There are multiple steps in the recovery to addiction recovery. How many steps there are depends on who you ask. However, it’s clear the first step is admitting you have a problem. Next, seeking treatment through an addiction recovery program will put you on the right path to true recovery. From this point on, engage in your recovery and work hard to avoid relapse.

Starting an Addiction Recovery Program: The First Critical StepsA couple receives treatment through an addiction recovery program

Receiving treatment through an addiction recovery program is never easy. However, the best part of treatment is the support and guidance you receive to promote lasting sobriety. You build relationships that last a lifetime. You will even experience proud moments and make memories you’ll never forget.

Yes, rehab is a place where great things happen. That is, if you engage in your own treatment. You have to show up and participate.

The first two steps through an addiction recovery program include:

Admit You Have a Problem

Have you hit rock bottom? Have you seen the problem after a bad experience? Or are you just tired of the cycle of addiction? No matter how you get to the point of admitting you have a problem, you have to get there. If you’re trying to help a loved one come to terms with their addiction, support with early intervention can help.

Seek Out Support

Getting the support you need is the key to starting recovery. No one really recovers alone. Support comes from a friend, family member, healthcare provider or support group. Better yet, reach out to addiction recovery programs you’re interested in to gain entry into a world of people who are ready and able to provide the help you need.

Early Recovery

Roll up your sleeves after you gain support. Get ready to reinvest in yourself. You deserve a better life with a safe, healthy, and exciting future.


When you talk to a recovery program you’re interested in, the next step is detox. Detox cleanses your body of the toxins of addiction. In addition, you build physical and mental strength for rehab. You’ll feel great upon leaving detox and must harness this positive energy to take the next steps.

Rehab and Early Sobriety

After detox comes rehab. In rehab, you still experience cravings and the insecurity of new sobriety. Nonetheless, support and guidance gets you through this, towards a stronger self and sobriety. Rehab will also give you therapeutic options to learn why you turned to drugs or alcohol in the first place.

Clean Past Messes and Prevent Future Ones

Building a healthy life takes work and practice. You begin the rebuilding process in rehab. Family therapies heal old wounds and enlighten loved ones about your addiction. Individual psychotherapy and group addiction therapy will teach you about yourself and your needs.

Establish a Healthy Routine

It’s important to establish and continue a healthy routine. Early in sobriety, this routine creates forward momentum in your life that you cannot deny. From that momentum, you gain confidence and productivity you want to maintain.

Enjoy Pink Clouds

Pink clouds are the moments in early sobriety when you feel on top of the world, both physically and mentally. You sleep well, look healthy, enjoy activities and are sober. Enjoy these days when they occur and remember them fondly to carry you through rough days.

Prepare for Tomorrow

Set goals for your new life and start working toward those goals. Take one day at a time and reach for bigger and better things.

Home Again and Living Sober Life

The last two steps in recovery are big ones, and they should continue for the rest of your life in recovery.

Stay Clean

Avoiding relapse is your biggest priority in life after rehab. Don’t grow complacent and apply skills learned in rehab every day.

Enjoy Life

You now realize the positive changes in your life and the challenges you overcame. This is the life you dreamed of at “rock bottom,” so treasure it and keep it safe. Crest View Recovery Center in Asheville, North Carolina provides substance abuse treatment programs you need for lasting recovery. Benefits of treatment at Crest View Recovery Center include:

If you or someone you love is ready for lasting recovery from alcohol or drugs, call Crest View Recovery Center at 866.327.2505. You’ll never face addiction alone with our team at CVRC.

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.