Say you had the potential to read minds. You hear someone in a crowded room ask: “What do you do in rehab?” Chances are your brain would be flooded with an overabundance of varying thoughts and opinions that range from sunflower-filled fields to dark dungeon scenes more appropriate for a B-rate horror film.

Of course, these vastly differing viewpoints can come as much from cliché as they can from a general lack of knowledge concerning the rehabilitation process. For the fact is, while rehabilitation centers can take on different forms and methods, the overall goal of rehab is recovery, no matter what a person’s affliction is. First, however, it’s good to know what types of rehabilitation centers there are, as well as the programs those rehab centers offer.


In the case of addiction, rehabilitation, or rehab, comprises a customized program designed to help a person recover from their dependencies. While rehab can be associated with someone recovering from a sports injury or a mental or physical illness, the term is more commonly linked to those seeking to recover from drug and alcohol abuse.


A rehabilitation center is a facility that can treat one or more specific addictions. These addictions can include drugs and alcohol, as well as sex, among many others. Some rehabilitation centers offer 24-7 inpatient care, while others only offer outpatient services.

Additionally, there are rehabilitation facilities based on age, gender or sexual-orientation. These facilities can present a greater amount of comfort to a patient who seeks to be with their own gender, assumed gender, or age group.



Depending upon your needs, as well as the treatments a rehabilitation center offers, there can be a variety of programs that can help get you on the road to recovery. Those programs, or tracks, usually include:

  • The 12 Step Track: The 12 Step program is the most universally recognized method of treating drug and alcohol addiction. Because of its popularity and effectiveness, 12 Step programs have helped millions of individuals recover from their addictions.
  • Non-12 Step Track: This program is focused more on the individual than the standard 12 Step program. With the Non-12 Step, the approach to recovery is emphasized on empowering the individual to take control of their lives and behaviors. The Non-12 Step approach is designed to be in agreement with an individual’s personality and philosophies.
  • LGBTQ-affirmative Track: LGBTQs suffer from higher rates of substance abuse. Reasons include homophobia, discrimination, and the violence they’ve experienced due to their sexual orientation. This program is designed to address this distress and to affirm the identity and esteem of the LGBTQ individual.
  • Primetime Track: This track is designed for individuals 35 and older, who seek camaraderie while recovering from substance abuse. BLVD Recovery states that a fellowship of shared cultures and experience can be extremely important toward one’s successful recovery.


Before committing to a rehabilitation facility, it is wise to first check out their credibility. Is the center state licensed? Is the staff qualified to employ the practices they provide?

The website Addiction Professional lists the following practices1 that leaders in the treatment industry and government officials deem unethical:

  • Using call centers to share patient prospect information with and between treatment providers.
  • Paying bounties for referrals.
  • Giving large gifts to interventionists with whom a program works.
  • Claiming to take a patient’s insurance, when in fact the anticipated reimbursement is very low.
  • Paying kickbacks to labs that are overcharging insurance companies for drug tests performed on a facility’s patients.
  • Promising a cure.
  • Using nutrient supplements that are proprietary and billing the patient.
  • Using brain scans and other unproven treatments and billing the patient.
  • Internet marketing scams.


While you can benefit from meeting groups such as Alcohol Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, rehabilitation centers offer more personal one-on-one care to help combat a person’s addictions. And while AA meetings do offer frequent gatherings, rehabs have the ability to give continuous care during the length of your stay. Here are some other features rehabilitation centers have that AA doesn’t provide:

  • Detoxification treatment, as well as a safe environment should you go through withdrawals.
  • Either group or individualized therapy to help you locate the underlying causes of your addiction.
  • Aftercare services, which help you find support groups, ongoing therapy and sober living arrangements if you require them.


Needless to say, in rehab, one size does not fit all. It is imperative to the success of your recovery that you find a treatment program that is right for you. Many rehabilitation centers offer healthy life activities, such as yoga, meditation, and swimming. Some facilities are more clinical, while others have a home or vacation-style feel. You should also find out the length of stay each rehab requires during your recovery. Lastly, consider the cost. Rehabilitation centers can be quite pricey.

In the end, recovery is about you. And the road to your recovery can depend highly on what you do in rehab through the counseling you receive. Remember to carefully select the type of care you need, and to stay focused and positive. You can beat this!


If you or a loved one have an addiction to alcohol, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.


  1. Addiction Professional, Addiction treatment at an ethics crossroads, March 12, 2013.


What Do You Do in Rehab?