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Drug Treatment Guide

WRITTEN BY CAYLA CLARK, BA – APRIL 10TH, 2020

What is Drug Treatment?

Drug addiction treatment is offered to those who are physically and mentally dependent on chemical substances and need professional help in order to stop using. Because drug addiction is such a powerful, complicated and personalized disease, drug treatment options will vary significantly depending on the individual involved.

“Drug treatment” is a broad term, though specific treatment programs will offer a variety of services, take place in different settings, and offer differing levels of professional care. Different treatment options will last for varying lengths of time. For example, an inpatient drug rehab program might last for three months, while a medical drug detox will last for a total of two weeks. 

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Drug addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease, characterized by obsession and compulsion. Because of this a comprehensive and long-term treatment plan will always be necessary, regardless of the severity of the substance abuse disorder. Those who do not undergo intensive long-term treatment followed by ongoing aftercare are far more likely to experience relapse at some point down the road. The goal of every drug treatment program is to prevent relapse by paving the way for a happy, fulfilled and drug-free future. 

Is Drug Treatment Right for Me?

You might be wondering if admission into a drug treatment program is the best solution for your current circumstances. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I tried to cut back on my drug use or quit entirely, only to find myself unable to do so for any length of time?
  • Has drug use caused me serious interpersonal consequences?
  • Have my friends and close family members expressed concern about my drug-related habits?
  • Have I been experiencing physical symptoms related to drug use? 
  • Am I willing to do what it takes to get clean and sober, and go on to live a healthy and productive life? 

If you answered “yes” to one or several of the above-listed questions, seeking professional help is a necessity. It is important to understand that drug addiction progressively gets worse; if symptoms are not treated in a professional setting, they will not simply remedy on their own. If you are still unsure as to whether or not you would benefit from professional, medical care, please feel free to reach out to us today with any questions you may have. 

Benefits of Drug Treatment

What to Expect from Drug Treatment

Drug addiction treatment will typically include a combination of intensive therapeutic methodologies and medication-based interventions. When it comes to drug addiction treatment there are a wide variety of evidence-based approaches – the treatment methods that are used will depend heavily on the unique needs of the individual. Most treatment centers will employ cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, life skills training, family therapy, an introduction to the 12 step method of recovery and numerous other services.  

Drug addiction treatment has proven to be essential to the long-term maintenance of recovery. According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and written by A. Thomas McLellan and James R. McKay of the Penn-VA Center for Studies of Addiction and The Treatment Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, “Over the past twenty years many of the traditional forms of substance abuse treatment (e.g., methadone maintenance, therapeutic communities, outpatient drug free and others) have been evaluated multiple times and shown to be effective.” (Ball and Ross, 1991). (1)

The same study confirmed that, “Virtually all studies of rehabilitation have shown that patients who stay in treatment longer and/or attend more treatment sessions, have better posttreatment outcomes.” (Ball and Ross, 1991). (1) This essentially means that the longer an individual stays in drug treatment, the better the chances of avoiding relapse long-term. 

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Treatment medications will be available to those who have struggled with opioid addiction in order to alleviate symptoms of post-acute withdrawal while minimizing the cravings that often lead to relapse. Medication assisted treatment often involves drugs such as Suboxone®, buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone which are prescribed by a licensed clinician.  

The behavioral therapy services that most treatment programs incorporate help patients successfully combat cravings, learn essential life skills like communication, relationship skills and effective parenting, and engage in self-care and positive self-talk. A lot of behavioral therapy revolves around relapse prevention, which is key to success in lifelong recovery.  

Finding the Right Drug Treatment Center

Finding the right drug treatment center to suit all of your unique and individual needs can be overwhelming, seeing as there so many reputable and legitimate options to choose from. However, in order for drug treatment to be a one-time deal (which is always the goal), it is crucial that you pick a specialized treatment program that will cater to your personal requirements while offering you the most comprehensive and effective care possible. If you know that you are in need of professional treatment but you aren’t sure what steps to take next, we are available to help.  

Simply give us a call as soon as possible, explain your current circumstances and your personal treatment goals, and we will find a drug treatment program that will cater to your needs and get you started on your own personal journey of recovery as quickly as possible.   

