Acknowledging and accepting treatment for an addiction is important on the road to recovery. However, the process might create anxiety and uncertainty for those who don’t know what comes next. Many people worry what an addiction-recovery program will ask of them and for how long.

Luckily, just knowing the process a little more and understanding certain steps can alleviate a lot of that uncertainty. Here, we’ve outlined some critical steps of drug treatment. The more knowledge, the easier the journey. So, here’s what to expect during drug-addiction treatment:

Drug testing
Most treatment programs include toxicology screening and monitoring to enforce abstaining from drugs. Facilities test urine, blood, and breath testing. If a particular system (court, public assistance) requires an individual to participate in treatment, these results will be continually reported throughout.

Group counseling
Group sessions are an integral part in treatment programs. Here, individuals share personal stories with others who have been through similar struggles. The group usually develops a sense of fellowship and belonging as time goes on, deepening their healing. Trust grows and members become more compassionate toward each other and ultimately, themselves.

Psychiatric evaluation
A psychiatrist treats individuals in rehab for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other psychological issues. Remember, the first assessment is not considered the “final” appointment because individuals are still under the influence, thus, clouding the results. For instance, at the first leg of treatment, an addict might feel depressed, only to feel better once free of drugs.

Individual counseling
One of the most effective parts of treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Here, a therapist will figure out an addict’s triggers and guide him/her toward healthier responses. One-on-one counseling sessions offer a safe environment for individuals to open up and share their anxieties and fears. Therapists can then prepare an effective treatment plan for people to regain their sense of self.

Medication management
Some people receive medication alongside therapy sessions to help decrease their drug cravings. Relieving symptoms or creating adverse reactions to drugs can help ease the strain of treatment. Common medications include naltrexone, disulfiram, and acamprosate. Paired with CBT, medications can add a stronger foundation to the program.

No one can really graduate from treatment programs. Instead, patients should expect to continue putting what they’ve learned into practice every day in their drug-free lives. After-care provides support for individuals and their families for relapse prevention and recovery. Some of these services include sober housing, support groups, behavioral therapies, and continuing with medication. These provide strong frameworks for continuing healthy lifestyles.

Fortunately for a lot of people, drug addiction can be treated. However, the road isn’t easy. Rehab can help someone stop using drugs, continue living drug-free, and be more productive through every facet of his/her life. It’s a difficult journey to begin, but well worth the time and effort. To minimize the fear and frustration of beginning a rehabilitation program, a person should be aware of what happens during drug-addiction treatment. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about drug-addiction treatment, please contact Center For Healing today.



Erica Franco Mortimer, MA, LPC, LCADC
Founder and CEO
Center for Healing
Evan Berk Erica is a licensed therapist with over twenty-years experience in mental health. Erica offers practical and straight forward advice to those struggling with addiction and their families. Having deep insight and understanding of addiction, Erica is able to offer guidance to those looking to regain control of their lives.


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