Understanding Treatment For Drug and Alcohol Addiction


This resource provides answers to some of the most common questions about treatment, the recovery process, and the various options for addiction help.


How do you know if you need help from a treatment center? 

You know that it’s gotten bad, but is it bad enough to go to rehab? Here are the facts: In the US, some 22.7 million people need treatment for drug or alcohol abuse. But each year, less than 1 percent receive the help they need. If substance abuse is causing negative effects in your life, it might be time to take a closer look. Here are some signs that you might need help….[read more]


Some Questions to Ask Yourself…

Questions to ask a potential rehab

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Questions to Ask a Potential Rehab

  •   Is the facility licensed and accredited?
  •   What credentials and licenses do the program’s clinical staff hold?
  •     Is medical detox offered as a part of inpatient treatment?
  •   What can I expect from day to day? Is a sample schedule available?
  •     What type of help is available for families?
  •     Do they offer inpatient or outpatient care or both?
  •     Does the treatment program encourage participation in a 12 step program?
  •     Does the program offer ongoing support after leaving treatment?
  •     Does the program teach a recovering person sufficient life skills to support a sober life?
  •     What options for payment?

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What kind of treatment center is right for you?

Entering treatment can be a daunting and overwhelming prospect. Once you’ve decided to seek help, how can you best choose the right program for your specific situation and needs? A thorough evaluation is generally necessary to select the appropriate care, and discussing your options with family, counselors, or psychologists is also useful. Prior to entering a rehab facility, many people first enter a detox program, in order safely wean off substances in a medically supervised environment. While detox can be done at home, this carries some risks. After clearing the brain and body in detox, treatment options include inpatient, outpatient, or partial hospitalization programs….[read more]



What can you expect from an addiction rehab center?

Treatment plans are generally tailored to individual needs. While no two centers are exactly alike, qualified counselors and doctors play key roles facilitating a successful rehabilitation process. Most often, the treatment process follows this protocol:


After reaching out to a treatment center, a team of doctors, counselors, therapists and support staff begins crafting an individualized treatment plan. This process continue during the intake process and ensures the best possible treatment outcomes.


To start the rehabilitation process, detox is often necessary to cleanse the body of addictive substances. As detoxing from alcohol and certain drugs and can be dangerous, it is wise to seek supervision from a doctor or accredited treatment center.


Detoxing is just the beginning of recovering from alcoholism or addiction. Treatment programs address core issues that are at the root of substance abuse, and ideally teach their clients tools for sober living.


Getting clean and sober is just the beginning of a new way of life, and treatment alone is not enough to sustain recovery for most people. An aftercare regimen that encourages participation in some type of Twelve-Step program (such as Alcoholics Anonymous) or other support group is crucial. A good treatment program will actively help the patient move into the next appropriate level of care.


Success factors

What makes people successful in treatment? We think these factors contribute to a lasting and contented sobriety:

  • Commit to learning—enter treatment with an open mind and willingness to set aside what you think you already know
  • Complete the program. Stay the planned length of time, and consider appropriate next steps when leaving a facility, such as moving into a sober living home
  • Build a support system—seek out the support of family, friends or treatment companions
  • Take advantage of recovery resources and support systems, such as 12-step groups
  • Dig deep. Getting down to the root causes that fuelled our addictions was often a critical step in learning how to live happily without drinking or drugs.


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What’s it going to cost?

Most rehabs offer financial aid, accept insurance or have financing options. And although cost is certainly a factor in finding the right treatment center, it shouldn’t be the only factor in choosing the best program your needs.

Continuing to drink or use is far more expensive than most treatment centers. Substance abuse often costs a lifetime’s of income and savings, not to mention your dignity and freedom.  

Speak with your insurance company, or a representative from a potential program to find out.

Alcoholism and Addiction are treatable diseases. There is no cure for addiction, but people can and do recover. Reach out today. Help is available, and another life is possible.

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