Drug Rehab Treatment and 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
What Is Drug or Alcohol Rehab?
Drug treatment programs are designed to help people struggling with addiction stop compulsive substance seeking and use.5 Substance abuse treatment programs are available in different types of settings (e.g. inpatient or outpatient) and 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 substance abuse treatment programs continue 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
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.
- Cost. The cost of treatment can vary depending on the level of care and several other factors.
- Insurance accepted. Many treatment facilities accept insurance. Check with the facility or your insurance provider for details on what is covered.
We'll be able to tell you if your insurance provider is in network with an American Addiction Centers treatment facility.
- Dual-diagnosis treatment centers.
- Personalized treatment plans.
- Financial options available.