Comparing One Drug Treatment Program to Another

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May 28, 2014

Comparing Drug Treatment

Thousands of drug treatment programs are available in the US, and each one offers unique treatment options. Because treatment options are so vast, people often feel overwhelmed when choosing a treatment program, especially if they do not know what to look for. It is therefore essential for anyone considering rehab to examine treatment to receive the help that best fits their individual needs.

Millions of people struggle with addiction each year. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that nearly 24 million Americans used illegal substances, and more than 52 percent of Americans consumed alcohol at the time. Also, 22.2 million people could be diagnosed with a substance abuse or dependence problem, but only four million people actually received some form of treatment in 2012.

The most common locations where people received treatment were as follows:

  • Hospitals
  • Mental health centers
  • Rehab facilities
  • Private health clinics
  • Prison or jail
  • Self-help groups
More than half of the four million people that received addiction treatment got it from self-help groups, and the second most common form of treatment was at outpatient rehab facilities. Over two million people received treatment for alcohol abuse, but prescription medications, marijuana and cocaine were also commonly abused substances.

Types of Rehab Programs

When people decide to get addiction treatment, they must first need understand what to expect from the treatment process. Most treatment centers offer a two-part rehab. The first stage often involves detox from the substance, which means the body cleanses itself of the substance while healthcare professionals monitor users’ health and wellbeing. In the second part of rehab, people participate in multiple therapy sessions to identify and address the reasons behind substance abuse. Any related physical or psychological conditions will also be identified and treated as necessary.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse identifies the following three types of addiction treatment:

  • Long-term residential care is the most intense option, and it usually lasts between six to twelve months. In this setting, addicts receive care 24 hours a day while they learn to live with accountability and responsibility. These centers may also help people reintegrate back into normal life after rehab ends.
  • Short-term residential care occurs in environments where addicts are monitored at all times, and it also offers support throughout the recovery process. Short-term residential programs usually only last between three and six weeks, and are then followed by long-term outpatient therapy.
  • Outpatient treatment is less expensive than inpatient options, and it can be more flexible. Addicts are often able to maintain employment and everyday activities while attending outpatient treatment. These programs vary widely in their intensity and level of support.
Each type of addiction treatment program offers a different approach to addiction recovery, so, to choose the treatment program that will suit you best, you should evaluate your needs and goals, and then compare them with the focuses of each treatment option. Once you choose which treatment works best for you, try to begin treatment as soon as possible.

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