What to Expect If You Are New to Treatment

Are you considering seeking treatment for addiction or mental health issues? Taking that step towards recovery is a courageous decision, and we at 12 South Recovery in Lake Forest, CA, are here to guide you through the process. This article will provide you with an in-depth understanding of what to expect if you are new to treatment.

Understanding the Designation

Before we delve into what to expect, it’s essential to understand that 12 South Recovery is a designated treatment center specializing in addiction and mental health care. This designation means that we have the expertise and experience to provide you with the best care and support on your journey to recovery. Our team of highly qualified professionals includes therapists, counselors, medical staff, and support personnel dedicated to helping you achieve lasting recovery.

Your First Steps

When you first arrive at 12 South Recovery, you may feel a mix of emotions – apprehension, hope, and uncertainty. Rest assured that our compassionate team is here to welcome you with open arms and provide a safe, supportive environment. We understand the courage it takes to seek help, and we are committed to making your transition into treatment as smooth as possible.

Assessment and Evaluation

One of the initial steps in your treatment journey will involve a thorough assessment and evaluation. This process helps our team understand your unique needs, challenges, and goals, allowing us to create a personalized treatment plan just for you. During this assessment, we’ll explore various aspects of your life, including your addiction history, mental health status, physical health, and social circumstances. This comprehensive evaluation is the foundation upon which your individualized treatment plan will be built.

Individualized Treatment Plans

At 12 South Recovery, we believe in a holistic approach to treatment. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs, addressing both addiction and mental health concerns. Our programs include a combination of therapy, counseling, and support groups. Here’s what you can expect in more detail:

  • Therapy: You will participate in individual therapy sessions with a licensed therapist who specializes in addiction and mental health. These sessions provide a safe and confidential space for you to explore the underlying causes of your addiction or mental health issues.
  • Group Therapy: Group therapy sessions offer the opportunity to connect with peers who are on similar journeys. You can share experiences, gain insights, and build a support network.
  • Counseling: Our counselors are available to help you work through specific challenges, develop coping strategies, and set achievable goals.

Supportive Environment

Recovery can be challenging, but you won’t have to face it alone. You’ll be surrounded by a community of individuals who understand what you’re going through. Our supportive environment fosters camaraderie and a sense of belonging. Here’s what you can expect from our supportive community:

  • Peer Support: Interacting with others who are also in recovery can be incredibly motivating and empowering. You’ll form connections that can last a lifetime.
  • 24/7 Support: Our staff is available around the clock to provide assistance and support when you need it most.
  • Family Involvement: We recognize the importance of involving your loved ones in your recovery journey. We offer family therapy sessions and support for your family members to help strengthen your support system.

Daily Schedule

Your daily schedule at 12 South Recovery will be structured and focused on your recovery. Having a routine can provide stability and help you make progress. Here’s what a typical day might look like:

  • Morning Meditation and Reflection: Start your day with a mindfulness practice to promote mental clarity and emotional balance.
  • Therapy Sessions: Participate in individual or group therapy sessions with dedicated time for self-reflection and personal growth.
  • Nutrition and Physical Well-being: Enjoy balanced meals and engage in physical activities to promote overall health and well-being.
  • Evening Support Groups: Participate in support groups where you can share your experiences and receive guidance from peers and professionals.
  • Free Time and Recreation: You’ll have scheduled free time to relax, socialize, or engage in recreational activities.

Medical and Clinical Support

Our team includes experienced medical and clinical professionals who are dedicated to your well-being. If you require medical attention or medications, we have you covered. Here’s what you can expect in terms of medical and clinical support:

  • Medical Assessment: If you have any underlying medical issues, our medical team will conduct a thorough assessment and provide appropriate care.
  • Medication Management: If medication is a part of your treatment plan, our clinicians will ensure that it is administered safely and effectively.
  • Mental Health Care: Our clinicians are trained to address mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, and trauma, in conjunction with addiction treatment.

Aftercare Planning

Recovery doesn’t end when you leave our center. We’ll work with you to create a comprehensive aftercare plan to ensure your continued success in sobriety and mental health. Your aftercare plan may include:

  • Continued Therapy: You may continue therapy on an outpatient basis to maintain your progress.
  • Support Groups: We can connect you with local support groups to reinforce your recovery efforts.
  • Life Skills Training: Develop essential life skills to help you navigate the challenges of everyday life.
  • Relapse Prevention: Learn strategies to prevent relapse and manage triggers effectively.
  • Community Resources: We’ll connect you with resources in your community to provide ongoing support.

Call 12 South Recovery

If you’re ready to take the first step towards recovery, contact 12 South Recovery today. Our compassionate team is here to answer your questions and help you get started on your journey to a healthier, happier life.


Treatment duration varies depending on individual needs but can range from 30 to 90 days or more. Our focus is on achieving lasting recovery, so we will work with you to determine the appropriate length of treatment.

Yes, we accept various insurance plans. Contact us to verify your coverage and discuss payment options.

We provide treatment for a wide range of addictions, including alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, and more. Our individualized treatment plans address the unique needs of each client.

Yes, we encourage family involvement, and visitation is typically allowed during specified times. We believe that family support plays a crucial role in the recovery process.

Our commitment to individualized care, experienced team, and comprehensive approach to addressing addiction and mental health issues set us apart. We prioritize your well-being and long-term recovery, providing you with the tools and support needed to achieve lasting success.

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At Twelve South Recovery, we accept most health insurance.

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