Going to treatment can be a frightening experience. It can provide just the lift a person needs to get back on track with recovery. It also is about walking into treatment with a focus on understanding the process to know what to expect through to the end. From detox to aftercare, find out what it is like to walk into treatment for the first time and how to seek support for addiction. 


After the initial assessment, the first step is detox. Residential rehab centers feature in-house detox programs, while others utilize detox outside their center, then take in the person a few weeks later when they are ready to begin the rehab journey. Withdrawal when dealing with drugs or alcohol varies from person to person and this transition can last up to seven days. 


The key to learning about addiction is to become educated on the treatment and rehab process. The process helps people look at themselves honestly, with openness and gratitude around drug and alcohol use. Most people with addiction may be in denial but they can give up drugs and alcohol if they desire. Treatment programs try to break through denial to get to a commitment to a clean and sober lifestyle. Most typically, a person can learn about the nature of their addiction, why it happened, how to prevent relapse, and find support for triggers and cravings in recovery. 

Therapeutic Support

Every rehab place will provide individual and group therapy. It may vary, but people will participate daily in therapy meetings with others that help them navigate their journey to freedom from addiction. During rehab, a person will likely receive lots of therapy to sort out their drug addiction, past trauma, and think about the future where they may encounter situations that are triggering. Learning new coping skills is a huge part of recovery. 

Family Meetings

Successful drug and alcohol rehab programs include people in the family treatment program which focuses on helping family dynamics grow and challenge them. Including family and friends in this process often improves rehab outcomes significantly. The family who participates is often able to connect with the loved one post-rehab and find ways to build support for the journey alongside them. 


Typical residential drug and alcohol rehab programs last around 28 days. This may last longer, during which time people remain in an environment where no drugs or alcohol are available. Aftercare plans vary, but counselors will know what will work the best. This might mean living in a longer residential environment for additional support. There, people attend 12-step groups, weekly check-ins are the norm, and counselors can offer support along the way to healing. 

Finding the right pathway for healing can look different for people, depending on where they are in the journey. Treatment is a good way to start the journey of healing where people get supported and often get help for moving forward in ways they had not been able to in the past. In this way, it can be life-changing for the person who can enter recovery with a new mindset.

A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. Our goal is to help you move forward with therapeutic techniques that support your healing. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information on sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702