What to Expect at Alcohol Rehab

woman going to alcohol rehabAlcoholism[i] is a devastating disease that can take away almost everything from its victims. However, people with alcoholism may be filled with questions about the treatment process. They may wonder about the pain they’ll feel during detox, for example, or they may wonder about how they’ll transition to independent life when the program is complete.

Most rehab administrators are happy to answer questions about the rehab process. In fact, that’s a big part of the job. But, reading about how the process typically works can help people to feel more comfortable with the idea of rehab. And being more comfortable with the idea may compel someone who is struggling to call and find out more about a program meant just for them. Getting treatment in an alcohol rehab facility is the best way to begin the journey of recovery. Dispelling some of the mysteries of the process may help you or a loved one get the help you need.

Medically-Supervised Detox

The first step to any alcohol rehab[ii] program is medically-supervised detox.

Detox is a necessary part of the process, as the body needs a chance to rid itself of the toxins of the alcohol. Medically-supervised detox allows this to happen in a safe and supervised environment. You or your loved one will receive round-the-clock care and help in dealing with withdrawal symptoms in a comfortable environment. Some people only need a supportive space in which to heal in order to get through the process, and their symptoms never reach a point at which medication is necessary. In other cases, medical intervention is necessary. The amount of medical intervention necessary during the detox process often depends on the severity and length of the addiction.

During detox, medical teams watch over a person’s progress carefully, stepping in when needed in order to ensure that all moves smoothly. Typically, the entire program is complete in a week or less.

Addiction Treatment

At the end of the detoxification phase, therapies that focus on the emotional and psychological factors that stand behind an alcoholism issue are provided.

These services might include:

  • Group therapy sessions – with others dealing with similar issues
  • One-on-one therapy sessions – with a therapist
  • Support group meetings – where those who are on the journey to recovery share their feelings, thoughts, successes and failures
  • Alternative therapies – such as yoga, medication and nutrition classes
  • Skill-building exercises – such as job training and life skills

Typically, the therapies provided vary based upon a person’s needs and their personal preferences, along with the recommendations of doctors and therapists. The treatment is never static, as clients can try new therapies, drop old ones or continue those that are working.

Aftercare Services

after rehab support groupAfter successful completion of a drug rehab program[iii], clients aren’t left to sink or swim. When rehab is completed, clients are provided with a comprehensive aftercare program that can help them to stay connected to the healing process.

Support group meetings often play a role in aftercare, as these programs have been associated with robust recovery rates. Studies show that the number of meetings a person attends in the first three years of recovery is directly associated with continued sobriety. Aftercare can also include off-site therapeutic contact, sober living communities or alumni activities.

Programs at The Canyon

Alcoholism is a disease that requires treatment. Admitting that you have a problem and need help is the first and most important step in the recovery process. Choosing the right treatment for your unique situation can open a door to a life free from the control of alcohol. We at The Canyon are here for you. The Canyon is a drug and alcohol rehab center in Southern California that offers a number of different programs for your convenience. If you have any questions about what you can expect from our alcohol rehab program, call us now. We can answer your questions and help you prepare for the addiction treatment you need to begin a new life without alcohol addiction.


[i] The Mayo Clinic. “Alcohol Use Disorder,” July 25, 2015. Accessed January 16, 2017. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcohol-use-disorder/basics/definition/con-20020866

[ii] The National Institute on Drug Addiction. “Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help,” Published 2014. Accessed January 16, 2017. https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/treatment/treatment.htm

[iii] WebMD. “Understanding Alcohol Abuse Treatment,” March 1, 2015. Accessed January 16, 2017. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/understanding-alcohol-abuse-treatment

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