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What Are The Basic Rules In A Detox Program

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If you or someone you know is battling addiction, chances are you’ve done some research on different detox programs. For most, however, the thought of rehab is a frightening notion. The truth is, there is nothing scary about the life saving treatment you will receive when you enter a detox program. The unknown can still make you hesitate, so to help ease your mind as you are considering this option, here are some of the basic rules you can expect to find in a detox program.

Because each addiction is different, addiction treatment cannot be approached the same for everyone. It is important that your rehab program be tailored to your specific recovery needs. When you speak with staff members, it is important to be honest about your situation. Once you’ve done your research and have chosen the detox program that seems best suited for your particular situation, you will find that the rules you are expected to adhere to are the same as anyone else in detox regardless of their level of addiction or type of addiction. Some of the basic rules you will find are:

  • No drugs or alcohol
  • No relationships/sex with residents or staff
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • No unexcused absences
  • No harassment or violence
  • No weapons
  • Submit to periodic drug tests

These rules may seem tough or excessive, but as you will see, they are vital in helping you be successful in accomplishing drug and alcohol free your goals.

No Drugs or Alcohol

The number one rule for any rehab program has got to be no drugs or alcohol. Your primary purpose is to kick the addiction, therefore, you are expected to abstain from using, possessing, producing or transferring drugs and alcohol. This includes food items or any household objects that contain alcohol. Some examples of these objects are:

  • mouth wash
  • vanilla extract
  • furniture polish
  • potpourri

Use and or possession of drugs or alcohol will increase the risk of relapse for you and others in the program, so this rule must be strictly enforced.

No Relationships/Sex With Residents or Staff

You are in the detox program to focus on healing yourself. Engaging in romantic relationships with other patients or staff members is normally forbidden. You need all of your attention and energy focused on your recovery. You will be going through a rollercoaster of emotions and do not need the added stress that new relationships can bring. You also want to avoid falling into the trap of trying to fill the void of your addiction with romance. Plus, if you are dating a fellow rehab patient, should they relapse they may influence you to do so as well. Another good reason relationships or sex with staff members if forbidden is that a patient may try to use sex to get staff members to give them drugs or alcohol, or to look the other way while they break other rules.

Maintain Confidentiality

While you shouldn’t be ashamed of seeking the help of a detox program, it is normal to want some level of confidentiality. People share their personal feelings and thoughts, and some deep issues my surface. In order for true healing to happen, people need to feel safe delving into these issues in front of others. At drug and/or alcohol rehab centers, patients and staff are required to protect any information they may learn about others during treatment. You can be subject to criminal charges or a civil lawsuit if you disclose someone’s protected information.

No Unexcused Absences

The treatments applied during detox are only effective when you consistently participate. It is also important that you are not putting yourself in a situation to be tempted to use alcohol or drugs. That’s why it is important that the staff of a detox program has full accountability of your whereabouts, and you get proper approval for any needed absences.

No Harassment or Violence

Detoxing from drugs or alcohol is stressful to say the least. You may experience symptoms like anxiety, depression or trouble sleeping as well as other symptoms. These symptoms can lead to frustrations that may cause you or others to lash out. Detox programs don’t tolerate aggressive acts such as verbal abuse like name calling or insulting, bullying, physical abuse, or threatening language. Part of your rehab is learning a healthy way to communicate your frustrations while maintaining your composure.

No Weapons

As mentioned above, some patients may experience anxiety or depression. These feelings can also lead to suicidal thoughts. With that in mind, it should be easy to understand why weapons would be prohibited. There are even some rare instances where a patient can become so overwhelmed that they may become violent towards others. Staff are trained to deal with these situations, but you definitely don’t want them to have access to any form of weapons. Besides the obvious items, other objects that may be viewed as weapons are multi-tools, box cutters, and small knives.

Submit to Periodic Drug Tests

Believe it or not, drug testing is a powerful and positive tool during rehab. It will encourage you to be honest about your activities, and helps to prevent a relapse. It also ensures you get help as soon as possible should you relapse. If you are serious about abstaining from drugs and alcohol, knowing you will be randomly tested can go along way by measuring your progress towards your goal to stay clean.

While going into a detox program can seem pretty daunting, hopefully this information will help you see that it is worth it. If you are ready to get the help that you or your loved one deserves, don’t wait another minute to take action. Pick up the phone and call us at 877-497-6180 today. The sooner you ask for help, the sooner a life will be saved.