What to Expect

Rehab Intake

The first step in healing addiction is finding the inpatient rehab program that's right for you. 


Once all traces of alcohol and drugs are removed from your system, your body can begin to heal.


As your body heals, it's time to find peace, understanding, and freedom from the underlying causes of your addiction.


Support to help you find your way forward - in sobriety - equipped with healthy coping strategies and resources.

Becoming sober and healthy can be a challenge. Maintaining a healthy life is a constant commitment and requires perseverance, will power, and a lot of effort. However, recovering from addiction and transforming your life for the better is worth any difficulties faced reaching that point. The first steps of addiction treatment are simple.

The Addiction Treatment Process

Different types of addiction require specific steps relative to each individual and their plan of treatment. There are several central aspects that are true for all addiction rehab processes; intake, detox, rehab, and ongoing outpatient recovery.

Any questions regarding the process of addiction rehabilitation can be addressed by dialing 888-623-1522 to talk to a rehab support advisor who will offer any information you require without any obligations.

Step 1 of Addiction Treatment: Intake

The initial step towards recovery is intake, during which you can decide which rehabilitation center is best for you. It’s important to get answers to your questions regarding your treatment and what to expect.

The center may have its own questions to ask you, and it’s possible you will have to undergo tests and screenings to reach a diagnosis and determine the best course of action for treating your addiction and addressing your needs. You can expect the center to inquire about how severe your addiction is, the history of your drug usage, any addiction history within your family, and possibly financial arrangements regarding your treatment.

Choose the Right Program for You

There are plenty of options as you choose an addiction rehab program. It’s very important to find the best one for your needs.
People who are more comfortable within the center of their choice often follow the program to its conclusion. This increases chances of maintaining sobriety in the future.

Factors to Consider

Whenever you start a drug addiction treatment program, there are several factors you should consider.

Addiction affects brain activity as well as your behavior.
Immediate treatment often presents better results.
Individuals can transform their lives with rehab programs whether or not they enter them on their own behalf. Those who are placed in these centers by their families or the court can and do achieve sobriety upon completing the program.
Every addict requires a specialized treatment plan, as everyone’s needs are different.
Programs that seek to improve every area of life beyond simply your addiction are often more effective.
As mental health problems tend to be contributors to substance abuse, it’s important to have this evaluated during treatment so the best recovery procedures for you can be used.
Be certain the program of your choice tests for such contagious illnesses as tuberculosis, hepatitis, and even HIV.
Dedication to your treatment is central in recovery from an addiction.
Allowing the body to detox is an important step in recovery. However, improving behavior requires therapy and continuous support from friends and family.
Behavioral therapy is common amongst addicts and often involves various forms of therapy such as family, individual, and/or group.
Medication is a key aspect of treatment.
Your treatment specialists should seek to fine-tune your treatment plan constantly to offer the best care possible.

Before you enroll in a recovery program, consider that center’s financial options. Inquire about financial support, insurance, and payment options. Also ask about the facility’s food quality, accommodations, and housing.

Different Kinds of Rehab Centers

Often, a treatment program will offer inpatient or outpatient services, or both.

No matter which facility you decide on, intake will more than likely be very similar.

Inpatient Treatment

These programs seek to protect the addict from their previous habits and offer around-the-clock care for them in a rehab facility. This treatment often helps alleviate stress and prevent temptation and relapse during the detox and rehab process.

This form of treatment is often recommended for those who have struggled with addiction for a long time or those with mental health and medical conditions.

Inpatient programs often occur at either a hospital or a facility apart from a medical setting. Both seek to provide care and supervision throughout your stay.

Some facilities are luxurious, providing a resort-like experience for your comfort.

Other centers such as executive facilities are high-end and often house professionals who are able to maintain responsibilities regarding their careers while simultaneously seeking treatment.

Outpatient Treatment Options

The main difference between outpatient and inpatient services is merely the fact that you can go home following your treatment every day. Many addicts have important obligations like children or career responsibilities. Outpatient centers offer the care they need to uphold their duties while recovering.

This is an ideal treatment option for people with less extreme or long-standing addictions. If your addiction has become a detriment to your life, inpatient treatment is more likely to be the answer.

Step 2 of Addiction Treatment: Detoxification


As you may have guessed, beating a substance addiction requires a detox process initially. Detox eliminates any traces of alcohol or drugs from your body. To handle withdrawal symptoms, maintenance medication can be administered.

Each addiction presents its own detox experience. Certain factors come into play as to what can be expected. Body composition, metabolism, type and dosage of the abused substance, the length of the addiction, and the existence of additional addictions determine the individual’s detox process.

While detox may seem frightening as it can be severe and occasionally dangerous for some individuals, supervised detoxification in a medical setting is almost always safe as opposed to attempting to detox at home.


Symptoms of Withdrawal

When the body is used to containing certain amounts of a substance due to regular consumption, the body can experience a withdrawal when it no longer receives that substance. It depends on what substance it is, but symptoms of withdrawal can begin as quickly as a few hours.

