The First Steps in the Drug and Alcohol Rehab Process

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

The First Steps in the Drug and Alcohol Rehab Process

Addiction is a disease that affects everyone regardless of race, gender, age or social class. When individuals enter drug and alcohol rehab, they begin a journey toward long-term sobriety. Depending on the individual’s circumstances, he or she may want to attend an inpatient or outpatient rehab. Inpatient rehab offers higher success rates and more intensive treatment, but outpatient rehab offers more flexibility for people who have work or family responsibilities that can’t be put aside.

The First Step in Drug and Alcohol Rehab: Recognizing You Have a Problem

The start of the recovery process is becoming aware that there’s a problem. Over time, addicted individuals may not realize the impact that their habit has on their work, family and health. Sometimes, it takes a family member or friend to point out that there’s a problem. Once addicted individuals recognize that they have a problem, they’re ready to seek out help at a drug and alcohol rehab center.

Considering Options for Treatment

In the second step, addicted individuals begin to look for treatment centers and programs that can help them become sober. At this stage in the process, it’s important to involve family members and friends. With support from loved ones, patients are better able to achieve sobriety. In addition, addicted individuals may use this stage of the process to learn more about their addiction and the impact that it has on their life.

Exploring Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

Once individuals are no longer in denial, they can find a treatment center that works for them. The early recovery process begins once patients are ready to get clean. Often, patients will choose a long-term care facility to get in-depth treatment. Longer rehab programs have higher success rates than outpatient facilities. Patients can enroll in long-term care options ranging from 6 to 12 months.

At the treatment center, patients are in a caring environment where they can begin their recovery. Talk therapy and family therapy are used to uncover the root causes of addiction. At some treatment centers, patients can also receive dual diagnosis treatment. Conditions like depression, PTSD, anxiety and bipolar disorder can contribute to an addiction because some people use drugs to self-medicate. By getting dual diagnosis treatment, patients can target the root cause of their addiction and get help.

Therapy Options

As patients begin rehab, there are several treatment options available. Holistic therapies like acupuncture and massage therapy help to soothe anxiety and agitation. Meanwhile, art and music therapy give patients an outlet for their thoughts, feelings and stress. Once patients have made significant progress toward their recovery, they can begin relearning life skills like grocery shopping and time management. Learning life skills helps patients to reintegrate into normal life and unlearn habits related to their addiction.

Recovery is a journey that unfolds over a lifetime. If you or a loved one has an addiction, professional drug rehab is the answer. Call 1st Step Behavioral Health at (866) 319-6126 to begin your journey toward sobriety.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.