When you are being facilitated you are not being controlled. Terms are not being dictated to you. No one is about to tell you how to live your life. But the purpose behind facilitating your rehabilitation is to provide you with guidance after losing control of your life. You may have lost your sense of direction. And you cannot seem to recall how life should be lived. Because after all, you had become just so dependent on drugs and/or alcohol. The rehabilitation facility harahan setting is deliberately convivial.
It is made to feel like a place called home. And given that so many drug and alcohol offenders are coming from terrible backgrounds, this is like going through the pearly gates and into paradise. It is not boot camp. It is more like living, not staying, actual living at a hotel resort. Indeed, rehab patients do need to be made to feel as comfortable as possible, particularly in the first few days of being treated as an inpatient. More like being treated as a hotel guest actually, but so it goes. Because it is during the first few days of rehabilitation therapy that the patient may be facing his or her most difficult days.
In cases like these, there is no gradual weaning off of drugs and/or alcohol. You are off it for good, or so the theory goes. Or is it a case of expecting too much? More like exerting the powers of positive thinking? Anyhow, the new rehab patients face a difficult few days of going without drugs and alcohol. For many of them it is a first. The first time in many years that he has not touched a drop. The first time in many years that she has not reached for the needle.