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Taking the first step toward recovery – for yourself or a loved one – can seem overwhelming. You may have a lot of questions and may be unsure where to begin.

Use the resources on this page to learn about different aspects of addiction and recovery, including:

  • Types of alcohol and drug recovery programs.
  • How the recovery process works.
  • How to support a loved one who’s in recovery.
  • How to find a rehab center for a specific drug.
  • The cost of addiction treatment and paying for it.

Treatment Programs for Substance Abuse

Not every drug and alcohol rehab program is the same. When seeking out a recovery center, it is important to be educated on all the various kinds of treatment programs available before deciding which service is best for you. Programs can differ quite a bit in terms of cost, level of commitment, services, and amenities. The type of program that’s right for you will also depend on other factors such as how severe your addiction is.

Treatment options for alcohol and drugs  include: inpatient, outpatient, luxury, dual diagnosis, and 12-step programs.


You live at an inpatient facility for the duration of your treatment program.

Inpatient facilities provide 24-hour service and allow you or your loved one to remove yourself from negative environments, while participating in group therapy as well as counseling sessions. Inpatient includes 30-day, 60-day, or 90-day programs. These programs may also offer detox as well as around-the-clock medical care.


At outpatient facilities, you are free to come and go as you please, while living at home. People often choose outpatient drug programs when they have responsibilities outside of rehab and want to still be able to attend school or work. These programs also may be suitable for people with less severe addictions and a solid support network. However, they may not offer detox or 24-hour medical care.

Luxury and Executive

Luxury treatment programs provide a high level of customer service and offer amenities that aren’t available at other treatment centers. They are more expensive than other drug or alcohol addiction rehab facilities but evoke the feeling of staying in a resort. Executive centers cater to those who are not able to take time off for treatment. They offer special features such as meeting rooms and offices. Both luxury and executive programs may have lower patient-to-staff ratios, so patients receive more individual attention from staff.

Dual Diagnosis

Drug or alcohol addiction is often accompanied by co-occurring, mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder. Dual diagnosis recovery centers treat those suffering from both. If you have a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue, make sure you find a dual diagnosis center that addresses your particular needs.


Twelve-step programs are designed to treat alcohol, drug, and behavioral addictions. They follow a sequence of steps in which the person struggling with a substance abuse disorder must first admit he or she has a problem. Many people work with a sponsor who has completed the steps. These programs are free to attend and confidential. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using substances.

You or your loved one can find meetings in your area and find a sponsor to help with support along the way.

Process for Addiction Recovery

The recovery process can be emotionally trying. But it’s worth the effort. Recovery is a lifetime commitment and involves hard work and dedication to become and remain sober. It’s important to be informed about the rehabilitation process and what it will involve. One of the key things to remember is that rehab for drug and alcohol addiction is only the beginning of the process. It doesn’t “cure” someone. People need to continue to be involved in recovery activities after they complete formal treatment.

The Steps to Recovery

People who are recovering from drug or alcohol abuse often go through a similar series of steps that begins with admitting you have a problem and committing to making a change. Learn more about the addiction rehabilitation process.

Detox and Withdrawal

When you regularly consume alcohol or drugs over a period of time, your body becomes accustomed to the substance and your body chemistry changes. Once you stop using, your body responds with withdrawal symptoms. Some of these symptoms can be fatal, depending on the substance. The detox process manages these withdrawal symptoms and prepares you to enter a rehabilitation program. A program with medical detox provides supervision and medications to make the process safer and more comfortable.

Rehab Aftercare

Aftercare consists of any intervention after initial substance abuse treatment. It is an integral part of preventing relapse. Aftercare programs provide recovering addicts with the coping skills and self-help strategies necessary to maintain sobriety once released from treatment. Those in recovery must make significant lifestyle changes if they expect to achieve permanent abstinence, and aftercare programs provide them with support and empowerment while beginning their new journeys.

Common types of aftercare include 12-step programs, rehab alumni programs, one-on-one or group counseling, and sober living homes. People can pick and choose which programs work best for them.

Helping a Loved One in Recovery

Living with a recovering drug addict or alcoholic requires a lot of love and support. Substance abuse and recovery not only affect the addict, but family and friends as well. As a loved one, it is crucial that you get involved with the recovery process to prevent relapse.

Recovery is a lifelong commitment that loved ones must be involved in. Loved ones also need to learn how to take care of themselves and deal with any personal issues they’ve developed as a result of their family member’s addiction.

Helping a Loved One With an Addiction

Helping a loved one struggling with drug or alcohol addiction is never easy. It can often be overwhelming and confusing, but it’s never too late to get help. Sometimes, an intervention may be necessary to get your loved one into a drug and alcohol rehab program.

Some people are more comfortable hiring an intervention specialist who has experience conducting interventions and handling issues that commonly come up. Other people prefer to plan the intervention themselves.

Recovery Programs for Specific Drugs

Rehab can sometimes differ depending on which substance you need treatment for. For example, some drugs can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms and are best treated with certain types of therapies. Other drugs, such as cocaine, may not have severe withdrawal symptoms but can cause extreme cravings that make it hard for people to stay clean without the use of relapse prevention skills.

Learn which questions to ask when looking for a rehab center for a certain addiction.

Paying for Addiction Treatment

You might be concerned with how you will afford rehabilitation services for drug or alcohol addiction. It is the number one excuse for failing to get treatment. A number of affordable options exist, and a majority of private insurance companies offer partial or full coverage for substance abuse treatment. Programs may also offer sliding scale rates or payment plans so you don’t have to pay the full cost upfront.

In addition, you can look into financing options such as crowdfunding, borrowing from friends and family, or using your savings.

How Expensive Is Rehab?

The cost of a rehab program for alcohol or drug addiction depends on several factors, such as the type of treatment, where the facility is located, how long you stay, and what kind of amenities the program offers. For instance, inpatient programs are usually more expensive than outpatient programs, and luxury and executive programs cost more than standard rehabs.

Even though rehab can be expensive, the cost of treatment will likely be less than the cost of an addiction over the long term.

Paying for Rehab Treatment

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