Common Concerns About Rehab

Deciding to undergo treatment for drug and alcohol dependence in a formalized residential setting can be both frightening and empowering. It’s perfectly normal to have fears around what the environment will be like, what detox will feel like and how the treatment process will unfold. Of course, the experience in rehab is unique for everyone, depending on their history and circumstances, but there are some recurring worries and questions that most people have prior to beginning a stay in inpatient care.

One of the most common concerns is the possibility of discomfort during sleep, trouble with falling asleep or repeatedly waking up with pain or restlessness. And these fears aren’t unfounded. Issues with sleeping peacefully and comfortably are definitely physical side effects one can readily expect during the early phases of recovery. Sleeplessness or an inability to sleep without repeated disturbances are an extremely common symptom associated with alcohol withdrawal. According to the New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), “Studies have demonstrated that pronounced insomnia and marked sleep fragmentation often result when chronic drinkers go through withdrawal and that this may even occur many weeks into abstinence.” Of course, difficulty with sleep can occur for individuals undergoing detox from other drugs, as well.

The Importance of Good Sleep

An inability to sleep, especially in the middle of the night, can cause great distress; as such, professional residential facilities have strategies in place to readily address this. Recovery Malibu offers around the clock care, both during and after detox. Detox, of course, is a crucial period and while a physician might not be on-site 24/7, a team of support staff and nurses are. A doctor well versed in addiction medicine overseeing detox always makes sure there are plenty of meds available for the client at all times. If for some reason the person starts to experience extreme pain or discomfort, and immediate remedies aren’t available because the doctor is off-site—in the middle of the night or in the early hours of the morning, for example—there is always someone on the treatment team who can call the physician and request what is needed. From there, the doctor can ensure the client gets what he or she requires as soon as possible in order to get back to sleep. So essentially, the client can rest assured that relief is always within reach.

One of the perks of choosing to attend rehab in a luxury setting is this comfort—knowing one will be taken care of, no matter what, whether it’s alleviating sleeplessness, hunger or physical pain. High-end facilities guarantee a person is in the most comfortable atmosphere possible, so he or she is better equipped to make the most out of their time in treatment. Adequate sleep is an integral part of restoring one’s mind, body and soul. As such, addiction professionals know it’s in everyone’s best interest—both the client and their treatment team—that solid, uninterrupted sleep is an imperative part of a successful detox and treatment regimen.