What to Expect from Rehab

What to Expect from Rehab

The prospect of having to go into a rehab facility is undoubtedly nerve-wracking. In a sense, it takes a lot of courage to commit to a program that will help turn one’s life around, especially since it will require vulnerability and openness in the process.

Successfully graduating from the program will require a lot of work from the individual taking it. That means, although the rehab facility is responsible for coming up with treatments and activities that will help you get better, it will still be up to you to make it work and worth your while. 

Otherwise, if you’re only going to keep rejecting the treatments. And their efforts to get you involved. In the activities they’ve planned for you. Then you’re only prolonging the process, and making it difficult for everyone else.

To ease your worries about what awaits you in the rehabilitation facility, read on to find out more about what you can expect as soon as you enter it. 

First Assessment

Your journey to rehabilitation and wellness begins with a comprehensive assessment of your condition. The resident doctor of the facility will be meeting with you so they can get to know you a bit more before you officially start your program. 

The meeting is not your typical meet and greets, however. Alongside the pleasantries are discussions about your medical history, your substance abuse, and your current status in terms of health conditions and disposition. 

Through this evaluation and assessment, your doctor can have a clearer picture of where you are in your substance abuse and addiction. From here, they can plan a custom program that will address your specific concerns. 

This personalization of the program is what’s going to be most helpful to you. Because although there are preset activities and treatments. Rehabilitation is not a one-size-fits-all kind of journey. That’s why it’s highly advised that you be as open and forthcoming as possible; the information you will share is going to be pivotal to your success in the program. 


This next step is very crucial to your program. During detoxification, you will be forced to immediately stop having access to your substance of addiction. First of all, no drugs or alcohol are allowed in the facility. 

Once you start detoxifying, you will undergo withdrawal, which is a natural response to the sudden removal of drugs or alcohol in your system. As your body recognizes the substance’s absence, however, it triggers a host of uncomfortable systems, ranging from dizziness and nausea to fever, chills, hallucinations, and in some severe cases, even seizures and deliriums. 

Fortunately, the staff in the rehab facility are all trained and licensed to look out for patients undergoing withdrawal. Depending on the severity of impact on the patient, the doctor might even prescribe controlled medication, such as for anxiety, depression, and insomnia, if only to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. 

Individual Counseling and Group Therapies

Your treatment will involve not only individual activities, such as counseling, but also group therapies. That’s because the closer you are to the end of the program, the more important it becomes for you to be able to comfortably assimilate yourself into the society that you believe has failed you.

The environment in the “real world” can be filled with triggers that can put your progress at risk. That’s why it’s important for you to have the skills and tools to avoid them. At the same time, having a support system that you know you can rely on when times get rough, is a great addition to your arsenal as you continue your journey to rehabilitation.