Data on substance abuse in the U.S. is alarming. According to the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 29.5 million people (12 years and older) developed an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in the past year. Over twenty million were also diagnosed with drug addiction in the past year, per the findings of a 2021 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Approximately 95,000 alcohol-induced deaths occur each year, and according to the National Safety Council, 98,268 people died from preventable drug overdoses in 2021, an all-time high.
Alcohol addiction has been around for centuries but has dramatically increased since the pandemic. According to a 2020 study, some of the most commonly cited reasons for increased alcohol consumption were stress, alcohol availability, and boredom. On the other hand, those with interpersonal trauma, peer pressure, mental health disorders, genetics, and more were far more predisposed to drug-addictive behaviors.
However, only 10% of addicts seek treatment and rehab.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), rehab is
“A set of interventions designed to optimize functioning and reduce disability in individuals with health conditions in interaction with their environment.”
Rehab generally comprises focused and supervised programs that help individuals kick their addiction- such as drugs or alcohol. While every rehab program is different, they usually have three general steps toward recovery:
The U.S. National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics (NCDAS) enlisted alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, fentanyl, opioids, prescription stimulants, methamphetamine, and heroin as the most commonly abused substances.
Extended periods of substance abuse severely impact normal brain functions, rendering them dependent on their use, leading to addiction. It devastates a person’s physical and mental well-being and social capabilities.
So, if you’re someone with a SUD or know someone who is, it is crucial to know what rehab is like and how to get the most out of it.
Someone with a SUD will continuously seek out alcohol or drugs, even though it harms themselves or others. You most likely need rehab if it starts impacting your daily personal and professional life.
Rehab programs can be 30, 60, and even 90 days long. Patients should determine the period that works best for them for optimal change.
Signing up for rehab requires the utmost self-awareness and conviction. Professional intervention is paramount to expunge a life filled with addiction and embrace a new, wholesome existence.
Here are some of the ways you can make the most out of your time at rehab:
Determining the right program is particularly true for shorter-term rehab courses. Different centers approach rehab treatments differently. One size does not fit all.
It is essential to carefully research different programs, understand the type of treatment approaches they follow, the kind of addiction therapies offered, and the payment options they support, along with lodging options, aftercare support, and more.
There’s a lot of information on the web about rehab. It’s easy to go down the Google rabbit hole and get lost in other people’s perceptions of rehab programs.
Here’s the thing — each person is unique, and your experiences are also unique. Letting go of what you ‘think’ rehab will be like is the first step to success. Get rehab-ready by looking at the bigger picture, understanding what you need to do to change, and focusing on your journey.
Sometimes during rehab, and especially when experiencing intense withdrawal symptoms, it’s easy to shut yourself off from the rest of the world. Rehab programs have schedules to keep your mind occupied with fruitful discussions and activities.
Commit to the program and attend the meetings. Listen to other people’s experiences, heed your guide’s advice, and share your own stories.
The goal is to show up!
Let’s be honest — a lot of free time fueled your addiction.
To counter this, rehab programs are structured with strict routines to help get your life back on track. Rehab programs end at one point or another. Learning to create and stick to a routine with productive tasks can help you live a healthier lifestyle.
Your state of addiction may have developed over many months, even years. It is unrealistic to expect to be free of it overnight. It can be very easy to get frustrated and unkind to yourself when you feel your progress isn’t as quick as expected.
Give yourself the time to recover, rewire, and regroup.
While plenty of rehabilitation options are available, choosing the right one is essential to ensure your experience is worthwhile. California Prime Recovery is a leading drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment provider in California.
CPR’s programs are highly comprehensive, with innovative treatment options to help patients recover from substance abuse, including alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, meth, opioids, stimulants, and more.
Mental health treatments are specially crafted for patients with panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorders, trauma- and stress-induced disorders, dissociative experiences, and more. The center also extends help and support to inflicted family members.
CPR’s aftercare services include Sober Living facilities offered to patients who wish to spend more time in a structured environment while still in recovery. The living environment includes routines to help ease the transition to sobriety. A high level of accountability is required from residents, and access to a supportive community among other patients is also available.
CPR’s highly trained substance use and mental health professionals operate innovative intervention programs, including Addiction Treatment, Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive Outpatient Program, Outpatient Rehab, Evening – IOP, Medication-Assisted Treatment, and Drug Court Programming.
The center also offers a comprehensive 3-step program — Transition & Integration, Consistency, Maintenance & After Care. Set in place to ensure SUD patients commit to recovery, the program stipulates the minimum number of times patients must be present before progressing to the next level.
Treatment approaches vary by case and include:
Trained professionals guide SUD patients on the best course of action for their recovery based on their circumstances, type, and level of addiction.
California Prime Recovery encourages easier access to treatment by pairing with most insurance providers such as Cigna, Humana, Magellan, Health Net Insurance, and countless more.
Substance abuse is a rampant issue in the U.S. In fact, with the legalization of marijuana across most states, the possibilities of addiction continue to be a growing concern. Further, easy access to substances has propelled its consumption and addiction.
Identifying your addiction and seeking timely intervention are the first steps to recovery. Staying strong in your convictions and following through with the program is equally essential to reap the benefits of a fulfilling, substance-free lifestyle! Reach us to begin treatment at 866-208-2390