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Drug Rehab

Drug Rehab for Addiction

Drug addiction is perhaps one of the most misunderstood issues currently facing society. Addiction can be an intensely personal experience caused by both objective and subjective triggers. Someone who is experiencing a lot of stress, for example, and finds it difficult to escape their feelings of anxiety and uncertainty might be more likely than someone who is living a more balanced lifestyle to seek out substances that are highly addictive. Anyone can become an addict, including people who live seemingly happy lives. Whatever your specific situation, it is important to understand when it’s time to get help, how drug rehab works and how to find the find the right facility.

How to Know if You Need Drug Rehab

Because drug addiction is so often misunderstood by the general public, it can be difficult for people to ascertain whether or not they need rehab. There are a few different signs to look for when thinking about your drug use and whether or not you need a drug rehabilitation program.

  • Are you worried that you might have a problem? If you are concerned about yourself, then you might have a problem. It might be difficult to admit that and to reach out for help, but if you’re concerned enough to spend time researching the subject to determine if you are an addict, chances are high that you might very well have an issue that could benefit from professional support.
  • Are others worried that you might have a problem? If your loved ones – the individuals who know you best – are asking after your health and expressing concern, don’t write them off. This is especially true if multiple individuals have expressed concern. When your health starts to concern family and friends, then you might need rehab.
  • Are you hiding your use? Another sign that you might need to concern drug rehab is hiding your use from friends and family. Note that this doesn’t apply only if you are hiding the purchase and use of illegal drugs. Individuals become addicted to legitimate prescriptions. Whether the drug in question is legal or illegal, the urge to hide your actions signals that something is not right.
  • Is your performance suffering? If your drug use is affecting your professional performance at work or school or your personal performance at home – if it is negatively impacting your professional or personal relationships – then you might need drug rehab.

What are the underlying causes of drug addiction?

Co-Occurring Disorders: Also called a dual diagnosis or dual disorder, a co-occurring disorder is when a person has a mental health condition and a substance abuse disorder at the same time. Co-occurring disorders are often the underlying cause of addiction. Studies show that people who have a substance abuse disorder are more likely to suffer from co-occurring mental health conditions and vice versa[2]. Below are some of the top co-occurring disorders:

Whether the co-occurring disorder existed before addiction or whether it was triggered by drug abuse, it is important to treat the underlying causes of addiction as well as the addiction itself. Failure to address a co-occurring disorder leaves clients with the same symptoms that drove their substance abuse in the first place and can leave them more vulnerable to a relapse than individuals who received treatment for both their mental health and the physical aspects of addiction.

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Other contributing factors include:

  • Biology: The genes that some people are born with can be partially responsible (50%) for their addiction[1]. Other factors like gender, ethnicity, and certain mental disorders may also increase a person’s risk of substance abuse.
  • Environment: Where we grew up, how we live, and the environmental influences in our lives can sometimes be responsible for addiction. Factors like peer pressure, stress, early use of drugs, and parental guidance can affect a person’s drug or non-drug use.
  • Development: Genetic and environmental factors combine with important developmental stages in a person’s life to influence addiction. Even though drug use at any age can result in addiction, starting early increases a person’s chances of becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol. This is especially bad for teens whose brains are still developing, making them more prone to risky behaviors.

What are proven treatment methods used by drug rehab centers?

When it comes to drug rehabilitation, some individuals swear by one treatment method while others support an alternative option. There are several proven treatment methods from which to select, and there isn’t necessarily a “right” or “wrong” choice. Instead, there are choices that are good fits for certain situations. It’s a good idea to fully understand the available options and in order to determine which is the best for your unique needs.


Detox treatment is often the first step in treating addiction. Detoxification is the body’s process of flushing out undesirable substances. For many clients, this means ridding the body of the remnants of their substance of choice. Only when the body has been cleared of the drug can proper treatment begin. You can think of treatment programs as something that helps strengthen and reinforce your mind while detox is focused more on the purely physical aspect of addiction. Inpatient or outpatient treatment programs focus on treating your mind’s addiction to a substance while detox treats your body’s addiction to a substance. Many rehab facilities include medical detox centers to help provide their clients with specialized care every step of the way as they move towards the path to recovery.

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Inpatient – Long-Term Residential Treatment

Inpatient care is one proven treatment method when it comes to treating substance abuse and addiction. Inpatient drug rehab programs, also referenced as residential treatment programs, are programs in which patients must check themselves into an environment that is often more supervised and controlled than what they might experience in their daily lives. They will live in the clinic and often participate with various classes, patients, and professionals in order to help root out the cause of their addiction and find the best method of overcoming it.

Inpatient treatment is a crucial element of recovery for those with severe addictions. The controlled environment is often exactly what clients need in order to step back, reevaluate their lives, and learn to live without their substance of choice. Note that you don’t typically leave the facility to go to work or school when you opt into an inpatient treatment program.

Outpatient – Short-Term Residential Treatment

Outpatient treatment for drug addiction is a viable treatment option allowing clients the ability to go to work or school in addition to receiving treatment. This can be a boon as well as a disadvantage depending upon the client in question. For individuals whose home or professional life is tied to drug use, outpatient treatment might not be the best option because it fails to take the client away from environments and situations that, in the past, triggered drug use. For individuals who do not have those ties, however, outpatient treatment can be a good choice as it is less disruptive to daily life than inpatient treatment.

