whats rehab like

What’s Rehab Like? An Addiction Treatment Overview

What’s Rehab Like? 

Your life has spiraled out of control.
You’re caught in the bondage of drug addiction or alcoholism.

If you’ve been thinking about rehab and this is all new to you, you’re probably wondering what to expect.
What’s rehab like?
Is it like a hospital?
Will I be locked in?
Will I be able to talk to my family?

I’ve been asked every one of these questions by people just like you who were ready for help but afraid of the unknown.
Having a clear picture of what rehab is like can greatly reduce the fear you may have about the process and help you feel more confident about saying yes to addiction treatment.
Here’s what you should know:

Step 1: Intake

The first step you take in rehab is the intake process. This usually begins with a phone call or an in-person meeting, where a counselor or advisor will determine if you’re a good fit for the program, and vice versa. During the conversation, you’ll be asked some pretty personal questions. Don’t worry. Just answer truthfully. If you’re a good fit for the program your answers will help with some of the preliminaries, like which therapist would be best for you.
The questions will be about:

  • Your drug and alcohol use; past and present
  • Family relationships
  • Medical and mental health history, along with any prescriptions you are currently taking
  • History of any mental health diagnosis
  • Whether you have tested positive for Hep C, HIV or have used drugs intravenously
  • Whether you have outstanding warrants or court dates


Step 2: Medical Detox

Detox is the process of eliminating drugs or alcohol from the body. Since each person’s physical makeup and alcohol / drug intake is different, it’s safe to say that each person has a slightly different detox experience. The purpose of medical detox is to help manage the symptoms of withdrawal to provide the most comfortable situation possible.

Maybe you won’t need detox. If your drug use has been sporadic and your body isn’t going to experience symptoms of withdrawal, you may only need a short stay (1-2 days) for medical clearance.

What’s Rehab Like? 

Step 3: PHP

After detox, you’ll progress to PHP, or partial hospitalization treatment. This is where therapy begins. Don’t let the word “hospitalization” intimidate you. You won’t be in a cold or unwelcoming hospital setting at all. You’ll reside in beautiful and comfortable, gender-specific housing and attend 5-8 hours of therapy per day at our professional treatment facility.
Here’s a video of our facility:
Gracious Care Recovery Facility Tour

It’s a very comfortable and welcoming environment.
You’ll meet with our clinical director where you will discuss a projected treatment plan. Many of the components of your plan will depend on your own personal needs and trauma points in your life. Your therapeutic stay in rehab isn’t about learning how to say no to drugs or alcohol use. It’s about getting to the root of addiction in your life and healing that root, so you can life from a place of wholeness.

In addition, you’ll take part in a variety of therapy options, including:

  • Fitness therapy
  • Yoga therapy
  • Individual and Trauma therapy
  • EMDR (eye movement) therapy
  • Dual-diagnosis care
  • Equine therapy
  • Spirituality

The point of this treatment is to provide you with a well rounded, holistic (whole being) approach to care. You are a three part being: Mind, Spirit and Body. We treat all three.

So, What About the Rules?

I’ve spoken to plenty of people who took exception with some of the rules of addiction treatment, mainly because they viewed the rules as demeaning or ‘being treated like a child.’ Let’s clarify that.

First of all, I went to treatment when I was 48 years old and the rules may appear to be ‘a lot to deal with’ but in reality, they are implemented so you will have the very best opportunity for recovery:


What’s rehab like when it comes to rule?

Can you use your phone? There are certain times of the day and evening when phone usage is allowed, but we do not allow cell phones during therapy, group sessions or any of our supporting activities (such as equine therapy or yoga). If there is an urgent phone call that needs to be made, a therapist can approve that.

Will you be locked down? Gracious Care Recovery Solutions is not a lock-down facility. We do have therapists and intervention specialists at the facility and on call for anyone who decides to leave, but ultimately, if a client changes their mind about receiving treatment, we cannot hold them.


Step 4: IOP

IOP stands for intensive outpatient treatment. It is the next step down after PHP level of care. As the name suggests, this option allows you to transition out of PHP treatment and reside at home (or in a sober home) while receiving care. It’s flexible enough that you can continue working (or begin working) while taking part in at least nine hours of evening therapy per week.

Aftercare & Alumni

Gracious Care Recovery Solutions positions each client for a successful transition after treatment. Our therapists and case managers help each client create an early recovery life plan which involves big questions (like, where will I live?) and also a basic routine that involves health, nutrition, recovery support and a career path (if needed).

For graduates who remain in the area, we have a strong alumni group that meets monthly and provides the opportunity for encouragement as well as building relationships with others on the same path.

Making the choice to enter drug and alcohol rehab is one of the best decisions you can make. Gracious Care Solutions provides addiction treatment as well as supplemental therapies to equip each person for a successful recovery journey. Use this information to answer your question, “What’s rehab like?” and prepare you for the next step to a clean, sober life.