5 Things to Expect from Drug Addiction Rehab in Pompano

Last Updated: Dec 31st 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

5 Things to Expect from Drug Addiction Rehab in Pompano

If you are scheduled to start at a drug addiction rehab center in Pompano soon, you’re likely curious as to what kind of things you should expect once you check in for the first time. The following is five things that you’ll encounter when in rehab.

1. Detox is Not Fun

Although the drug addiction rehab centers in Pompano and around the rest of the country look and feel a lot like luxury resorts (1st Step Behavioral Health, included), your first days in rehab will certainly not be a vacation. No matter what substance addiction you are looking to break, there are withdrawal symptoms that come both physically and mentally during drug detox.

For example someone fighting alcoholism, which is an addiction that many people believe is easy to get away from, can go through a huge range of symptoms that range from lack of appetite and headaches to grand mal seizures and hallucinations. Like alcohol, most addictive drugs and substances, including medicines that may -or may not- have been prescribed by your doctor will have its own collection of withdrawal symptoms to look out for. Furthermore, it is these severe symptoms that make inpatient rehab treatment much safer for most patients.

2. Help Others with Their Addiction

One thing you probably didn’t consider is that there is a social aspect to rehab. In group meetings and private conversations, you will tell your story and offer other rehab patients kind words and emotional support. By doing so, you will be helping others build and keep the strength to continue with their rehabilitation efforts.

3. Build a Support Network

The people that you help at the drug addiction rehab center in Pompano will also be supporting and helping you, too. Among them, you will forge connections that continue into your life. Together with others who have gone through similar situations as you, you will build a support network that works toward keeping everyone sober. Along with these personal connections, you will also learn about and gain access to substance abuse specialists, therapists, and more.

4. Express Your Thoughts and Feelings

This is the one part of going to a Pompano rehab center that people really get nervous about. They are afraid that they will need to get in front of a big group and gush every little detail about their life and addiction. However, in real rehab, you will only offer information that you are comfortable with sharing. Still, if you’re not comfortable talking about those things at all, you will likely be asked to write in a journal about how you feel and what you’re going through. And, no, you won’t be forced to share the journal entries either.

5. Learn Life Skills

Along with learning a variety of methods to deal with the intense cravings that come with ending an addiction, you will also learn ways to simply lead a better, healthier life. This includes learning about thinks like cooking for proper nutrition, seeking education and employment, and much more. These life skills help patients on a path to fully turn their lives around after having gone through so much difficulty due to an addiction.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.