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Drug Rehab Treatment Information

Alcohol and drug addiction can be challenging for both the person struggling with substance misuse and loved ones. Seeking appropriate and timely treatment can reduce the risk of life, health, relationship and financial complications associated with substance misuse.

However, knowing what type of treatment is right for you can feel confusing.

This article will provide important drug addiction treatment to help you in choosing a rehab program that meets all your needs. Topics covered include:

  • Why people may resist entering drug treatment.
  • What types of addiction treatment programs are available.
  • Factors to consider when searching for a substance abuse treatment center.
  • Frequently asked questions about addiction recovery programs.

What Is Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction, also known by the diagnostic term substance use disorder (SUD), is a chronic, relapsing condition that affects the brain. It is characterized by an inability to control substance use even when it negatively affects your life and well-being.1, 2, 3

The causes of addiction are still being investigated; however, research shows that there are certain risk factors that may put people at higher risk of developing an addiction.3 Addiction risk factors may include your environment, genetics, brain chemistry and life experiences.3

Medical and mental health professionals use the criteria outlined in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to diagnose a person with a SUD.4

Signs of Addiction

Substance use disorders can involve a combination of cognitive, behavioral and physiological symptoms, which indicate a person may be misusing drugs.4 Only a medical professional can diagnose a SUD; however, knowing the signs of SUDs may help you recognize the need for help.

The general signs of drug addiction and diagnostic criteria for SUDs include:4

  • Taking the substance in larger doses or more frequently than originally intended.
  • Being unable to cut back or stop using the substance despite wanting to do so.
  • Spending a lot of time obtaining, using and recovering from the effects of substance use.
  • Experiencing cravings, or intense desires to use the substance, especially in an environment where you previously obtained or used the substance.
  • Being unable to fulfill obligations at work, home, or school due to substance use.
  • Continuing to use the substance despite having social or interpersonal problems that are caused or worsened by the effects of the substance.
  • Continuing substance use despite knowing that you have a persistent or ongoing physical or mental health problem that is likely due to substance use.
  • Experiencing tolerance, which means you need more of the substance to experience previous effects.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the substance, which can lead to relapse.

Is Addiction Treatable?

Yes, addiction is a treatable condition similar to other chronic health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.2, 3

What Is Drug or Alcohol Rehab?

A drug treatment program is one designed to help people struggling with addiction stop compulsive drug seeking and substance use.5 Substance abuse treatment programs are available in different types of settings (i.e. inpatient or outpatient) and at various intensity levels to meet a person’s needs.5

Treatment can last for different lengths of time depending on a person’s needs. However, short-term, or one-time drug rehab may not be as effective as supporting long-term abstinence and/or recovery since addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition.5 Many people find that treatment continues over time and that they may need more consistent monitoring to support their recovery.5

Drug and alcohol rehab centers use several interventions including behavioral therapy, medication, alternative therapies (e.g. art or equine therapy) and/or combinations of these to help people recover.5

Types of Drug Rehab Near Me

Not all recovery programs involve inpatient stays. Some outpatient programs involve daily or weekly attendance and participation in mutual groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

There isn’t one type of drug rehab program that’s right for everyone. It’s important to work with your treatment team to choose the appropriate level of care for you. A few factors that may affect the type of drug rehab program you choose include:

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient or residential drug rehab centers provide clinical care and behavioral support around the clock. People entering inpatient treatment facilities will receive an individualized treatment plan from their treatment team, which may include doctors, nurses, addiction specialists and other treatment professionals.

People live at the facility for the duration of treatment, which may include group meetings, individual counseling sessions, medication management and other services. The duration of treatment can range from 28 or 30 days to 60 days to 90 days or more depending on your needs.

Some rehab centers provide co-occurring disorder treatment, which means they treat both SUDs and mental health conditions at the same time. It is common for people with a SUD to also have a co-occurring mental health condition like anxiety or depression, and they should be treated together with the use of medication if needed.6 You may be able to locate specialized inpatient treatment centers suited to your individual needs, such as treatment centers for LGBTQ people or rehabs for couples.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient rehab programs allow you to live at home while receiving addiction treatment. Outpatient programs offer several different options and vary in intensity levels and settings.7

Group counseling is often a component of outpatient drug treatment in addition to offering other services similar to inpatient treatment like behavioral therapy, medication management and even detox services. 7 You may choose an intensive outpatient program.

