Recovery Questions and Answers: 7 Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Treatment Programs

The estimated cost of drug abuse a year in the US is more than $820 billion. It is an epidemic in our society that has no cure.

Thankfully, there is treatment. Read on for the top 7 most commonly asked recovery questions and their answers.

1. What Exactly is Addiction Rehab?

The first question people ask about recovery treatment is always, “what is it”?

Recovery treatments are varied. There are many drug treatment options out there. In its basic form, rehab for drugs or alcohol is a clinical approach that helps addicts change their thoughts, behaviors, and attitudes.

Rehab treatment may use a variety of therapies to help individuals live a sober life. These include life skills training, relapse prevention tips and how to break their dependence on addictive substances.

2. Who Needs Addiction Rehab?

Addiction is a complex chronic disease, yes disease! It rewires the brain after prolonged use and can compromise self-control and other behaviors.

Addiction is not curable, but it is treatable. Behavior therapies and (if needed) medication can allow addicts to live a fulfilling life with no drugs or alcohol.

If you or someone you love is physically or emotionally dependent on drugs or alcohol or other addictive substance, a recovery treatment would be beneficial.

Other signs that suggest you need rehab is if you want to quit using a substance but are unable to.


3. What Type of Rehab Centers Exist?

The two main distinctions for rehab treatment are inpatient and outpatient.

Inpatient treatment allows participants to live on-site for the duration of their treatment. They have 24/7 access to treatment and services. During their treatment, they cannot work or attend school.

Outpatient treatment is more flexible for those who cannot leave their work or family responsibilities to seek treatment.

Detox, hospitalization, and aftercare treatments are also options.

4. What Happens in Rehab Treatment?

Recovery treatment is tailored to the unique needs of each participant. A large aspect of the program involves working to regain the interests and social relationships that were yours before the addiction.

First, addicts will learn about the science of addiction. It is important for recovering addicts to understand how addiction affects the brain.

During rehab treatment, participants will learn strategies to prevent substance abuse, will learn about relapse and long-term recovery work.

In drug rehab, participants learn how to regain their normal lives through behavior therapy. You will work with a social worker or counselor to understand what caused you to abuse substances and why.

Working with mental health professionals will take place in a one-on-one setting.

There are often group sessions as well. Group work can be extremely rewarding.

These sessions help individuals feel that they are not alone on their journey to sobriety. They make connections with their peers that can last a lifetime.

Group sessions can be meditation or art therapy. Or it could be other topics that are relevant to those in rehab.

Life skills training and learning how to avoid triggers are also fundamental to recovery treatment.

5. How Long Does Rehab Treatment Last?

Because each person’s addiction is unique, so is his or her recovery. There isn’t a set timeline that will work for each person who undertakes rehab treatment.

Some rehab clinics do offer a set program such as a 30, 60, or 90-day program. But unfortunately, these short month-long programs don’t allow individuals enough time to practice sober living.

The 30-day treatment idea is a myth. The result is that they need to come again and again for these 30-day treatments.

Because your treatment depends so much on the length and time of your addiction, at DreamLife Recovery we create a treatment plan specially designed for you.

When determining the appropriate length of treatment for you, treatment professionals will consider your social, cultural and spiritual needs. Your medical and mental conditions and behavior all influence how to best approach treatment.

Of course, longer programs allow addicts the time to delve deep into root causes behind the addiction. Combined with aftercare, these individuals are better able to enjoy sobriety for their whole lives.

6. What Happens If I Relapse?

One of the biggest fears addicts entering rehab have is about relapse. They view relapse as failure or proof that they can’t live a sober life. The truth is that relapse is an obstacle in the life-long goal of sobriety.

Some studies found that the relapse rates are as high as 65%-70% in the first 90 days after treatment. Proper aftercare and preparation to integrate into a normal life are crucial to help individuals maintain sobriety.

Ideally, addicts will follow residential treatment with intensive outpatient treatment. This way they have a solid foundation to move forward with a full toolbelt to face the challenges of life.

7.  Does My Insurance Cover the Cost of Recovery Treatment?

Most rehab treatment facilities accept private insurance. Your policy may or may not cover the cost of rehab for drugs. Or it may cover a portion of your treatment.

You can verify your benefits before enrolling in a particular program to find out how much coverage you have.

Remember, recovery treatment is an investment in your future. Even if your plan doesn’t cover the cost of treatment, you can discuss payment options with your treatment provider.  They may offer a sliding scale of payment options or payment plans to make the cost easier to manage.

Keep in mind that the cost of your addiction has a huge price tag. Not just for the substance but for the cost to your health, wellness, and relationships.

Recovery Questions Conclusion

Thanks for taking the time to read these 7 recovery questions and answers. We hope it helped you feel more comfortable taking the next step.

If you have questions or want to know more about our treatment options, contact us.


Article Reviewed by Lidice Morales

Lidice MoralesLidice Morales, an honors graduate from the Kaiser University, has made a name for herself as the Director of Nursing at several behavioral health facilities and as the Director of Operations for Detox MD. Now she is the VP of Operations at DreamLife Recovery. She strives for better patient care through constant self-improvement and furthering her education. Her steadfast work ethic and passion in the field has remained the most important aspect of her professional career; showing dedication to not only the acquisition of new knowledge, but also its mastery. Lidice believes that a professional work atmosphere fosters cohesion and malleability amongst herself and her coworkers; thereby increasing both the level of patient care and quality of life.

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