Detoxification is a process in which people addicted to drugs or alcohol are medically cleansed of the toxins created by those substances. Detoxification, or detox for short, is almost always the first step in the rehabilitation process for addicts and alcoholics. Before addicted individuals can be admitted to treatment, they must first complete the detox process. There are many different forms of detoxification depending on the substance of dependence and the severity of the addiction.
Sober living is a housing option for addicts and alcoholics who have already completed an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab program, or who struggle with maintaining sobriety without a structured living environment. A Sober Living Environment (SLE) is typically a group home providing a drug-free environment within which addicts and alcoholics live together and support one another with a common goal of staying sober from drugs and alcohol. Sober living homes are widespread in the United States, are generally very reasonable in cost, and provide an invaluable transitional tool for addicts and alcoholics re-entering society following addiction treatment.
A residential treatment center, RTC, or rehab is a live-in health care facility providing therapy for a combination of substance abuse, mental illness, and/or other behavioral problems. Residential treatment should, in many cases, be considered the "last-ditch" approach to helping a child, friend, or loved one suffering from severe problems. RTCs vary widely in price depending upon their location and services offered. Monthly fees range from no-cost in some nonprofit facilities to as high as $100,000 per month for what is often referred to as “high-end treatment.” These are self-described “luxury” facilities specializing in clientele who are often celebrities, professional athletes, top corporate executives or members, of extremely wealthy families who wish to keep a low profile. These facilities also offer lavish amenities. In contrast, there are many low to mid-priced residential treatment centers currently in operation offering high-quality and effective treatment options at affordable rates.
A residential treatment center (RTC), also called a rehab or recovery center, is a live-in health care facility providing therapy for substance abuse, mental illness, or other behavioral problems.
Residential treatment centers are often the best line of defense against a life of addiction and other compulsive behaviors. Although there are many levels of care for addiction treatment including one-on-one therapy, outpatient, and day treatment, residential treatment has proven to be the most effective form of rehabilitation for behavioral health disorders. In the addiction recovery field, there are literally thousands of residential treatment centers geared towards all kinds of addictions and compulsions to help millions of people get their lives back on track.