What is Drug & Alcohol Rehab Like?

Learn what you can expect during inpatient drug and alcohol rehab treatment at Recovery Centers of America.

This page is your window inside residential drug and alcohol treatment at an inpatient rehab facility administered by one of the best addiction treatment providers in the United States, Recovery Centers of America (RCA). Below you will learn what rehab is like and what happens before and during inpatient stay. You will also learn what you should consider before making a decision to proceed with addiction treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) at a rehab center.

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Explore the key details of a residential drug and alcohol recovery journey using the resources below.

  • What to Bring to Rehab – The key to packing for rehab is to make sure that you pack light and smart for the duration of your stay. There are several essential items that should be on every person’s packing list as well as other items that are optional but recommended. Of course, there are some items that should absolutely not be brought to treatment and some that may actually be counter intuitive. This page will provide a comprehensive list of all items mentioned and prepare you for your inpatient stay by answering the questions “What should I bring to rehab?” “What can I bring to rehab?” and “What will be made available to me in rehab?”
  • Evaluation & Assessments – Determining the level of care that’s best for you. An Admissions Coordinator will ask you some basic questions about your detox experience and how you’re feeling, they will also discuss treatment options recommended by doctors or therapists at the detox facility. Because your health is a top priority, you will also be medically evaluated: blood pressure, temperature, etc. Your current medications will be discussed and entered into your treatment plan, and any special needs will also be addressed.
  • What is Drug and Alcohol Detox like – For most patients the first day of rehab will begin here. Detox is the starting step of the drug and alcohol rehab process. It’s critical that all illicit drugs are no longer physically in your system. For most people, this takes about 4 to 7 days, but in some cases detox can last longer. For detox, you will be medically evaluated to determine what substances you’ve been using, in what quantities, and for how long. This information is important because detox protocols can vary depending on substance, length of use, and daily dose. It’s much more dangerous to withdraw from certain substances such as alcohol or benzodiazepines, which requires extensive medical attention during the detox process.
  • What is Inpatient Rehab Like – Residential or inpatient rehab provides a structured environment where patients can immerse themselves in recovery from substance use and addiction with the help of expert professionals. Psychiatric, nutritional, spiritual, and medical services are administered by a highly qualified team including masters-level clinicians, therapists, social workers, case managers,  and medical professionals such as nurses, nurse practitioners, and doctors. Each day in treatment is another step toward your sobriety.
  • Can You Smoke Cigarettes While in Inpatient Rehab? – Learn more about the rules that apply to smoking in rehab facilities. People considering inpatient treatment for drug or alcohol addiction face enough tough choices, whether or not to also quit smoking doesn’t have to be one. That’s why RCA allows cigarettes and other nicotine products at all of our facilities.
  • Specialized Substance Abuse Treatment Programs – Each patient has a unique background, a set of individual concerns, and varying substance abuse problems, plus potential psychological and physical health challenges. At Recovery Centers of America, we’ve created programs and specialized services to meet the needs of each patient. These programs and services are led by a group of medical professionals who use their expertise and knowledge to guide patients towards recovery. As a part of our full continuum of care, these programs and services are available both in residential treatment and long-term recovery.
  • Exercise & Nutrition for Addiction Recovery – Getting physically active with a balanced diet during and after treatment is a critical part of recovery from drugs and alcohol. The better your diet and state of fitness, the better equipped you’ll be to deal with life’s daily stresses and problems without turning to drugs or alcohol. Recovery Centers of America provides custom nutritional planning and high level fitness coaching for all levels to ensure that patients finish treatment in peak health and are ready to take on the challenges of the outside world.
  • Inpatient Methadone & Suboxone Treatment – After intake and evaluation at most of our inpatient facilities, we offer the option of medication-assisted treatment and help you decide if it’s the right course of action. If you and your assigned clinician make the choice to use an opioid replacement medication such as methadone, suboxone, or VIVITROL® to assist in your addiction treatment, you will be slowly inducted and the medication will be used as a part of your daily therapy for the duration of your inpatient stay. Replacement medications like methadone and suboxone can be used as a part of a taper regiment to slowly wean off of opioids or as a long term replacement therapy that’s used continuously through inpatient stay and after. VIVITROL® can be used to blockade opioid receptors and prevent the action of illicit opioids during inpatient stay and after.
  • Group Therapy and Activities – You’ve fought addiction alone long enough. Group therapy will help you use the tools of community and discussion to analyze problems you may encounter in recovery and bond with other people going through the same struggles as you are. You will share your experiences in a professionally moderated setting. This will include free-sharing, guided sharing, group activities,  educational materials related to substance abuse, and much more.
  • One on One Therapy – One on one therapy will help you uncover your personal recovery journey. By meeting with a trained addiction counselor, you will discover the underlying causes of substance abuse and addiction. This type of therapy allows patients to seek out their own answers with careful and unobtrusive guidance. This includes identifying and treating dual diagnosis conditions such as depression, bipolar, trauma, and other psychological conditions that may be the driving force behind an active addiction.
  • Family Therapy for Substance Abuse and Family Addiction Programming – We treat the whole family to make the family whole again. Often family members are deeply affected by the drug use of their loved ones and part of the healing and life rebuilding process is to address these issues. RCA facilities typically request family members to play an active role in the treatment of their loved ones. This is accomplished via family therapy sessions moderated by an experienced addiction and/or family counselor.
  • Events, Outings and Recreational Activities – One of the key ways Recovery Centers of America helps patients adjust to sober living is by taking them outside the facility to enjoy fun recreational activities. RCA’s Recovery Support Specialists take groups of patients on trips outside the rehab facility where they can enjoy healthy activities such as karaoke, movie theater nights, nature hikes and much more. These types of outings help patients learn to enjoy themselves without the use of drugs or alcohol. RCA also holds special events for the holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years so patients never feel like they are missing out while in treatment.
  • 12 Step Program – We fully embrace the 12 Steps as an effective approach to continued recovery – particularly when combined with other addiction treatment methodologies such as behavioral therapies, psychiatric care, and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) (when clinically appropriate). At RCA, an immersive 12 Step curriculum is offered as a component of each of our patients individualized treatment plan.
  • Aftercare Planning – RCA Case Managers create a thorough aftercare plan for each patient taking in consideration both the patient’s needs and the clinical team’s recommendations to make sure that patients have all they need for successful recovery. Most inpatient RCA sites also offer excellent outpatient treatment, however if the patient needs additional aftercare services, the Case Manager thoroughly researches local outpatient facilities, halfway houses and other post treatment destinations in order to present the patient with all potential options and find the right fit. They then arrange an introduction with either the RCA outpatient staff and/or an alternative aftercare location so that the patient can become acquainted and comfortable with their post treatment providers. If necessary, the Case Manager can also arrange for safe transportation to the aftercare facility.
  • Rehab Alumni Program – After successful inpatient treatment, Recovery Support Services such as an Alumni program are vital to long term recovery success. As a part of after-treatment planning we match patients up with a strong regional alumni network so they can participate in sober activities and continue to build strong, supporting relationship long after graduating from inpatient and outpatient care.

What Happens In Rehab

Below you will find important cornerstones that guide what happens during inpatient rehab at Recovery Centers of America.

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