Mutual Support Groups

Mutual support groups are designed to help those who have a desire to stop drug use. Some groups are 12-step based like Alcoholics Anonymous and some are not affiliated with the 12 steps.

Many groups cater to certain groups of people like men, women, or people who identify as LGBTQ+.

These groups can meet daily, weekly, or at other intervals. Accredited facilities, volunteer organizations, churches and community centers often offer these types of recovery programs. Group meetings foster a supportive and encouraging environment for people in recovery to share their experiences.

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy approaches help keep people engaged in the drug rehab process by using a variety of modalities. Various types of therapy may provide incentives for people to remain abstinent, help them modify their attitudes and behaviors about drug misuse and learn skills to cope with challenging situations or triggers to use drugs again.7

You may meet with a board-certified addiction counselor, who will help you change maladaptive thoughts and behavior patterns while teaching you to use healthy coping skills in stressful situations.

How to Choose a Drug Treatment Program

The following are things to consider when choosing a drug treatment center:

  • Certified mental health professionals and addiction counselors. Look for licensed counselors and staff who are certified in addiction treatment.
  • Experience treating your substance addiction. Some programs may focus on particular types of drug or alcohol misuse.
  • Dual diagnosis experience. Drug addiction is often closely related to mental illness and it can be beneficial to treat both conditions at the same time.6
  • Adjusting treatment when necessary. Treatment needs can change as you go through recovery; needs should be re-evaluated and altered on an ongoing basis to maximize the level of care provided. In most cases, the individual struggling with addiction should have the opportunity to offer feedback as treatment progresses.
  • Cost. The cost of treatment can vary depending on the level of care and several other factors. Typically, inpatient treatment costs more than outpatient treatment since people stay in the facility overnight and more supervision is provided.
  • Insurance accepted. Many treatment facilities accept insurance. Check with the facility or your insurance provider for details on what is covered.

When you are looking for a drug recovery treatment center, keep the above information in mind. You may also want to seek a referral or request information about outpatient and residential rehabilitation programs from a counselor, social worker, psychiatrist, or another medical professional.

Importance of Aftercare

Aftercare is any form of continuous treatment that occurs after initial treatment is completed. Someone struggling with an addiction can appear to make progress, only to relapse months or years later because of the chronic nature of the addiction.6

Relapse is a normal part of the recovery process; however, there are ways to help prevent relapse known as aftercare or continuing care plans.6

Below are some aftercare options available once you complete your initial drug rehab treatment:

  • 12-Step programs: These fellowships follow 12 Steps of recovery and provide a supportive environment for addicts to share their experiences.
  • Individual therapy: The therapist continues to build on coping skills you learned during your initial treatment and uses various techniques to change your negative and harmful behaviors.
  • Group counseling: The group counselor will work with you and others in the group on relapse prevention and communication practices, as well as skills useful for repairing broken or damaged relationships.

Reasons People May Avoid a Drug Treatment Program

Like many other problems, drug addiction is often met with denial and people may not believe they have a problem. Even those who recognize that they could use help might avoid substance abuse rehabilitation for reasons including:

  • Perceived social stigmas associated with being in rehab.
  • The belief that issues can be overcome by the strength of will alone, and without professional help.
  • Fear of sharing with others or being vulnerable.
  • Financial trouble that makes it hard to pay for treatment.
  • Fear of an employer finding out or getting fired.

Don’t let fear of a treatment program stop you from getting drug addiction recovery information and seeking help. Contact the caring people at American Addiction Centers (AAC) at   to learn about our evidence-based treatment programs so you can start on the path toward recovery today. You can also check your insurance benefits online now to determine whether your insurance provider will cover rehabilitation.

Health Insurance Providers and Coverage Levels

Visit the links below to find out more about insurance coverage levels for drug and alcohol rehab.

You can contact American Addiction Centers (AAC) for free at for help finding the treatment you need. There are also free alcohol abuse and drug addiction hotline numbers you can call.

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