Drug Addiction Treatment Center Guide

In the United States, substance abuse is widespread. In a worldwide study on addiction habits published in the PLOS Medicine Journal, the United States came out on top of 17 countries in the use of legal and illegal substances and drugs like cocaine. According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), there are over 14,500 centers in the United States specializing in drug rehabilitation.

Here is a short guide to drug addiction treatment centers in the U.S.

Specialized facilities offered by drug rehabilitation centers include:

  • Counseling
  • Therapy
  • Case management
  • Addiction medication
  • Other related services

These specialized services are provided by counselors, physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and others.

Rehabilitation Facility Options

Some of the drug addiction services rehab facilities offer include:

  1. Medical Detox – often the first stage in a recovery process, medical detox helps to soothe physical distress and prevent psychological concerns. Some addicts may experience withdrawal symptoms that could be life-threatening and may need medical rehab to alleviate risks and concerns. Some intense withdrawal symptoms are particularly severe and unpleasant to endure, and individuals who have abused certain drugs may need medical supervision to avoid the risk of medical or psychological complications.
  2. PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program) provides intensive in-hospital care for several hours per day for people who are stable enough to live in a sober living environment while recovering but will benefit from the guidance, structure, and intense supervision provided during treatment hours. Treatments include medication, therapy, psychiatric treatment, education on relapse prevention, and treatment planning among others.
  3. Inpatient Rehab – People who have psychological or medical issues in addition to drug abuse problems will benefit from the intense environment of an inpatient program to help them stay on track with their recovery.
  4. IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) – IOPs are time intensive, structured programs that provide up to 9 hours of therapy per week in blocks of 3 hours. It combines the benefits of a supportive home environment with intense in-patient care. Patients can transition to an IOP as a step-down level after completion of a residential or inpatient program or use it as a first attempt at recovery.
  5. Outpatient Care – Outpatient drug rehab may be an option for an individual who has completed inpatient care, does not need intensive care, or is unable to take time off from their work schedule. Provided in a series of visits spaced far apart enough to accommodate other tasks, the patient can keep on working, functioning in a community, or go to school while recovering.

Cost and expertise are two factors that will need to be balanced when looking for a rehab center. Choosing the right addiction care provider will rely heavily on the following factors:

  • How long the addiction has been in place
  • Which therapy options if any have been used in the past
  • How addiction has affected a person’s life
  • Insurance coverage

The subject of licensing and accreditation can be complicated as it varies depending on the state you are in. However, a drug rehab facility should be able to demonstrate compliance with at least one oversight committee or group. Those without any compliance are best avoided.