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Choosing A Path

Choosing A Path
Drug and alcohol rehab has changed tremendously in recent years. Rehab is no longer a place an addict should dread or fear. Rehab is now a time of healing and growth that is offered in a personal, comfortable, and inviting atmosphere.

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Do You Need Help?

Do You Need Help?
Seeking help for an addiction is a difficult step to take. If you think someone you care for is struggling daily with addiction to drugs or alcohol, learn more about staging an intervention to change their life today.

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Learn About Addiction

Learn About Addiction
The signs of drug abuse can be different from one person to the next. Some signs of drug abuse are often unnoticed such as secretive behavior, anxiety and weight changes, and financial problems.

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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Options

According to a statistical report published by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (SAMHSA’s), there were over 23.5 million people aged 12 or older who needed some form of comprehensive treatment for illicit drug or alcohol abuse issues in the year 2009.

The total number of people aged 12 or over who were suffering from a drug or alcohol abuse problem constituted over 9% of all persons above the age of 12. Even with all of the people who were suffering from these addiction problems, only 2.6 million (11.2% of the grand total) were actually able to receive help in a facility.

The need for intervention

Drug addiction is one of the most prevalent and critical issues that challenges people across the nation on a daily basis, but unfortunately, many of those suffering from it do not get the treatment that they need so urgently. However, those who are able to receive specialized treatment are oftentimes able to make remarkable recoveries. The most effective type of drug rehabilitation program will be one that specifically caters to a participants’ special needs and unique history of abuse.

Program types

There are different classifications of drug and alcohol treatment programs that have been specially designed to approach the unique needs of every participant. Generally speaking, most of the different types of programs will always begin with a period of detoxification.

Before the period of detoxification can begin, a number of things need to be specifically outlined in order to craft the best possible approach to the problem. The substances that the person is struggling with, the amount of time that they have been experiencing addiction, any of the other comorbid complications that they may be experiencing, and their budget for the program in question must all be taken into account.

Inpatient treatment

One of the most common types of drug rehabilitation programs is the inpatient/residential program. Within an inpatient program, there is round-the-clock treatment available for those who require as much engagement in their recovery as possible. While the inpatient program may require some getting used to, the environment is completely stabilized and provides all of the participants with a safe place to become well.

While participating in an inpatient program, those being cared for have access to what is considered the gold standard in comprehensive treatment. They will have instant access to all of the resources that are made to address their specific medical issues for detoxification and withdrawal, along with a solid network for psychiatric support for the cognitive discord caused by depression and anxiety. Though it may seem a bit daunting at first, many patients are able to see notable improvements if they can successfully complete just 30 days of an inpatient/residential program.

Outpatient programs

Those who are in an outpatient program may conveniently participate in it after they leave work or school, making it easy for them to maintain their daily commitments without making any major changes to the daily schedule that they already have in place.


Of course, the different forms of drug rehabilitation programs are not entirely limited to and exclusively inpatient or outpatient basis. Some patients may engage in a day treatment program. In a day treatment program, a participant will be on the premises of the rehabilitation center during the day (like in inpatient program arrangement), but they are free to return home in the evenings.

An extension of the day treatment program may take the form of aftercare treatment, in which a participant in a day treatment program may still have access to the program’s support system when they return home in the evening if such an arrangement is deemed necessary.

12 steps

In a traditional drug rehabilitation program, the standard treatment is based on certain principles that have been designed around 12 standard steps. Traditional drug rehabilitation programs are typically free of charge and based in community initiatives, which many patients may find highly beneficial.

12-step programs were originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, and many other types of treatment programs have adopted their own variations, including Cocaine Anonymous, Crystal Meth Anonymous, Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, and Co-Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous.

In addition to the two primary forms of of care (inpatient and outpatient treatment programs), there are also several niche treatment designs that are geared towards helping certain individuals who have very specific lifestyles or addiction types. Some of the more specialized rehabilitation programs include Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehab, Holistic Drug Rehab, Teen Drug Rehab, and Women’s Drug Rehab. These niche programs will incorporate certain treatment elements that the more generalized program models may not provide.

Addition intensity and followup

Generally speaking, the more intense the addiction is and the longer that it has been going on, the longer and more involved in the program will have to be. No matter whether the program is several weeks long or even more than a year long, it is essential that there is sufficient long-term followup care provided to the participants after they have moved on. The goal of the program is to facilitate a healthier lifestyle in general, so the support cannot end as soon as they walk out of the door.

Even though medical and healthcare professionals may not have yet discovered a foolproof cure for all types of drug addiction, each and every one of them will always agree on at least one thing: there is absolutely no type of drug rehabilitation program that can meet every single rehabilitation need of everyone struggling through a difficult addiction. The most important task of medical professionals caring for drug addiction sufferers will be to figure out what their specific, unique needs are for achieving catharsis.

Whenever a person is truly struggling with a drug addiction, the most important thing is that they are able to receive help promptly. No matter what their specific needs are, proactive care is always the most dependable countermeasure.