What Happens at Drug Rehab?

The exact treatment plan will depend on the substance that is being abused and the severity of the addiction. Treatment centers in Los Angeles may also have different policies about what type of patients they will take (e.g., some will only take patients who are requesting help). Despite these differences, rehabs often incorporate similar aspects, some of which are discussed below.


Not all rehab facilities offer detox services, so this is an important question to ask. However, if you have chosen a facility that does, the patient will first go through medically monitored detox from the substance that has caused the addiction.

Medical treatment

The patient will likely be evaluated by a psychiatrist who may need to treat co-occurring mental disorders (like anxiety and depression). They may also treat the patient with replacement medicines (like Methadone or Suboxone), depending on the substance.

Individual therapy

Individual therapy is an opportunity for addicts to be completely honest with an unbiased source about their perception of their addiction and the root causes of the problem. Everything from damaged interpersonal relationships to traumatic memories from the past may be addressed.

Group therapy

Like individual therapy, group therapy allows patients to discuss the difficulties they have experienced as a result of their addiction. By sharing with a group of people who can truly empathize with what they are going through, the recovering addict learns that their struggles are not insurmountable, and that they are not alone.

Scheduled activities

Depending on the facility, the patient may participate in music or art therapy as well as outings into the community.

Unscheduled activities

During the recovering addict’s free time, they may have the option of participating in any number of activities depending on the facility’s amenities. Some drug rehab Los Angeles facilities have fitness centers whereas others are located on the beach.

Sobriety “training”: During rehab, addicts learn how to take responsibility for their sobriety – no one else can do it for them. They also learn skills to help them stick to their commitment.