10 Things You Never Knew About Rehab

As time goes by, many truths and half-truths emerge about the rehab process. Here are 10 things you never knew about rehab

Rehab is a course of interventions administered by treatment specialists in a facility that is specifically designed to facilitate and enhance recovery from dependence or addiction to drug or alcohol. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that rehab is intended to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking and use.

The following list highlight some things you may not know about rehab and hopefully dispel some myths and reveal some truths about this important aspect of recovery.

10 Things you never knew about Rehab

    1. Attitude makes all the difference in how you progress during the rehab process. If you are not ready to seek treatment or you believe that it will not work, you are less likely to maintain long term sobriety than someone who is.  Recognizing this and knowing that relapse events have a potential to be fatal, assuming the right attitude about recovery is therefore important to successfully achieving and maintaining it.  Experts say, even if you don’t believe it will work, fake it. Tell yourself and everyone who talk to you about it that you will be successful in treatment and that you are going to come out on the other side a more amazing person.


    1. It is not all about group meetings.  People in rehab are often surprised to find out that they have the opportunity to learn many life enhancing skills that they can incorporate after treatment.  For instance, holistic practices such as healthy eating, yoga, meditation among others that are often integrated into the recovery process are valuable tools that help to support long term sobriety.


    1. There is no one-size fit all detox process. The method of detoxification for each person can vary based on the type of substance(s) of abuse and the mental and physical health of the individual among others.  Detoxification can occur as a gradual or rapid process, with or without the assistance of medication.


    1. Although there are specified rehab programs that offer 28, 30, 60 or 90 day programs recovery for each individual is based on their unique symptoms and needs.  Since chronic drug use disrupts important neurological functions, severe impairments can hinder the recovery process. As such, long term treatment has been shown to be the most effective in ensuring the ability to maintain sobriety over the long haul. However, even after long term treatment, patients will need to participate in aftercare programs to continue stay clean and sober.


    1. For the safety of yourself and others, your personal items will be searched at intake for drugs and objects that may threatened your security such as sharp instruments like a pen knife, nail file and clippers.


    1. Since people in addiction are known to be consummate rule breakers, there is an initial high level of restriction and oversight until drug use has been controlled and emotional balance has been established.


    1. Who you spend time with matters. Not every patient in a drug rehab facility is safe to hang out with.  If you are serious about recovery, be selective about who you choose to spend your free time with.


    1. Food at drug rehab centers is usually better than expected.  Of course the quality of the cuisine varies from one facility to the next, however, most people have a misconception that rehab is similar to jail and the food served there the same.  As a result, most are surprised by the high quality of the food and said mealtime was the highlight of their days.


    1. For good reason, alone time is pretty much limited at rehab.  Isolation is discouraged even at exclusive facilities that allow private rooms.


  1. You will learn valuable things in rehab that you may never learn anywhere else.

Addiction impact so many areas of life that to be effective the rehab process must not only be comprehensive but address the unique issues facing each individual.  As such many people learn valuable insight about themselves, develop friendships and skills that, outside of rehab, they would never have learned or realize that they needed.


  1. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/what-drug-addiction-treatment
  2. https://www.thefix.com/10-things-you-dont-know-about-rehab 
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.