Is a Drug Rehab Program Structured the Same Way for Everybody?

Substance use disorder or drug addiction can affect people in many different ways. It can also have many different underlying causes. To ensure high levels of success, drug rehab programs aim to take a largely needs-specific approach to treating addiction. Each treatment environment and program style is designed to offer the interventions and therapies that will prove most helpful to those receiving care. This makes it important for people to learn more about their options in drug rehab, and to look for programs that perfectly align with their circumstances and goals. People who’ve been using drugs heavily and for many years, and who’ve tried and failed at recovery before will necessarily require a different form of treatment from those who’ve only recently started using drugs, and in significantly lesser amounts. Finding the right program is the first step to ensuring your success in treatment.

Rehab programs are largely categorized by the level of freedom that they offer and the level of self-responsibility that patients must maintain. Inpatient services remove people from the relationships, environments, and other triggers that enable, exacerbate, and even encourage their substance abuse. For a period of one to six or more months, those receiving inpatient drug rehab services live in secure, private facilities where they have the opportunity to solely focus on their recoveries. Outpatient services offer far greater amounts of freedom and flexibility. With these programs, patients can continue living in their own homes, going to work or school, and engaging in other personal or professional activities. Therapies and interventions are provided in an on-campus setting, but after completing the necessary number of evening and weekend hours, clients are free to go. While inpatient services tend to have the highest success rates, outpatient care can be equally effective when it is the appropriate choice for the individual.

How To Know Whether Inpatient Or Outpatient Services Are Right For You

All drug rehab starts with detox and withdrawal. This is always the first and most essential step in recovery and is best performed in a controlled setting. Although many people attempt to go “cold turkey” at home, detox is safest and most comfortable when completed in a supervised environment, and with the right medical professionals on hand.

Detox services are frequently supplied by inpatient centers, however, all recovering addicts have the option of completing detox at one facility and then transferring to the rehab facility or program of their choice. Seamlessly coordinating this transfer is important for ensuring that there are no gaps in care, and no opportunities for patients to relapse until they’ve received the necessary counseling and interventions for dealing with temptations, cravings, and other outside triggers. Inpatient rehab is generally the best choice for anyone who is able to commit the necessary time for this treatment, and who’s struggled with drug addiction for one or more years. If you have tried and failed in off-campus, outpatient treatments, enrolling in an inpatient program will give you a higher chance at succeeding in your new recovery effort.

Because inpatient care completely removes people from their former environments, it is also the best choice for anyone who’s surrounded by enabling individuals, otherwise toxic relationships, and any other outside stressors that contribute to or support their addictions. Conversely, those who tend to thrive in outpatient settings are people who are largely self-managed, and who’ve only been abusing drugs or alcohol for relatively short periods of time. There are, however, a number of intensive outpatient programs that allow all patients to retain the necessary freedom for going to work and handling familial responsibilities, even as they remain stringent enough to help clients stay on course.

Certain components of treatment exist in nearly all drug rehab programs. In addition to detox services, these include:

  • Private counseling
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Self-improvement workshops
  • Interventions for comorbidity or co-occurring disorders
  • Health counseling
  • Stress management services and workshops
  • Life-planning services
  • Guidance in creating feasible post-treatment support plans

Ultimately, drug rehab is a multi-pronged effort to assist patients in achieving total mental and physical wellness. Certain inpatient programs place a strong focus on treating co-occurring disorders or comorbidity. Patients with comorbidity suffer from both substance use disorder and secondary mental health issues that must be addressed as part of any successful addiction treatment. Inpatient services can also cater to specific populations including aging adults, members of the LGBTQ community, young adults, and men or women.

There are also general inpatient programs that accept people from a very diverse range of demographics and communities. Services such as language support, support for those with disabilities, and support for those dealing with drug-related legal issues exist as well. If you’re struggling to find the perfect treatment environment for your needs, we can help. Call us today at 833-846-5669.