Drug Treatment, Addiction and Alcoholism Resources

Drug treatment centers provide rehabilitation services for drug addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders (dual diagnosis). Finding the most appropriate treatment center for an individual's specific needs can be challenging. A great deal of information about rehab programs already exists on the internet, but is often difficult to navigate to find useful information. Treatment-Centers.net is a public benefit resource where drug addicts, alcoholics, eating disorder sufferers and dually diagnosed individuals can find scholarly articles on their conditions, comprehensive information on drugs of abuse, and share their experiences with addiction treatment centers with other families. Our site contains a directory of nearly 13,000 treatment centers throughout the U.S. in which members of the recovery community can rate and review the programs listed, and write about their experiences with treatment and recovery at the facilities represented. We offer in-depth information about alcoholism and addiction, "nearby" search functionality to locate rehab centers in your area, and no-cost assessment and referral services for addiction treatment. We also provide professional consulting and intervention services. Our purpose is to help addicts recover from substance abuse and mental health disorders, educate families and the general public about drug addiction, alcoholism, behavioral addictions and dual diagnosis, and help individuals and families find the best treatment centers and recovery resources for their needs. We know how confusing the search for rehab programs can be, and how important locating the right treatment center is. For help, complete our confidential online assessment or call 1-800-610-4673 to speak with a counselor now.

Drug Rehabs

Drug rehabs exist to help individuals who suffer from addiction and alcoholism learn the tools they need to live happy, healthy lives free from chemical dependency. Treatment centers are facilities designed to help alcoholics and addicts heal physically, mentally and spiritually, and rediscover themselves in a drug and alcohol-free environment. For most, the first step in recovery from chemical dependency is admitting that there is a problem, and willingness to get help. Addiction and mental health related disorders co-existing, also called dual diagnosis, is an increasingly popular focus among rehabilitation facilities. Most treatment centers today deal with mental health and co-occurring behavioral disorders in addition to addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Finding Treatment

The number of drug rehab centers in the United States has grown to staggering numbers, and many of these programs offer mental health and behavioral addiction (sex addiction, gambling addiction etc.) treatment along with drug and alcohol rehabilitation. To help simplify the process of finding help we have compiled a searchable directory of treatment centers organized by state, and we have implemented a 24-hour call center to assess the problem, assist you in your search, and help you find the best treatment center for your needs.

Program Types

'Drug rehabilitation center', 'substance abuse treatment facility' and 'addiction recovery program' are all terms used to describe the same thing - a safe and supportive environment for recovery from chemical dependency. They usually take the form of residential facilities, but can also be intensive outpatient or day treatment programs, or day/night treatment programs (otherwise known as PHP or day treatment) - a type of treatment center that takes on the same form and provides many of the same services as a residential facility, but utilizes more than one location for treatment - often a center for counseling and group therapy by day, and a separate sober living setting at night. Alcohol and drug treatment centers, whether they are residential treatment centers or day/night treatment programs, provide nurturing, safe, and supportive settings in which individuals can recover. Outpatient programs are more aptly suited to individuals who have already completed a higher level of care like residential treatment, or individuals whose addiction to drugs - whatever the drug - alcohol, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines (meth, crystal meth, speed), other opiates (Vicodin, Oxycontin, morphine, methadone), barbiturates, or benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Klonipin to name a few) is less severe. Outpatient treatment programs are also appropriate for cases where the drugs are already out of the individual's system through a process of detoxification, whether it's rapid opiate detox for heroin addiction, substitution therapy and detoxification for opiate addiction (using more cutting edge treatments such as Subutex, Suboxone, Buprenex or Buprenorphine), or more traditional detox using benzodiazepines or barbiturates to treat the withdrawal symptoms. Individuals who hope to find success in an outpatient program must already have some level of distance from their primary drug, and must be stable and have the ability to function in an uncontrolled environment when not at the treatment location.

The History of Drug Rehabilitation and the Disease Concept

Alcohol and drug treatment centers have existed since the late 1800's and early 1900's, however at that time they were called "asylums" and the 'disease' of addiction and alcoholism (as defined by the American Medical Association) was not seen as being a disease or an illness at all. It was rather viewed as a disorder no different from schizophrenia or other psychoses, which is why many drug and alcohol treatment centers have their roots in mental health hospitals and mental health treatment facilities. To this day, drug rehabilitation programs in hospitals are often directly related with the mental health treatment and behavioral healthcare programs offered, or are combined into dual diagnosis programs. The disease concept of alcoholism and drug addiction has only existed since the 1950's, and even then took some time to become widely accepted, it's growth coinciding directly with the growth of twelve-step recovery programs, the first and most well known of which being AA or Alcoholics Anonymous. Today the field of addiction treatment in the United States has grown into a nation full of rehabs, the majority based on 12-step methodologies.

Before choosing a treatment center you should educate yourself about the different types of programs available. We encourage you to explore our site to find comprehensive information on drugs of abuse, behavioral addictions, and treatment centers. We recommend speaking with a counselor to determine which facility is best for you or your loved one. The first step on the road to recovery is admitting there is a problem and reaching out for help. For free drug and alcohol abuse assessment and guidance in finding a treatment center, call us at 1-800-610-4673 or complete our online assessment. We're here to help!

Knowing the signs and symptoms of drug abuse is key to help an individual struggling with addiction to get help and achieve sobriety. Abused drugs range from over-the-counter cold remedies to cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines. Symptoms of abuse vary widely between different drugs. One thing they all have in common: an inability to manage life once addiction takes hold.

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Overcoming drug addiction can be difficult. In some cases, using medication is not an option; rather, therapy can be a superior option. Different drug treatment centers offer varied methods of addiction assistance. Despite these varying philosophies on the best approach to drug treatment, they all have one thing in common - to give addicts and alcoholics the tools needed to survive in mainstream society without turning to mood-altering chemicals.