The first 24 hours in rehab

What happens in the first day of residential rehab?

Entering residential rehab to recover from alcohol or drug dependency can be a scary and daunting prospect.

We understand how hard it can be to know what to expect from the detox and recovery process, let alone going to somewhere completely unfamiliar away from your family.

We have outlined what the first 24-hours in rehab will look like to help you feel more prepared and ready for the journey ahead.

1.The intake process

After patients are welcomed at the door, they are escorted to an intake room, where, if they are able, they will sign and consent a treatment form which allows the rehab clinic to treat them.

If patients are able, and do not need urgent medical help, they will spend a little time with a recovery specialist.

The purpose of this appointment is to review the individual treatment program with the patient to ensure that it is best suited to their needs.

If the patient is unresponsive and has overdosed, then they will be admitted straight away to the detox unit to be stabilised.

2. Medical Assessment

The patients, shortly after arriving will complete 3 assessments:

  1. Psycho-social assessment
  2. Nursing and medical assessment
  3. Historical and physical assessment

These assessments are vital because they will give all the information needed about the patient.

The aim is to get the clearest picture possible of the patient’s history, their relationships and situation and their medical needs.

3. Medically assisted detox

Once assigned to their room, patients will begin a medically assisted detox.

Depending on the severity of their addiction, and their state upon arrival, detox will usually last between 7-10 days.

The detox process is absolutely vital and no addict can begin their recovery without it.

It is necessary to receive medial care and monitoring during detox due to withdrawal symptoms that patients experience.

It ensures that all harmful substances are removed from the body to stabilise the patient, so that they are sober and ready to receive further residential therapy.

Detox is a scary prospect for patients, but it is the important first step - a short-term hardship for a long-term recovery. Read more on the process of addiction detox.