How Drug Rehab Treats an Addiction

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

For those who might soon be entering a rehab program at 1st Step Behavioral Health -or any other rehab center for that matter-, you may be concerned about what to expect and how rehab works to treat a drug addiction. Furthermore, you probably also have some anxiety about what you will do after rehab to keep yourself from relapsing.

Let’s take a look at how it works.


From Addiction to Detox

When you first get to our drug rehab near Ft. Lauderdale in Pompano Beach, you will go through our intake process and immediately begin detox. During this portion of rehab, your only concern should be getting through the withdrawal symptoms caused by quitting that particular substance.

Detox can last anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks. And due to the unpredictability of the before-mentioned withdrawals, at-home detox is rarely successful and occasionally life threatening. Here, our staff will make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.


Re-Learning Life in Rehab

After pushing all of the substance out of your blood and body, rehab then focuses on pushing it out of your mind through various types of therapy. These generally include behavioral cognitive therapy, group discussions, and family therapy.

However, since an addiction to certain drugs can be impossible for some people to ever fully eliminate all their cravings, it is important to learn how to deal with triggers that life will throw your way, including stress, negative people, bad news, boredom, and more. Many recovering addicts pick up new hobbies during rehab, which can be a tremendous help in keeping an addiction away for good.


Sticking to Your Own Word

Still, with everything said here, the single most important factor in a successful and permanent drug rehab program is that you stay optimistic and keep to the promises you make to your addiction therapist. Before ending your stay in our rehab center, you will work with the therapist to determine what you need to do to continue your care and stay sober, then promise to stick to that.

As corny as it might sound, as long as you stick to that promise and stay positive as far as quitting is concerned, you’re on the path to a long life of healthy sobriety. Contact us right away to enter drug rehab for yourself or learn more about how to reserve space here for a loved one in Ft. Lauderdale.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director 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.