What is drug rehab?

Drug rehabilitation is an intensive program, usually in a residential setting for people that have been struggling with addiction to drugs. Drug rehab provides support and care for those struggling with addiction in our community.

Aside from reaching abstinence from drugs, the goal is to help the struggling addict refocus their life back. To once again be a productive person in the community, in their family and work life.

They are composed of different services, that reinforce the new skills that the clients in rehab are learning everyday. In this environment, the clients are able to self-reflect on life and engage with others that are also going through recovery.

This can be very positive for their personal growth and commitment to recovery. Usually rehab is broken down in stages:

Stage 1- This is the beginning stage usually 6-12 weeks, depending on the severity of the addiction, where they focus on therapeutic interventions to evaluate the response to becoming drug free.

Stage 2- In this stage the focus moves from stopping the drug use, to becoming productive in the community once again. By learning new life skills through education and employment training the clients can have hope for a better tomorrow, that a life free from addiction can be very fulfilling.

Stage 3- This stage is usually offered by most rehabs. This is where you learn how to use the community as a tool. To reinforce what you learned during rehab by continuing support groups, mentoring and independent living. Usually the next step would be a halfway house or an independent living facility.

Depending on the severity of the addiction, there is a variety of drug rehab facilities that cater to different needs.

Different types of rehab.

There are many different types of drug rehab to choose from. They can either be inpatient or outpatient, long-term or short-term or private/publicly funded.


Usually most rehabs are inpatient in residential settings because they encourage leaving your past surroundings for a while and focusing on your new lifestyle.

There are many benefits to inpatient rehab on every level. In all good inpatient facilities there is medical detox service, where the client has to go through detoxification as oppose to withdrawing cold turkey.

Depending on the severity of the addiction, there might even be a need for pain management medication as a result from the sudden withdrawal from drugs. They monitor the clients closely making sure their stay is as comfortable and easy so they can stay firm on their decision to get better.

Other benefits include psychological therapies, which can greatly help the client in their transition into a drug free lifestyle and learn new skills to deal with emotions that may lead to relapse.


Outpatient facilities also have their benefits, usually a less intensive program that caters to people in beginning stages of addiction. Although it would be ideal for the struggling addict to go to a residential facility this is not always needed.

So there are other options such as outpatient treatments that may be offered locally in your community. It’s actually becoming more and more popular these days, and most of these outpatient rehab programs also have services that reinforce the recovery experience for the struggling addict.

They are usually a more affordable rehab alternative that provide a multidisciplinary approach for treatment. Since outpatient rehabs are for those in the beginning stages of addiction they put emphasis on behavior modification techniques such as, cognitive-behavioral therapy, holistic, religious, family and the 12 step approach.

This rehab program also allows the client to continue with their daily routine such as working, going to school and caring for their family. Outpatient rehab is not for everybody. For those who are struggling with drugs and are at risk for suicide, have a long time on drugs and who might face temptation everyday, an inpatient residential rehab might be the best for you.

Amenities and Services

There are a wide variety of amenities and services, whether you go to an inpatient or an outpatient facility. Most rehabs provide you with a healthy environment that allows for the client to feel at ease and focus on their recovery without any added stress.

Depending on high luxurious the rehab might be there are different types of amenities there might even be a beach, courtyards, walkways, park, pools, saunas, fitness rooms and lounges to hang out in. The services they provide are therapeutic, holistic, pain management and support groups.

This is where the inpatient and outpatient rehab differ, in that outpatient might not offer as many residential amenities that might make the recovery process a bit more pleasant. Some also offer religious services such as chapel and spiritual guidance.

Alternatives to private rehabs.

Not everyone has the money to attend either or inpatient/outpatient rehab, so there only option is a public or county founded rehab facility. This is a great option for someone who is completely out of help. They have no friends or family to turn to and have no financial means to pay for a private rehab.

These public rehab facilities are not less effective because they are funded by public or county, they are usually equipped with a very efficient staff, that can care for the clients very well.

Like most publicly funded things they must meet a level of effectiveness and compliance in order to receive funding, making it a great alternative for those who have the financial need but they are also usually cookie cutter and generic with limited resources.

Something to know about these rehabs, is that they do embrace everyone from all walks of life. So the struggling addict must adjust to being around people they might not feel comfortable around. There is also a high demand for public rehab facilities making it very hard to get into, which can be a terrible situation for somebody with limited resources who is in need of help.

Drug Rehab is the way.

So you are hesitant about seeking help for your addiction, you are apprehensive about going to a rehab because it will be an unknown place or you might be looking for help for your loved one that is spiraling out of control. Either way you are making an attempt to change your life or to help your loved one.

This guide’s purpose is to create awareness on how beneficial going to drug rehab can be and how important it is to maintain a healthy balanced life throughout recovery. Once you make the decision to change your life, the next step is to commit to recovery.

This means you have to put your all into it. Yes, there will be hard times. A friend you might see, a song that brings back old memories or maybe even a place, but the rewards you reap from having a happy and healthy lifestyle after drug abuse are worth every effort.

Look within yourself, find that still voice, the one that comforts and brings you peace. The one that brought you through all those hopeless moments, where you tried to quit but couldn’t.

Now that you are aware of the different rehab facilities, the way they work and the types, you should take the initiative and call. Recovery Hub is here to help, we can assess your unique situation and lead you towards the path to recovery.

Author's Bio: 

This article is a guide to helping those struggling with substance abuse or alcoholism make that decision.
Entering rehab is not easy it takes hard work to overcome addiction. Be kind to yourself, take your time.
God Bless!!