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Drug and Alcohol Rehab: Does It Work?

Rehab is an essential and transformative part of recovery, helping you navigate away from the stresses of drug & alcohol addiction.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab: Does It Work?

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Written by

Brian MooreBrian Moore

Content Writer

Reviewed by

Jeremy ArztJeremy Arzt

Chief Clinical Officer

March 22, 2022

The Edge Treatment Center

Asking about the efficacy of drug and alcohol rehab is simple on the surface, but the answer can be complicated. To determine how effective a program is, it is important to define what success means for you. Drug rehab is a personal experience, and while there are an extraordinary number of benefits to rehab programs, they are only as effective as you are willing to make them.

Drug and alcohol addiction rehab work, but you have to commit to getting everything out of it that you can.

The Fluid Definition of Rehab

Rehab is a broad term that can encompass any number of therapeutic techniques. With such a wide array of practices and approaches that can all serve a rehabilitative purpose, it is important to research each facility you are considering beforehand.

Not all treatment programs operate the same way, and there may be different opportunities or treatment modalities available at each facility. Rehab is a personal journey, and it is important to select a program that most aligns with your needs and goals in sobriety. 

The effectiveness of any particular program involves the number of unique opportunities and approaches available. It can be difficult to discern exactly which programs will be the most influential during such a transformative time. Being open to several options can provide you with the most opportunities to find new interests, hobbies, and ideas that can inform your new sober identity. 

Find What Success Means to You

Just as rehab can come in many forms, everyone may also have their own definition of success for recovery. For some, pure abstinence from all addictive or self-destructive substances is the golden goal. Others may want to go beyond that and fix mental, emotional, and relational issues as well.

Your goals may change throughout rehab, perhaps beginning with the goal to go an entire day without taking a drink or using drugs. This is an incredible achievement. As you progress through your program, these goals can be furthered to coincide with your changing perspectives and mentality. This could mean expanding your abstinence to a week, month, year, and beyond, all while being peppered with additional personal goals for achieving all-around wellness. 

Your goals will fundamentally define what success means for you, and this can be a difficult metric to quantify. Sitting down with support groups and loved ones can help you discover your goals for rehab. Not only can this be instrumental for finding the most effective rehab program, but it also gives you clear goals. These goals can allow you to begin your journey with something to aim for.

By discovering what success means, you can better reap the benefits and opportunities presented in a rehab program. 

The Importance of Rehab Programs

Though rehab programs may look different from one another, their importance cannot be understated. Having a dedicated space to get sober and start your recovery journey is essential for success. After all, the beginning may be the most trying and tumultuous part of your journey. 

Recovery is the transformation of your entire self. There may be innumerable hurdles, difficulties, and barriers that come with exposing yourself to new ways of life. Rehab provides a space for you to challenge old habits while coping with the urges and cravings that come with the cessation of any kind of addictive substance. Having dedicated staff who understand the difficulties of the recovery process and can guide you through the struggles is a critical resource. 

Withdrawal symptoms during the detox phase can be exceptionally difficult. Coping with the physical and emotional ramifications of the sudden ending of substance use is a difficult task. Having trained professionals around is necessary to make this phase as safe and comfortable as possible.

Rehab programs are designed to help you navigate unforeseen difficulties while maintaining sobriety, even long after you have left the treatment center. While entertaining new social groups and activities are part of the recovery process, it is crucial to ensure that these new spaces are devoid of unnecessary stressors and triggers that may compromise your sobriety. 

By curating and monitoring your time and producing a safe environment, rehab programs create an atmosphere that is focused on your personal future while coping with the effects of addiction in the present. The knowledge and support provided in these programs are indispensable for your continued success.

It is also important to tend to any unexpected symptoms of addiction—like co-occurring mental health disorders—through practiced and proven therapeutic modalities.

Create Success For Yourself

Rehab is a powerful and essential tool for developing your sober lifestyle. Yet, it is only as effective as you make it. Rehab can provide all of the right elements—from education and environment to introducing new hobbies—but ultimately it is up to you to put them into practice. Approaching rehab with an open mind and a dedication to see it through is essential for defining success.

Seeing this success come to fruition with your specialized rehab support and your dedication is the basis for truly effective and transformative rehabilitation.

Rehab is an essential part of the recovery process. Trying to recover on one's own can create many dangers and does not set you up with the best tools to maintain abstinence when triggers or cravings come along. At The Edge Treatment Center, we are ready to help guide you through the changes and transformations of the recovery process, all while providing personalized support along the way. A healthier, happier life starts with getting sober.

We are prepared to introduce you to the unique benefits and essential resources available through our comprehensive rehab programs. For more information, call us today at (800) 778-1772.

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