What is rehabilitation? Rehabilitation is when a person is treated for addiction and successfully recovers from it. There are multiple layers to treatment and recovery that are addressed during the rehabilitation process. Assessing and caring for the individual’s dependency, emotional health, physical health, and mental well-being so that one can overcome their addiction permanently. Successful rehabilitation is when an addict does not relapse.

There are a variety of treatment and therapy options that can be used to help an addict work through the stages of recovery. When an addict gets serious about their issues and decides it is time to get help, that individual will enter into a treatment program. The addict will go through a process of detox, then learn the root of their addiction, and obtain the resources and skills to cope with daily life without drugs or alcohol. After treatment, it may be necessary to leave the facility and enter into a modified program through extended care. When one is fully out of a treatment program, they can stay in touch with and actively engage in communities and groups who will support their ongoing sobriety.

How Can You End Your Dependency To Drugs Or Alcohol?

Prolonged use of drugs or alcohol changes the way the brain operates. The brain will become dependent on the substance that it is constantly being exposed to. As a result, your brain will modify the way that it operates to accommodate regular substance use. In the absence of the substance, it will have increased cravings for the substance in order to operate in the new normal. Rehabilitation will work to put an end to dependency by breaking off the link between the substance and the brain’s functioning. The process looks like this:


Detox is the first stage and it aims to expel the toxins and the drugs or alcohol out of your body. Detox cleanses your body and forces your brain to work without drugs or alcohol. Your brain will take some time to adjust to the new environment where it does not have drugs or alcohol playing a part in functioning. This causes you to experience withdrawal symptoms. The length of time it takes to fully detox is different for everyone and can last up to 10 days.


After you have rid your body of toxic substances, it is time to understand why you struggled with addiction and how to better manage symptoms and vulnerabilities. Many times, addicts have an accompanying mental health issue. If one is diagnosed, the addict will be put on a program to address their mental health problems so that the individual is more balanced and better prepared to make strides in their personal growth and recovery.


When you have completed rehabilitation, it is time to go back out in the world and start living life again. It can be a difficult transition from the security and safety of rehabilitation back to everyday life. For this reason, ongoing support such as continued therapy, or a sober living home, socializing with alumni, or regularly meeting at support groups is helpful to keep the individual on track with their sobriety.

Where can You Find Treatment for Drugs or Alcohol in Tennessee?

How Does Rehabilitation WorkThe medical detox and addiction alternative treatment center at Discovery Place in Tennessee has 30-day residential, long-term recovery, and continuing care programs to help you be successful. Additionally, we have a family matters workshop, because drug and alcohol addiction affects families too.

When you are ready to take the first step to sobriety, the Burns detox alternative treatment center welcomes you and is here to help. Call our Tennessee detox alternative treatment center anytime at 1-800-725-0922.


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  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

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  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

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