It is probably safe to say that all addiction detox treatment centers are a little bit alike, and of course they are all probably a little bit different too.
If you are nervous about going to rehab, my best advice to you is to simply bite the bullet and go through with it. There is always going to be an element of fear if you have never been to treatment before, simply because it is a new experience.
In addition to this, if you have never attempted to stop using drugs and alcohol before, you also have to face the fear of facing reality without self medicating. I know that this can be quite a huge challenge to overcome, especially if you have never tried it before.
So really, what is it like at rehab? Let’s take a look:
1) Instant peer support – The people who are in treatment with you that are also trying to get clean and sober are nice people. They are not mean and nasty or hateful in any way. I know this because I have been to treatment 3 times myself, and I also work full time in a treatment center, working directly with the clients every single day. I am no longer surprised by clients who are nice, friendly, and welcoming to each other. Even when people feel miserable in detox, they are still happy to meet new people who are on the same journey that they are on. I have found this to be consistently true, over and over again. Recovering addicts and alcoholics are almost universally nice people.
2) Comfortable – the goal of any detox unit is to get your body clean from chemicals while keeping you safe. In addition to that, treatment centers will also try to keep you as comfortable as possible without over medicating you. The idea is to get you clean and sober. Sometimes medications will be needed to accomplish that. If that is the case, do not worry, because the end result is still total abstinence from all drugs. Sometimes withdrawal is extremely uncomfortable for some people, but it is always going to be better in rehab under medical supervision than it would be out in the real world with only a choice between cold turkey and relapse.
3) Non-threatening – Rehab is not a threatening environment. Counselors are not going to force you too far outside of your comfort zone or make you do things that make you very uncomfortable. Other forms of threats or violence are never tolerated in any capacity at rehab. The environment is designed to be safe, and to make you feel safe so that you can focus on recovery.
In most states and countries, you cannot be committed to rehab, so attendance at one is usually voluntary, and anyone can walk out the door at any time. If you are truly nervous about attending, then you should simply call and check beforehand and find out if this is the case in your area. It will be nice to know that you can leave at any time without any being allowed to stop you by force, especially if you are nervous about going to rehab in the first place. Just the idea of having an “out” might be enough to convince you to give it a try.
If you are on the fence about attending rehab then I urge you to try it. You have nothing to lose and if things don’t work out, you can always return to using your drug of choice when you get out. But it is worth the exposure to simply go to rehab and see that there is a solution, if you want it.
Give rehab a chance, you will not regret it…..