How Does Rehab Help Drug Addicts?

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Data from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) indicate that over 40 million U.S. adults were diagnosed with substance use disorder in 2020. Regrettably, only 2.4 million people engaged with treatment for drug addiction.

How Does Rehab Help?

A drug rehab is a facility where those with addictions to prescription medications or illicit drugs can receive structured treatment that involves pharmacological treatments and behavioral interventions.

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There are two main delivery methods for rehab:

  1. Inpatient rehab: Inpatient rehab, also known as residential rehab, involves remaining at a drug rehab for 30 to 90 days or more. You stay at the treatment center from detox to discharge.
  2. Outpatient rehab: Outpatient treatment is available at various levels of intensity. The most common outpatient programs are PHPs (partial hospitalization programs) and IOPs (intensive outpatient programs). More flexible and more affordable, outpatient treatment offers you access to the same therapies as inpatient rehab. Between therapy sessions, you return home or to a sober living community.

The main way in which rehab helps is by giving you the opportunity to detox from drugs. Detox is the first crucial stage of recovery and purges all toxins from your system. Detox can take a few days or a few weeks, depending on the substance. If you go to residential rehab, detox will precede treatment. If you feel that an outpatient program is better suited to your needs, you can detox at a licensed medical detox center.

Beyond this, rehab can deliver many benefits for you and your family. Today’s guide highlights the main advantages of kickstarting your recovery at a drug rehab rather than white-knuckling your recovery at home. How does rehab help drug addicts beyond detox, then?

How Can Rehab Help Drug Addicts?

  1. Rehab provides you with a safe and supportive environment free of distractions and triggers
  2. You will have access to a personalized blend of medications and behavioral therapies
  3. Drug rehab is highly structured
  4. Clinical and emotional care is available around the clock
  5. You will learn about addiction in general and your addiction in particular
  6. Discover how to set goals and build new habits with expert guidance
  7. Improve your physical and mental health

1) Rehab provides you with a safe and supportive environment free of distractions and triggers

Perhaps the primary benefit of drug rehab is the safe, supportive environment it provides. If you head to rehab, you will not be faced with distractions or temptations, and you will be surrounded by peers on their personal recovery journeys rather than friends who use addictive substances.

Addiction can be isolating, and you can embrace a sense of community at rehab. Peers in recovery can offer advice about addiction from lived experience without judgment. A sober support system can also keep you accountable in the early phase of your recovery.

2) You will have access to a personalized blend of medications and behavioral therapies

Addiction, clinically termed substance use disorder, is recognized by NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) as a chronic and incurable condition characterized by relapse and the compulsive use of substances regardless of the consequences. Nevertheless, substance use disorders respond positively to evidence-based treatment.

If you initiate your recovery from addiction at a drug rehab, you can connect with these interventions:

  • MAT (medication-assisted treatment): Opioid use disorder can be treated with FDA-approved medications. Buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone can streamline withdrawal and promote ongoing abstinence from opioid. MAT is most effective when delivered in combination with behavioral interventions like counseling and psychotherapy.
  • Counseling: In individual counseling sessions, you will work closely with a qualified therapist, exploring the specifics of your addiction. Group counseling sessions allow you to benefit from many different viewpoints, and to learn more about addiction in a supportive, inclusive environment.
  • Psychotherapy: CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is proven effective for treating addictions. Learn to identify your personal triggers for drug abuse and replace substance abuse with healthier coping mechanisms. CBT can equip you with skills invaluable in your ongoing recovery after rehab.
  • Motivational therapies: Drug addiction impacts the reward system in the brain. For addictions to drugs like meth or cocaine, there are currently no medications approved by the FDA. Instead, motivational therapies like CM (contingency management) can be effective, incentivizing positive behaviors like negative drug screens.
  • Holistic therapies: Attending rehab gives you the opportunity to engage with a range of holistic therapies from yoga and meditation to mindfulness and breathing exercises.

While it might be possible to kickstart your recovery without going to rehab, you will miss out on the above interventions, all beneficial for your sustained sobriety without relapse.

3) Drug rehab is highly structured

Addiction to drugs leaves many people with formless lives void of structure and meaning.

When you attend rehab, days are highly structured. Expect to eat meals in a communal setting, and to spend most of the day engaged in intensive individual or addiction group therapy sessions. The schedule is intended to keep you fully focused on your recovery with distractions and boredom eliminated.

