The Addiction Rehab Process writes-

The journey to a healthy, sober life is not a quick and easy one. It is a lifelong commitment of dedication and hard work. The rewards gained from transforming a life of addiction into a life of recovery, however, are immeasurable and well worth the effort. Like any journey, the road to sobriety begins with simple steps forward.

Steps of the Addiction Rehab Process

The specific steps of a person’s addiction rehabilitation process will vary according to the type of addiction, the treatment plan used, and the individual seeking rehab. However, all recovery processes tend to share certain key elements:

  1. Intake.
  2. Detoxification (detox).
  3. Rehabilitation (rehab).
  4. Ongoing Recovery.

If you have any questions concerning the rehab process or your individual journey to recovery, please call 1-888-341-7785 to speak with one of our treatment support advisors who will answer your questions confidentially — at any time of the day or night — with no obligation.

1. Intake

Intake is the process of determining whether a particular rehab center is a good fit for you (and vice versa). This is a stage to ask the questions of the center that are most important to you.

The rehab center will also have some questions for you and may ask you to undergo some diagnostic tests or screenings to best determine how the program can most optimally tailor its treatment plan to you and your particular needs and stage of addiction. The center will likely be interested in knowing the severity of your addiction, your personal drug use history, family history of addiction, and even financial arrangements for treatment.

Make Sure the Program Meets Your Needs

When it comes to addiction rehabilitation programs, there is no shortage of options available to you. So remember that it’s both important and feasible to search for a program that’s a good match for you.

If you feel comfortable with the facility you’ve chosen, you’re more likely to stick with the program and see it through to its end — increasing your chances of long-term health and sobriety.

13 Key Principles of Addiction Treatment

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are a number of key principles to keep in mind when starting a drug or alcohol treatment program:

1. Addiction not only affects your behavior but also affects your brain.

2. Treating addiction as early as possible is important for successful outcomes.

3. You do not have to go in voluntarily for treatment in order for it to be effective. Many individuals are compelled to go to rehab by the court system, their place of employment, or family or friends — and they are still able to achieve recovery once they go through the program.

4. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to treatment. Different treatments and facilities work more effectively for different people.

5. Effective treatment should holistically address all areas of your life — not just your substance abuse or addiction.

6. Mental health conditions are often linked to drug addiction and should also be evaluated and addressed in your treatment.

7. Treatment programs should also assess for any coexisting infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis.

8. You must commit enough time to treatment in order to effectively overcome your addiction.

9. Physical detox is important but is only the first stage of treatment. Long-term behavioral change usually requires a process of behavioral therapy and ongoing support.

10. The most common form of treatment is behavioral therapy — which may involve some combination of group, family, and individual therapy.

11. Pharmaceutical treatment is often necessary in conjunction with therapy.

12. Good treatment programs will monitor you for any possible relapses throughout the course of treatment.

13. Treatment plans should be continually revised to meet your changing needs and circumstances.1

Types of Rehab Facilities

Rehab treatment programs may offer:

  • Inpatient services.
  • Outpatient services.
  • Some combination of both service types.

Regardless of whether you choose inpatient addiction treatment or outpatient care, the intake process will be nearly the same and conducted by a counselor at the facility.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment programs remove those struggling with addiction from their old ways of life and place them into a treatment facility that offers 24/7 care from staff personnel. This inpatient care helps to eliminate stress by removing the individual from temptation and the ability to relapse — both during detox and during rehab.

Inpatient or residential treatment is frequently the recommended treatment type for individuals who either have long-standing addictions or coexisting medical or mental health conditions (known as dual diagnosis).

Inpatient treatment may occur at one of two locations:

  • A hospital. Inpatient facilities at hospitals offer more intensive, around-the-clock access to medical services and supervision from healthcare professionals.
  • A residential facility situated outside of a hospital setting. Some inpatient facilities that are not hospital-based will not offer around-the-clock access to healthcare professionals. However, they do offer 24/7 care from staff personnel, and access to various hospital-based services will be arranged when necessary.

Luxury inpatient facilities offer plush, resort-like amenities that can help make your stay more comfortable.

Executive inpatient facilities provide a high-end environment that caters to busy professionals, allowing these individuals to maintain an ongoing involvement in their work responsibilities while still undergoing inpatient addiction treatment.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient programs are very similar to inpatient programs, with the exception that you are permitted to return home each night after your treatment. If you have significant work or familial obligations — such as caring for children or elderly parents — outpatient care allows you to maintain some of those responsibilities.

Outpatient care is a good option for those with more mild or short-lived addictions. It may be a less optimal choice for those with serious, long-term addictions or for those with dual diagnosis


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