What is Rehab Like?

Making a choice to enter a rehab program for drug or alcohol addiction is a major life decision for you or a loved one. It’s natural to wonder what happens in rehab, how does rehab work, and what should you expect. Most rehabs follow a somewhat similar treatment protocol, even though each is unique in various respects. You will receive different care depending on the program and therapy you choose, most follow a similar treatment structure.

There are a number of standard treatment protocols used by most centers, like:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • 12 Step Model Group Therapy
  • Individual Counseling Exercise Therapy
  • Mindfulness

A drug and alcohol rehabilitation program operate by providing structure for the recovering addict or alcoholic. The individual plan that is formulated for each client works within this structure to allow the person to focus on learning new skills that will keep them clean and sober.

A client can also expect to be exposed to some of the following in most rehab programs: 

  • Relapse planning
  • Coping skills
  • Stress management skills
  • Advanced handling triggers
  • Responding to slips and substance use
  • Structuring your time
  • Handling negative emotions
  • Living with enablers
  • Managing a family dynamic
  • Rebuilding relationships
  • Understanding healthy vs. Unhealthy relationships
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment
  • Daily living skills (money management, housing, legal assistance, etc.)
  • Spirituality
  • Parenting (where applicable)
  • Stress management and life balance
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness and health

If you or your loved one has a good idea of what to expect in rehab, you can make more informed decisions. like choosing whether to choose an inpatient an outpatient treatment program.

A better understanding of what happens in rehab, how it works, and what to expect can help you or your loved one to make the best decision and to choose a treatment model that works for your individual circumstances.

If  your loved one is currently experiencing a problem with addiction to drugs or alcohol, don’t wait until it’s too late. Please contact South Coast Counselling at 1-844-330-0096 and find the help you need or help someone who is addicted to finding the help they need. There is no obligation or cost for the initial consultation, and quick action might save your life or the life of your loved one.