6 Things You Should Know Before Going to Inpatient Drug Rehab

Last Updated on August 11, 2023

Going to inpatient drug rehab is a big step in the recovery process. And it’s one that will likely change your life forever. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most people who enroll in treatment and stay in treatment stop using drugs, decrease their criminal activity and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning.1

In short, long-term drug rehab is a very effective way to overcome an addiction and it may change the way you view yourself, your drug abuse, addiction in general, and the world around you.

If you’ve made the decision to enroll in a 90-day rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol addiction or you’re still considering it as an option, there are a few important things you should know before packing your bags.

  1. 90-Day rehab is hard work, but you’ll have a lot of support.

If you talk to anyone who has completed long-term rehab and stayed sober, they’ll probably all say the same thing: 90-day rehab is going to require a lot of work. Making a life change is never quick or easy so getting sober won’t be either, but you’ll have a wealth of support to help you through it. In drug and alcohol rehab, you’ll be asked to attend 12-Step groups, complete homework assignments, show up for group and individual counseling sessions, and do many other things you may not feel confident doing. The important thing to know is that all your peers in treatment, your recovery specialists, and your counselors are rooting for you and want you to succeed. All you have to do is try your best.

  1. Rehab isn’t a magic cure, but it’s an effective treatment for addiction.

Addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease, therefore, it cannot just be cured with a single stint in rehab.2 Addiction is, however, preventable and treatable. Drug and alcohol rehab provides behavioral therapy, peer support, life skills and tools, and in-depth 12-Step work to help addicted individuals address the underlying issues behind their addiction(s) and learn how to manage those issues without the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

  1. Treatment continues after rehab.

Oftentimes the loved ones of addicted individuals assume that a quick pass through rehab will provide a one-size-fits-all solution and the person will be cured of their addiction for forever. Although inpatient drug rehab is a very effective way to overcome substance abuse problems, there is no magic cure for addiction. People in recovery need to continue with ongoing treatment (such as a sober living program or aftercare program) and continue working the 12 steps outside of rehab to maintain their sobriety.

  1. It’s important to stay the full 90 days.

90 days may seem like a long time, but research shows that only long-term addiction treatment of at least 90 days will provide an adequate amount of time for people in recovery to achieve lasting positive results.3 Throughout the course of treatment at a 90-day rehabilitation program, clients spend that time working through personal issues, internalizing the 12-steps, and beginning the process of healing relationships with friends and family. All of these things take time and hard work, so it’s very important that clients stick it out. Some people may even need more than 90 days. Nova’s personalized approach to addiction treatment allows for this and our staff will adjust your treatment plan as needed.

  1. Honesty is key.

Enrolling in 90-day rehab is the start of a new beginning and should also be the start of new, more positive behaviors. Honesty will be a key aspect of your treatment as you will need to be completely honest with your peers, your counselors, your loved ones, and most importantly, yourself. Being honest throughout your experience at inpatient drug rehab will open the door to personal growth and a new, more healthy lifestyle that continues even after leaving rehab.

  1. Your life will never be the same.

Upon completion of your 90-day rehab program, it’s safe to say that you won’t be the same person you were when you started your program. You will have a clear mind that is no longer clouded by the effects of drugs and alcohol, and you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and life skills you need to continue living your life sober. When you leave, much of the work will continue, as you continue putting forth the effort to repair damaged relationships and build healthy, new ones. Many of our alumni say that their experience at Nova Recovery Center changed their lives and that the 90-day inpatient drug rehab provided the time they needed to completely and thoroughly work through the 12-steps.

If you or your loved one is ready to make a change, call Nova Recovery Center today at (512) 605-2955  to learn more about our 90-day rehabilitation program. Nova offers drug rehab in Houston and Austin, TX, and our sister companies provide medical detox and sober living/aftercare programs for a full continuum of care that sees each client all the way through treatment. If you need to detox first, we will help you find a detox center that fits your needs and provides a solid foundation for recovery and rehab. Start your recovery today by calling Nova Recovery Center.


  1. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/how-effective-drug-addiction-treatment
  2. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/drug-abuse-addiction
  3. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment
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