What to Expect

Each patient has different needs in recovery. Each patient experiences different things prior to addiction, uses drugs or alcohol for different reasons, struggles with different underlying disorders or problems that exacerbate their addiction issues, and will require a different combination of therapies and treatments during rehab in order to effectively address these issues. In general, however, drug rehab will provide a certain structure to the weeks following cessation of drug use. Here’s what to expect.

Starting Rehab

What happens the first day of treatment will depend upon the level of intoxication of the patient. Some will require immediate medical and/or psychiatric stabilization due to erratic behavior or serious medical emergency. Others will need assistance in dealing with acute and overwhelming withdrawal symptoms.

For most patients, however, the first day of rehab is comparatively uneventful. At intake, bags will be unpacked with the assistance of staff in order to ensure that no contraband items are coming in and that valuables and medications are secured appropriately. The patient and any accompanying family members will likely be given a brief tour and shown to his room. Family members will say goodbye, and the patient is free to begin the medical and psychiatric evaluation process that will assist the therapeutic team in ascertaining which therapies and treatment goals will be most appropriate. A group meeting, dinner with other patients, or other group activities may end the day.

Getting Settled

Detox is usually the focus of the first week of recovery. Patients will meet with their case manager or personal therapist and go over their treatment plan. They will begin immediately to attend group sessions, personal therapy, and other therapeutic interventions. They may meet with a doctor or a psychiatrist if they have medical issues or mental health needs. If they are taking medication, this may be adjusted or monitored closely to see if adjustments are warranted. During the first few days of treatment, if withdrawal symptoms are significant or mental health symptoms are intrusive, the therapeutic schedule may be light and chosen based on the patient’s ability to actively engage with the process.

Making Progress

As the days pass, withdrawal symptoms will lessen, and the patient will be better able to manage mental health symptoms as well. Their focus can turn to therapeutic and emotional growth in recovery. Through traditional, holistic, and alternative therapies, patients can:

  • Work through underlying trauma and/or abuse
  • Learn to manage mental health symptoms
  • Learn how to avoid relapse
  • Address day-to-day issues that may make it more difficult to stay sober

Patients make treatment goals and as they reach them, they make new ones and potentially alter their therapeutic schedule accordingly.

Preparing to Move On

Some patients stay in drug rehab for 30 days while others opt to stay for a few months. In concert with the therapeutic team, patients should determine on a case-by-case basis the right length of time to continue with active treatment. Once this period is concluded, the patient will need to consider options for the future. Is a sober living home a good option? Is there a safe and sober household to move into or back to? Will outpatient treatment be the best choice or will a unique combination of therapies, community activities, and sports or exercise be a better option?

Contact us at the phone number listed above and discuss your options in addiction treatment and recovery today.

Leave a Comment