What it’s Like to Get Sober in a Professional Rehab Facility

Entering rehab, whether for the first time or not, can be overwhelming. Deciding to recover from any addiction can be a tough decision to make. Aspen rehab of South Florida offers some of the best amenities and programs in the state.

Our recovery professionals have years of addiction experience, and you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re in good hands as you recover. Below we go over what it’s like to enter rehab so you know what to expect.

Checking into Rehab

Once you enter a professional rehab facility, the staff will ask you to complete an intake interview. This intake interview allows the recovery staff to learn about your background, medical history, and addiction issues. These intake interviews allow treatment plans tailored to your specific needs and substance abuse history.

Most rehab facilities typically offer 30-day, 60-day, or 90-day stay options for their treatment plans. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recommends that those in recovery stay for at least 90 days.

Detox Period

Once the intake interview is complete, the detoxification process begins. During detox is when any drugs or alcohol leave the patient’s body as they start their recovery. This second phase can be difficult, as the patient’s body will show signs of mild to severe withdrawal symptoms as the body works on cleaning itself.

Addiction, just like recovery, is different for everyone. The type of substance used, how far back the addiction goes, and frequency of use will affect how long detox lasts. Most detox periods last anywhere from 3 to 14 days. Rehab facilities have medications to ease withdrawal symptoms, making detox less painful.

Individual Therapy Sessions

Individual therapy sessions are a critical part of many treatment plans. Recovery professionals hold private therapy sessions and guide the patient to take an honest look at themselves, their addiction, and how their substance abuse has affected their mental health.  

These individual therapy sessions can help the patient manage their addiction triggers and learn new coping strategies. Most therapy sessions focus on behavior and look to new ways to handle their addiction triggers.

Family Counseling

The chances of a successful recovery increase dramatically when family and friends join in the process. Treatment plans that include family counseling allow hurt loved ones to have a safe space to share their pain and provide support to the patient in recovery.

By acknowledging how the patient’s addiction has affected those in their lives and complicated those relationships, patients can move forward in the healing process. Family counseling allows loved ones to understand the inner dynamics of how addiction works and the best ways to support long-term recovery.

Aftercare Programs

Towards the end of the stay in the rehab facility, recovery counselors will begin wrapping up the treatment plans and move to develop an aftercare program in the real world. Aftercare programs aid the patient to reduce their chances of relapse and provide them with a roadmap for their recovery in the long run.

Programs for life after rehab are a critical part of recovery. These plans are full of social and medical support services to ensure the transition is smooth. Most projects will include transitional housing (also known as a sober living home), follow-up therapy sessions, regular medical evaluations, and regular support group meetings, all of which avoid chances of relapse.

Life at Aspen

Aspen rehab of South Florida, based in sunny West Palm Beach, is steps away from some of the state’s best restaurants, entertainment, and beaches. Aspen Behavioural Health’s continuously improving programs and adding more amenities, focusing on providing the best treatment programs for our patients for now and the future.

Aspen can Help

Taking the first step into treatment for drugs or alcohol dependence can be scary if done alone. Let our team of medical professionals and recovery experts guide you as you begin to learn how to handle the stressors of a sober life.Our team is ready to help you every step of your road to recovery and to help change your life for the better. Contact the team at Aspen Behavioral Health to learn how we can help.


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