What Happens to People in Rehab?

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

Modern evidence-based rehab comes in many forms. Many different programs are available, designed to support differing personal needs. Depending on the severity of an addiction a recovering person hospitalization with 24×7 care may be required. Other people may find less intensive outpatient options to be best.

One thing the programs have in common is a compassionate understanding that drug and alcohol addiction are beatable diseases.

 

The General Process

The first step is actually getting there. Usually intake starts with a phone conversation to decide if you or your loved one is a good fit for a particular program. Honesty is very important here.

Next up generally is supervised detox. Withdrawing from abused substances can have extreme side effects. Trained doctors and nurses can help a recovering person overcome what they could not on their own.

 

During Rehab

Once in a rehab program there are numerous activities designed to provide the tools necessary for recovery. There are recovery meetings, group therapy work, therapy sessions, and checkups from doctors. Sometimes there are also other activities such as yoga as well as time for journaling or reflection. These activities occur in safe alcohol and drug-free environments.

Treatment is not designed to be limited to time specifically in rehab. This is a time where one is meant to be developing the tools necessary for a recovered lifestyle. This new lifestyle will be dramatically different from the old one. Such change doesn’t come easily, but it doesn’t have to be done alone.

 

Relapse Prevention

Rehab doesn’t have to end at the release from an inpatient or outpatient program. Several options for continued work are listed here. Some of these include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Addiction therapy
  • Sober living

One of the most important goals of rehab is to find new methods of coping in your clean lifestyle. A good rehab program will help you rediscover old interests you may have neglected or find new ones!

 

To learn more, about our South Florida rehab center, please contact us today.

 

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.