Many options exist for those who suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities provide patients with a range of treatment options such as counseling, behavioral therapy, detox, medical care, sober living, aftercare and support groups.
All of these elements come together to provide those who suffer from substance abuse with a safe, controlled environment in which they can get the help, support and treatment that they need to make a full recovery from addiction.
There are two main options for treatment in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program — inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment.
Each has many similarities such as the provision of counseling and therapy as well as medical monitoring but inpatient alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities provide patients with routine care that cannot be received in an outpatient facility. An inpatient facility provides patients with constant monitoring and around-the-clock care in a controlled setting that is similar to a hospital or group home.
Outpatient alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities provide limited medical support, limited monitoring and cannot provide a place for the addict to live during treatment.
These programs are effective for those who have mild drug or alcohol abuse problems and simply need to seek counseling and support for their condition on a more limited manner.
While both types of alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities provide counseling and therapy, the inpatient programs tend to provide patients with more opportunities for such treatment by offering multiple group therapy sessions throughout the day as well as individual counseling sessions and time for patient reflection where the individual can sit back and think about what was learned and how they can apply it to their new, sober lifestyle.
Outpatient treatment offers counseling too, but the counseling sessions are typically only offered periodically throughout the week and may not provide enough support for the recovering addict who is in jeopardy of relapsing or who has only recently decided to make a clean break for sobriety.
These alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities are best suited to patients who have already made it through a successful period of at least 90 days or more of sobriety and are already well on their way to staying abstinent from drug or alcohol abuse.
Regardless of the method of treatment that you choose, the foundation for both inpatient or residential and outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities will be counseling, behavioral therapy and support. Even after the treatment is complete, you can continue to receive counseling and support through various aftercare services and community support groups such as NA or AA.