Alcoholic Treatment Center

Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited:  October 12 ,
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Checking into an alcoholic treatment center can be an overwhelming and anxiety-provoking thing, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Here is a rundown of the basic treatment you’ll receive at an alcohol rehab center. 

Check-In at an Alcoholic Treatment Center

You’ll meet with someone from the admissions department to fill out some paperwork and go over your insurance information. Then they’ll show you to your room. Someone will go through your belongings to make sure you didn’t bring anything you shouldn’t have.

It’s best to ask ahead of time about what you should and shouldn’t bring. Don’t bring any medication with you (unless they tell you to bring your prescription drugs) and don’t bring anything that has alcohol in it, like mouthwash.

Someone will show you around the alcohol rehab center and introduce you to people, and explain the rules to you.

Psychological Assessment

You’ll meet with a counselor who will do an assessment. He or she will take a complete history, get information about your alcohol and drug use, and assess your mental and emotional state.

The counselor may refer you to a staff psychiatrist for treatment if there are mental health problems that may require medical treatment.


Medical Assessment

You’ll see a medical doctor at the alcohol rehab center who will do a complete history and physical, and prescribe treatment for any physical problems you may have related to your drinking (or any other medical needs you may have at the time).


If you drink on a regular basis, you may experience withdrawal symptoms like nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety. Staff will monitor you closely and help you cope with these symptoms. They will usually pass in a day or two.

Individual Therapy

You’ll probably receive individual therapy at the treatment center. That’s where you’ll work one-on-one with a counselor to deal with your personal issues, both those that led you to drink in the first place and those that have resulted from your drinking.

Group Therapy

You’ll attend group therapy sessions, where you’ll get support from others in similar situations. You’ll hear their stories and get to share your own.

Educational Sessions

You’ll also attend educational sessions, where you’ll learn about the effects of alcoholism and learn new coping skills. You’ll also learn about relapse prevention.

Family Treatment

There will be a family component to your treatment at the alcohol rehab center. This may include family therapy, in which your family will attend counseling sessions with you, and group sessions for your family to attend where they will receive support from other families coping with alcoholic families members.


After you’re discharged from the alcoholic treatment center, there will be an aftercare program for you to attend. This will probably consist of weekly sessions, in which you will continue to receive support and your condition will be monitored. Aftercare will be critical to your ongoing success.

12 Step Groups

You will be introduced to 12 step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) while you are in the alcohol rehab center. These groups are self-help groups, ran by alcoholics for alcoholics. You will be encouraged to continue attending them following your discharge from the alcoholic treatment center. 

More than alcoholic treatment center info on our alcoholism disease page

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Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 

I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LPC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More