Addiction Treatment Centers: What to Expect
While there are many different treatment options for people who struggle with addictions, sometimes an in-patient treatment center becomes the best choice for recovery. It can be a scary prospect for a person who has an addiction and actually committing to the process and taking the step can be just as daunting.
Who Receives In-Patient Treatment?Typically, in-patient treatment is appropriate for people who have lost control over their life to the extent that they cannot function on a daily basis nor make any healthy decisions. In addition, they will often have already tried other forms of treatment and been unsuccessful. The physical status and health of that person is also a key part of the assessment to determine whether in-patient treatment is appropriate.
A person who is a candidate for in-patient treatment is often in a situation where continuation of the habit is likely to result in serious physical harm to themselves or others. The emphasis on ‘others’ is yet another criteria that impacts a person’s suitability for in-patient treatment.
Pregnancy and Treatment CentersAnother person who may be a good candidate for an in-patient treatment center is a woman who is pregnant. Because pregnancy when addicted to drugs or alcohol puts the baby at risk, it is particularly critical that the pregnant woman receive immediate attention and support. Otherwise, her unborn baby can be at significant risk.
Arriving and DetoxingWhen you first arrive at a treatment center, you will probably have a significant amount of paperwork to detail your circumstances and any legal issues. Once this is done, you will receive thorough medical testing to check for drug levels. If you were to bring any alcohol or drugs to the center, these would be taken away and disposed of right away.
For many patients, detoxification is the first step and can be the most difficult. Withdrawal from drugs or alcohol can be challenging but emotional support from individual counselling can make all the difference. Group counselling is often a part of an addiction treatment center but you may not be participating in group therapy until you have successfully completed detoxification.