Symptoms include depression, inability to concentrate, decreased appetite, fatigue, irritability, insomnia, nausea, runny nose, diarrhea, cramps, trembling, fast heart rate, headaches, difficulty breathing, sore muscles, strokes, seizures, hallucinations, and heart attacks.

Medications for Detox

Your personal detox process including medication depends on your addiction. Before you can begin this stage, you will probably be examined by a professional to assess whether pharmaceutical assistance will be necessary for your treatment.

Not all addictions require a detoxification stage during rehab therapy. However, addictions like alcohol, heroin, and opiates almost always require medicine to treat severe withdrawal symptoms.
There are various medications that may be used depending on what kind of drug addiction is being treated.


During detox, methadone helps ease the
processfor heroin and opiate addicts.
The dose that is prescribed will decrease over
time so any drug dependence will
no longer be an issue

can be addictive and some people
continue taking it for years upon
recovery. The risk of developing a new
addiction is a factor taken into
consideration when assessing


Addictions to opioid medications and heroin also may be treated using buprenorphine. Unlike methadone, buprenorphine does not cause the user to feel a “high”, therefore decreasing chances of abuse. The dose administered is decreased over time, as with methadone. Some patients, though, continue using it for weeks, months, or possibly years after recovery.


Benzodiazepines are a classification of drug including anti-anxiety medications often administered during detox of an alcohol addiction. Benzodiazepines may be prescribed to lower chances of seizures during detox, reduce intense symptoms of withdrawal, and relieve the patient’s anxiety and possible depression sometimes associated with detoxification.


These are administered as a mild
sedative to ease anxiety,
discomfort, and irritability brought on
by the detox process. Similar to
benzodiazepines, they can be used to
decrease the risk of a seizure, a
withdrawal symptom often present
during the detox of an alcohol addiction.

Step 3 of Addiction Treatment: Rehabilitation


The next step following detoxification from a drug or alcohol addiction is rehabilitation. Patients reach a thorough understanding of the reasons they abuse drugs or alcohol. They can then address these problems to move on from addiction and no longer rely on any substances.

Individual Therapy

During this form of therapy, patients do inner work and recall when and why they began to use the substance. The patient will learn strategies to prevent relapse by focusing on healthy hobbies as well as time management tips to limit opportunities to consider relapse. Upon reaching an understanding of what triggers the urge to use, the patient can develop strategies for handling situations where temptation is strongest.

With this form of behavioral therapy, patients express their thoughts on their addiction and substance use. Patients can have their thoughts about other topics addressed as well. Expressing these thoughts helps the individual to develop more effective thought patterns and change unhealthy behaviors to reach a sober and healthy life.

Group Therapy Sessions

You can expect most rehab processes to include a group therapy. During these sessions, people recovering from an addiction communicate with people in similar situations. Knowing they aren’t alone helps the individual during recovery by creating a sense of support amongst the group.

Family Therapy

These sessions are often suggested at rehab centers. An addiction is difficult for family members as well as the individual. Loved ones are often a major component towards recovery.

During a family therapy session, the patient’s family can express the pain the addiction has caused and admit how much they’d love to see their loved one living a happy and healthy life. These sessions can solve issues within the family to strengthen the patient’s support system during and after recovery.

Step 4 of Addiction Treatment: Recovery


Upon completion of a rehabilitation program, patients have still not yet reached recovery. A lot of individuals work towards recovery for the rest of their lives. Sometimes, it is easy to maintain sobriety, but at other times individuals will find it very difficult to avoid relapse triggers. Recovery is a journey and can be rough at times, but is possible with lifelong support.

An aftercare plan must be established before the patient can leave the treatment program. Follow-up treatment programs are usually offered to help the individual return to their normal life. An example of this program may be weekend visits at the center at times when a tune-up is necessary.

Upon recovery, some patients decide to reside in sober living facilities with other recovering addicts. In these facilities, individuals do chores and/or outside jobs and attend group sessions. These facilities offer support during this transitional time and help recovering individuals return to normal life.

Attending regular therapy after rehabilitation is common amongst patients. As a means of maintaining accountability, some patients submit to drug tests. Group therapy can help establish a supportive community in your area.

Some well-known examples of 12-step programs are Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, which can be attended regularly. These meetings are held all over the country.

Some variations of the Alcoholics Anonymous system include Cocaine Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Pills anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, and Crystal Meth Anonymous.

The support that is offered with specialized 12-step programs can be extremely helpful for some individuals, and others can receive the right assistance from general support programs.

Participants in aftercare support programs reap what they sew in relation to the effort put towards the group. It’s important to interact and share experiences with group members. When individuals have maintained sobriety and continued recovery, they have the option of mentoring newly recovering individuals.

The Next Step Is Yours to Take


Whether you are struggling with addiction yourself or you are concerned for a loved one, there is real hope to be had. Getting answers to your questions about addiction treatment will help put your mind at ease as you take the first steps toward recovery.

Our trained rehab counselors are standing by, ready to help you find an inpatient treatment center that suits your needs. Please give us a call at 888-623-1522 now for confidential, compassionate help.