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What is Rehab? Types, Treatment Options & Process 

Oct 5, 2021

Rehab is the start of a lifelong commitment to sobriety and improving the quality of one’s life. It often begins with the “engagement stage.” This may involve the entire family working together to help explore pathways to treatment.  Rehab may include either or both inpatient and outpatient treatment.

Here is an overview of rehab, including:

If you or a loved one need help, call our admissions team today at 561-841-1033.

Overview: What is Rehab?

Whether it’s inpatient or outpatient treatment, rehab is the first step toward a life without addiction. Ideally, health professionals would identify which drug or alcoholism treatment is most effective for each person. There are many different types of rehab, various treatment methods, and various lengths of stay.

What is Rehab Used For?

Rehab is used for the detoxification and recovery of substance use disorders. People who attend a rehabilitation center or program can be treated for nearly any drug use, including opiates, methamphetamines, cocaine, and heroin. When it comes to alcohol use, rehab offers a medically safe place to detox and heal from the mental, physical, and emotional side effects of alcohol dependence. Finally, rehab is also used by people suffering from both mental health disorders and drugs or alcohol use. Today’s best rehab centers offer an integrative approach to recovery that addresses the whole mind, body, and spirit. 

What are the Types of Rehab?

There are two main types of rehab, inpatient and outpatient.

Also called residential treatment programs, inpatient rehabs include lodging accommodations during the length of the treatment program. Depending on the facility, inpatient rehabs can provide luxurious accommodations, including comfortable rooms, chef-prepared meals, and often a serene or natural setting conducive to healing and recovery.  

An outpatient rehab or recovery program provides treatment while people continue their commitments to family and career. Outpatient rehab might include partial hospitalization for medical detox and various levels of therapy and treatments depending on the individual. 

In addition to inpatient and outpatient options, people can choose from various types of rehab categorized by gender or age programs. For example, at Hanley, the acute care phase of treatment is based on age, gender, and individual needs driven by comprehensive assessment and case management. Hanley Center offers Women’s Residential Treatment and Men’s Residential Treatment, along with treatment for Older Adults. 

What are the Types of Treatment in Rehab?

Addiction treatment options vary in rehab, but nearly all rehabs start with a medically supervised detoxification program. 

After detox and medical care, rehabilitation treatment programs are developed based on individual needs. 

Some examples of rehabilitation techniques include

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Combined behavioral intervention (CBI)
  • Motivational interviewing (MI)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Recreational and experiential therapies
  • Group therapies
  • Neurotherapies that address brain system functioning
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step programming
  • Family therapies and couples counseling 

These techniques may be implemented as appropriate.

In CBT, patients are given instruction and homework assignments intended to improve their ability to cope with basic living situations, control their behavior, and change how they think about drinking or using drugs. 

CBT combines elements from other psychotherapy treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and 12-Step programs to empower patients with ways to cope.

Addressing the needs of the patient’s families is critical to ongoing sobriety. Partners of people with alcoholism can also benefit from behavioral approaches that help them cope with their mate. 

Continuing care is the long-term process of personal growth. It often requires intense support systems at the start, including ongoing involvement in the fellowship of AA, often with supportive counseling.

How Long is Rehab?

The length of rehab depends on the individual. Hanley offers everything from a 10-day clinical assessment program to help determine if the person is truly chemically dependent to a 90-day residential program and continued care after rehab. 

Ultimately, it is a lifelong journey, which means you will want the best foundation for complete detox and recovery. You’ll also want to take advantage of the tools, resources, and community support available to you to learn how to live a new life in sobriety. 

What Does Rehab Cost?

The cost of rehab depends on the facility, length of time, and treatment programs. You or a family member can explore all available funding plans through health insurance coverage and self-pay options. 

The chance to start a new life in sobriety is available to anyone if they reach out and ask for help. Our insurance experts can handle the details for you and even help complete initial precertification. They can help you every step of the way so you can find the type of support you need today.


Hanley Center is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care for mental illnesses and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting wellness. For information on our programs, call us today: 561-841-1033.

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