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Residential rehab means that you receive help for drug or alcohol addiction within a center, where you stay for the duration of your treatment. This is different from outpatient services, where you will receive the same treatment, but less intensively so as you can return home at the end of your treatment. Usually, inpatient treatment is seen as more effective, because it removes you from the environment that enabled your drug use in the first place. But what are some of the things you can expect?

What to Expect as a Patient

One of the things you will learn during rehab is how important it is to have the support of your family and friends. However, during treatment, your contact with them will actually be very limited. This is done so that you can focus on your immediate recovery. Any contact you will have with your family will generally be during family therapy. Your therapist will determine if and when you can have visitation, and this is done based on your particular needs. You do have to be honest about how your own preferences for visiting frequency and times.

What to Expect as a Family

If you have a loved ones who have gone into residential rehab, they are working very hard at recovery. This process is draining, and they are likely to feel low. They will look out for visits from you, and it is important that you support them by attending these. Let them know that you are there for them, listen to their concerns, and be emphatic when they tell you it is difficult. Your visits will serve as a reminder that they are doing this for a reason, giving them the strength to go on.

How Much Does Residential Rehab Cost?

The cost of rehab is an important factor to consider. However, the fact that it is expensive should not deter you from seeking treatment. There is financial assistance out there through your insurance carrier, grants, banks, and the centers themselves. Additionally, you need to consider the cost of not going to rehab.

For instance, if you are charged with drug possession, you will need a lawyer, which usually costs between $2,000 and $30,000, depending on how serious your charge is. Plus, you will need to pay the hourly rate for your lawyer, which is generally around $250. Then, there are the court fees, the witness fees, and so on. Around 77% of people with drug charges are repeat offenders, which means the overall cost becomes even higher.

Then, there is the fact that supporting your drug habit is expensive. Looking at marijuana, one of the more “affordable” drugs out there, you are likely to spend around $3,650 per year as an average user. Looking at heroin, your yearly cost is likely to be around $55,115. This would be enough to cover two months in a luxury rehab facility with a private room, comfortable bed linen, four star chefs, and complimentary therapy such as equine therapy and yoga. That is a bit of perspective.

You also have to consider the financial losses you will experience by not going to rehab. When you are addicted, you are no longer able to access certain opportunities. This is particularly true if you are incarcerated, when you become unable to support your family. Plus, once you are released, you will find it more difficult to find satisfying employment. You may even have your freedoms limited once you leave jail as part of your probation conditions. In Florida, for instance, you cannot drive a car for a year after conviction, which means you may struggle to get to work and enjoy other liberties.

The biggest cost of all, however, is one for which you cannot place an amount: the emotional cost. Your behavior affects you, enabling you to become selfish and irrational. This means that you tend to hurt the people who care about you the most. You may be unfaithful, steal, and lie, all common behaviors in addicted individuals. As a consequence, your family can be torn apart. Your loved ones may feel distressed and guilty, blaming themselves. Your entire community is, in fact, affected by your behavior and you simply cannot put a price on that.

If you were to look at the cost of rehab on its own, then it may indeed seem costly. However, what matters is the value for money that you get. And since the Affordable Care Act was implemented, all insurance companies must cover at least some of the cost of treatment and rehab. Simply speak to the rehab facility you are considering and ask them about the cost, whether they accept your insurance carrier, and how you can cover any costs that aren’t paid for by your insurance.

What Does a Day in Residential Rehab Look Like?

Every treatment will have its own schedule, and this is often made up depending on your personal needs as well. However, you can expect something like the following:

  • Wake up around 7am
  • Breakfast at 7.30am
  • Chores and morning medication at 8.15am
  • Daily goals and group goals meeting at 9.20am
  • Primary caseload group at 10am
  • Lunch with your personal therapist at 12pm
  • Wellness and nutrition group at 1.15pm
  • Back to Basics therapy at 2.45pm
  • Recreation time and gym at 4pm
  • Dinner at 5pm
  • Reflection time at 6pm
  • Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting at 7pm
  • Bedtime at 10pm

Is Residential Rehab for Me?

If you are ready to admit that you need help, or if you are court ordered to get help, it is time to start the process. You should never wait, because the longer you wait, the deeper you will fall in the grips of addiction. Yes, you have to take the time to research your options, but you should no longer delay it. In fact, you only need to take four more steps:

  1. Speak to the facility. Phone them or email me and have a telephone screening to see if they can help you.
  2. Check if your insurance provider will cover your treatment and how much.
  3. Speak with doctors and therapists to develop your treatment plan.
  4. Set a date for rehab, and then go.