Drug Addiction Rehab Center
One size does not fit all. That is the best way of understanding the selection of a drug addiction rehab center. We are all individuals, all different and treatment plans must be made to best serve the individual patient, so what works for one person may not be in the best interest of another.
There are many choices out there, from lavish in-patient, residential treatment centers, to austere out-patient centers which focus only on specific needs. It all depends on what is required. Understand also that addict/alcoholics may not like any facility, regardless of cost or amenities, simply because they don’t want to be treated.
Different Centers for Different People
There are several types of treatment centers. Let’s start with the residential treatment center (RTC), which will help people with a variety of issues, from addiction to mental illness snd other behavioral problems, such as eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc.
One size doesn’t fit all, as drug addiction rehab centers will feature a variety of treatments, from cognitive behavioral approaches, to therapeutic groups, to individual counseling, to behavioral modification, to psychotherapy.
Drug addiction rehab center may focus on the 12-steps
Centers may also use the traditional Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step recovery process, used by over 250 self-help groups world-wide. What is important is meeting the needs of the individual, so any treatment center will focus on those needs and personally design a program to meet specific goals.
To achieve goals, the program has to take place in the right setting, whether in-patient or out-patient, and the treatment center or rehab has to be ready for the patient and not place him/her on some unendurable waiting list. People get bumpy and it’s easy for them to fall between the cracks if the treatment facility cannot accommodate them when they are in need and when they are ready.
May need to detox first
Before treatment begins it is often necessary for patients to go through medical drug detoxification to rid their systems of the drug of choice and to help them through the misery of withdrawal. Alcoholics have a particularly difficult time, as alcohol withdrawal can be fatal. Withdrawal from cocaine or heroin, although unpleasant, is not necessarily life threatening.
In-patient is usually very tightly structured
Getting to specifics, let’s start with in-patient, resident treatment. This kind of drug addiction rehab center has a tightly structured program, providing a safe, healing environment, 24-7, for the patient who requires a complete re-build of his/her life.
Programs can be fully integrated to meet the needs of body, mind and spirit. Progress is measured on a daily basis, and often adjustments are made to achieve those goals and make the treatment more meaningful and effective.
Can take more than 120 days
Residential treatment can take time, 60-90-120 days or longer, and of course cost is a major concern.
Sometimes insurance policies will cover the cost of treatment, but the opposite sadly is also the case and patients and their families must come up with the money.
Drug addiction rehab center may focus on a specific drug including alcohol
Some residential facilities will specialize in one type of patient, such as opiate addicts, cocaine addicts, alcoholics, and so on. These facilities will not have people with other illnesses, targeting all of their talents and energy on select people.
Out-patient drug addiction rehab center may also be a good choice
Out-patient is a popular option, as it is designed to accommodate the busy schedules we all face, and often patients do not have the luxury of being able to get away and take advantage of a residential facility.
Opiate addicts often benefit from these programs, as the same attention to immediate medical needs is addressed at the head end, but they can keep their jobs and come in for treatment as required.
May help with vocational training
In either situation, another aspect of drug addiction rehab center treatment is vocational training and assistance in helping individuals overcome by supporting their educational needs and perhaps assisting in job placement.
Often patients will take part in this kind of activity as a part of transitional housing, which takes place after treatment, but it can also be a part of the treatment program itself.
AA, Al-anon, Teen Challenge and Celebrate Recovery are free options
If there is no option to use insurance, no funds available for treatment in an our-patient, there is still hope and all is not lost.
Organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon, provide emotional support, counsel and quality guidance from people who have been in the shoes of the addict/alcoholic, and who understand all of the pitfalls, frustrations and heartbreak of the disease.
Meetings take place daily all over the country, in every community—in civic meeting rooms, coffee shops, churches and hospitals.
Must accept relapse and keep working with addict
A good drug addiction rehab center is patient because they know that relapse is a part of recovery.
Many people view a relapse as failure and blame it on the drug addiction rehab center or consider it a moral failing of the individual. It’s part of the disease. Don’t give up and keep trying. It’s like a kid falling down while trying to learn how to ride a bicycle; he/she just has to get up and keep trying.
How many times does it take going through treatment before the patient is safe and doesn’t have to worry? I don’t know. Treatment professionals will encourage after-care and many recommend that patients stay connected to the therapeutic community and attend groups.
Many walk out and refuse to listen
Regardless of the treatment program, people so often short-cut the circuit by walking out, claiming the drug addiction rehab center is not meeting their needs, doing it wrong, falling short and that they don’t understand and don’t listen.
Addicts can be very manipulative. They walk out of centers after a couple of weeks, or attend a few night sessions of an out-patient program and deem the world incompetent. They claim 12 Step doesn’t work, because they don’t allow it to work.
Cognitive behavioral therapy never takes root because their negative thinking is so powerful the idea of an alternative view of the world is declared impossible. That is why family and friends, that all important support network, is so vitally important, regardless of the setting.
There is hope!
There is hope and there can be a satisfying tomorrow. Drug addiction rehab center programs all over the country offer such a wide variety of treatments, alternative treatments and innovative programs it is difficult for an addict to come up with enough excuses and complaints to overshadow the value of treatment.
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