What should I do to prepare for drug rehab in an addiction treatment facility? There are many drug rehab centers in Kentucky that provide high-quality individualized care.
An effective drug addiction treatment program will involve several phases—diagnostic evaluation, detoxification, individual and group therapy, and addiction recovery maintenance. Here is some information to help you prepare to enter your drug addiction treatment program.
Appropriate treatment for overcoming your addiction depends on which drug you use and various other factors. In diagnosing a substance use disorder (drug addiction), a complete evaluation will probably include urine, blood, and/or other lab tests, along with a thorough assessment by a psychiatrist, psychologist, or drug abuse counselor.
The detoxification (“detox”) process is drug withdrawal therapy, to help you to stop taking the addictive drug as safely and quickly as possible. You may be able to go through withdrawal therapy as an outpatient. Conversely, you may need to be admitted to a hospital or one of the recommended drug treatment centers in Kentucky. Depending on the drug you use, detox may involve gradually reducing the dose or temporarily substituting the addictive drug for another substance during the withdrawal process.
A qualified psychiatrist, psychologist, or a licensed drug and alcohol counselor can manage behavioral therapy for you. Therapy can be individual or based on group participation. It can also be with family members. Your counselor or therapist can:
- Help you develop tools for coping with cravings for drugs.
- Recommend strategies to help you avoid being around drugs and to help prevent relapse.
- Work with you on issues involving your relationships with friends and family, your job, and any legal problems.
- Examine other problems with you and help you gain greater confidence and peace of mind.
- Include members of your family to help improve communication and be supportive.
- Help manage depression or other underlying mental health conditions.
Self-help support group members manage their drug addiction as a chronic disorder, managing against relapse. A support group can help alleviate the sense of isolation and shame about drug use. You can find groups in your community, online, or through your therapist.
Preparing for Your Initial Appointment
Start by discussing your drug use with your primary care doctor, or ask your doctor for a referral to a drug addiction specialist. To prepare for the appointment:
- Ask a friend or relative to go to your appointment with you for support, if you wish.
- Make a list of the questions to ask your doctor, for example, “What is the best approach to overcoming my drug addiction, counseling, inpatient treatment, etc.?”
- Prepare to answer questions from your doctor or counselor about the amount and frequency of your drug use, and if you have made past attempts to quit that brought on withdrawal symptoms, etc.
For More Information
For more information about preparing for entry into drug rehab centers in Kentucky or for an appointment to see a primary care doctor, contact us at (877) 791-9154 to speak to a helpful staff member.