If you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, the thought of ending your use and getting treatment can evoke several different emotions. You might feel fearful, overwhelmed, anxious, or even mad. It is possible that you might even feel relieved that the time has come to pull yourself out of the deadly cycle of addiction. Regardless of how your emotions might be playing out, the fact that you are accepting treatment is not only brave but also the best possible thing that you can do for yourself. For many, addiction treatment provides them with a second chance at life.
When you come to our short-term rehab, people who truly understand your experience will greet you and ensure that you feel welcome. We will strive to provide you with only the best care available during your stay so that you can leave short-term rehab sober, in recovery, and with a new outlook on life. But before any of that can occur, there is a road you have to walk to get there. Luckily, we will be by your side the entire way.
What Happens Right Away in Short-Term Rehab?
You will, like all other participants in our short-term rehab program, will complete an initial evaluation upon arriving at Serenity. Through this evaluation, our treatment team will be better able to provide you with the services that will address your needs the best. You will also go into further detail regarding what substance or substances you are addicted to and how long you have been using. You will also talk about any mental or physical health concerns that you have, as well as any conditions you have been diagnosed with. By gathering this information, we can tailor all our treatment modalities to your unique needs. As soon as you are done, you will go to your room so that you can settle in and get comfortable. After that, the treatment plan we have developed for you will be put into motion.
Like most other short-term rehab programs, our clients stay with us for roughly 28-30 days. During this time, you will participate in several different forms of treatment that can address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of both your addiction and your recovery. You will not only learn new ways to cope with old emotions, but you will also develop skills to help you manage challenges going forward so that you do not choose to turn to substance abuse again.
We place a large emphasis on individual and group therapy at our short-term rehab. We feel that both modalities can bring out the best in all of our clients.
During individual therapy, a client will work with one of our many licensed therapists. These talk therapy sessions are essential for an individual to open up about the issues that he or she is struggling with, all while receiving affirmation for their feelings and emotions. Through these sessions, topics such as trauma, mental illness, and family background are discussed. The overarching goal of individual therapy is to be in the same room with a dedicated professional who can help the individual sort through these things, process them, and learn new ways to move forward. Individual therapy serves as home plate for learning new coping skills and addressing previously untouched issues.
Group therapy is just as important as individual therapy is for clients in short-term rehab. Above all else, group therapy provides a safe, healthy environment for men and women (or just women or just men if participating in a gender-specific program) to work collaboratively towards one goal, which is to live successfully in recovery. Throughout group therapy sessions, individuals will collectively address specific topics, share personal experiences, learn from the offerings of others, and utilize effective treatment methods to improve upon their own wellbeing. Most individuals in group therapy sessions find that they develop strong bonds between one another, which is a major benefit. It is not uncommon for recovering addicts or alcoholics to find that they have very few people who understand what they are experiencing, which is why connecting those with similar backgrounds can be so effective in making this process easier to manage
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of therapy that is widely utilized for addiction treatment. This is because it helps clients learn how their emotions impact their behaviors, allowing them to find ways to manage their emotions in a manner that prevents them from resorting to negative behaviors. At Serenity, we implement cognitive behavioral therapy into the individual therapy sessions we offer. Because clients only stay with us for a short period of time, however, we utilize cognitive behavioral therapy to target the most prominent behaviors and challenges that the client is experiencing.
Most every client will engage in the above-listed therapies, as well as some others. Serenity also provides the following:
- Family therapy – The family of the client engages in family therapy sessions to help address and resolve issues that are related to the impacts of addiction
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) – EMDR is a therapeutic technique used to help those affected by trauma, including individuals who have suffered from addiction, abuse, abandonment, and other traumatic events.
- 12-Step therapy – The 12 Steps provide individuals in recovery with a streamlined set of steps to follow in order to continually grow while in recovery.
- Holistic therapy – Serenity offers holistic therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, sensory stimulation, and more.
Depending on your specific treatment needs, you will likely participate in one of the therapies during your stay at Serenity.
Leaving Short-Term Rehab
When your length of stay has been completed, you will be on your way to getting back to your everyday life. We understand that this can be extremely nerve-wracking, however, we do everything in our power to help you make a comfortable exit. One of the ways that we do this is by helping you develop an aftercare plan prior to you leaving.
Your aftercare will help you continue on in your recovery outside of our four walls. Again, it depends on your own specific needs, but an aftercare program can include recommendations to participate in 12-Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). We might also suggest that you continue with one or more of the therapies that you were participating in while in short-term rehab. You will be included in the development of this plan, as well.
Do You Need Treatment?
No matter how long you have been abusing drugs and/or alcohol, it is never too late to start over. Do not waste your time continuing on with your addiction. Contact us right now to learn more about how we can help you.