Most recovery centers for drug and alcohol addiction operate in pretty much the same way. People expect that different rehabs will offer vastly different treatment strategies, but this is generally not the case. Although there are slight variations out there in approach, almost all addiction recovery centers offer the same basic services. These include:
1) Detox – pretty much every where you go, there will be a medical detox area for getting people off drugs and alcohol and getting them stable. This is the necessary prerequisite for real recovery to begin. So detox is pretty much universal.
2) Residential – inpatient recovery centers almost always seem to feature the same basic schedule of programming throughout the day. Clients attend groups, lectures, group therapy, counseling sessions, and so on. Many clients refer to this as “class” because it is basically educational in nature, despite the occasional therapeutic game or diversion. Most rehabs mix it up a bit with things like gym, art therapy, and meditation sessions…but basically the clients are getting a heavy mix of group therapy and informative lectures.
3) Treatment philosophy – most rehabs are 12 step based, meaning that they draw heavily on the 12 step program and incorporate 12 step meetings into their recovery center. This is probably the case in at least 95 percent of all treatment centers. There are, of course, advantages and disadvantages to this. Some people click well with the 12 step program, and to others it is a complete turn off. Rehabs based on the 12 step program do not generally offer any alternatives to this format.
4) Follow up aftercare – most rehabs instruct the client as to some form of aftercare, that is generally decided upon between the client and their therapist or counselor. This might include outpatient treatment, individual counseling, 12 step meetings, or long term rehab. Those are the basic options for leaving rehab and following up with continued care. Out of all those who manage to stay clean and sober for a significant length of time, pretty much all of them will have followed through with their aftercare recommendations to a tee. Those who ignore their aftercare treatment plan are much more likely to relapse. This is due to the fact the real test in recovery starts after the client leaves the safety of inpatient care, and is out in the real world again with the threat and temptation of relapse. So those who follow through are bound to do much better than those who ignore their recommendation.