What is Drug Rehab?

  • April 26, 2016
  • Topic Addiction
  • Type Article

When it comes to recovering from drug addiction, you’re bound to have a lot of questions about the healing process. How do you know if you need help? What kind of treatment is right for you? What can you expect from rehab? 


Drug rehabilitation, commonly called simply “drug rehab,” is the process of treatment for dependency on drugs. The purpose of drug rehab is to release one from the grips of substance abuse. Treatment is often sought when drug use has become compulsive regardless of it’s negative effects.


The specifics of drug rehabilitation are based upon specific individual needs. Intake counselors, behavioral counselors, doctors and of course, the patient, all play vital roles in defining a successful process. At a higher level, the drug rehabilitation process can be broken down into four steps:

  1. Assessment – Beginning at the first contact with someone seeking treatment, a team of doctors, counselors, therapists and supporting staff begin crafting an individualized treatment plan. Plans continue during intake into the rehabilitation facility to ensure the best possible treatment and recovery outcome.

  2. Detoxification (detox) – In order or start the rehabilitation process detoxification is often necessary to rid the body of any harmful drugs. As the detox process can be dangerous, it should be carried out by a trusted and credentialed treatment facility under doctor’s guidance.

  3. Rehabilitation (rehab) – Removal of drugs from the system is just the beginning of the healing process. Rehabilitation involves getting to the core issues that fueled the individual’s addiction through therapy.

  4. Aftercare – The sole purpose of aftercare is ensuring the transformation that happened during the rehabilitation process endures. Aftercare involves taking steps to ensure that the skills learned during rehabilitation become a part of every day life.

The Recovery Village's site explores all of the commonly abused drugs, explains treatment and de-mystifies rehab. They also share a list of what questions to ask and how to define success.  We recommend a visit when considering rehab or trying to understand how it works.  

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