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How Do Drug Rehab
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The First Step


For many, selecting a drug rehabilitation facility is an important, difficult, and life-changing decision. Not all drug rehabilitation facilities are the same and looking for a quality drug rehab can be an overwhelming and confusing task. Each drug rehabilitation facility comes with its own program options, staff qualifications, credentials, cost, and effectiveness, so asking questions and collecting information and facts is the most crucial step in deciding upon the right drug rehabilitation facility.


Alcohol And Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Programs


Drug and alcohol addiction is a progressive disease of mind and body which requires a trained health professional, often a physician specializing in addiction medicine, to make a precise prognosis and prescribe the most appropriate plan for treatment, whether it be inpatient alcohol and drug rehabilitation or outpatient counseling. Drug rehab programs will offer a variety of treatment models to meet an individual's specific needs which include inpatient care, residential commitment, participation is outpatient groups, and short-stay options such as sober living houses. While inpatient treatment is provided by a licensed hospital, residential treatment centers usually meet standards of medical care that differ from those of an accredited hospital; the length of stay in either an inpatient treatment facility or a residential treatment center depends on the severity and stage of the disease.


Cost Concerns


Depending on the type of drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment center chosen, the price can differ drastically. Services covered by health insurance and financial concerns are factors that will determine which drug rehabilitation program is the right one. In seeking the best service for the money, cost is meaningful only in the context of the quality of the service and the performance of the staff.


Medical Attention


On-site medical care in a drug rehabilitation facility includes physicians and nurses who provide 24-hour hospital services to monitor and ensure safe withdrawals from alcohol and other drugs. Additionally, a medical staff specializing in addiction medicine can oversee the progress of each patient and adjust the treatment plan as necessary.


Family Treatment


Drug abuse and alcoholism is often referred to as a "family disease" that affects the entire family and not just the alcoholic/addict. In addition to medical care and therapy, family involvement is an important component of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Many drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs offer a variety of family involvement opportunities, ranging from lectures and group participation to intensive family therapy.


Continued Care


Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is an ongoing process. The skills learned at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility are expected to be integrated into everyday life, which often takes a long time. A program of continued care is highly encouraged in order to prevent relapse. Continued care includes participation in outpatient groups, intensive individual and family therapy, and long-term sober living houses, which provide a safe, healthy, and sober lifestyle to residents on a daily basis.




 

 
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