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Drug Rehab

How to find the right drug rehabilitation program

To treat any kind of drug addiction, it is crucial to find a drug rehab center that will meet all of the patient's requirements. It must be clean and well organized, able to offer a range of services and treatments and have a philosophy of treatment that meets the unique situation of the patient. It should also be accredited or licensed by a state or national agency and run by trained professionals.

Drug Rehab Program Information

There are a wide variety of drug rehab programs available to meet the growing number of drug addictions. You can learn about prescription drug rehab, cocaine rehab and alcohol rehabilitation (among others), and find a drug rehab center by talking to your healthcare professional. Many drug rehab programs offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment depending on the severity of addiction and the type of drugs involved. Teen drug rehab can exist as inpatient or outpatient treatment, as well as "boot camp" types of treatment outdoors.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment is the primary form of drug rehab for severe drug addictions. Patients undergoing inpatient treatment reside in a drug abuse treatment center, and are supervised and cared for around the clock. As a result, the term inpatient is often used interchangeably with residential. This stage of the drug rehab process is typically the drug detox phase, where the individual is removed from access to the drug. Many drug addicts need careful medical supervision when they are being treated because going cold turkey can sometimes result in life-threatening seizures and other complications. In these instances, medical support and supervision of inpatient treatment is critical.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient programs are usually used in the transition stage between inpatient rehab treatment and building a sober life outside of rehab. Outpatient therapy typically involves group or individual therapy and counseling sessions with organizations such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous). It can be high- or low-intensity, depending on the needs and status of the patient. This kind of therapy can be useful in helping the patient to find out and better understand the factors that led to his or her drug dependency in the first place. An understanding of the triggers for drug dependency can help reduce the chance that the dependency will resurface.

Taking the first step toward abstinence and seeking professional help is very difficult, but also very important for those addicted to drugs. Selecting the right kind of program for the patient will ensure the highest success rate in leaving the drugs behind. 

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