What to Expect at Drug Rehab

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So, you’ve decided to help with your drug addiction (or a loved one’s substance abuse). If you’re wondering what to expect at drug rehab, then you’re not the only one. Every drug treatment facility is different, but most inpatient programs have similar admission procedures. Anyone entering treatment should be aware of their facility’s requirements and processes so that they know what to expect. It’s a challenge to reach out for help when you’ve been abusing drugs or alcohol for a long time, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for your recovery when that time comes.

The first step in getting help is the phone call. A person in need of treatment or their family member should call the rehab facility to find out details about the programs offered and to make sure the facility will be a good fit. At Restore Health and Wellness, we are a certified and licensed substance abuse program with a focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit.

Check-In and Assessment

Once at the treatment facility, a person can expect to go through an evaluation process. This will include physical and mental health assessments, as well as detailing a history of the drug or alcohol abuse and any other concerns that are present. This is not done to make the person feel uncomfortable, but rather to get a bigger picture of their situation so that a program can be designed to meet their specific needs.

The patient will then get settled into their room, and their personal items will be cataloged. Most rehabs have certain things they do not permit, such as iPods or cell phones, and these will be stored away until after the inpatient stay is complete.

What to Expect at Rehab

Rehab and Therapy

After a client is checked in and settled, he or she will begin their program. The first step is a drug or alcohol detox, if necessary, which may require medical assistance or may need to be done in a hospital setting. After detox, the person will begin therapy and rehab, which can take many different forms. Individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and specialty programs are all used to help the person learn how to live without their drugs. Learning to live life on life’s terms without having illicit substances in your body is not an easy process that’s why addiction professionals are here with you every step of the way during the rehabilitation period.


After a person has completed their program, it is often necessary for them to remain connected to their treatment community for continued support. Aftercare programs and support groups are designed to help keep individuals from relapsing and on the right path toward sobriety. If you complete a residential treatment program, it’s recommended to attend intensive outpatient (IOP) therapy for three to six months, along with residing in a sober living home for structure and support. This comprehensive approach to your recovery allows for a higher chance of staying sober and avoiding a relapse.

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