Though each drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is different, some core practices remain steadfast across most treatment programs.

At its core, rehab is about acknowledging a problem and addressing the underlying issues contributing to that problem, which can sometimes be uncomfortable.

However, if you have an idea of what to expect, the process can be a bit more bearable. The following will give you an idea of the day-to-day parts of rehab and how they will come together to aid in your recovery.

  1. You will work to regain your life. Often in active addiction, addicts lose many of the things and people that were once important to them. As part of rehab, you will work to gain those things back through acknowledging your mistakes and making amends with the people you may have harmed through your use. Drug addiction often changes a person’s behavior, which can affect all aspects of his or her life, including work and relationships. In drug rehab, patients do their best to regain their normal lives in a safe and healthy way.”
  2. You will likely speak to a mental health professional of some sort. Most rehabs have counselors or social workers who work with patients to get to the root of their addiction issues. This is often an uncomfortable process but is a necessary part of recovery. Without acknowledging why addiction has power over you, you likely will not be able to overcome it, which is why counseling is important.
  3. You will learn about the science of addiction. Most rehabs will educate residents about why addiction works the way that it does and how certain substances affect the brain. In the long run, this helps to remind addicts that they are not like other people and cannot handle certain substances the same way others may be able to. A brain affected by addiction reacts differently when drugs and alcohol are introduced to them, which is why addiction is sometimes referred to as a physical allergy.
  4. You will make peer connections. One of the most rewarding parts of rehab is connecting with people like yourself and figuring out that you are not alone. Some rehabs are divided by age or gender while others are not. The type of program you participate in will determine the connections you make with others struggling with addiction. Often, these relationships will last after rehab and will become your support system.

Though addiction centers each operate in their own way, these points should give you a general idea of what to expect when taking part in a treatment program.