What Happens in Treatment?

What Happens in Treatment?

During individual therapy you will learn more about what triggers addictive behaviors

Addiction treatment is a process where you build a healthy, complete life without substance abuse. People who have not been to rehab may not understand how this happens or exactly what occurs during treatment. Not having a clear understanding can lead to unrealistic expectations. It can lead to unnecessary fear or uncertainty about recovery. Addiction treatment is a planned process that can be explained and understood. It will not be easy, but recovery is possible for anyone. If you go in to treatment with an understanding of what needs to be done, you give yourself the best chance at making a full recovery.

Beginning with Detox

Addiction treatment begins with detoxification. During detox addictive substances leave your body, and your body readjusts to functioning normally without them. Depending on the substance you are addicted to, you may experience severe withdrawal symptoms. Common symptoms include tremors, sweating, anxiety, nausea and fatigue. Withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable but short-lived. Medical supervision during the detox process ensures safety and maximum comfort. Professional detox treatment provides professional monitoring and addresses symptoms as they arise. Attempting detox at home without the help of medical professionals is dangerous and can lead to complications and relapse. LSD has few physical detox symptoms, but you will need emotional support as you may face withdrawal symptoms such as depression or anxiety. If you are using LSD in combination with other substances, you will need both physical and psychological support. After detox you will not be physically dependent on a substance, but your addiction has not yet been treated. Detox is just the beginning of what happens in treatment. When you complete detoxification, you will no longer experience physical withdrawal symptoms, but that does not mean you are no longer addicted. According to Psych Central[1], between 65-80% of users who do not continue treatment after detox will relapse.

Individual Therapy

After detoxification you are ready to begin the next phase of addiction treatment. This phase typically includes individual therapy. You will speak with a licensed and experienced therapist and come to better understand how you became addicted and how you can move forward. You will learn more about your drug use triggers and will start developing coping skills and gaining relapse prevention tools. Tools and skills may include breathing exercises, physical activity, artistic expression and stress management options. The most popular form of therapy used in addiction treatment is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT begins by helping you identify your thoughts and feelings about substance abuse. It helps you recognize when and where you are most at risk for relapse. You and your therapist then work together to develop strategies for combating addiction-related thought patterns. The National Institute on Drug Abuse[2] explains, “A central element of CBT is anticipating likely problems and enhancing patients’ self-control by helping them develop effective coping strategies. Specific techniques include exploring the positive and negative consequences of continued drug use, self-monitoring to recognize cravings early and identify situations that might put one at risk for use, and developing strategies for coping with cravings and avoiding those high-risk situations.” CBT is more than exploring your past. It is about developing real strategies for a healthy future.

Other Forms of Treatment

While every treatment center should offer evidence-based therapy options such as CBT, additional options vary. Group therapy sessions are typically standard offerings. They often involve therapist-led discussions. Support group meetings are often optional but recommended, especially as an element of aftercare. A therapist may or may not be present for these, as the focus in on peer support rather than formal recovery education. Other complementary therapies may include wellness programs, family therapy, art therapy and more. These are often optional and are customized to your individual interests and recovery needs.

What Happens After Treatment

Completing addiction treatment is a big step and the beginning of your recovery journey. To support this healthy, wonderful new beginning, treatment should be followed by aftercare. Transitioning from intensive treatment back to everyday life requires support and encouragement. Aftercare provides this support. It involves therapy on a continued but reduced basis to reinforce what you learned and practiced in treatment. It encourages participating in the recovery community and community at large to expand your sober, social circle. Getting involved in a support group and seeing an individual therapist helps you stay on top of your recovery.

Beating LSD Addiction

The first step toward long-lasting recovery is addiction treatment. Once you are in treatment, you can take your life back. You can make your own choices rather than having your life dictated by a substance. Call our toll-free helpline today to learn about beginning your recovery journey. You can ask any questions you have about what happens before, during and after treatment. We can help you find the programs that are covered by your insurance, offer the professional care you need and will set you up for an enjoyable, fulfilling recovery. We are here 24 hours a day, so please don’t wait to begin. Call now.


[1]    http://blogs.psychcentral.com/addiction-recovery/2014/02/home-detox-dangers/. “Home Detox: What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” Psych Central. 2014. Web. 24 Jun 2016.

[2]    https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/evidence-based-approaches-to-drug-addiction-treatment/behavioral. Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide. National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dec 2012. Web. 24 Jun 2016.