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Drug Rehab - What To Expect

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Drug Rehab - What To Expect

Written by Genesis Recovery

Genesis Recovery knows that families and their loved ones have a lot of unanswered questions about substance abuse treatment centers and what to expect. Most likely, if a person or loved one is assessing treatment centers, there is a substance abuse problem that is well on its way to destroying relationships, careers, and depleting family or individual finances. Treatment center professionals understand the urgency along with the nervous apprehension that accompanies choosing a treatment center. This is why Genesis Recovery attempts to educate potential clients, and past members about what to expect from their treatments.

  • Patients are never alone
  • Programs are offered in a safe, clinically professional environment
  • Patients receive medications and support in a nurturing and confidential environment
  • Patients receive support from qualified and credentialed professionals
  • Patients have access to aftercare and follow-up
  • Patients learn to cope with stresses and anxieties that can lead to addiction

Arriving at a decision to seek help for a drug or alcohol addiction is the first important step to take toward recovery. It takes courage, and millions of people never find the courage to make their way to a treatment center. For those that do, the rewards can last a lifetime.


Once a person decides to enroll in rehab, the center will conduct a thorough assessment of their present addiction, and gather relative information about their health and that of family members. It is sometimes possible that addiction will run in the family. Genetics can play an important role. Intake specialists also help patients to determine how payments will be made for their treatments. Once enrolled, psychological and physical examinations are given to design treatment for the patient’s addiction, and to discover and plan treatment for any co-occurring disorders. This level of scrutiny is quite necessary if relapse is to be avoided in the future. Now, it is time for detox. The clinical staff will determine whether inpatient or outpatient treatments work best.


Detox, whether for painkillers, meth, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or any other drug or alcohol can be the most challenging element of rehab. Detox slowly removes deadly toxins from the patient’s body. These toxins have built up over time and create harmful, even deadly, withdrawal symptoms when the body no longer has access to these chemicals. It is for this reason that self-detox is never recommended. Detox should always be conducted in a safe, medically supervised environment where medications can be given, or adjusted, around the clock.


Inpatient care is provided 24/7. If the individual is placed in an outpatient program, they can expect the same level of care and support. The main difference is that patients can return at the end of their daily rehab session. However, patients are expected to adhere to their doctor’s orders to the letter. The rehab facility will also conduct random tests to make sure a patient remains abstinent.

Clients in both inpatient and outpatient programs have access to exceptional counseling and behavioral therapies. The clinic’s goal is to impart every available tool that will help patients to understand the causes of their addiction.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Counseling

CBT and counseling provide some of the most effective remedies to help patients get on the right track with respect to substance abuse. Counseling is offered one-on-one, and group and family counseling are provided with the patient’s approval. Patients learn a great deal about their addiction, its remedies, and how they can avoid future relapse. Relapse is caused by certain triggers that may include a person, environment, or circumstance that increases stress.


One of the most important things to remember is that patients are never alone, regardless of where they are in the rehab process. They are continually surrounded by caring and capable clinicians. Aftercare is an important element in the overall process. Patients can look forward to continued therapy and professional advice from people in the know. Patients are encouraged to affiliate with organizations like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or other similar groups to keep hope alive. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) offers a similar program where recovering patients can bond with others fighting and overcoming the same addictions.

Getting on with Life

Life is a terrible thing to waste, and addiction can sap the strength and passion from an individual—even the will to live. Rehab has something valuable to offer anyone looking to move past addiction and get on with life. Millions of people arrive and gain the knowledge and commitment they need to realize a happy ending.

Addiction does not have to ruin your life. If you have more questions about what to expect during treatment and your stay at rehab contact the expert team at Genesis Recovery at 619-717-7319 for help.

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