I need rehab, what are the basics?

When someone needs help with their alcoholism or addiction there are many ways to get it.  In fact, the ultimate solution I found to this disease is actually free!  However, I did need to go to multiple phases of rehab multiple times before I was able to get well enough to have an experience in a fellowship.  Here is a general description of the different phases of rehab.

Typically, when someone suffering from alcoholism or addiction agrees to get help, they start with a Detox, then move on to some form of Rehab followed by an Aftercare program.

Detox –

Rehab (Residential, PHP, IOP)

Aftercare (Aftercare, Sober House) 


  • Detox is the first step in recovery and typically lasts 5-7 days
  • All detoxes should be assisted at a facility with medical professionals
  • The focus here is to get physically stabilized and remove substances from the body
  • Typically, very uncomfortable with risk of death if unassisted in some cases


Residential (most intense kind of rehab)

  • Typically, the second step after a detox
  • Usually lasts for 30 – 90 days
  • Has medical professionals on staff and licensed therapists or counselors
  • Limited phone use and limited contact with family and friends
  • Food and lodging provided

PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program) or IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program)

  • Both are non-residential programs.  AKA you go home each day
  • Three – Five days per week
  • IOP  2 – 4 hours per day “classes” counseling 
  • PHP  5 – 7 hours per day “classes” counseling
  • PHP is more intense and requires more meetings more frequently


  • Next phase after rehab
  • Varying degrees of structure
  • Residential with more freedom than rehab
  • Typically has some mandatory meetings and programming
  • Professional staff or house managers on site
  • Three, Six, or Twelve months suggested
  • Depending on the program work or school is eventually mandatory
  • Goal is to safely assimilate back into society and stand on your own
  • Most important component for long term sobriety

I hope this helps as a general guideline. If you or a loved one need help, please reach out! There is help out there you just have to take the first step and ask! If you are not sure what to do and have no one to as you can ask us! (www.truistic.com)