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Drug & Alcohol Rehab: Fact vs. Fiction

If your idea of what happens in rehab comes from TV, a movie, or an Amy Winehouse song, you probably have a negative view of residential addiction treatment. However, the reality is much different than what you might see in pop culture. Residential addiction treatment can be a rich, fulfilling, and life-changing experience for people struggling with signs of addiction. Take a look at some of the most common myths about treatment and the reality of what to expect from rehab.

FICTION: I can get clean and sober on my own.

FACT: Medical treatment is safer and lasts longer. 

The reality is, if you could get clean and sober on your own, wouldn’t you have done it already? Substance use disorder is a disease, and it deserves true medical treatment. (You wouldn’t try to cure cancer on your own, right?) First, medical detox ensures that you make it through the withdrawal period safely and with minimal discomfort. This ensures that you don’t experience lasting damage from withdrawal, but it also makes it less likely that you break down and grab a drug or drink to stop the pain. Then, residential addiction treatment gets to the root of your issues, healing the emotional wounds and deeply held beliefs that made you drink or use in the first place. All of that sets you up for a life on the path of recovery far better than going it alone.

FICTION: I don’t need to go to 30 days of AA meetings.

FACT: Addiction treatment involves diverse methodologies.

Modern addiction treatment addresses the many root causes of addiction from many angles. In a typical day in our Wichita drug and alcohol rehab, for example, you might go to one-on-one counseling with a therapist, sit in on a group therapy session, participate in music therapy in our jam room, or hang out with Finley, our therapy dog. Each one of those activities is equally important in helping you heal, and guiding you to the path out of addiction. You might not even realize it, at times. In fact, it’s possible and even likely that you’ll have fun in rehab!

FICTION: Rehab is like a lockdown psych ward.

FACT: Residential addiction treatment can be a warm and welcoming community.

Four-legged Finley is sure to make you feel welcome upon arrival, but our humans play a big part in that, too. At Holland Pathways, our campus is set up like a homey, residential community. Rooms are clean and comfortable, and there are plenty of relaxing common areas where you can hang out with your peers and process the work of your day. Staff members providing 24/7 support will start to feel like friends, and you might  not even want to leave when it’s time for graduation!

FICTION: Rehab is expensive.

FACT: Rehab can be affordable for anyone.

Rehab is not just something for the rich and famous. Call our admissions team to discuss how you can find a path to treatment. They’ll work with you to verify your insurance benefits, and let you know what you can expect to pay — before you even start treatment. They also have the experience to help you find alternative paths to payment. Money should never be the barrier that keeps someone from getting help. Even if Holland Pathways isn’t your destination, we’ll do everything we can to help you find a place where you can start your journey to recovery. 

Call our team today and let them know: What are your other rehab expectations? They can answer any questions, but the best way to check them is to come visit for yourself!