If your doctor or therapist recommends you to move to subacute rehabilitation, it usually means you’re already at
that last stage of recovery. Getting recommended for the rehabilitation can get pretty overwhelming at first, but once you get used to it, you’ll find that it means you are at the start of a new life.
Here are some things that set subacute rehab apart from traditional rehab:
It’s shorter than acute rehab.
The main defining characteristic of the rehabilitation is that it isn’t as extensive as its counterpart in acute rehab. This means that this treatment doesn’t take as long, nor does it require the same amount of scrutiny from your doctor. Instead, patients are given the okay to continue the treatment in their spare time without an inpatient commitment.
The reason why subacute rehab is so short is because this is usually recommended to patients who are in a less devastating addiction cycle. With this sort of rehabilitation, your doctor has ruled out the need for more serious monitoring, recommending you now for the last stage of recovery.
It’s all about the patient.
Getting recommended for the rehabilitation means that it’s up to you to pick up the slack, in terms of your recovery process. With limited and less frequent monitoring from your physician, you’re going to have to continue the rest of your recovery on your own.
But this shouldn’t be taken as a cue to despair or lose motivation. In fact, more than anything, getting recommended for the treatment should be seen as an opportunity to prove things to yourself – and perhaps, maybe to others as well.
Subacute treatment motivates you to take a more responsible and individual stance with regards to your recovery process. Think of it as your doctor believing in your capability to see your process to the end on your own. Even if you won’t be completely cut off from all help, the assistance that used to be around all the time won’t be there anymore.
It’s not yet the end.
It’s a mistake to assume that being moved to the rehab means your recovery process is at an end. Recovery is a continuing, ongoing process that may go beyond even after you finish rehab.
Subacute rehabilitation signifies just one part of your recovery, and not necessarily the end of it. The door is still wide open for anything to happen, which is why you shouldn’t let your guard down. In fact, this should be the time you should be most alert, because as mentioned earlier, you will be on your own the moment you get recommended for subacute treatment.
Be careful not to take things for granted when you’ve reached this stage. If you aren’t careful, you may end up having to start back from square one again.
Questions to ask in preparation:
Although moving to subacute treatment means you’ll be mostly on your own, you won’t be completely shut off from medical aid or psychological assistance. They’ll still be there when you need them, so moving on to for the rehab shouldn’t be seen as a negative thing at all.
But in this type of rehab, you will be expected to carry the rest of the load yourself. As such, it’s important to ask a few questions before going into this latter stage of the recovery process.
What can I expect? – What was life like for other people when they began their rehabilitation? Before beginning something that may seem foreign to you, it’s important to do a background check first. It doesn’t matter whether you stayed for a long time at an acute rehab or not – it’s still going to be your first step towards the outside world. Ask all necessary questions about it before setting out.
How often will you be available once I leave? – After you leave to begin your treatment, it’s possible your doctor will be assigned to a new patient. Don’t hesitate to ask if your doctor will still be available for assistance once you leave.
What happens if I relapse? – A scary, yet necessary, question to ask before leaving to begin the treatment. Will the care facility be ready to take you back once it happens? How often does relapse happen to people who’ve gone through the same? How far back will a relapse set me, in terms of recovery? As is the case with most things, it always helps to expect the best, while preparing for the worst.
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