Treatment FAQs

When entering treatment, there are several things that newcomers don’t know. Unfortunately, they are in a vulnerable position. Asking about these things can be sensitive and remind them of what they’re going through. To ease the transition into South Shores Recovery, we’ve collected some of the most frequently asked questions we come across. Hopefully, they will help you with the things you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask.

How Do I Know If I'm Addicted?

It’s challenging for a person to know if they’re addicted to a substance. Even for people who understand how dependence and addiction work, it’s hard to accept that they may be addicted to something. Addiction is a combination of unique factors that combine to cause the final result. Only a trained counselor can help you determine if you’re addicted to something. To do this, they examine a pattern of use for a particular substance.
They ask the person if their drug use leads to negative consequences in their relationships or professional life. One of the tell-tale signs is an inability to give up the substance of their own free will. Over time, addiction leads to more intense drug use, which inevitably harms the person’s interpersonal relationships. If you suspect you might be addicted, come in and see us. Our professional staff will help you determine if that’s the case and plan out a treatment regimen for you.

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Is My Treatment Private and Confidential?

Yes. Treatment centers guarantee that their patients’ histories and treatment methods are confidential. It’s hard enough to recover without having the whole world know what you’re going through. We respect that and keep your details personal and private.

Is There a Difference Between Addiction and Dependency?

Dependency happens when a person’s body cannot function without a particular drug. When someone takes a drug, their body tries to neutralize its effects on the brain. However, this changes their brain’s chemistry, leading to a person becoming dependent on the substance. Addiction is a brain disease that preys on this dependence. An addicted person makes illogical choices based on their need for the substance. These choices can lead them to illegal acts just to obtain the substance. South Shores believes that the best way to treat addiction is to treat that mental urge to use the substance. Our approach encompasses behavioral therapies that have a proven track record of success.

Does Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment?

Some insurance policies cover rehabilitation. If you’re worried about whether your provider is on the list that covers a particular rehab center’s service, your best bet would be to call the rehab center and explain your situation to them. Insurance coverage allows the rehab center to deal directly with the provider to cover your costs. You won’t have to do anything but show up.
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What Kind of Clothes and Items Should I Pack?

Rehab centers are just a place to stay away from home so that you can collect your thoughts and leave the temptation of addiction behind. Depending on where you stay, you can pack clothes and essentials that you’ll typically use at home. If you’re going down to Florida for your recovery, you could consider packing warm-weather garments. If the season is a bit colder, and you’re nowhere near the warm coasts, you might be better served with heavier cold-weather clothing. Most facilities will give you a list of items suitable for wear within their building to streamline your packing.

How Long Does Drug and Alcohol Rehab Last?

Drug and alcohol rehab doesn’t happen overnight. On average, detoxification (breaking the physical dependence on the drug) could last anywhere from a week to a month. The actual time depends on how long the person has been using drugs or alcohol and its hold on their body. In some cases, it may be necessary to wean the person off the addictive drug by reducing the dosage over a week or two. Detox itself takes place in a controlled, monitored facility. Medical staff is on call if things take a turn for the worse, but that’s not very likely. Withdrawal can take between three days and a week to complete. However, once this stage is done, the recovering person can rest assured that their body doesn’t require the drug anymore.

Detox isn’t the end of treatment, however. Long-term treatment usually requires the recovering person to deal with their feelings and emotions that leads to addiction. Inpatient treatment where the recovering person stays at the treatment center can last for up to three months. Outpatient treatment is another option where the patient lives at home but is required to attend regular sessions with a therapist. Both of these have differing levels of success based on the treatment regime and the drug in question. Asking about which treatment regimens a rehab center offers can help you make an informed choice.

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Can I Take My Prescriptions During Treatment?

When you arrive, medical professionals will review all of your current medication to see how it affects treatment. If they deem your medication necessary, you should continue to take it in accordance with your physician’s guidelines. However, most facilities frown on bringing in open pill bottles or any narcotic-based medication. Vitamins are also not permitted within the facility. Any drug that contains alcohol is strictly forbidden. These rules are there to protect both the incoming patient and those already at the facility. The presence of these medications can be a severe temptation to some patients.

What Kinds of Substances Are Treated atSouth Shores?

We cover a wide range of drug and alcohol treatments at South Shores Recovery. Our approach sees results with both alcohol and drug rehabilitation. If you’re concerned that we might not treat your particular disorder, give us a call or schedule a visit to discuss it. We’re always open to meeting with new clients.

Does Your Program Treat Dual Diagnosis Clients?

Dual diagnosis clients are those that have another diagnosed mental illness alongside their addiction. They are typically complex cases that require a medical professional to help them work through their issues. South Shores offers trained medical professionals skilled in dealing with dual diagnosis cases. Typically, when patients enter our facility, our staff helps them get acclimatized. During this process, they can determine whether the person has a dual diagnosis issue or not. Dual diagnosis treatment is unique for each client, depending on their needs.
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What Levels of Care Does South Shores Provide?

South Shores offers rehabilitation services as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment. Our rehab services allow people to break their physical dependency on a drug. At the same time, our inpatient and outpatient treatment help a recovering person deal with addiction over the long term. Out levels of care include:
  • Sober Living Support
  • Inpatient Care
  • Residential Rehab
  • Partial Hospitalization Programming
  • Intensive Outpatient Care
  • Inpatient Care
  • Medical Detox
  • Residential Rehab

Do You Have Doctors and Nurses On-Site?

Yes, we offer 24-hour nursing care within our detoxification and residential programs. Detox, in particular, is essential to have medical staff on hand. We care about our patients’ well-being and take measures to ensure that they are taken care of.

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What Makes South Shores Recovery Stand Out

As a facility, we strive to provide the best service possible to each of our visitors. Our focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy allows us to help many people by enabling them to help themselves. Not only are we dedicated to the success of our clients’ treatments, but we enjoy helping our clients help themselves. Contact us today to learn more about what South Shores offers and why we’re the best choice for you.