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    Lady Bug
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    Are you thinking about Rehab??

    Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:07 pm

    Have you ever thought about taking that big next step to get treatment? That seemingly scary next step I’m talking about is residential rehab. But is it really that scary? Maybe it’s more the fear of not knowing where to even get started, or what will happen to your family/ home/ pets if you choose to go? All very valid reasons for wanting to push it to the back of your mind.

    But if you feel like you are stuck in the same cycle and can’t seem to overcome your addiction, maybe it is time to rethink the rehab option?

    So. What is the process of getting into rehab? What even happens when I’m there?

    Both the federal and state governments fund public drug and alcohol services, which means treatment is either free or little cost- The rest of this post will focus on the public services, although you also have private facilities which are out of pocket costs (some private health will assist with these too). All support services for rehab in Australia are accessible through an intake and assessment service. Intake services work in assessing your needs and helping you find the most effective treatment and support.

    From there, you may be a perfect candidate for rehab. But before you go to rehab, you must undertake a short-term detox program (generally 7-10 days). Detox can be done at both outpatient (you come and go home daily) and inpatient (you stay somewhere) facilities and involves completely stopping your substance use. This is usually done with the support of medical staff and prescribed medication.

    Following this, the intake service may have organised for you to enter residential rehab. Residential Rehab in Australia takes the long-term approach to treatment and aims for an alcohol or drug free lifestyle. They provide treatment programs which involves a range of interventions, such as individual and group counselling, and treatment for mental health issues. They also place an emphasis on self-help and supported reintegration back into the community. You will receive around-the-clock medical and emotional support, and you don’t go to work or attend school while in treatment. You will also receive instructions for what you can bring with you to the program and what you can and cannot do during your stay. Rehab is a voluntary treatment, and the average stay is around 3 months.

    Rehab may not work for you the first time, and that’s OK. Many people need to go through the process more than once to overcome their substance issues. If it doesn’t work first time, you will have learnt something, and it will make it easier next time. If rehab sounds like something you are considering, call The National Alcohol and Other Drug helpline on 1800 250 015, they will direct you to your state service. The helpline is available 24/7, and all calls are confidential and anonymous.

    Let me know if you have any questions below about rehab or the process!

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