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Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centers

Only a few people know how to look for reputable addiction rehabs, and, most of the time, it is because they had been admitted into one or a person they loved has undergone addiction treatment. Finding the best drug or alcohol rehabilitation center is not easy for people who have not been exposed to cases of alcoholism or drug addiction. It is particularly difficult as you realize that you or a loved one needs to enter rehab and be separated from the family for a while. Call 1-888-968-9816 Who Answers? to find a private addiction rehab suitable for you or your loved one’s needs. You can also discuss various treatment and recovery options to understand the rehabilitation program.

There are two types of drug or alcohol rehabilitation centers: outpatient rehab and inpatient rehab.


A person attending an outpatient rehab visits the doctor’s clinic or office in the hospital for rehab sessions. It usually takes several hours of sessions twice or more a week, depending on the agreed schedule between the patient and his or her doctor. Detoxification may take place in an outpatient facility and can be completed within several days or weeks. Outpatient rehab is beneficial for people who have moderate alcohol abuse or drug addiction problems. It is also ideal for individuals who cannot leave their social and personal responsibilities for a long time, like mothers with children or people who have to make a living.

With an outpatient clinic, the patient may need to stay an hour or two inside the facility, so the doctor can monitor the patient’s reaction to the drug. A family member or a friend should accompany the patient to ensure the treated person can go home safely after the treatment.

According to a study, however, outpatient rehab is not suitable for people suffering with acute alcoholism or drug addiction. The withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism may induce life-threatening side effects that should be supervised and monitored properly inside an inpatient rehab. A person attending an outpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation center may also opt to skip a session or the whole rehabilitation process, thus decreasing the chances of recovery. Outpatient rehabs also lack the proper facilities to treat alcoholics and drug addicts with existing medical conditions or those who are suicidal or homicidal.


An inpatient rehab is also called residential treatment center (RTC). It is a live-in facility where the patient lives and stays in the center until he or she completes the rehab process. An inpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation facility has adequate equipments, medical personnel, attending physicians, in-house psychologists and other support staff to attend to each patient. This makes a residential rehab center an ideal facility for addicted individuals requiring private and appropriate care.

Inpatient rehabilitation centers focus on treating the following:

  • The addiction
  • Physical conditions
  • Psychological conditions
  • Behavioral conditions
  • Preexisting medical conditions that may have caused the addiction

A residential drug or alcohol rehabilitation center is recommended for people who have severe alcoholism, drug addiction or polydrug addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), individuals who enroll in a 90-day residential treatment center are more likely to abstain completely from alcohol or drug abuse. People who exceed this minimum treatment period are also less likely to be involved in criminal activities or violent behaviors. More inpatients also complete their rehabilitation program compared to outpatients.

One of the biggest disadvantages of an inpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation center is its expensive treatment cost. However, the higher chance of full recovery and the security that comes along with the exclusive treatment makes inpatient programs an ideal treatment for people who value their privacy.

Treatment Programs in Addiction Rehab Facilities

Both outpatient and inpatient centers frequently provide these treatments:

  • Medications indicated for the treatment of withdrawal symptoms. It also helps to reestablish the normal functions of the brain. Prescription medications are also administered to patients with preexisting illnesses or disorders.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy to help the patient cope with life stressors and deal with difficult situations that may possibly cause alcohol or substance abuse.
  • Multidimensional family therapy for adolescents and selected patients. This therapy encourages the addicted person’s family to participate in the rehab process by helping them to understand the cause of addiction, and also to help improve overall family relationship.
  • Motivational incentives or the use of a reward system to encourage the addicted person to abstain from alcohol or drug abuse.
  • 12-step programs and links local support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous. The patient can also choose to enter a one-on-one or group counseling inside the treatment facility even after the rehabilitation process.

Another treatment program that is only offered in inpatient addiction rehab centers is the therapeutic community. NIDA reported that therapeutic community is the most well-established program in inpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation centers. Therapeutic community is a three-month intensive program that aids people who are having a hard time with dealing with complex recovery issues.

Both outpatient and inpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs provide benefits to addicted individuals and their families. If you need help on deciding which program suits you or your loved ones needs, call 1-888-968-9816 Who Answers? and talk to an alcohol or drug addiction specialist.