For those looking to replace destructive behaviors like substance abuse with healthier, more positive behaviors, the routine at rehab helps you to enjoy a balanced lifestyle while making crucial changes and prioritizing your recovery.

4) Clinical and emotional care is available around the clock

For those who require residential rehab, one of the leading benefits is the availability of 24/7 clinical and emotional care.

Your treatment team will actively monitor you. If you find yourself tempted by cravings for drugs, you can consult an addiction specialist or therapist.

Anyone with a severe addiction or a co-occurring mental health condition is likely to benefit from inpatient treatment with around-the-clock care.

5) You will learn about addiction in general and your addiction in particular

People get addicted to drugs for many reasons. Heading to rehab allows you to learn about the relapsing and incurable nature of drug addiction so you can better understand how to fight back.

During counseling and psychotherapy sessions, you will also isolate your personal triggers for substance use so you can avoid these when possible. Additionally, you will learn how to implement healthy coping mechanisms when confronted by everyday stressors.

6) Discover how to set goals and build new habits with expert guidance

If you have made repeated failed attempts to quit using drugs, rehab will help you to break the vicious cycle of substance abuse by setting actionable and achievable goals.

At rehab, you will have the opportunity to build positive new habits and to make lifestyle changes with the guidance of experts in the field of drug addiction. 

Ultimately, rehab is designed to enable your success in ongoing recovery. As such, you will have the chance to:

  • Learn how to avoid triggering situations.
  • Manage stress more effectively.
  • Develop and implement healthy coping techniques.
  • Create new and positive thought patterns.

7) Improve your physical and mental health

Abusing drugs can cause your body to lose vital nutrients. Many people addicted to drugs also experience significant weight loss, resulting in weakness and fatigue.

Engaging with professional addiction treatment can help you to focus on nutrition and hydration, strengthening your system as you begin life substance-free.

Exercise can also be a powerful tool for those fighting drug addictions. There are many proven physical and mental health benefits of exercising for thirty minutes daily. At rehab, you will incorporate some form of movement or exercise into your days, initiating a habit you can maintain when you leave rehab.

If you have an addiction with a co-occurring mental health disorder like anxiety or depression, you can address both conditions at the same time by engaging with a dual diagnosis treatment program at drug rehab.

Rehab for Drug Addiction at California Detox

If you are ready to transition from active drug addiction into ongoing recovery, we can help you build a strong and stable foundation at California Detox in Southern California.

Before you engage with an inpatient or outpatient treatment program, you may benefit from our supervised medical detox program. Detoxing at our licensed medical detox center in Laguna Beach provides you with continuous clinical and emotional care, as well as FDA-approved medications to streamline drug withdrawal. 

After addressing the physical aspect of dependence during detox, you can then move directly into one of the following treatment programs:

  • Inpatient program (residential rehab)
  • PHP (partial hospitalization program)
  • IOP (intensive outpatient program)
  • Dual diagnosis treatment program (for co-occurring disorders)
  • Remote rehab program

All California Detox drug addiction treatment programs offer personalized treatment plans that draw from a combination of MAT (medication-assisted treatment), counseling, and psychotherapy. You can also access various holistic therapies at our affordable luxury rehab.

When you complete your treatment program, you will be equipped with a robust aftercare plan that includes relapse management and prevention strategies. Reclaim your life from addiction and reap many benefits from rehab at California Beach. Call 949.390.5377 for immediate assistance and learn more about what to bring to rehab. Have a friend or family member who is struggling with addiction? Learn how you can help convince them to get help for their drug addiction. 


While detox addresses the physical component of drug dependence, rehab offers you the opportunity to unpack the psychological aspect of substance use disorder. Through a series of therapeutic interventions including MAT (medication-assisted treatment), counseling, and psychotherapy, you can build a firm foundation for sober living. You will learn how to manage cravings for drugs, and you will develop healthy coping mechanisms to use in your ongoing recovery. Rehab helps you to improve your health and wellbeing, to reduce the negative consequences of addiction on the lives of you and your family, and to begin the process of ongoing sobriety.
Rehab offers many benefits, including: Helping you to stop using drugs; Stabilizing your physical health; Improving your mental health; Addressing any underlying mental health issues; Enhancing your interpersonal relationships; and providing you with a safe and supportive environment for recovery.


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