The Alcohol & Drug Rehab Process | What To Expect

The alcohol and drug rehab process includes an initial assessment, medical detox, daily treatment plans, and aftercare options. The average rehab program lasts for about one month, while your long-term recovery process can last for longer.

The alcohol and drug rehab process at Ohio Recovery Center includes daily treatment options such as behavioral therapy, mental health care, wellness programs, and meeting with health specialists. 

Before you start your daily treatment plan, your treatment provider may assess your specific needs and perform a medical detox.

The alcohol and drug rehab process focuses on improving your health and teaching effective coping skills. The average inpatient rehab process can last for about one month, while your long-term recovery plan may last for longer. 

Our evidence-based substance abuse treatment program can help you reach this goal.

In Ohio, rates of alcohol abuse are similar to the national average, while rates of opioid abuse are significant. Thousands of Ohioans may need help for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem. If you or someone you know in Ohio cannot stop abusing alcohol or drugs, help is available.

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Reaching Out For Help

A substance use disorder occurs when you cannot stop abusing alcohol or drugs, even when it hurts your health or life. Alcohol and habit-forming drugs, such as opioid painkillers or stimulant drugs, change your brain chemistry until you need these substances to function.

A substance use disorder can have visible signs in yourself or a loved one, including:

  • poor performance in school or work
  • worsening relationships with loved ones
  • worsening mental health
  • a decline in physical health
  • showing withdrawal symptoms, such as drug cravings or insomnia

If you see these signs, you can reach out to an inpatient or outpatient rehab center near you. 

You can also talk to your primary care provider, who can refer you to in-network addiction treatment centers. You can also use a treatment locator from a trusted organization, such as SAMHSA.

Entering A Rehab Program

After you find a suitable rehab facility, you can get ready to enroll in a treatment program. 

Your treatment provider may have rules about the items you can bring. Before you enter rehab, you can arrange your financial responsibilities, such as paying bills and talking to your employer about medical leave.

On-Site Assessment

Within 24 hours of entering your rehab program, you may receive an on-site assessment from your treatment provider.

The assessment can include questions about your medical history, the severity of your alcohol or drug use, any co-occurring disorders you may have, and whether you have entered alcohol or drug rehab programs before. The assessment can help your treatment provider create a plan that works for you.

Medical Detoxification

A medical detox program can be the first part of your treatment process. If you are physically or mentally dependent on drugs or alcohol, you likely need to detox in order to cleanse these substances from your system.

A medical detox program involves going through the withdrawal process where you receive medical care and supervision to manage your withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient treatment centers, including Ohio Recovery Center, offer medical detox services.

Your Personalized Addiction Treatment Plan

After you finish your detox, you start your drug or alcohol rehab plan. Your treatment plan is created based on your specific needs. Your daily treatment plan may include evidence-based care and activities such as:

  • cognitive behavioral therapy sessions
  • group therapy sessions
  • peer support group meetings
  • medication-assisted treatment, especially for opioid or alcohol use disorders
  • wellness programs, such as art therapy, exercise programs, and nutrition guidance
  • free time for meditation, journaling, and socializing

The average inpatient rehab program lasts for about one month. The length of your rehab program depends on how you respond to treatment and the severity of your drug or alcohol use.

Adjusting Your Treatment Plan

Treatment options may not work for everyone. You may also experience setbacks during your treatment plan. Your addiction treatment provider can monitor and assess you while you go through rehab, so they can adjust your plan as needed.

Aftercare Planning

At the end of an alcohol or drug addiction treatment program, you may not suffer from acute withdrawal symptoms and your overall health may be improved. However, your recovery process is ongoing.

Recovering from an addiction continues as you go back to your daily life. How you respond to stressors, health problems, and the urge to relapse can affect your treatment outcome.

Aftercare programs can offer help and guidance after you finish treatment. Aftercare options may include follow-up appointments with counselors and moving into sober living housing.

At Ohio Recovery Center, our team can assess, understand, and treat the specific needs of you and your family members. We accept a wide variety of insurance coverage plans and offer payment assistance to qualified patients.

  1. National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse
  4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

Published on: January 9, 2024

© 2024 Ohio Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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