Phases of Rehab - Understanding Steps to Recovery

The Hader Clinic
The Hader Clinic
May 29, 2023
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Rehabilitation is an essential process for individuals seeking recovery from addiction or substance abuse. However, the journey to recovery is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and it may involve different phases and steps depending on the individual's unique circumstances. Understanding the various phases of rehab is crucial to determine the most effective treatment plan and achieve long-term sobriety. 

In this blog, the team at The Hader Clinic will explore the different phases of rehab, including assessment, detoxification, therapy, and aftercare, and highlight the key elements and strategies involved in each step to provide a comprehensive guide for individuals seeking recovery.

The 5 Stages of Rehab 

Rehabilitation is a complex and multi-faceted process that can be broken down into several stages, each of which plays a vital role in helping individuals overcome addiction or substance abuse. These stages build on each other to provide a comprehensive and individualised approach to recovery, addressing the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of addiction.

1. Assessment 

The first phase of rehab involves initial assessment and evaluation. This phase aims to determine the exact nature of addiction and develop a personalised treatment plan. This phase is crucial to the success of the overall treatment plan, as it provides the foundation for the rest of the rehab process.

During the initial intake, the individual undergoes a comprehensive assessment that includes a physical examination, medical history, and psychological evaluation. This process helps to determine the extent of the addiction and any co-occurring mental health conditions. After evaluating the individual's needs, a personalised treatment plan is developed to address them. The plan may include different types of therapies, such as individual therapy, group therapy, and holistic therapies. The treatment plan may also include medications to help manage withdrawal symptoms or to treat underlying mental health conditions.

2. Detoxification 

Detoxification is the process of removing harmful substances from the body. It is an essential step in the addiction recovery process, as it allows the body to rid itself of the toxic chemicals accumulated due to substance abuse. Detoxification can be a difficult and uncomfortable process, but it is a necessary step on the road to recovery. During detoxification, the body may experience various withdrawal symptoms, including nausea, tremors, insomnia, and anxiety. 

Medical detox is one of the most effective ways to manage the withdrawal symptoms that occur during detoxification. This type of detoxification is supervised by medical professionals who are trained to provide support and medication to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. At The Hader Clinic, we offer a 14 or 28-day detoxification program to help patients undergo this step of addiction treatment.

3. Treatment 

This phase is critical for long-term success and involves a range of therapies and support systems to help individuals address the underlying issues that contribute to their addiction.  

Recommended treatment methods include:

  • Individual therapy sessions 
  • Group therapy sessions with peer support
  • Family therapy and involvement 
  • Holistic and alternative therapies - such as yoga, meditation and other leisure activities

Overall, the rehabilitation and treatment phase of addiction recovery is a critical time for individuals to develop the tools and support they need to maintain their sobriety. Individuals can gain the insight and skills they need to live a healthy and fulfilling life in recovery.

4. Aftercare 

The fourth step of rehab is aftercare, which includes ongoing support and resources to help individuals maintain sobriety after completing treatment. Aftercare may include individual or group counselling, 12-step programs, and other support groups.

Developing a long-term recovery plan is essential for individuals who have completed rehab. This plan should include ongoing support, individual therapy, and healthy coping mechanisms for managing triggers and stress.

5. Ongoing Support

The final step of rehab is ongoing recovery, which involves a commitment to maintaining sobriety and making positive lifestyle changes. Ongoing recovery may include ongoing therapy, participation in support groups, and other self-care practices that promote overall health and well-being.

What Are The 12 Steps of Rehab?

When it comes to aftercare, the 12-step rehab program is the perfect way to make amends, overcome a drug or alcohol addiction and undergo personal recovery. 

The 12 steps of rehab are a set of principles and guidelines originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a spiritual program of recovery for individuals struggling with addiction. While the 12 steps are commonly associated with the Alcoholics Anonymous world services, they have also been adapted and used by other addiction recovery programs. The 12 steps are:

  1. Admit that you have a problem and are powerless over your addiction.  
  2. Seek help from a higher power and undergo a spiritual awakening. 
  3. Decide to turn control over to that higher power of spiritual foundation (whatever it may be).
  4. Make a fearless moral inventory (also known as a personal inventory) - this means reflecting on your past. 
  5. Confide in someone about your past behaviour.
  6. Work on rebuilding your character. Acknowledge your faults and work on managing all these defects.  
  7. Ask your higher power to remove your shortcomings. 
  8. Make a list of wrongs done to others and be willing to make amends. 
  9. Actively start to make direct amends to others. 
  10. Continue to take responsibility and admit when you’ve done wrong. 
  11. Seek enlightenment and deepen your spiritual principles. 
  12.  Help others with their 12-step programs. Provide recovery support and assistance with treating addiction.

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