Alcohol and Drug Rehab FAQ

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Questions About Addiction Treatment? We’ve Got Answers

When you’re seeking addiction treatment in the form of drug rehab, you probably have multiple questions regarding substance abuse and the rehab center itself. You’re probably curious about whether you might need inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, or a variety of other treatment programs for drug or alcohol addiction.

Does rehab cure addiction? No, but taking the next step and entering a treatment program at Resurgence Tennessee can put you on the path of extended recovery and give you the tools needed to remain successful. Entering drug rehab is only the beginning of your journey, as it takes a proactive effort to stave off the unrelenting symptoms of substance abuse and other drug or alcohol addiction challenges – such as post-acute withdrawal.

Regardless of your questions, Resurgence Tennessee has compiled a long-form drug rehab FAQ guide to answer all your concerns regarding our rehab center and treatment program.

Getting Ready for Drug Rehab

The following set of FAQs contains information regarding the preparation for attending rehab centers.

Is My Addiction Bad Enough to Seek Professional Help?

Sometimes people are unsure about seeking help for their addiction because they think it’s not bad enough. It can be difficult to admit that you have a problem, which can delay the process of seeking help.

In order to help you understand your level of dependency, ask yourself these questions

  • Do you ever lose control while using drugs or alcohol?
  • Have you thought about quitting drugs or alcohol but don’t know how?
  • Do you spend a lot of time trying to secure access to recreational or prescription drugs?
  • Do you find yourself struggling with cravings when you aren’t using drugs or alcohol?
  • Are you currently experiencing or have experienced relationship problems as a result of your drug or alcohol abuse?
  • Have you lost interest in things that used to be enjoyable to you?
  • Have you had to increase the quantity of drugs and alcohol you consume to get the same feeling?
  • Do you experience withdrawal symptoms like cramps, sweating, irritability and nausea when you are not using drugs or alcohol?
  • Do you find yourself going into dangerous situations to get access to drugs or alcohol?
  • Have you lost your job or are in danger of losing your job because of drug or alcohol abuse?

If you find yourself answering yes to one or more of these questions, you may need to seek professional addiction treatment.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Our treatment team customizes each treatment based on the unique requirements of each patient. We offer 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day programs as well as extended stay and sober living programs. The length of typical stay might depend on the duration and extent of substance abuse.

Do You Offer Detox Services?

Yes, we offer comprehensive detox services for all type of addictions. Our detox programs are tailored for your unique addiction, body, metabolism and circumstances. We offer 24-hour medical, nursing and addiction specialist access and support.

An average patient spends 3-7 days in our detox programs before they are ready to be enrolled into our more comprehensive residential inpatient programs.

I Know I Want to Go to Rehab. How Should I Prepare?

Here is what we suggest:

  1. Speak to your employer, family and friends about having to put your life on hold temporarily.
  2. Make arrangements for someone to take over your bill payments, look after any pets you have and take care of your home while you are away.
  3. Pack as lightly as possible.

Here is a guide on what you can bring for treatment at Resurgence.

Do I Receive Individual Therapy?

Each patient is assigned a customized treatment team that includes an Addiction Medicine Specialist, Psychologist, Physician Assistants, RN, Addiction Counselor and Transitional Counselor.

Rarely are two people’s needs the same, and our customized treatment approach is what sets us apart.

Will My Family Be Involved in the Treatment Process?

Substance use affects everyone in the family. Therefore, it is important that family members are involved in the treatment and recovery process of adults and youths. In fact, family participation is an important part of the recovery process.

We offer compressive family therapy and family counseling so that the patient and their family can learn the necessary tools needed to make specific, positive changes that can help the whole family heal from the effects of substance use disorders.

Are Visitors Allowed?

Yes, we allow visitors every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.

We reserve the right to disallow visitors that we determine are impeding the patient’s recovery.

Are You a Dual Diagnosis Program?

Yes, Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Resurgence is a compassionate exploration method, which helps identify and follow the treatment pathway that’s right for you. Every client that comes to our door receives a psychological evaluation to determine any issues and the appropriate program.

What Treatment Methodologies Does Resurgence Use?

Our treatment programs focus on offering comprehensive integrated care that integrates mental health, substance abuse and primary care services. We produce positive outcomes by customizing treatment programs for each patient based on their unique personal needs.

Each patient is assigned a customized treatment team that includes an Addiction Medicine Specialist, Psychologist, Physician Assistants, RN, Addiction Counselor and Transitional Counselor.

