Drug Rehabilitation: What is it Like to Attend Rehab?
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Drug Rehabilitation: What is it Like to Attend Rehab?

When you’ve finally made the decision to get help for addiction, there can be many unknowns about the journey you’re about to embark on. As rewarding as it will be, it can still be a little scary to not know what to expect. That is why we answer the question of “what is it like to attend rehab?” for the average patient at Channel Islands Rehab. The more you know, the more comfortable you will be when you finally enter and begin your first day of the rest of your life.

Upon entering Channel Islands Rehab, you will be met with our caring staff who will guide you through the intake process, ask you questions about your medical history and history of your addiction, take you through the ins-and-outs of the facility, as well as layout the expectations for your stay. After you’ve settled into your room, there will be many things to look forward to in the days and weeks to come.

Medically-Assisted Detox

One of the first things you will experience in drug rehabilitation is medically-assisted detox. Withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable and are nearly impossible to go through alone. At Channel Islands Rehab, we strive to make our clients feel as comfortable and safe as possible during this period of time with round-the-clock medical care and medications to help assist with your varying symptoms.

The more comfortable you are during the detox process, the better. Reasons for this include:

  • You will be able to begin behavioral therapy quicker
  • You will be better able to focus and retain information in therapy
  • You will be less likely to want to leave rehab
  • Relapse will be far less likely
  • You will be able to sleep and eat, allowing your body to properly hydrate and recharge while it works to expel toxins

Depending on the substance as well as your age, length of addiction, the severity of your addiction, and any underlying mental health conditions, your detox may last for a few days to a few weeks. These factors can also help determine the severity of the withdrawal symptoms you experience, which is why having on-site medical staff to help you moment-by-moment is the safest and most comfortable way to detox.

The First Week

Once all the major withdrawal symptoms have subsided, it is time to focus on your individualized treatment program. Dr. Allison Hopkins, the founder of Channel Islands Rehab, believes that addiction treatment is not one-size-fits-all. Consequently, you will be exposed to the 12 Steps, NA, AA, SMART, Refuge, Wellbriety and more methods in the first week. This week will allow you to see which treatment method resonates with you most, allowing for a truly individualized treatment experience that you can connect with.

You will also be able to choose core competencies that you want to improve on throughout your stay, including:

  • Communication
  • Dealing with feelings in a healthy way
  • Self-esteem
  • Sense of autonomy
  • Decision-making skills

The Total Immersion Method

Channel Islands Rehab offers a uniquely individual approach to addiction treatment, known as the Total Immersion Method. This method revolves around you, and it continues to strengthen as we get to know each other and begin to establish that all-important bond of trust.

Our method employs the most recent innovative advances in medically-assisted detox and treatment, evidence-based modalities, specialized individual treatment plans, scientific neurobiology, humanistic therapies and a unique Family Program that has earned accolades from clients and their families.

Daily Activities

What is it like to attend rehab on a daily basis? There is no “typical” day at Channel Islands Rehab since every person’s journey is truly unique. However, every individual who enters can expect a scheduled day of therapy, mealtime, alone time, and therapeutic activities. These include:

  • Paddleboard therapy
  • Self-hypnosis
  • Aromatherapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy

Family Involvement

The Sunshine Club is a unique approach to family therapy. In the Sunshine Club, clients and their children attend family therapy one evening a week. However, in this therapy session, they are divided and both groups talk about the same topic at the same time.

This allows the family to give messages at the same time throughout the duration of the client’s stay. Upon graduation, the client will receive a Sunshine Club Packet with all the topics discussed, as well as open-ended questions to encourage and elicit dialogue to strengthen the bond of the family.


When wondering “What is it like to attend rehab?”, you should also think about what will happen after. The work doesn’t stop when your treatment at Channel Islands Rehab. Your aftercare program is beginning to be developed the second you walk in the door. We will make sure you have healthy boundaries and expectations with your family set before you leave and that you are equipped with the resources necessary to stay sober.

About Channel Islands Rehab

Since every person has a unique journey along the road to recovery, no two clients’ typical days are the same. However, by attending Channel Islands Rehab, you can expect a fun-but-therapeutic atmosphere with a caring staff, gorgeous accommodations, and a treatment plan designed to work for you — and only you.

The Channel Island Rehab Total Immersion Method is not an out-of-the-box approach to addiction treatment, like many other rehabs. It is unique in that it involves specifically around you and your individual, unique needs. No two people’s journeys are the same at Channel Islands Rehab, allowing for the best chances for long-term success.

Complementing these vital treatments and therapies is our powerful, unwavering ring of support. Through these collaborative efforts, we help you to uncover the underlying issues of your addiction. Our ultimate goal is for you to leave the facility strong and confident, with a practical plan for lasting recovery.

At Channel Islands Rehab Treatment Center, we work to make your residential stay pleasant and stress-free. Our beautiful, calming home, located only one-half block from the ocean, gives you an opportunity to relax and reassess your direction in life. The facility overlooks the harbor, providing the most appealing of settings for reconnecting with yourself.

For more information, visit channelislandsrehab.com