You have decided that you are ready to change your life and have made the choice to go to a  treatment facility. But you are not sure on what to expect during your stay. This will help you get an understanding of what you might be able to expect during your stay. 


Normally there are 4 different phases of your treatment stay. And each of them have their own specific use. Below we are going to explore what each specific stage and what you can expect to be doing during that phase.

First stage: Detox 

During this stage you have just made the decision that you are ready to change your life for the better. Normally when you go to treatment you go to detox first. This is just to make sure that you are healthy enough to function a day to day life. Because we have withdrawals from drugs and alcohol it is important to be monitored by a medical professional during our first few days of being sober. You can expect to be able to get a lot of rest during this time. At your detox you will be evaluated by medical staff and monitored. You might be given some medication to help with your withdrawal. After you are medically cleared you will have to go to your next stage which is.


Stage two: Residential 

After you are medically cleared from detox this will be your next transition. You’ll move to a house with other patients getting sober. From here you start learning the tools and skills needed to stay sober. Oftentimes residential means that you do all your programming at the house. You do not have much freedom which in this early stage of sobriety is a good thing. You will interact with other residents and go on outings during the weekend. You’ll start going to a 12 step program and you get to communicate with your family. James R a former client from a residential inpatient in Los Angeles said that “Going through a residential program helped me deal with issues that arose during my early sobriety. Having people I could talk to saved my life.” During this stage you might have cravings to use or drink or might want to leave the facility. Being open about these feelings will help you address them and possibly eliminate them. 


Stage three: Intensive outpatient 

After about 30 days in residential you will transition to intensive outpatient. During this time you will be given more freedom and will be looked on as leader. You probably are not programming as much every day and you probably have made some friends during your stay. During this time you should still be very open with your therapist about any feelings, thoughts, or emotions that you are experiencing. Your treatment team might have you doing family therapy to repair any damage that has been caused due to your drug addiction. This phase usually lasts 30 to 60 days. 


Stage four: Outpatient

By this time you are almost on your way to completing the program. You probably have been sober about 90 days or so and are looking forward to going back out in the real world. During this time you will definitely be looked at as a leader. You probably have even talked to a few newbies getting sober. During this phase you might start looking for a get well job, Or you might start planning your aftercare. However it is ever so important to still be open about anything you are going through. If you have fears about what’s going to happen after you leave you should talk to your therapist about it. 


A solid treatment plan can save your life and change your life for the better. We promise life is so much better being sober. If you are struggling with any addiction we highly recommend that you seek out help before it is too late.

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