Addiction rehab takes place in specialized treatment centers for addiction recovery staffed by professionals, certified drug addiction counselors, psychologists, physicians, nurses, and social workers. Treatment takes place in residential, outpatient, and inpatient settings. Depending on the type of treatment setting you have chosen (or has been chosen for you), you may be involved in different treatment approaches. Usually, treatment involves a variety of approaches. These include counseling, psycho-education, groups, family treatment, alternative therapies, relapse prevention, and others.
During your addiction rehab treatment program, it is crucial that you commit completely to the recovery process. You are supposed to expect the treatment process to last from three to six months. That does not mean that you will stay in a residential treatment center for addiction recovery that long, but it does mean that recovery from addiction does take time. You have to unlearn certain behavioral tendencies, identify the underlying needs and emotional urges that caused you to get addicted, as well as develop new and stronger coping mechanisms to be able to stay off the drug. During this rehab period, the structure, counseling, and support you receive are the best means to provide long-term recovery from your addiction.
Once you leave specialized residential treatment centers for addiction recovery, if this is what you have chosen, you need to commit to regular outpatient or group therapy sessions for an extended period. Many certified counselors are now saying that a period of one year is more appropriate and conducive to addiction recovery than a 30-day, or even 90-day, residential treatment program. It takes time to undo the damage that has been done, the habits that have to be broken, the relationships that need to be severed, and new, healthier ones cultivated.
After the official addiction treatment is over, the old temptations may still rear their ugly head. Your former user friends may attempt to lure you back into the pattern. It will take willpower and commitment to say no and leave that all behind you. There are many triggers that could put you at risk for relapse, so it is important to develop in advance ways to cope with these triggers.
Find clean, sober individuals with whom to spend time and develop friendships. Join groups to engage in hobbies, sports, and go on sober outings. You may find these through your counseling sessions or group therapy or through 12-step recovery programs. Maybe, it is through your family or your church. Perhaps you could get involved in community activities or organizations devoted to helping others. It is up to you to identify where your triggers might exist. You might need to find a new job if you used drugs with co-workers. You may need to move into a new neighborhood. You may even need to move to a new city to avoid the traps where you once used.
You have got a fresh start, a new life, a new beginning. You must celebrate your accomplishment by embracing all your tomorrows by beginning today right from this very moment.