Our customized treatment approach is what sets us apart. We offer both 12-step and SMART recovery groups. We also offer the following psychotherapies:

  • EMDR
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Solution Focused
  • Psychodynamic
  • Group Therapy
  • Grief therapy
  • Guided imagery therapy
  • Holistic
  • Family systems
  • Person centered therapy

When I go to drug rehab, will I lose my job?

Most likely, you will be able to keep your job while you’re in drug rehab or addiction treatment. In fact, maintaining employment while you’re participating in addiction treatment is important for two reasons. The first – is obviously you need a source of income after you’re finished with the treatment programs at the rehab center of your choice. Second, after your addiction treatment, having a job helps occupy your time, which can help you avoid relapse. There are several options you have for handling this situation, including:

Temporary Disability

Outpatient programs, which allow you to receive treatment while still living at home and regularly going to work is one option. However, if there’s a marked need for residiential rehab centers, you have the Family and Medical Leave Act on your side. This grants up to 12 weeks of paid time off so that you can seek addiction treatment for a medical condition (such as addiction) that hinders your ability to work.

Vacation Pay

If you surpass the 12 weeks mentioned above – or think you may only need time off for a short period (4 weeks), you may opt for vacation time. This would give you paid vacation time and guarantee your job safety while you’re in drug rehab. It may even be possible to use this and the method described above in combination if you need a lengthy period in drug rehab.

Which Type Of Rehab, Inpatient Or Outpatient, Should I Go To?

Generally speaking, inpatient rehab centers are the best option if you:

  • Display moderate-to-severe addictive tendencies
  • Experience the effects of a dual diagnosis
  • Lack of a stable family environment

If you meet these criteria, you may benefit more from outpatient:

  • Have a low-level addiction
  • Strong social support system at home
  • Have completed inpatient treatment before; are unable to undergo inpatient treatment due to job or family commitments

Discuss your options with a professional in the field of addiction therapy for more advice.

How Far Should I Travel for Rehab?

Some people who need in-depth treatment go far from home to attend programs like this. This allows them to concentrate on their healing without the added pressures and distractions of daily life and drug abuse.

Travel expenses might be reduced by selecting from rehab centers closer to home if the stress level in your everyday life is low or by enrolling in an outpatient program.

What Should I Bring to Rehab Centers?

To get the most out of your inpatient rehabilitation program, it’s advised that you bring:

  • Evidence of who you are, such as a driver’s license or state ID
  • Insurance card for medical care
  • Your drugstore membership card or prescription ID
  • Items of clothing
  • A list of people to call in case of an emergency
  • A toothbrush, unopened tube of toothpaste, and an unopened bottle of shampoo
  • A notebook or journal to record your thoughts and feelings as you work through the rehabilitation process
  • Motivating photographs of loved ones
  • Postage stamps and envelopes

What Shouldn’t I Bring to Rehab?

The following goods are typically not allowed in rehab centers:

  • Illegal substances and alcohol-based weaponry
  • Aerosol goods
  • Cosmetics, vitamins, or hygiene goods that have been opened
  • Candles or incense
  • It’s also possible to find places that ban specific media like books, video games, and movies. For more in-depth advice, consult with a treatment advisor at your chosen rehabilitation facility.

What Type of Clothing Should I Pack?

To maximize your comfort during your stay at a rehabilitation facility, it is advised that you pack the following articles of clothing:

  • Dress for the weather in layers
  • Bring both light and heavier items like a sweater or jacket
  • Sneakers, shower shoes, and flip flops
  • Moderately revealing swimsuit and gym attire
  • Jewelry used on a daily basis, such as a watch or a wedding ring
  • Avoid wearing anything that is extremely exposing, contains foul language, or has any kind of drug reference
  • Wearing jewelry that stands out too much is another good way to get picked on or lose it.

Am I allowed to bring my medication with me to rehab?

You’ll likely be able to carry some of your regular meds with you to treatment. Locate a list of acceptable drugs by inquiring at the rehab centers.

When I go to a treatment center, will I be able to bring my cell phone with me?

It all relies on the specific treatment facility. The usage of cell phones is often forbidden or limited in public spaces.

Can I bring my laptop to treatment?

Laptops (and other electronic devices) are typically restricted in rehabilitation centers for the same reasons that cell phones are.

Can I bring my pet with me to your treatment center?

When you seek treatment, generally, you’re not able to bring your pet. Some facilities, however, welcome pets and welcome those who require service or emotional support animals.

