What to Expect from Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Programs

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DUI’s. Feeling extreme highs and lows. Not being able to function without one more drink or pill. Whatever the reason you decide to go into a substance abuse rehabilitation program, it’s important that you do your research and know what you’re getting into ahead of time. After all, no one wants to enroll in a rehab center only to find that the program they chose doesn’t seem to be helping. Different people respond better to different kinds of treatment so learn as much as you can about your options to find one that works best for you, your lifestyle, and your situation.

Types of Programs and Treatment

There are a wide variety of rehab centers and treatment programs out there, some that specialize only in certain kinds of addictions, and some that cover everything. Beyond that, there are different levels of intensity and immersion. Here are some of the most common types of programs.

Inpatient Residential Community Program

This is probably what most people think about when they imagine a rehab clinic. These are places where people check in and live for a period of time so that they can eliminate their dependence on substances, receive emotional and physical support, and become educated about their addiction so that they can learn coping mechanisms to help them resist the urge to relapse. Treatment consists of one-on-one and group counseling, as well as classes and individualized plans for patients. These programs typically last close to a month, though long-term stays of 90 days or more are often recommended to form long-lasting healthy habits and reduce the risk of relapse. However, some programs can still be effective if they are a couple weeks long.

Dual Diagnosis Communities

Certain rehab centers practice dual diagnosis treatment, where the patients are treated for their addiction and for related psychological disorders at the same time. These are typically residential communities but are specialized, staffed by professionals with the training and experience to deal with patience experiencing more than one physical and emotional challenge. The medical professionals here work hand-in-hand with the patients to come up with a treatment plan and find solutions—including medication and therapy—to deal with their mental issues in addition to everything that’s available at a typical residential drug rehab facility. Treatment here takes longer, with many patients staying from 6–12 months (http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/68299.html).

Detox Facility

These programs focus solely on helping you to purge the drugs from your system so that you can reenter the world healthy and sober. Unfortunately, simply flushing out the drugs doesn’t tell you how to deal with it the next time you’re faced with the urge to get high, which other, more comprehensive rehabilitation programs can prepare you for. Depending on the quantity and type of drugs in your system, detox can take just a few days to longer than a week.


Outpatient Treatment

For people who don’t believe that they need to check themselves into a residential facility, there are several different levels of outpatient treatment available. All of these tend to include the same kind of care you’ll receive in an inpatient program (counseling, education, group and individual work, coping lessons), they just don’t require you to live in the facility. Some of these programs are incredibly intensive, demanding that patients come in every day for a variety of treatment. Others can be scheduled around work and other conflicts. The positive side is the increased flexibility, but the negative is that continuing with your typical schedule can potentially lead to more temptation, especially if work or social situations contributed to addiction in the first place. If you decide to seek outpatient treatment, ask about program duration, which could last for several months, to be prepared to adjust or coordinate your schedule and dedicate time to treatment which will help you get back on the healthy track.

Motivation Classes

Some programs have—or even require potential patients to attend– motivational classes before they can participate in the actual treatment. These classes are designed to get people ready for more intensive treatment. These types of classes are usually open-ended, with people being admitted to regular care as soon as they are deemed ready.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Groups

AA and NA are substance abuse programs for people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs and are at various stages of addiction and recovery. Many people attend AA or NA meetings after completing rehab as a way to keep themselves from relapsing and cope with everyday life and gain support from others who may be experiencing or overcoming similar addiction challenges. Others opt for these groups in lieu of going into rehab because they see them as a less intense way to keep them on the right course. There is no duration; some people may just go to one meeting, while others attend for the rest of their lives.

Whatever path to recovery you choose, our staff has access to hundreds of treatment centers to assure the best personalized treatment for you, then with continued follow up to help you make the transition to sober living as seamless as possible.

Our trained staff of professionals are qualified to help you assess what type of treatment will be the best fit to ensure you or your loved one gets the help you need.

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