Location and time period are huge factors here. Make sure you take them into consideration as you do your research. A lower class woman living in New York City in 1811 will have had a completely different rehabilitation experience from a teen pop icon living in Los Angeles in 2011. Even details of modern-day rehabilitation will vary country to country, state to state, facility to facility, doctor to doctor, treatment to treatment. Do your research.
Sadly, we don’t have much on this topic, but here’s what we have so far:
A few IAMAs for Rehab (though there are certainly more):
If you want to learn more, I would suggest talking to people who have been to rehab during the time period in which you are writing, or else reading about the rehab experiences of others in published works. I would try to get a broad view of rehab at first, taking in any and all experiences you can find, then I’d look for people who have had experiences similar to the one you’d like to write and ask them respectfully to help you out.
It is possible that there are a few fellow writers out there willing to share their rehab experiences with you. If anyone would like to be a resource for
j-ok-a about writing a character in rehab for drug/alcohol addiction, please respond to this post.
A REMINDER: Please do not send us messages responding to this post. We believe it will be faster and all-around better to cut out us, the middle man, and just reply to this post or