What is it like to attend drug rehab?

Many people turn to drugs for relief from mental disease, trauma, or because of a strong attraction to chaos. Drug addiction takes a toll on a person’s life financially, socially, physically, and mentally. If you or someone in your life suffers from addiction, you need to get help before it causes irreparable damage. Rehab is one of the best ways to help change paths away from drugs. However, the idea of rehab can be rather intimidating. What is it like to actually attend drug rehab?

The Good

Get therapy you need and resources for after rehab

There’s usually something at the core of the addiction. If you want to fight the addiction at the root, you need to work on the underlying issues. That’s why you can expect plenty of therapy in rehab. You’ll have both individual and group therapy sessions almost every day. However, serious trauma or mental illness won’t be cured by the time you leave rehab. However, rehab will also help you find resources for once you get out.


You won’t be able to use your drug of choice while in rehab. In time, the drug will be completely out of your system for good. This does not necessarily mean that the cravings are gone, but you have a fresh start physically speaking. Your body no longer has the drug in it, and you should be past any of the withdrawal systems. This is how you want to return to the world- drug free and clean.

Meet Sober People

You will meet a lot of people in rehab. Some will be addicts for life. Others will go on to live a long, productive, and happy life. You will be able to meet many of the successful ones. Ideally, these people will be able to become a support system for you as you work toward the same goals. At some point, you may even be lucky enough to help people struggling.

The Bad

You’re away for a long time

You need to expect to be away for at least a couple of weeks. This means that you will be away from your regular life. This may not even seem possible if you have career obligations or familial obligations. However, you may lose the right to these obligations because of your drug addiction, so it’s best to get clean. Use whatever resources you have to cover these responsibilities for as long as you are gone. Visitation and contact with friends and family will be minimal, too, so get your good-byes in before you go.

The accommodations depend greatly on your income

There are some extremely fancy rehab facilities that more resemble spas or vacation resorts than what you would think of when you picture a rehab center. These places can include horses and gourmet meals along with luxurious, private accommodations. Of course, they also come with high price tags. Other facilities are less than comfortable without the proper resources. These are the places that people go when they don’t have any money. The truth of the matter is that the quality of different rehab centers depends greatly on how much money you can spend. It’s not only about the food and the private bathroom, but also the level of care. Facilities that cost more money are the ones who can afford better staff and better tools.


Not many people enjoy being told what to do. Unfortunately, rehab facilities have some very strict rules. You will not be able to come and go as you please. You also won’t be able to do what you want. Naturally, drugs are not welcome. You also won’t be able to have visitors at night, hang out in common areas whenever you want, or even wear shoelaces. These rules are all in place for a reason, but they can be annoying at times. Make sure you realize that adhering to the rules will help you in the long run. Drug rehab is the most effective method of getting off drugs and bettering your life. However, that isn’t to say that you will love absolutely every part of it. Instead of wondering what drug rehab will be like, think about what life would be like if you don’t go to rehab. Call us today at 833-364-0736.