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The Rehabilitation Process: What to Expect from Detox, Rehab, and Beyond

If you’re seeking help for an addiction, you may wonder “What is rehab like?” Here’s what you can expect at each stage.

Planning for Treatment

The first step is choosing the right plan of attack. Rehabs generally offer two major categories of treatment:

  • Residential: On-site, intensive treatment that includes detox. Ideal for severe, ongoing addictions.
  • Outpatient: Flexible treatment that allows clients to live offsite and keep working normally. Ideal for mild addictions not requiring detox.

At our facility, we offer both residential and intensive outpatient programs. We also provide specialized care for older adults, military veterans, and individuals managing depression, anxiety, and other behavioral health issues. Rehab staff can help you explore your options and develop a strong plan.

Going Through Detox

Residential treatment starts with a medical detox program. Medical staff use tailored treatment to safely break the addiction and manage withdrawals while the body purges. You’ll be monitored closely, and you may receive temporary medications to minimize discomfort. The duration of detox will vary depending on the nature of the addiction and how your body functions.

Understanding Your Addiction and Building Healthy Habits

Once your body is detoxified and safe from withdrawals, you can begin working through your addiction issues and learning new skills for sobriety. This is the main body of treatment, and it involves a variety of methods—individual counseling, group therapy, 12-step meetings, and other techniques.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

One of the most common and effective methods used is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction combats unhelpful thoughts and behavioral patterns with new coping skills and better habits. Clinical studies confirm that CBT improves function and quality of life, and many studies show it can be as effective as psychiatric medications; in some cases, more so.¹

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Substance abuse often occurs alongside behavioral health issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and others. Substance abuse can start as self-medication or another issue that may pose challenges to recovery. Whatever the case, dual diagnosis treatment looks at the big picture and treats co-occurring problems together. This gives clients more tailored skills for behavioral health management and fosters overall well-being for long-term success.

Continuing the Journey

Drug addiction recovery doesn’t end when you complete your treatment program; it’s a lifelong commitment to yourself. After your program ends, you can opt into additional treatment or seek support from regular 12-step meetings and other recovery services. Our addiction specialists can also help you prepare for life after rehab, including searching for jobs and housing.

Get the Treatment and Support You Need at Adelante Recovery Center

If you or someone you love are looking for help with a drug or alcohol addiction, Adelante Recovery Center in Orange County can help. We’ll guide you through detox and inpatient residential program options, verify your insurance coverage, and even provide referrals as necessary. Contact us online today or call (949) 427-9099 to get started on the road to recovery.


  1. https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/cognitive-behavioral

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