First time at rehab?

A first-time rehab experience can be scary. Even if you want help from an addiction, you may still be nervous going to rehab because you don’t know what to expect. Knowing what happens in rehab can put your mind at ease. Here are some things most rehabs have in common so that you can be prepared for the experience.


Once you arrive at The Empowerment Center a staff member will start the process by having you complete an intake interview to find out more about you. After the interview is complete you will receive a tour of the Center and your room will be assigned.

Often on the day you arrive a drug and alcohol assessment will be completed. This is an important step in the rehab process, because this information will be used to start customizing your treatment plan.


Various types of therapies will be used throughout the recovery process to help you overcome your cravings, avoid relapses, and remain clean and sober after you complete the program.

Individual Therapy

During individual therapy, you’ll work with a qualified professional privately in one-on-one sessions. During these sessions, you’ll take an honest look at yourself, your addiction, and the effect your addiction has had on your inner self. This personal education can be a powerful way to help you understand your addiction and help you heal.

Your therapist will also help you to identify your triggers. Once you’ve identified them, they will teach you how to deal with (or eliminate) them in a healthy manner rather than destructively.

A Licensed or Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor will customize the right types of therapy for your unique needs. Therapy can come in many forms, but research suggests that behavioral therapies are most effective in treating addictions. Two of the most common behavioral therapies used in this setting are cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.

A Word from The Empowerment Center

If you are suffering from a substance use disorder, it is critical that you seek help. Although it might seem scary at first, it’s important to understand that ultimately rehab is a positive experience. Don’t allow your fears about what happens in treatment to prevent you from doing something great for yourself and your life.