PR: Fundamental Recovery Phases of Alcohol and Drug Rehab Treatment Programs


When you finally make up your mind to opt for an alcohol and drug rehab recovery program

You will start a journey that will take you through the four fundamental phases of treatment programs as you build up a new lifestyle to remain sober and clean.


The Four Rehab Recovery Stages

The four stages of the recovery process include:

●        The initiation of treatment

●        Early abstinence

●        Maintaining abstinence

●        Advanced recovery.

First Phase: The Initiation of the Treatment

When you find yourself in a professional rehabilitation program, you will start the first phase of recovery journey – Treatment Initiation. Whether you are mandated to partake in a drug rehab program, or you opt-in for the program at your free will, the process of your recovery will start with a professional treatment program.

At the initial phase of your treatment, you might develop some indecisive feelings and thoughts about saying goodbye to your choice of drug or alcohol forever. You may also have the feeling that your case is not as severe as others.

Denial and indecisiveness can be your greatest enemies at the early phase of your treatment process. So this first stage of the treatment process will help you fight those feelings and prepare you for the program.

Second Phase: Early Abstinence

After fighting the indecisive thoughts in your head and making a commitment to continue the recovery process, you will start the second phase recovery program referred to as “Early Abstinence.” This is perhaps the most difficult phase to cope with as a result of several factors such as continued withdrawal symptoms, psychological dependence, physical cravings, and a lot of things that might tempt you to relapse.

During the early phases of this stage, your addiction counselor will start teaching the coping skills that you need to help you regain your life and stay sober. The skills you will learn in this phase will help you all through your recovery process. This stage is pretty tough, but it is also very important.

Third Phase: Maintaining Abstinence

After continuous abstinence for about ninety days, you will move into the third phase which is known as “Maintaining Abstinence.” If your recovery process began in a residential drug rehab program, you'd now move to the follow-up or continuing counseling phase. The fundamental aim of this phase of the recovery program is to avoid a possible relapse and maintain abstinence.

In this phase of your recovery, you will learn the steps, as well as the warning signs, that could lead to a relapse. Also, in this phase, you will be shown how to use some of the skills in the learned in the second phase in other aspects of your life to help you live a completely free and sober life.

You will be equipped with new tools and skills to help you create better relationships, manage anger, avoid substituting addictions, utilize nutrition and exercise, learn money management and employment skills, and develop a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle.

Fourth Phase: Advanced Recovery

After about 5 years of abstinence, you will move into the last phase of the recovery process – Advanced Recovery.


Every stage of your recovery program is very important, as every phase is a building block in your overall recovery progress. Hence, it is crucial that you take every phase seriously and get involved fully. 

Article last time updated on 27.08.2018.

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