What Makes Rehab Effective

by Balboa Horizons | June 9, 2017

What makes rehab effective

What’s so great about rehab anyway? Honestly, a lot of things.

Most addicts don’t believe they have a problem, or they can tackle the monster of addiction on their own. But you’re not just addicted – likely, everything in your life revolves around your addiction: your friendships, your relationships, your daily activities, your finances, your thoughts and feelings. You’re caught in a cycle that includes factors you may not be aware of.

Only a major change can disrupt that cycle and start anew. Rehab is the first step in that major change.

Too often, rehab can feel like punishment, the end of fun. But really, it’s a chance at freedom, the opportunity to live a life owned by the individual, rather than substance. The effectiveness of rehab is not an accident. Every factor of rehab is created with intention, actively maintained, and supported by professionals.

So what makes rehab effective?: Here are a few of the things

Time Out

Most rehabs are initially an in-patient experience. By physically removing you from your usual environment, the process of breaking habits and cycles of addiction becomes much simpler. There are no temptations or distractions.

Most addicts need a minimum of 3 months in treatment to detox, stop/reduce their drug use, begin treatments, and start to develop healthy habits. Most rehabs recommend some outpatient treatment following an in-patient stay to ensure healthy habits and commitments once a patient returns to their home environment.

Therapies & Comorbidity Treatment

Addiction is complex in nature. What happens both before and after an addiction fuels it. Treating the addiction without addressing extraneous factors will only beckon the addiction back.

Most rehab facilities offer individual, family, and/or group counseling. By addressing the emotional factors of addiction, past events, and life in general, and then treating them, the odds of success increase.

Combined with past experiences, addiction can also be difficult to untangle from mental illnesses. Addiction is recognized as a mental illness on its own, but often other mental illnesses are present – this is known as comorbidity. These mental illnesses can range from anxiety to bipolar disorder to schizophrenia. Treating addiction without addressing other mental illness can set you up for failure. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of and should be treated by dedicated professionals who specialize in treating it in partnership with addiction treatment.

Community Support

Your relationships will absolutely define your success. The people you meet in rehab have similar experiences and similar goals. This comradery serves as both structure and motivator and can lead to success in sobriety.

Chemical Transition

Drugs and alcohol have taken their toll on your body and mind, but so can the sudden shift to sobriety. Withdrawals can be violent and painful after years of dependency, while sudden emotional weight after numbing and self-medicating can feel just as unbearable. Rehab facilities not only have access to the best medication, but they also have the knowledge and expertise to pair them with the right therapies to increase effectiveness.

Over time, your treatments and medications will likely need to change according to your needs, and a seasoned rehab facility has the expertise and resources to make that happen.

But really, it’s up to you.

What makes rehab effective is you. This does not mean that you should avoid a structured program, it just means that your personal success will depend on how you utilize the tools and insight rehab gives you. Sobriety takes intentional and continuous action, a daily commitment to your

Rehab will only take you so far. Your success is up to you.