What to expect while in a drug rehab

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Many people who think about entering a drug rehab do research websites often gain the misconceptions that all offer the same luxury amenities that many 5 star hotels do however that is not the case. Rehab is not a vacation it is a haven for addicts to get better.

Here are 5 things you can expect during your stay at a drug rehab:

Being uncomfortable

When first admitted your stay will become somewhat uncomfortable mostly from admitting you are here because you have a problem and need help. Usually your first group session or introduction to other clients will be what causes you the most discomfort. Clients often feel ashamed, embarrassed and even over whelmed by being in an environment geared towards helping them overcome addiction.


Your drug rehab stay will challenge you both mentally and physically. Coming to terms with your addiction is very difficult and during treatment expect to be challenged on that mentality from therapists and even other clients. Many people enter rehab thinking they don’t have a problem and need to face the reality that is their addiction and what it has done to their life.

Meet incredible people

Staying in a rehab is where you will most likely meet some of the most incredible people. The array of people who seek treatment allows you to meet some that have survived the near impossible to others with similar backgrounds or lifestyle to yours. From the staff to its clients you are sure to come across some awesome people who will change your life for the positive and inspire you.

Some people will not stick to the program

Even though you will meet some very interesting people many of them are going through the same struggle as you. Many of these people you admire, appreciate and grow to be fond of may not stick to the recovery program. Addiction needs to be taken seriously and requires you to address the flaws within yourself and provides you with ways to properly cope with your issues. This takes a level of dedication not everyone has.

Second guess yourself

During your drug rehab stay expect to second guess yourself. Often times you’ll wonder if you are strong enough to do this and whether this is all even worth it. Seeing the progress of others may also deter you from believing in the program’s effectiveness but it is important to not compare your recovery against others.


One of thing you will definitely experience at a drug rehab is change. You will see the changes within yourself in approximately a week. Each day during residential treatment you tackle your addiction head on making use of the time you spend in treatment. Your family is often the first to be aware of the sudden change in your attitude and thinking.


About Karen Corcoran-Walsh

Karen Corcoran-Walsh, CAP, ICADC, MFT, ASAM is nationally known as an expert in the treatment of mental health and drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, also known as Dual Diagnosis, with a specialty in working with teenagers. Renowned as an adolescent addiction treatment center professional, she has worked in the professions of education and drug treatment for approximately 20 years. Karen is the co-founder of Inspirations For Youth And Families, LLC an adolescent treatment program and The Cove Center For Recovery, LLC an adult addiction treatment center.