What’s Involved in a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program?

Entering into a drug and alcohol rehab center can be an intimidating experience for some people, but this is often because they aren’t entirely sure what’s involved. Here we take a closer look at a typical rehab program to give a better idea of what to expect.

No Locks

One of the most common misconceptions is that rehab is like entering prison, where movement is restricted. This is not the case; individuals at high-quality centers are free to leave the rehab program at any time if they wish, although the chances for relapse is exponentially increased when they do.

There is no point in forcing people to attend an alcohol rehab center and keep them there until they’re sober. Healing addiction is not as simple as following a specific process for a pre-determined period of time. Addiction is an extremely complex illness that is different for every person suffering from it. When patients make a conscious decision to stay in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center when the doors are open for them to leave, they are more likely to complete their program successfully.

The First Stop: Detox

Detox is the first phase of addiction treatment for everyone. Again, there are many misconceptions about what’s involved in detox and many people are nervous about the idea of rehab because of them. Most imagine extreme withdrawal symptoms that persist for days on end, tormenting the individual for every second.

In fact, supervised detox ensures the most comfortable experience for people abstaining from drugs or alcohol. Medical professionals are on hand to assist with any severe withdrawal symptoms and prevent complications developing to ensure patients are thoroughly cleansed of the toxins accumulated as a result of substance abuse.

The Facilities

The environment of a drug and alcohol rehab center is important to influence the treatment of people with substance use disorder. Elevate has a strong holistic focus and our centers are set in natural environments that promote a healthy lifestyle. All drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers are completely sober environments and this is crucial to them delivering a successful rehab program. Clients have access to a wide range of holistic therapies including massage and aromatherapy which serve to make their stay in rehab more comfortable.

The diet provided in a drug and alcohol rehab center is packed with nutritional value as this is also important in combating substance abuse. Many people entering rehab will have neglected their diet and are very likely to be suffering the effects of poor nutrition. Having a daily menu provided throughout an inpatient program ensures patients get the maximum benefit from addiction treatment. Many drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers also have gymnasiums on site as physical fitness is also a crucial aspect of long-term recovery and relapse prevention.


It is very important that people with substance use disorder learn about the illness they are dealing with. Education is a core component of Elevate treatment and rehab programs and is designed to get people to look at their addiction honestly and realistically. The majority of people in rehab are faced with the prospect of making significant changes in order to overcome their problems. Education helps to provide a better understanding of addiction and also motivates positive changes in order to achieve sobriety.

Counseling and Group Therapy

Rehab centers provide the right environment for people at varying stages of treatment to help each other. This is generally achieved through group therapy which is often a daily component in rehab programs. This enables patients to meet with each other to discuss the challenges of treatment and their shared objectives of achieving sobriety. Many strong relationships are formed in rehab that continues to provide mutual support for many years after completing a treatment program.

Family Meetings

Addiction is an illness that affects not just the person abusing substances but their loved ones and friends also. For this reason, most drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers offer a component of family counseling which has the objective of healing close relationships that have been damaged by substance abuse. Family meetings also show addicts that they have people close to them who are prepared to give their full support when they leave rehab. This can provide people with considerable confidence in their ability to overcome addiction once they have completed their program, with the continued support of their family.


Contrary to what some believe, addiction treatment doesn’t end when a person has completed a rehab program. Elevate rehab programs have an aftercare component that serves to provide extra support to people returning home after treatment. Managing the transition from rehab to recovery can be challenging as people face the same routines, people and places they associate with substance abuse. However, rehab programs arm people with the necessary tools to prevent relapse and protect their sobriety. Aftercare is generally delivered on an outpatient basis and is available to individuals for as long as they require it.

Clare Louise Author