QUESTION AND ANSWER

Rehab Overview

1What Is Addition Rehab?
Rehabs are structured treatment programs aimed at helping those struggling with addiction. Rehab can help addicts work toward a healthy, happy, and sober lifestyle.
2What Happens in Addiction Rehab
Addiction rehab treatment is tailored to the needs of each individual. This generally involves some combination of detoxification (detox), group and individual substance abuse therapy, relapse prevention education, and aftercare planning prior to program completion in order to maintain long-term sobriety. Detox An important early part of many addiction rehab efforts is detox. During detox, the body rids itself of the toxic influences of drugs or alcohol. While the detox experience will vary greatly based on the specific type and frequency of substance used, many substance withdrawal syndromes can be unpleasant, if not dangerous. Proper treatment in a medically supervised detox program can alleviate the discomfort and risks associated with the detox process. Substance Abuse Therapy Rehab continues with various behavioral therapeutic interventions after detox is complete. Individuals in rehab participate in group and/or individual therapy sessions to recognize and address the underlying causes of their addiction. Treatment programs also educate individuals on how to identify high-risk situations and triggers, and develop relapse prevention skills to maintain sobriety. Aftercare As a person progresses with recovery, and nears the end of a rehab treatment program, staff will work with the patient to develop an appropriate aftercare plan. This may include some combination of support groups, ongoing therapy, and sober living arrangements, if needed.
3How Long Does Rehab Take?
There isn't a set period of time that applies to everyone when it comes to rehabilitation. Many rehab facilities (including First Step) offer 30-day programs. However, some individuals benefit from longer treatment programs, such as 60-day, 90-day, or even longer-term treatment at residential or inpatient treatment centers to further develop and maintain a steady recovery path. When determining the appropriate length of treatment, treatment professionals will take into consideration the history and severity of the addiction, specific substances used, any co-occurring medical, mental, or behavioral health conditions, and the physical, mental, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual needs of the individual. Studies find that those who spend three months or longer in treatment programs have better rates of long-term sobriety. Longer programs afford the opportunity to focus on the root causes and behaviors behind the addiction, and more time to practice sober living behaviors.
4Does Rehab Cure Addiction?
There is no cure for addiction, but it can be managed effectively. Regardless of its duration, drug and alcohol addiction recovery doesn't conclude after the patient completes a rehabilitation program. Recovery from substance use is an ongoing, lifelong process. Managing an addiction involves learning how to navigate through daily life without using, and involves hard work and dedication.

General

1Addiction Rehab vs. Addiction Recovery
Rehab helps people learn how to cope with drug cravings and get through those tough times when the temptation to relapse is strong. It can also teach people skills to prepare for the day-to-day struggles of recovering from addiction, and how to address the people or situations that may have contributed to or exacerbated the substance problem in the first place. Long-term recovery, however, may involve ongoing therapy in individual and/or group form, along with attendance at 12-step or support group meetings. Some individuals find additional activities to be key for supporting their ongoing recovery. These activities may include meditation, yoga, exercise, or art, to name a few. Many good treatment programs offer their own types of aftercare programs, or work with you to develop a solid aftercare plan prior to leaving treatment to help support successful long-term recovery. In fact, studies have demonstrated that ongoing participation in aftercare programs is associated with fewer relapses.
2What Happens If I Relapse
Relapse should not be viewed as a failure but should instead be seen as an obstacle to overcome on one's lifelong journey to sobriety. It provides an opportunity to reassess one's path and get back into a program that offers the support and help needed to maintain sobriety.
3How Much Does Rehab Cost?
Addiction rehabilitation programs can vary greatly in price. High-end luxury programs tend to charge more for extra services and special amenities and, in some cases, higher staff to patient ratios.
4The Cost of Rehab vs. The Cost of Addiction
While the cost of rehab may be a deterrent for some people, it is important to remember the many “costs” of addiction. Addiction can be costly due to: The cost of the drugs. Loss of productivity at work. Legal fines. Medical bills for physical or mental health issues associated with addiction. Addiction “costs” users in other ways too, ranging from the deterioration of relationships to overall unhappiness and poor health.

Quick Overviews

Insurance
Insurance is often accepted at drug rehabilitation programs. However, acceptability of insurance will vary according to the particular facility. Your insurance plan may cover only a portion of your rehabilitation stay, so it's important to check your insurance plan prior to enrolling in a drug rehab program. If your insurance plan does not cover the cost of rehab, you can discuss other payment options with the facility you choose. The program may offer sliding scale payment options or financing plans to make the cost more manageable.
Treatment Home vs. Away
Many individuals seeking rehab travel to a rehab facility away from their home. This is beneficial in some cases because it removes users from their home environment where they abuse drugs or alcohol. In such a distinctly separate location, those attending rehab are able to fully focus on their addiction issues, free of outside distractions or temptations from work, family, and friends. If you choose outpatient treatment, you may wish to opt for a facility closer to home so you don't have to travel far each day. If you have family obligations, a nearby rehab facility can alleviate stress as you balance home responsibilities with your recovery treatment.
Inpatient or Outpatient
Inpatient facilities differ from outpatient facilities in a number of ways — from costs involved and intensity of treatment to the overall environment and support structure throughout the recovery process.
Can I lose My Job for Attending Addiction Rehab?
While you may experience some fear of losing your job if you attend rehab, you may, in fact, be more likely to lose your job if you don’t get help. If you are struggling with a substance abuse problem, it is possible that your boss may already suspect it. By avoiding addiction help, your struggle may eventually become apparent since the consequences of your substance abuse may cause your work performance to suffer. Using substances while on the job is legal grounds for termination, but there are several federal laws protecting your right to obtain treatment. Under these laws, it is illegal to terminate employment as a consequence of an employee seeking treatment.
How Can I Start?
You can start today by picking up the phone and calling 802-922-2690, walking or driving to 1174 North Ave., Burlington VT or emailing firststepvt@gmail.com, we'll be glad to lend help.
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