Treatment Intake Process

What Is the Intake Process Like?So you’re thinking about rehab and worried about what to expect? You’re not alone. An approximate 23.1 million people were in need of treatment for their substance abuse issues in 2012, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports. Most people are a little nervous before taking such a life-changing step forward. Read on for details on the journey that awaits you.

What is rehab?

Rehabilitation is the best possible choice an addict can make when attempting to recover from their substance abuse problems. Specialty institutions engage patients in cooperative group therapy sessions, individualized therapy such as motivational interviewing, and other therapies to facilitate change and forward development of self-control. In addition, the patient is treated as a whole, not merely for their addiction. Concentration on the triggers that cause a drug or alcohol abuser to slip up is vital in an effort to prepare the patient with coping mechanisms so they can avoid relapse after treatment.

There are several types of rehab available in today’s modern world, such as:

  • Long-term residential
  • Short-term residential
  • Outpatient
  • Brief intervention
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Sober living facilities


When drug use turns into abuse, there is the potential for addiction in anyone. While precursors such as a genetic predisposition may make one person more likely to fall prey to addiction than another, no one is exempt. There are plenty of addicts who weren’t raised in homes where drugs and alcohol were abused and don’t have addict parents. Upbringing and biology are only part of the equation. The chronic illness weaves itself into a drug abuser’s life until it becomes the very foundation upon which they function, leaving them feeling unstable and dysfunctional without drugs.

What’s the Intake Process Like in Rehab?

During the intake process, you will generally meet with a doctor, a psychologist, and/or a counselor or therapist. Intake is merely an interview process that serves to admit you into a given substance abuse treatment program. Your medical history — including your mental health history — will be reviewed, and sometimes a physical exam and mental health screening will be performed at this time, too. You’ll likely be asked about the circumstances surrounding your substance abuse, such as events that led to it.

Many patients feel a certain level of shame over their mental health and substance abuse habits, and they may be inclined to lie during their intake interview, especially when asked questions that make them feel embarrassed. False statements about your addiction, such as lying about how often you use a drug or how much of it you use, can seriously hinder your development in a treatment program right from the start. It is vital to your own success in treatment that you are open and honest with staff members during your time in treatment.

Remember that everything you divulge during this time and the rest of your course of treatment is completely private. The information gathered during intake is what will be used to develop your individualized treatment plan, as different patients have different needs. Financial circumstances and payment options are also reviewed at this time.

Who needs rehab?

In brief, addicts and substance abusers need rehab. Professional help is also essential for those battling comorbid disorders, like a mental illness in conjunction with substance abuse problems. Approximately half of all severely mentally ill individuals also have a substance abuse problem, per Helpguide.

When you seek help with us, our compassionate staff members will always treat you with respect and understanding. We encourage you to call us today and start the intake process knowing we’re here to support you.

Intake Process
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