What is rehab?

What is rehab?

What is Rehab? Addiction comes in many shapes and forms and so does the recovery process. Rehab or rehabilitation is a generalised word used to give a name to the supervised programme of recovery that addicts go through.

It’s been specially designed to help people stop using drugs or alcohol and gives them everything they need to get back to living a healthy life.

Whether it’s you or a loved one, rehab is the perfect opportunity to begin the recovery process, in a safe environment. The lengths and forms of treatment vary and are generally based on your personal circumstances. There’s no single fix for everyone, each individual will be different so it’s important you find the right one for you.

National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016

In 2016, The Department of Health released a number of statistics about drug use following a survey. Here are the results of their findings:

  • In 2016, around 3.1 million Australians reported using an illicit drug.
  • In 2016, the most common illicit drug was cannabis, followed by misuse of pharmaceuticals, cocaine, and then ecstasy.
  • While overall use of methamphetamine has decreased, use of crystal methamphetamine (ice) continues to be a problem.
  • People who are using crystal methamphetamine (ice), are using it more frequently which increases the risks and harms.

Addiction and rehabilitation isn’t just for drug use, it can also be for alcohol abuse as well. A separate survey by the Department of Health found the most common drug of concern to be alcohol, you can see their findings below:

what is rehab


Rehab isn’t limited to ages

In the same survey, 16 per cent of students aged between 12 and 17 years admitting taking cannabis at some point in their lives. Statistics also found that 1 in 20 over 14’s had misused pharmaceuticals in the last 12 months.

Rehabilitation isn’t limited by age. Anyone can take part in a rehab programme if they feel it’s necessary for their recovery from addiction. If you know someone under the age of 18 and think they’re struggling with addiction then make sure you get them the help they need.

Take your next steps towards recovery

There are several steps when you’re on the road to recovery. They are the following:

  • Detox and withdrawal

Detox and withdrawal is essentially a way to remove the drugs or alcohol from your system in a safe and controlled manner. Rather than forcing yourself off immediately, you’re slowly detoxed to allow your body to recover. At Arrow Health, our detox and withdrawal programme takes place at the Sam Lawrence Private Hospital in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria.

  • Therapy

Therapy helps the patient to recover from the behaviours that are triggered by the use of alcohol or drugs.

  • Reintroduced to society

The final step of the process is to reintroduce you back into society. This helps you to learn new ways of functioning in society without the use of drugs or alcohol.

The below table shows the top treatment types used by patients in Australia from a survey taken in 2018:

What forms of rehab are there?

There are several places you can go through the rehab process; it all depends on your personal preference. You can choose from the following:

  • Outpatient Program

You can go through rehab from the comfort of your own home if you wish. Known as the outpatient program, this is typically conducted by the patient attending a clinic or facility on a regular basis and returning home after each session.

  • Inpatient rehabilitation

Inpatient rehabilitation is the more traditional method where patients stay in the hospital or treatment centre. It usually lasts for around 28 days where patients receive intense and structured treatment.

  • Non-hospital setting

Otherwise known as residential treatment, you receive the same level of care as you would in a hospital but in a residential setting instead.

  • Recovery housing

This is where patients stay in supervised, temporary accommodation during their period of recovery. Here they participate in their treatment and live at the same time.

What happens after rehab?

Rehab helps you to, not only kick the drink or drug habit but also to stay off it. It helps you to get your life back on track and get back parts of your life you may have lost as an impact of your addiction. You need to maintain your recovery process and try and rebuild any lost relationships and prove to people that you’ve changed your ways for the better.

Do you need any advice or counselling? Make sure you get in touch with us here at Arrow Health to see how we can help you back on the road to recovery. Counselling will help you:

  • Work out if it is your substance use that it the problem or something else
  • Begin to understand more about your substance use and addiction
  • Identify triggers
  • Learn strategies for recovery
  • Overcome behaviours that impede the ability to live life to its fullest

You can get advice and help by calling 03 9533 7888, alternatively, you can email us on enquiries@arrowhealth.com.au or use our program page.

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