Can I expect to spend money during my rehab stay?

A modest quantity of cash (about $80 to $100 in smaller denominations) will come in handy for purchasing refreshments from vending machines and last-minute necessities from neighboring shops.

Now let’s take a look at the financial side of things.

What is the Cost to Seek Addiction Treatment?

Each of these questions outlines some facet regarding the cost of rehab treatment.

If you don’t have health coverage, how much does inpatient addiction treatment cost?

The average daily cost of inpatient care for drug or alcohol addiction is between $200 and $900, while outpatient rehab typically ranges from $100 to $500. In general, more expensive programs provide more time for treatment or additional luxuries like private suites, chef-prepared meals, and massages.

Many rehab centers and organizations provide payment plans and sliding scales to help clients afford medical care.

Does health insurance pay for rehab?

The cost of drug and alcohol rehab centers may be partially or entirely covered by insurance. Get in touch with both your health insurance provider and the treatment centers you’re considering to find out what kind of coverage you may expect.

What is Medicare’s policy on treatment centers?

Both inpatient and outpatient drug rehab programs are likely to be covered by Medicare. The treatment plan may require medical professionals to attest to its medical necessity. You may still be responsible for paying some Medicare-related costs on your own, though, depending on the specifics of your plan at the rehab programs you’re thinking about attending.

Is drug treatment covered by Medicaid?

Some services for treating opioid addiction and other drugs should be covered by Medicaid under the ACA. However, the specifics of your coverage will be determined by the laws of your state and by your own unique circumstances.

Everyday Events at Rehab

These questions and answers pertain to day-to-day life during substance use disorder treatment.

Typically, what does a day look like while a person is in rehabilitation?

It varies from person to person and from rehab facility to facility. Medical detox is usually the initial step of treatment and takes around a week.

After the initial phase of detox, a typical day in rehab includes eating at set times, leisure time, and therapeutic activities for the mental aspects of addiction.

Some examples of such pursuits are:

  • Support groups
  • Individual Counseling
  • Education to Prevent Relapse
  • Practices like yoga, meditation, and prayer, as well as other mindfulness-based exercises like journaling, arts, and crafts, and hiking
  • Family therapy

What types of counseling services are available in rehab?

Therapies commonly provided by rehabilitation facilities include:


CBT is a form of talk therapy that helps addicts figure out why they use drugs, how to avoid using them when certain situations arise, and how to deal with negative emotions and situations.

Motivational Interviewing

By participating in either motivational interviewing (MI) or contingency management (CM), people can increase their drive to get and stay clean and make other beneficial changes in their lives.

Family Therapy

Family therapy, where you and your loved ones may learn how to best support your recovery from addiction, and group therapy, where you can talk to others who are going through the same thing and benefit from their experiences

Is a 12-Step Program Involved?

Sometimes. The members of a 12-step program are those who have recognized they have an addiction and are taking responsibility for their actions to overcome it.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), and Marijuana Anonymous (MA) are all well-known 12-step programs (MA).

People are often strongly encouraged to participate in such groups both during and after their time in a rehabilitation facility.

Since many people find the religious or spiritual component of 12-step programs off-putting, several treatment facilities also include non-religious alternatives including SMART Recovery, Women for Sobriety, and Secular Organizations for Sobriety (S.O.S.).

Are prescription medications available?

Sometimes. Medication-assisted therapy (MAT) may be part of your treatment plan if you’re recovering from an addiction to alcohol, opioids, or nicotine (MAT). In MAT, commonly utilized drugs include:

  • Acamprosate, which has been shown to reduce alcohol cravings
  • Methadone, has been shown to reduce opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms
  • Bupropion, which has been shown to reduce nicotine cravings
  • Buprenorphine, which is for opiate use disorder

How much of a role does exercise play in assisting recuperation?

Getting regular exercise has been shown to improve mood and lower stress, both of which lower the risk of recurrence. This is why a lot of treatment facilities incorporate fitness programs into their plans for clients’ rehabilitation and healing.

At Resurgence Tennessee, We’re Glad to Answer Your Inquiries

At Resurgence Tennessee, our admissions team is standing by to answer any questions you might have regarding rehab or any other facet of our treatment.

For more information, contact admissions directly, and they’ll be glad to field your call.

It’s Time for a New Beginning.

Addiction Treatment That Just Works.

Please contact us or call us at 888-290-5254 so we can design a treatment plan custom to your unique needs.

We accept most PPO insurances and also offer payment plans for cash patients.