Different Types of Drug Rehabilitation Services

Different Types of Drug Rehabilitation Services


What are some of the different drug rehabilitation services, and how do they help people?  Let’s take a look at some of the options.

First of all is inpatient drug rehab. This is your typical 28 day program where the addict or alcoholic would stay for the full 28 days and receive services throughout.  It is generally started out with a detoxification process in a medical detox unit.  For some addicts this will not be necessary, depending on the drugs that they take, but for most people it will be necessary.  It should also be noted that some drug rehabilitation programs are no longer 28 days, but are shorter amounts of time like 2 weeks or so.

How does inpatient treatment help drug addicts?  Well there is the programming itself, which generally consists of lectures, group therapy, 12 step meetings, and so on.  All designed to help the addict learn more about recovery and how they can live without using drugs.  Then there is the fact that staying at an inpatient facility is, in itself, a form of rehabilitation.  The simple protected environment without any drugs or temptation and the simple fact that they are stuck there for 28 days is a powerful form of rehab in itself.  They are at least getting detoxified and a few weeks of sobriety under their belt, at the very least.  It builds a solid foundation of recovery that they can then grow from.

Other services would include things like outpatient treatment. With outpatient, the addict comes to a treatment center usually 5 days a week (sometimes less) and they attend groups and lectures and meetings, just as an inpatient person would do.  In some cases, the outpatient clients even attend the same exact groups as the inpatient clients.  The only difference is that they go home each night, rather than staying in the treatment center.  This has obvious disadvantages to it, because then they are more exposed to the threat of relapse.  But of course it is much cheaper as well.

Another rehabilitation service for drug addiction would be counseling or therapy. Most treatment centers have therapists who can see clients simply for a one hour session each week.  This can be a good form of follow up aftercare for clients who have completed inpatient or outpatient programs and want some continued form of support.  By itself, therapy or counseling is probably not enough to get someone clean and sober, but it can make a huge difference in their continued success in recovery.

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