Outpatient treatment is more effective for individual suffering from mild addiction than it is individuals suffering from severe addiction, where the 24-hour support offered by inpatient treatment might be more beneficial. In addition to this, outpatient treatment is often included as part of a long-term drug treatment program. After finishing an inpatient program, for example, you may attend an outpatient program to help keep you on the path to recovery even after checking out of the center. When used in these situations, outpatient treatment can be quite effective.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Recovery

Medically assisted recovery, also known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT), is a treatment option that combines medication and behavioral therapy to help clients recover. This is especially useful for individuals suffering from opioid addiction as the medication can help treat the prolonged withdrawal effects that long-term use of the drug might induce.

Other Treatment options include:

How can I find the best drug rehab center?

It is normal to feel overwhelmed when searching for a drug rehab center. There are many options available, and all of the information they provide might send your mind spinning. To help keep things manageable, try searching for centers located only in areas to which you are willing to travel. Next, consider the price point in question and whether or not it is one that you can accept. Keep in mind, however, that this is your sobriety and it is worth investing in!

Once you find options that seem to suit your basic needs, here are some questions to ask specific clinics:

  1. On average, how long is a stay?
  2. What costs are associated with your treatment programs?
  3. Are the staff members at your rehab center properly certified?
  4. Is your facility accredited?
  5. Do you offer follow-up services designed to help sustain recovery and avoid relapse?
  6. What is your client to staff ratio?
  7. Do you have a waiting list?
  8. Do you offer comprehensive treatment options?
  9. How is the safety of clients addressed?
  10. How far can you travel? The most suitable center may be far from home. You may want to consider leaving your home and surroundings if environmental factors are part of your problem.

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Costs Associated with Rehab Centers & Factors Affecting Cost

The price of drug rehabilitation can vary widely depending upon a variety of factors. In general, inpatient treatment is more expensive than outpatient treatment. The length of your rehab stay, the amenities provided by the center, and even the location of the center itself can all impact the price of rehabilitation programs. The longer your stay, the more you can expect to pay. This is equally true when it comes to amenities – the more amenities available, the more you will end up paying. Amenities can make your stay more comfortable.

With that said, do not make the mistake of thinking that the only difference between low-cost clinics and those that charge a more standard rate is the number of amenities available! When considering drug rehabs, be sure to consider cost as well as value. Sometimes higher priced treatment facilities often are able to provide better care to their patients. They often have much lower staff-to-client ratios, for example, which means that you can get the undivided attention you need to get better. In addition, these facilities are often able to hire more qualified staff. This only serves to increase your access to expert care and can greatly improve the quality of treatment.

Types of Rehab

There are a number of different kinds of rehab centers that are designed to suit all manner of needs and beliefs. Some centers are faith-based in nature, for example, and focus on spiritual guidance as well as other treatment methods. Some rehab centers might be covered by your insurance, which is also a good way to begin your search for the perfect rehab center. These centers vary upon the insurance plan in question, and you should also note that insurance coverage will also vary from plan to plan. Some plans might cover the entirety of a stay while others will put a limit on the amount of money they are willing to pay out.

Finally, some rehab centers are free and provide care without a monetary cost. You should keep in mind that these centers might have a waiting list or a set of conditions that could delay your treatment. Make sure to inquire about these issues before making the decision to go with a free rehab option.

How long can drug rehab take?

Drug rehab varies in length depending upon program, addiction, and client. Most rehab programs are structured around 30, 60 and 90 day programs, for the initial detox and inpatient treatment. This is long enough to help clients adjust, physically and mentally, to the sudden lack of drugs in their system and helps them get started on the path to recovery. Note that this might not include programs that are focused on long-term support.

What happens if I relapse?

Relapse is a scary prospect. It is important to understand that if you relapse, you shouldn’t be ashamed to admit it and reach out for support. Use the situation as a learning tool to better identify what triggers your use. Once you have done this, you can get started on the path to sober living once again. It’s never too late to reach out and get help, and that’s true even if attempts have failed in the past.

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The importance post-treatment support after drug rehab

It is important to view substance abuse treatment from the perspective of long-term care. Person-centered treatment, focusing on the underlying issues that cause addiction reinforces long-term recovery outcomes for patients that include a transitioning stage through different levels of care.

The best treatment will meet the patient where they are at every point in their lives, thereby giving them the best treatment at all stages. Personalized drug rehab will support you for the long-term and prepare you for reintegration back into regular life.

There are different types of long-term recovery methods:

Sober Living

A sober living home is a type of long-term care treatment center that offers a more intense recovery experience and allows patients limited freedom. Residents usually move freely in and out, as long as they follow the rules of the home. For example, a sober living home may ask its residents to return at a certain time every day. This creates structure and responsibility— an important step in addiction recovery.

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Group therapy

Many rehab centers also use group therapy settings as part of their long-term treatment plan and as a social reinforcement system. It helps re-integration by offering a peer to peer discussion platform that promotes a drug-free lifestyle. Research has revealed that when group therapy is used in combination with other treatment plans, positive outcomes are achieved.

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Relapse Prevention

Another common long-term treatment method is one that focuses on the prevention of relapses. Because relapse is a process that starts weeks or even months before the actual event, a long-term treatment plan will focus on the emotional, mental and physical well-being of the patient.

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Getting Help for Drug Addiction is the First step to recovery

There are a variety of options available those in need of drug rehab. Here at Futures of Palm Beach, we take a highly proven comprehensive approach to recovery. Quality care is given to all patients and their families while we provide counseling and various forms of therapy. There is hope for every situation and our expert staff will work to find and address whatever the underlying cause is for using the drug in the first place. If you or someone you know needs care, please call us now to learn more about how we can start the recovery and healing process immediately.

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