Learn More About Rehab
Rehab—short for rehabilitation—is a general term used to describe a supervised program designed to help treat individuals who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. The word ‘rehab’ is often used interchangeably with “treatment,” “addiction treatment,” and “addiction recovery center.” Rehab is a broad term, as these days there are a multitude of different approaches, treatment modalities, and amenities that rehabs offer. If you are seeking rehab for yourself or a loved one, it is important to be aware of your options so you can make the most informed decision.
Types of Rehab
One of the first decisions an individual must make when choosing a rehab is what level of care they need. If possible, discussing this with an addiction specialist or medical professional is beneficial. The two most common options are inpatient and outpatient rehab.
Inpatient treatment provides 24/7 supervision and support. This type of program is full-time and will include housing and meals. Inpatient rehabs can last anywhere from several weeks to several months, with average being one month. Inpatient rehab is often highly recommended for individuals just starting out on treating their addiction, as it provides the highest level of care and provides a safe, therapeutic environment.
Outpatient treatment options can vary: some may meet 5 days per week, while others meet 3 days per week. Outpatient rehab is a part-time commitment and allows individuals the flexibility and freedom to live at home and maintain a job. However, for individuals early in their treatment and recovery, remaining in the environment where they drank or used can be triggering, and more likely to lead to relapse. Many individuals enroll in outpatient rehab after completing an inpatient rehab program.
Beyond inpatient and outpatient programs, rehabs have different core principles and offer various levels of amenities that may be important to an individual.
Faith-based—or religious—rehab programs are substance abuse recovery programs centered around the spiritual foundation of a specific faith. Faith-based rehab programs can support these people in integrating and strengthening their faith while recovering from substance abuse and addiction, by incorporating elements like prayer, worship services, and spiritual counseling into the rehab program.
12-Step programs began with the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. Since then, other programs such as Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous have developed. 12-step programs follow a path of 12 steps, or actions, one takes to achieve continuous, long-term sobriety, and emphasize a relationship with a higher power, fellowship with others, and service. 12-step rehab centers will incorporate the principles of 12-step programs into their treatment, and typically require attendance of various 12-step meetings.
Amenities in treatment centers can vary widely, but typically the more numerous and luxurious the offerings, the more expensive the treatment cost will be. Luxury amenities may include acupuncture, swimming pools, saunas, massage therapy, tennis courts, spacious living quarters, or fine dining. Treatment centers that include these types of amenities are often referred to as luxury rehabs, and can cost tens of thousands of dollars per week.
Do I Need Rehab?
If you are struggling with addiction, rehab can provide the structure and support often needed for an individual to begin the road to recovery. Helpful questions to consider when wondering if you are addicted to drugs or alcohol and need rehab include:
- Have I ever been dishonest about my substance use?
- Have I felt shame or guilt about my substance use?
- Have I tried to quit using drugs or alcohol before and been unsuccessful?
- Do I rely on drugs or alcohol in times of stress or hardship?
- Is my substance use impacting my relationships, career, or health?
Answering ‘yes’ to any of these questions can be an indicator of substance abuse. If you are considering seeking addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one but have questions or concerns, call us today. We at Rehab Carolinas are experienced in substance abuse and addiction and are here to help.