Addiction is an intricate brain disease that includes physiological and psychological components. Choosing to go to rehab is a courageous, yet difficult decision for you or your addicted loved one to make. Rehab will be most effective if you choose to go by your own free will and volition. If you are forced or coerced by the legal system, your employer, family, friends, or any other outside influence, rehab will not be as effective.
You may have heard the myth that only Florida has superior rehab facilities, but Pennsylvania has many rehab facilities that are equivalent to Florida’s quality. They utilize the Florida-model by providing a home-like atmosphere, beautiful scenery, holistic approach to treatment, and compassionate, highly-qualified staff. If you live in the northeastern region of the country and are suffering from addiction, Pennsylvania rehabs are a viable option to consider if the cost and other factors are not feasible to go to a Florida rehab.
If you are starting to feel sick and tired of being sick and tired, you may be questioning if you should go to a Pennsylvania rehab. You may be questioning if it will really work or if it will just be a break from everyday life in active addiction. An old adage says, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you do not take.” You will never know if rehab will help you get into lifelong recovery if you do not try it. If you have taken the first step by realizing that you are powerless over your addiction and your life has become unmanageable as a result of it, seeking help is the next step.
How PA Rehab Works
There are several different types of rehabs. The specifics of how a facility will work is dependent upon the type of rehab center it is.
Inpatient rehab is what most people think of when think of “going to rehab”. Clients stay for a duration of time (most commonly 30 to 90 days) and participate in a variety of activities and therapies to give them the tools to maintain lifelong recovery.
Some examples of residential rehab are sober-living facilities and halfway houses. Clients typically transfer to these facilities after inpatient rehab to continue having a structured environment where recovery is a central part of life. Residents are required to have jobs to pay rent. They also have a list of chores to do around the facility. Throughout the day, they regularly attend meetings and recovery-related activities.
Outpatient rehab is similar to going to counseling sessions with a therapist. Clients will attend individual and group therapy sessions once a week to several times a week to work on the psychological components of addiction. Some facilities may require the clients to adhere to a drug test prior to each session. Being detoxed and attending twelve-step or twelve-step alternative meetings may also be a requirement. Outpatient rehab is most effective when it is use as a requisite to inpatient rehab and/or in conjunction with residential rehab.
- Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Clients typically attend IOP for three hours, three days a week. Detox, drug testing, and attending meetings may be a requirement for attendance at some facilities. During the three hour sessions, the clients participate in individual therapy and group therapy to work on the psychological components of addiction. IOP is most effective when it is used as a requisite to inpatient rehab and/or in conjunction with residential rehab.
Medication-management is used for chronic opioid addicts who have struggled with staying clean when they have resorted to all other forms of treatment. Methadone, suboxone, and vivitrol are the drugs that are commonly used in medication-management. Some of these drugs replace one opioid with another, and other drugs merely block withdrawal and cravings. Clients go these facilities on a regular basis to receive the medication. They regularly meet with a counselor to discuss their dosage and aspects of their recovery plan.
Inpatient rehab is strongly recommended as the first step in the recovery process. Most inpatient rehabs are co-ed, cater to all addictions, and follow the traditional twelve-step program, but there are many gender-specific, LGBT-specific, faith-specific, addiction-specific, trauma-focused, and twelve-step alternative rehabs you can choose from. Unlike outpatient and intensive-outpatient rehab, inpatient rehab has the opportunity to treat the physiological aspect of your addiction. Inpatient rehabs have an on-site medical staff to detox you upon admission and monitor you throughout your stay. Withdrawal is dangerous, excruciating, and can even be fatal, which is why it must be done under the supervision of medical staff. After detox, you will move on to the treatment program. You will participate in multiple types of therapies and activities to jumpstart your recovery.
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Twelve-Step or Twelve-Step Alternative meetings
- Experiential Therapy (ex: art therapy, music therapy, animal therapy, nature therapy, adventure therapy, etc.)
- Fitness and athletics
- Yoga and meditation
- Massage therapy
- Acupuncture and/or acupressure
Your stay at an inpatient rehab may be 30 to 90 days, depending on your insurance, the amount of money you or your family can pay, and staff recommendations. Studies have shown that 90 days or more is the most effective. As you approach the end of your stay, you will work with the staff on developing an aftercare plan (e.g. living arrangements, employment, meetings, residential rehab, outpatient rehab, intensive-outpatient rehab, etc.).
Will a Pennsylvania Rehab Work for You?
Contrary to popular belief, hitting rock bottom does not coincide with outside forces (e.g. prison, health problems, homelessness, losing your job, family disowning you, etc.). Hitting rock bottom is all about your internal feelings. You have to be ready to give up drugs, alcohol, and/or compulsive behavior for the rest of your life and live a life of recovery. An analogy to debating whether to go to rehab or not is getting hurt when playing outside and debating if you should stay out, where you must endure the pain ,or go home, where your mother will pour burning iodine on your wound, temporarily increasing your pain. It may seem scary to think about not relying on your addiction as a crutch for anymore, but once you go to rehab and gain the tools to stay sober, you will see the rich rewards a life of recovery can have for you.
Whether a Pennsylvania rehab center will work for you or be a brief break from the lifestyle of active addiction is solely dependent upon if you are genuinely ready to get sober and live a life of recovery. Keep in mind that recovery is not just about abstinence; it is about creating a new life and perspective for yourself. Relapse is a part of recovery, but it is not a mandatory part of recovery. If you relapse, do not automatically conclude that the rehab did not work and foray back into your active addiction. You must utilize your relapse as a learning experience, not a reason for believing you will never recover. The staff can work on you, but you have to be willing to work.
Just Believe Recovery Center in Pennsylvania is a rehab center that is located in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. They follow the same model as the Just Believe Recovery Center that is located in Jensen Beach, Florida. Their goal is to help you believe in yourself to recover. Call them today at 877-351-7932, if you are interested in their rehab or have general questions about addiction and recovery.