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Drug Rehab Programs

Learn About Rehab Programs

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs provide one of the most reliable routes to successful recovery from addiction. Not all rehab programs are alike, however, and not all programs are created equal. Before placing recovery in the hands of any drug rehab program, it’s best to take the time to learn a bit about how rehab works.

Things to Know:

  • What types of program are available?
  • What will likely treatments involve?
  • Are out-patient programs common?
  • Do rehab programs include continuing therapies and counseling?

Types of Rehab Programs

Rehab programs exist on all levels, and make use of a wide array of therapies and counseling strategies. The first issue, rather than any particular approach to counseling, is more likely to involve the type of addiction, the medical severity, and the many physical and emotional complications that can be involved. For some patients, only extreme in-patient treatment with widely applied medical support will suffice, with recovery best ensured with a long residential stay, a controlled half-way period, and a post-recovery period well integrated with long-term follow-up counseling. Other programs are aimed at those with less severe levels of addiction, or less physical, emotional complications and less difficulty drawing on a strong network of supporting relationships. Some very few can enter modest, out-patient counseling therapies, and cope well within that system.

Almost all of these approaches will involve blended therapies and counseling techniques. Whether medical, behavioral, private or group, Jungian or Gestalt, the most successful approach has proven to be the approach that deals with all the integrated elements of an addict’s life, in many ways, using whatever methods work for that patient.

What about Out-Patient Programs?

For most addicts out-patient programs aren’t the place to begin. The physical demands of withdrawal, and the severe suffering and emotional stress alone make in-patient treatment at a rehab clinic a safer, secure, and reliable approach to rehab therapy. Preparing for drug rehab includes preparing for the sheer intensity and extent of the process – that includes being prepared for in-patient treatment, sometimes for extensive periods of time.

That said, an addiction caught early, with few overwhelming physical challenges, when a drug either offers a moderate withdrawal or the addiction is still comparatively new, may very well allow rehabilitation to be handled on an out-patient basic. The crucial element involved is to accept what’s necessary in a particular case, and to realize there are few short cuts for any addict.

Follow-up Treatment

One of the most vital aspects of successful rehabilitation is that of follow-up counseling and treatment. These long-term, often lifetime treatments, may take the form of personal counseling, group therapy, or a variety of 12-step programs. These should be considered as part of any drug rehab program you enter, and any professional you deal with should include discussion of the measures involved as part of their early interviews with you.

Remember that follow-up programs generally double the success rate of addiction therapy. Failure to commit to follow-up and failure to check that a program is as committed as you are to the aftermath counseling, can place your recovery or that of those close to you in serious jeopardy.

Locating a Great Rehab Program

Because of the diversity of rehab programs, finding a program that suits your needs or the needs of a close friend or relative is a high priority. You can draw on many resources as you evaluate specific programs, and weigh the many alternatives. Government agencies on all levels can provide overviews and in some cases references – your local department of health, or of family services, can prove very useful in this respect. Likewise many religious organizations include extensive knowledge of local programs and counselors. Finally, you can turn to many referral services, which specialize in helping fit a program to a patient in need.


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