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What To Expect During Rehab

Explore what each individual should expect when they enter our drug rehab.

Getting Ready for Rehab?

When you or a loved one decides to go to rehab, you’ll likely have mixed feelings. While you might feel hopeful and relieved, it’s common to feel nervous and scared as well. As you start this new journey, rest assured that you will count on our unlimited support every step of the way. 

Beginning treatment for substance use disorder can feel overwhelming for patients and their families. In our belief, communication is vital to help ease the anxiety that comes with entering treatment. We take great pride in our interaction level with patients and their support systems throughout the treatment process. 

We also always remain available for questions or concerns. To help relieve feelings of nervousness or uncertainty, we have some briefs about what to expect during rehab when enrolling in drug treatment at Lighthouse Recovery Institute.

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What Patients Should Expect During Rehab

The Detox Process

There are many types of alcohol rehab programs out there. However, no matter their structure, most of them start with medical detox. Because alcohol addiction causes severe withdrawal symptoms when someone stops drinking, detox can help ease the symptoms. 

During alcohol detox, people have the medical attention and supervision they need to ease withdrawal symptoms and prevent any life-threatening side effects. The time of detox will depend on the severity of the symptoms. Sometimes, the specialists recommend a medication-assisted treatment to incorporate withdrawal prevention drugs to help patients detox from a substance better and more safely.

Inpatient Programs

Alcohol rehab offers a lot of structure, and the most rigorous programs are inpatient ones. Here, patients move into a rehab facility and are surrounded by others in rehab and the rehab center staff. Inpatient treatment programs are often an excellent choice for those who don’t have a safe and sober environment back home. 

Intensive Outpatient Programs

Sometimes, people’s addictions aren’t as severe, or they’ve undergone a detox program and are stable enough to stay home. Intensive outpatient rehab programs (IOPs) are there as a structured rehab program with more flexibility. They are sometimes known as residential rehab. In this recovery style, people have the flexibility to stay home and maintain responsibilities like work, school, and family. However, they do have the structure of attending meetings and therapy sessions several times throughout the week. 

Outpatient Programs

After someone completes an inpatient rehab program, they’re often placed into outpatient treatment programs. To prevent relapse after treatment, outpatient programs offer a similar structure where people have access to therapy sessions every other day and access to a therapist, among other resources.

Attending Therapy Sessions

Following your intake, you will be attending groups regularly. Licensed clinicians and team members facilitate groups that involve a wide range of topics and therapeutic methods. Some of the modalities used are DBT, CBT, art therapy, trauma resolution, relapse prevention, and self-esteem building. Additionally, core areas of focus include conflict resolution, relationships, family issues, core beliefs, and more.

Individual Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective treatment options for addiction. CBT works in your behavioral responses to different triggers. Once you and your therapist identify these triggers, together, you can work toward developing new and healthier responses to these triggers. These individual therapy sessions offer a safe environment that allows people to share their fears and concerns openly. 

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Family Therapy

It’s no secret that addiction breaks havoc in the family unit. For those in recovery, going through it all without their family members’ support can be devastating. However, in many cases, the family unit is shattered, and they don’t know how to be helpful. For these cases, family therapy can provide a safe and supervised environment to start working on regaining family trust and building back a supportive family unit. 

Group Therapy

Group sessions allow for emotional healing. When participants share their alcohol and drug abuse experiences, it helps free-up build-up feelings, fears, and more. It’s also reassuring to know that those in the room are also struggling with the same issues. Over time, those in the support group develop a sense of fellowship during rehab, which grows into team support and encouragement. 

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Specialized Therapy

Those struggling with alcohol addiction often struggle with other issues. Incorporating special therapy sessions that address trauma, anger management, grief counseling, and others is paramount to help those in addiction recovery build the skills they need to cope. Substance abuse and mental health are often connected. By addressing both simultaneously, we can ensure a better recovery.

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Alternative Therapy

Part of a comprehensive treatment includes alternative therapies. These therapies might not be the traditional rehab route, but they can help improve recovering addict’s well-being and overall health. These therapies can be art or music therapy, neurofeedback, exercise programs, yoga, acupuncture, and more. 

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What Family Members and Loved Ones Should Expect During Rehab

Loving someone in active addiction often involves feelings of fear and uncertainty. When your loved one or family member enters our addiction treatment center, you may experience a deep sense of relief knowing that they are safe and receiving the qualified care they need. For those unfamiliar with addiction treatment, there may be questions concerning communication throughout the treatment process.

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we must do everything we can to elevate those concerns. We have a brief overview of what to expect during rehab.

As soon as your loved one admits to addiction treatment, regardless of their level of care, the emergency contact will receive a phone call from one of our clinicians or counselor assistants to inform you that they have arrived safely.

First Few Days

Within the first day, your loved one’s primary therapist will contact you to discuss treatment plans. Additionally, any concerns or questions you may have and schedule weekly phone calls.

Our clinical staff can also be reached anytime via email. Your level of engagement is at your discretion. Your loved one’s therapist will help you determine how much involvement is appropriate throughout inpatient drug treatment through outpatient treatment.

For the first seven days of treatment, patients at the highest level of care cannot use the phone unless they receive permission to make phone calls with their therapist from the clinical office. This restriction is because we want to create an environment in which patients can acclimate to the treatment community and reduce distraction or external stress as they settle into a routine.


Throughout the Program

During the treatment program, your family member will use the phone to speak with you following their first seven days. If conversations become difficult, we encourage you to discuss the best way to improve communication with your clinical contact. Your loved one will likely be experiencing shifting emotions and maybe engaged in intense therapeutic work. This emotional “blackout period” may be unfamiliar territory, but on the other side of discomfort is a new, healthy life

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At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, whether you chose a family program or not, we encourage family participation. We believe that having the support of family members and loved ones is paramount for our patient’s recovery. Our licensed therapists can help you navigate the rehab process to participate in a comfortable way for you and your family. 

We encourage you to utilize the resources we have available through a family program to navigate this process. Throughout their drug treatment, your loved one will discover the best version of themselves. Individuals will be treated with compassion, dignity, and respect as they embark on a productive recovery-based lifestyle.

My daughter has been struggling with addiction for a while now. I was connected with Lighthouse Recovery Institute and grateful for their help for my daughter and my family. They remained in constant communication with me, and their family support liaison directed me to multiple resources that were very helpful to obtain support for myself, as well. I would recommend them for someone who is struggling with addiction and whose family needs support as I did.

Melissa P.

About Lighthouse Recovery Institute Drug and Alcohol Rehab

About Lighthouse Recovery Institute Drug and Alcohol Rehab

For those ready to enter drug rehab or alcohol rehab, coming to Lighthouse Recovery Institute can turn lives around. Patients from all over the country have found the calm and peaceful setting that Florida offers to help them during recovery will readily attest to the usefulness of taking the trip. 

Lighthouse Recovery Institute provides inpatient and outpatient programs, counseling, therapy, and additional resources such as teaching sober life skills. 

Don’t let addiction dominate your life for one more day. If you are unsure whether an inpatient or outpatient drug addiction program is best to choose, we encourage you to call now and speak to a staff member. We are a call away to help guide you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for drug rehab.


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At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we want our patients to feel comfortable in their environment so they can remain focused on what is truly important, their recovery. Here you will find photographs of our clinical office, located centrally in Boynton Beach, Florida.

We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one. Click below to speak to a member of our staff directly.