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What to Expect During Rehab

What to Expect During Rehab

Placing a loved one in treatment is one of the most difficult things anyone can do. While you’re relieved your loved one is finally getting help, you’re probably worried about what the future holds.

Fortunately, Lighthouse Recovery Institute believes that knowledge is power. With that in mind, we’ve set out to help you learn what to expect during treatment. While this time is frightening and uncertain, rest assured knowing that we’ll take good care of your loved one.


So, without further ado, learn what to expect during rehab for both yourself and your loved one.

What to Expect During Rehab: For Yourself

Placing your loved one in treatment is incredibly challenging. There’s no way around it. You can expect to feel a range of emotions, many of them conflicting. In fact, dealing with a loved one’s addiction often produces The Five Stages of Grief.

For those unfamiliar with this idea, it suggests there are five stages to grieving. There’s denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Having a loved one struggling with substance abuse, and dealing with the process of their treatment, captures all five of these stages.

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First, there’s denial. This is when you can’t believe your loved one is dealing with addiction. Maybe you’re a parent who doesn’t want to imagine their child is addicted to painkillers. Maybe you’re a spouse who doesn’t want to imagine their significant other is addicted to alcohol.

Often, denial precedes treatment. Because it’s so difficult to imagine your loved one struggling with an addiction, denial breeds inaction. This brings us to the second stage, anger.

Anger is when you accept your loved one has an addiction, but hasn’t yet found a solution. This is the stage most people identify with. That’s because anger is easy. Rather than look for treatment and a healthy solution, it’s simpler to get mad at your loved one’s repeated substance abuse.

Like denial, anger often precedes treatment. Once anger runs its course, there’s the third stage, bargaining.

Bargaining is often when individuals are introduced to drug and alcohol treatment. Bargaining can be both internal and external. Internally, it’s the many times we think “I’d give anything for my child to stop using!” Externally, it’s talking, and often pleading, with our loved one to seek help.

The fourth stage is depression. This is probably the trickiest stage. Your loved one has entered treatment and you’re starting to learn the extent of their addiction. Things are looking positive, but the treatment process is overwhelming! There’s so much to learn and even more to come to terms with.

Want to know what to expect during treatment? This is it – an overwhelming flood of emotions, feelings, insecurities, and fears. Luckily, though, there’s hope.


Remember, knowledge is power. After your loved one spends time in a quality treatment center, you’ll both be well informed and well armed. As your loved one begins living a healthy life, you’ll soon move to the final stage, acceptance.

Acceptance is the light at the end of the tunnel. Acceptance is admitting to your innermost self that your loved one struggles with addiction. This isn’t to say that acceptance is the end to all your troubles, but it does mark a departure from your previous life. No matter the struggles to come, both you and your loved one know who you are.

This section wouldn’t be complete without a sincere promise from us that your loved one’s in a safe place. You can expect calls from your loved one’s therapist regularly, updating you on their treatment and progress.

If your loved one refuses to legally allow us to share this information with you, please be assured that we’ll continue to obtain that information throughout their stay.

While your loved one’s in treatment, you can expect to deal with your own emotional issues. We suggest reaching out for your own help, to further bring your family into a state of recovery.

What to Expect During Rehab: For Your Loved One

While the time your loved one spends in treatment is certainly difficult for you, remember it’s challenging for them as well. They’ll be experiencing emotions for the first time in quite a while. They’ll be dealing with issues underlying their addiction. They may begin to work through trauma or other co-occurring disorders.

All of which is to say, your loved one is going through a transformative process. They’ll need your support, encouragement, and love. Know that we’re here to help them through this transformation and also here to enable you to help them.

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Your loved one is going to be tackling major issues, which often drove their addiction in the first place. These issues can take on innumerable forms, but some common ones include: low self-esteem, trouble communicating, extreme loneliness, lack of purpose and direction, and spiritual emptiness.

Your loved one may begin to work on a co-occurring disorder. These can take on several forms, including eating disorders and mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression.

There are mental health issues, which often go hand-in-hand with addiction. Think Depression Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, or ADHD. There are more, but these are some of the most common. One of the most important parts of substance abuse treatment is correctly diagnosing, medicating, and treating these mental health issues.

While at Lighthouse Recovery Institute, your loved one is cared for by our licensed, trained, and dedicated staff of therapists, doctors, case-managers, and counselor assistants.

You can expect that we’ll put the well-being and recovery of your loved one above all else, and that you’ll be as integral a part of your loved one’s treatment as clinically indicated.

You can rest assured knowing your loved one is being treated with dignity and respect.