The Rehab Process

The First Step: Evaluation

You did it. You admitted yourself into rehab and you are beginning a life-changing journey towards recovery and sobriety. Upon arrival to your center you will be evaluated based on your current status, personal needs, and proposed individual path. When you arrive to the center you will want to come prepared with information such as past medical history, any current issues, addiction history, family history, and health insurance. You will most likely have a physical and medical assessment in order to further meet your needs. You have taken a leap and entered the doors of the rehab center, so make sure to inform the care team of any requests and particular issues you need to share. This is your journey and you are on the right track.

The Second Step: Abstention and Withdrawal

This second step will not be easy, but it is crucial to your recovery and ability to stay focused and stable. During abstention, you will completely free your body of drugs and/or alcohol and control any symptoms that will result. This second step can vary drastically from one person to the next due to different bodily responses, the substance used, and the length of addiction. Medical professionals will be available to help regulate and assist when needed. This is a very difficult process for many people, but if you decide to push through you can heal on the right path.

The Third Step: Therapeutic Approach

Therapy will be introduced in the rehab center and can continue for many years to come. The therapeutic approach in rehabilitation is important to allow time for the mind to clearly reflect on the past, current and future. Keeping goals towards the future is very important to not only stay focused but to recognize where you want to be, and can be, with this new journey of recovery. Different therapeutic approaches occur in rehab centers and you may experience not only individual therapy but also group or family therapy. While individual therapy has a lot of focus on yourself and personal thought, group therapies may allow you to connect with others sharing similar stories and goals. There is a community of people wanting to recover and begin a new journey, just like you, and a great time to connect is while in rehab. Some people discover family therapy beneficial due to the impact addiction has had on close family members and friends. While the mind is clear, and you are on the right track, may be a great time to open up and communicate with loved ones. Other therapeutic approaches that may be provid

The Fourth Step: Continuation of Self-care

Once leaving the rehab center, you can carry with you detailed goals and different resources to continue your success of sobriety. Reflecting on immediate rehab interventions and accomplishments is important to remain on track and manage your lifelong recovery. Different programs exist that can connect you with other people in your local area. Programs such as support groups, sober living homes, and rehab center alumni groups can provide great opportunities as you begin to get back into a more normal routine. These programs can also introduce you to classes and both social and career opportunities.

The rehabilitation process can be lengthy and difficult, but most importantly, it can be rewarding for you, your family, and future endeavors. Only YOU can take the leap. The chance to become a better version of you and experience new opportunities can start today. You want to put a positive impact on your life and those around you. Set an example for those stuck in the cycle of addiction and walk down the road to recovery. You are not alone and we are here to help get you started.