Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs are one of the few groups that would love to put themselves out of work someday. However, the reality is that there is a very long way to go and the root of the problem itself may never go away – the human condition. The inevitable pain and difficulties that life can present are unavoidable, and unfortunately many people seek out substances in an attempt to numb or avoid the unwanted situations. This often escalates into frequent use, abuse and addiction. Treatment programs are tasked with helping reverse this behavior and develop better living practices and coping mechanisms.

The majority of the drug rehab programs in America follow the basic 12 step program laid out by Alcoholics Anonymous, often combined with individual and group therapy and medications. More facilities are also incorporating other forms of treatment and support practices.

Drug and alcohol rehabs come in all shapes and sizes, and there is no single form of treatment that is the best for everyone. There are short- and long-term residential programs as well as multiple levels of outpatient centers, ranging from a few days to may months overall.

After someone is initially stabilized following initial withdrawal, which may require some sort of inpatient detox step first, Two of the most common levels of care include full-time day treatment (PHP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP). These are both done on an outpatient basis and have similar offerings, although the number of hours each day are more for PHP and it is 5 days per week rather than 3 days for IOP.

More drug rehab programs are beginning to offer these levels of care in order to serve more people, as PHP followed by IOP is a gradual step-down in the continuum of care that can provide long-term care lasting a few months, and usually costs much less than a residential program.

Contact us today if you would like more information about drug and alcohol rehabilitation and how Centered Recovery Programs can help.