseling
- Aftercare programs
For your benefit, we want to look at these steps in greater detail.
When a client enters rehab within hours of their last drink or hit, they will have taken their last dose. Within 8-16 hours, they’ll start to feel the effects of withdrawal. When the client’s addiction is significant, the withdrawal symptoms can be quite dangerous. Clinicians will typically prescribe a medically-monitored detox program when they feel a client’s health will be at risk as withdrawal takes hold.
While the facility’s medical staff is monitoring the client’s withdrawal progress, they are hoping the client will be able to detox with a minimum of intervention. However, they are also ready to prescribe relief medication should pain or discomfort become apparent. When the detox process is complete, the client should be focused enough to handle therapy.
Therapy and Counseling
A majority of the time in treatment is spent in therapy. The client will be working closely with their therapist(s) on a mission of self-discovery. A counselor usually decides to deliver intensive counseling on an individual basis while also using group therapy as a way to get clients to interact with one another. Throughout therapy, the goal is very clear: find the driving force behind the client’s addiction. When successful, it becomes easier to find solutions in the form of strong coping skills. The success of therapy is measured by the client’s ability to create a strong recovery.
The end of therapy is the beginning of recovery. In the coming months, the client is likely to encounter temptation and their triggers. The problem with that is a lot of recovering addiction sufferers are not yet ready to completely stand on their own. For that reason, rehab facilities offer aftercare programs to help keep former clients stay sober. The most prominent aftercare options include access to 12-Step meetings, additional outpatient counseling and sober or transitional living.
There really is little cause for concern about the rehab admission process. As long as bed space and financial resources are available, you should be admitted within an hour or two. The important thing is to get help. If you are ready, you can reach us at 123-456-7890.