Taking that big first step into addiction treatment can be scary, especially when you don’t know what to expect and you fear the worst. Although you will work hard while in treatment, you are also well taken care, safe from temptation, and freed from outside responsibilities and distractions. Residential rehab provides the best opportunity for you to focus on your health and recovery.
Residential rehab lets you get away from temptation, responsibility and distraction, allowing you the needed opportunity to focus on your needs.
Residential drug rehab is an intense, life-changing experience. Before you enter treatment, it is important that you understand what will happen, so you can make this a positive and productive experience.
The Four Stages of Treatment
Most drug rehab programs consist of four stages: Intake, The Development of a Treatment Plan, Treatment, and Continuing Care:
Step 1 – Intake
“Intake” refers to the assessment process that happens on your first visit to a treatment program. During intake at WDR-Allenwood, our treatment professionals learn about your medical and family history, discuss your goals, and begin to formulate a treatment plan.
Step 2 – Developing the Treatment Plan
Based on the information you provide during intake, we’ll work with you to create an initial treatment plan. Because your active participation is essential to a successful treatment experience, this is a great opportunity for you to ask as many questions as are necessary to develop an understanding of what you’ll be doing during your time at WDR-Allenwood.
Step 3 – Treatment
Once the plan has been developed, actual treatment will begin, starting (if necessary) with a detox stage to rid your body of any traces of the substance or substances you’ve been abusing. At WDR-Allenwood, our medical professionals will be with you every step of the way to ensure that your detox experience is as comfortable as possible.
Once you’ve completed detox, the rehabilitation and recovery portions of the treatment plan can begin. During this time, the treatment plan will be reviewed and modified as needed to ensure that the therapeutic activities and experiences you are completing are having the desired effect.
In other words, you’ll be working with us throughout your residence at WDR-Allenwood to make sure that we’re giving you the support you need (and you’re making the progress you need to be making) in order to achieve the goals that you set for yourself.
Step 4 – Continuing Care
It’s likely that you will make great progress toward a life without drugs or alcohol while you’re in treatment. But returning to “normal” life can be difficult. At WDR-Allenwood, from the day you enter our program we’ll be working with you to set up a continuing care plan that ensures you have the support you need to continue the great progress you’ve made while in treatment.
Features of Treatment at WDR-Allenwood
We are proud of the unique program we’ve developed at WDR-Allenwood. Here are a few of the key features that make our program so successful:
A Structured Schedule
You should not expect a lot of free time during your stay in drug rehab. Programs are scheduled carefully to maximize available time, but a regimented schedule also serves as needed structure when you’re emerging from the chaos of addiction. This structure is beneficial for people who, during the very early days of abstinence, may have difficulty making clearheaded decisions.
A tight schedule doesn’t imply a stay with no recreation – just that recreation and leisure activities will be scheduled!
You can expect to participate in counseling, typically on a daily basis. Different counseling modalities can include group therapy sessions (very common) and individual sessions with a therapist or certified addiction counselor.
In addition to counseling, you can expect to participate in frequent workshops on topics pertaining to addiction and recovery. Knowledge of addiction can strengthen your recovery and guard against relapse.
It’s important that you understand why you feel and act as you do, and what to expect in the months to come.
Relapse Prevention Planning
Soon after your arrival in drug rehab, you’ll start planning your exit. It’s easy to stay sober while away from temptation, and although a substantial period of abstinence gives you a foundation for recovery, the real challenges begin once you get home.
You will need to determine what most threatens your continuing sobriety, make a plan to minimize your exposure to these threats and decide exactly what you will do when tempted. The time you spend planning against relapse while in drug rehab pays enormous dividends once back in the community.
No one can work all the time, and it’s important that people new to recovery learn how to have fun and enjoy their sobriety. You will have daily recreation time when you will have an opportunity to participate in sporting activities, cultural workshops and other leisure activities.
Although in many ways you must take the journey of recovery alone, you also live as a part of a family. Your actions affect the lives of those close to you, and you can and should rely on them for support when needed.
Family participation in drug rehab is important. Your family members need to learn what they can do to help you stay sober and what they may have done in the past that contributed to your drug abuse. Your loved ones will also need to learn to accept the limitations inherent to their assistance (i.e., they can help you, but they can’t do it for you!).