How does rehab work?

The Hader Clinic
The Hader Clinic
May 15, 2023
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How drug and alcohol treatment centres help get you clean

If you’ve never been to rehab before, chances are your expectations are built on word of mouth. The advocacy of recovering addicts can build hope that rehab will work for you, too. But rumours can also build anxiety around the recovery process.

Let’s clear things up. We’re going to explain to you how alcohol and drug rehab programs work, so you know exactly what to expect. We’ll talk about detoxing, whether inpatient or outpatient treatment programs are right for you, and what happens after your stint at rehab ends.

Finally, we’ll talk about the big question — will rehab work for you?

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, then the sooner you seek addiction treatment, the higher your chances of saving a life. 

What is rehab?

Rehab for drug and alcohol addiction aims to help addicts detox and recover from addictive substances through targeted treatment programs. The goal of rehab is to get addicts clean, to help them achieve long-term sobriety, and to help them integrate back into their family and friend communities and society at large.

How does drug and alcohol detox work?

In detox treatment, addicts undergo a range of therapies to totally cleanse their bodies of drugs and alcohol. Doctors, psychologists and counsellors will supervise them 24 hours a day. 

The Hader Clinic’s detox and withdrawal programs run for 14-, 21- and 28-day periods. Addicts looking to get clean will begin treatment with psycho-social and medical assessments. His or her treatment providers will use those insights to create a personalised treatment plan. Our mental health services administration team will then oversee the patient’s 12-step meetings and cognitive behaviour therapies, and run individual and family therapy sessions. 

All meals and accommodation will be provided.

How does inpatient rehab work?

Inpatient drug and alcohol rehab works by immersing recovering addicts in 24-hour care at specially designed treatment facilities. Patients are required to live on-site during treatment.

The goal of inpatient rehab is to provide recovering addicts with a safe space free of addiction triggers and distractions. Inpatient facilities offer day-to-day consistency so addicts can focus purely on their recovery. Immersive facilities are especially useful for those dealing with multiple addictions or who have comorbid mental health disorders that they need treatment for.

The Hader Clinic’s inpatient rehab program provides:

  • Daily individual and group therapy
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Mentoring programs and sober companions
  • Family support therapy
  • Recreation
  • Accommodation and meals

How does outpatient rehab work?

Outpatient rehab provides recovering addicts with many of the same therapies and support found in inpatient rehab, but does not require them to live on-site. Instead, patients can attend obligatory and elective treatments while living at home.

Outpatient addiction treatment works well for those who have completed an inpatient rehab program and are able to sustain their sobriety without constant care. Research into the efficacy of outpatient treatment programs suggests that they’re best suited to recovering alcoholics who have strong support networks to rely on, such as family, friends and sober companions.

At The Hader Clinic, we offer two kinds of outpatient services.

1. How does transitional housing for rehab work?

Transitional housing works by providing recovering addicts exiting inpatient facilities with safe housing. They can use this time to apply for jobs and housing of their own. 

The Hader Clinic’s transitional housing offers:

  • Fully covered rent and utilities, as well as all meals
  • Urine drug screening
  • Support worker supervision, including daily check-ins
  • Individual and family counselling
  • Mentoring and 12-step programs

2. General outpatient services

We provide ongoing weekly and 24/7 addiction treatment services to help patients achieve stability in their sobriety. Our outpatient services include:

  • 24/7 Crisis Hotline — 1800 957 462
  • Weekly individual counselling
  • Fortnightly family support counselling
  • Urine drug screening

How long do you have to say in rehab?

Research indicates that recovering addicts need to stay in rehab for at least three months. This is the minimum amount of time for the combination of therapies and scheduled consistency to create new sober habits.

The Hader Clinic’s inpatient rehabilitation program runs for 62 days. During this time, you’ll receive a tailored addiction treatment plan with therapies designed to target your specific needs.

We know rehab can be challenging, and you may decide to leave your program early rather than face the challenges of sobriety. Though we cannot stop you from leaving, all of our recovery staff have experience with substance abuse themselves and will do their best to convince you of the value of staying.

Will rehab cure my addiction?

The best answer we can give you is: maybe. The efficacy of rehab depends on a range of factors; some are within our control — others are under yours. Studies show that to achieve their sobriety goals, recovering addicts need:

  • The motivation to recover
  • A strong support system
  • Sustained treatment with a counsellor or therapist
  • Psychiatric help, including medication
  • Group therapy, such as AA, NA or 12-step programs

The Hader Clinic can provide all these and more.

The ideal result of rehab is that after immersing yourself in our alcohol and drug treatment services, you will come out sober and with a stronger emotional, psychological and physical sense of self. With these, you’ll have a much better chance of achieving long-term sobriety.

Statistically, how often does rehab work?

According to our own data, 74% of patients who complete our full inpatient and aftercare program achieve long-term sobriety.

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