No rehab or treatment program is going to work unless the addict is willing and determined to change.
If he enters to rehab thinking and (at some point) knowing that after the treatment he is going to drink or use drugs again, it is a waste of money and everyone’s time.
This is how drugs and alcohol rehabs work:
Drugs and alcohol rehabs really work!!
* Detoxification. Some rehab facilities have personal detoxification programs, but more centers require clients to complete Detox before entering their facilities. You need to clean up and be sober before you can even enter a rehab. The trend today is to have the addict go through the withdrawal process at a facility that specializes in dealing with drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
* Facilities. Rehab facilities are different as far as physical facilities are concerned. They range from simple settings to the very luxurious facilities. * You get what you pay for or what you can afford. * The type of physical facilities that the treatment offers has little to do with how successful their program might be in keeping you sober.
* Education. It is the fundamental component of all treatment and rehab programs. It may vary from facility to facility, but generally the process is aimed at getting you to look at your addiction honestly and realistically, and change your attitude about your drug and alcohol use.
* Counselling and Group Therapy. During the rehab, you will probably receive individual counselling with a trained addictions counselor and you will possibly participate daily in group therapy meetings with others at the facility. These sessions are designed to begin to teach you the skills that you will need to live life without drugs and alcohol. You will learn how to recognize situations in which you are most likely to drink or use drugs and how to avoid these circumstances if possible and you will learn new coping skills.
* Family Meetings. Many successful drug and alcohol rehab programs will include members of your family in your treatment program. Research has shown that including family and friends in the educational process significantly improves rehab outcomes. Some programs include family members and friends throughout the entire rehab process, from the initial assessment through continued follow-up aftercare.
* Aftercare Program. A drug and alcohol rehab program will last about 28 days, sometimes longer, during which you are in a structured environment where no drugs are alcohol are available.