References

  1. Ball JC, Ross A. 1991. The Effectiveness of Methadone Maintenance Treatment. New York: Springer-Verlag.
Medically Reviewed
All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Michael Kulick

Medical Reviewer
M.S.W., MCAP, RCSWI

Michael was born and raised in South Florida, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate education at FAU and Barry University, culminating in a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with Honors. Since accomplishing his academic goals, Michael has held a variety of clinical and administrative positions ranging from Primary Clinical Therapist, Clinical Coordinator, Program Director, Clinical Director, Director of Operations and Chief Executive Officer.

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that close to 25 million Americans over the age of 12 require professional treatment for drug abuse or addiction. Unfortunately, under 12 percent of the drug addicted population will actually receive the help they both need and deserve. It is important to understand that this is not because drug addiction treatment is unavailable to them – with the recent rise in drug addiction cases throughout the country came a rise in treatment options. Thousands of drug rehabs across the country have opened their doors, each catering to the specific needs of potential patients with one common, underlying goal – help those struggling with addiction go on to lead happy, substance-free lives.  

How To Find The Right Rehab

We understand that when it comes to seeking professional care, there are many hurdles to jump over and many questions to be answered. Which drug rehab is the right choice for me? What can I do if I cannot afford to pay for drug rehab? What do I do if rehab doesn’t work for me? The truth is, those who attend inpatient drug rehab as part of a complete program of recovery have very high success rates when it comes to long-term sobriety. 

Our goal is to help you find the right drug rehab for you and go on to lead the productive and fulfilled life you deserve. Reach out to us today with any questions you may have, and we will gladly answer them for you while offering you all of the support and guidance you need.  

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What Is The Rehab Process?

Finding the right drug rehab for you might seem like a daunting process, seeing as there are so many reputable options to choose from. When it comes to choosing the right program to fit your specific needs there are several factors you will want to consider. First of all, you will want to determine whether or not you would benefit from certain services that might be offered at one drug rehab and not another. For example, a dual diagnosis rehab will offer mental health services in addition to services typically offered by drug and alcohol rehabs. Licensed psychiatrists will be on staff, and they will help you navigate any co-occurring mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or bipolar disorder. Many individuals choose to go to gender-specific or age-specific rehab facilities. 

Why Is Rehab Important?

When searching for addiction treatment, you will want to consider factors like affordability, location and the length of the program itself. Does the rehab you are looking into accept your health insurance policy? Do you want to stay close to home or go somewhere out of state? If your addiction is severe, you may require a long-term (three to six month) program, whereas a more mild addiction might require a shorter length of stay (one to three months). We are available to help you determine which services will benefit you the most, and which drug rehab center will allow you to heal thoroughly and go on to lead the life you truly deserve.

Drug rehab is a crucial step on the long-term road to recovery. However, recovery is a multi-part process. You will need to first enter into a medically monitored detox facility, where you will safely withdraw from your drug of choice and be physically stabilized. Once you are deemed fit to enter a drug rehab program, you will transfer there directly from your drug detox.

Generally speaking, inpatient drug rehab will last for somewhere between one and six months, depending on the severity of your addiction and whether or not you struggle with any co-occurring disorders. Drug rehab consists of intensive one-on-one and group therapy sessions, and introduction to the 12 step method of addiction recovery, the teaching of crucial life and relapse prevention skills, and numerous other recovery-related services. 

We believe that your first drug rehab should also be your last, and that in order to maintain lifelong recovery it is crucial that you enter a program that will cater to all of your unique needs. For more information on finding the right drug rehab for you, reach out to us today. We are happy to walk you through the process, and get you started on your own personal journey of addiction recovery. 

Medically Reviewed
All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Michael Kulick

Medical Reviewer
M.S.W., MCAP, RCSWI

Michael was born and raised in South Florida, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate education at FAU and Barry University, culminating in a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with Honors. Since accomplishing his academic goals, Michael has held a variety of clinical and administrative positions ranging from Primary Clinical Therapist, Clinical Coordinator, Program Director, Clinical Director, Director of Operations and Chief Executive Officer.

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