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Drug Treatment Centers

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. The following article explains what drug treatment centers are and how they aim to treat addiction and help support long-term sobriety.

What are drug treatment centers?

Drug treatment centers are facilities designed to help alcoholics and drug addicts heal physically, mentally and spiritually, and rediscover themselves in a drug and alcohol-free, residential environment. Not only is the environment safe and free of drugs and alcohol, but this is where addicts learn how to feel and expierence natural things in life without the influence of substances and/or compulsive beahiors they had been able to turn to during their addiction.  This process of dealing with "life on life's terms", and not being able to utilize what had been a primary coping mechanism for years, requires hard work and a life-ling commitment to recovery.

Drug treatment centers provide safe and supportive environments where addicts can recover from a seemingly hopeless state of body and mind. A commonly used phrase in addiction treatment is that addicts need only change one thing - everything: specifically, the people, places and things associated with their addiction.

Therefore, Generally, it is better to attend a drug treatment center that is not anywhere near where the addict was using.

Often, addicts travel across the country, sometimes to an entirely different country to attend a drug treatment center that is as far away from their home area and destructive influences as humanly possible. Whether it is realistic or not to get across the country, even state lines to get treatment, there are some locations that should be avoided at all costs:

  • areas associated with high crime, drug, or prostitution activity
  • areas in walking distance or eyesight of bars, clubs, taverns, liquor stores, etc.
  • areas in close walking range of public transportation

Attendance at a drug treatment center is voluntary and residents can leave if they want. At most treatment centers, staff will make a reasonable effort to calm a resident and talk them into staying, but no adult over 18 years can be physically forced to enter into or stay in treatment. The more difficult it is for an addict who willingly leaves treatment to hop on a train, or get to a bar, or street dealer, the more discouraging the idea of leaving becomes. Although many treatment centers sitauted a private beach, deep in a valley, or perched high in the mountains seem appealing, it is importatnt to understand that the most beautiful center is not necessarily the best addiction treatment for you or your loved one. In th end, it will be the addict who does the work to stay sober, but whichever addiction treatment program does the job in assisting most effectively is the best place in the world for that addict. But each addict is different, has different experiences, needs, ideals, lifestyles, and dual diagnoses. Research has shown that one kind of treatment cannot work for all addicts in need. The more specific drug treatment programs are to the more important aspects of each indiviual addict, the higher their chances for being more effective - this also makes for much more information and options to consider before deciding on the right treatment center for you or your loved one.
Some of the many areas honed in on by drug treatment centers are as follows:

  • Gender specific treatment is for men or women. Some of the general principles of gener-specific treatment are that men and women are often naturally attracted to each other and addicts in need of life-saving recovery can do without the temptation of the opposite sex.
    Another idea behind geneder specific drug treatment is that many addicts suffer from trauma and have experienced inappropriate or problematic relationships with members of the opposite sex. This trauma can potentially create some very severe trust complications that can stifle open communication while in treatment. Gender specific treatment has also further specified itself in some cases with women or men within a certain age range.
  • Adolescent addiction treatment is very different from adult treatment. If an adolescent is under 18 years old, they can be confined within the premesis of a drug treatment center against their will, with parental consent. Young minds are still developing and growing, lacking maturity in amany areas as a result of natural growth and development. When addiction is introduced to a young brain at critical developmental stages, it is stifling and often retards natural maturity, patience, compassion, and decision-making skill. For this reason, adolescent treatment tends to be much more structured and in some cases can focus on schoolwork if the residents are students or some focus on outdoors and wilderness.
  • Holistic treatment approaches drug rehabilitation as a wholebody healing process and attempts to heal the mind, body and spirit through mediation, yoga, accupuncture, and other holistic approaches, to avoid medication. Most holistic treatment programs are still 12-step based, but simply use rehabilitative practices influenced by eastern healing practices.
  • G.L.B.T. treatment programs are specifically for those who identify with the G.L.B.T. community. There are many G.L.B.T.treatment centers that are religious based and many others that are not, but among many others the G.B.L.T. community is one which commonly has special needs during drug rehab.
  • Relapse prevention treatment may seem like a redundancy since treatment is supposed to prevent relapse in the first place, however this kind of treatment is intended for addicts who have attempted drug treatment many times in the past and have not managed to abstain from relapsing. Relapse prevention drug treatment centers are specifically designed in preparation for people who already know the 12-steps and most of the general addiction treatment process. While most of the therapies and modalities used in relapse prevention treatment do not typically stray from traditional models of recovery, chronic relapse necessitates treatment specifically for further relapse prevention.

Whether it's done through a traditional 12-setp program, or integrated with more complex therapies like  equine assisted therapy, EMDR, or physchodrama, the goal for any drug treatment center is to give each addict the tools needed to live and cope in the real world without the use of drugs and alcohol.
Drug treatment programs have shown that addiction is most often a symtpom of underlying issues an addict may be experiencing like trauma from war. rape, past relationship(s), low self esteem, body dysmorphic disorder, or other physical or mental illness or ailment.  Addicts who also suffer from conditions like these try to use drugs, alcohol and other compulsive behaviors to escape the reality of their lives.  Since addiction is often a condition caused by attempts to escape the effects of another problem, drug treatment centers canot have much succes in treating addiction without also treating the intial problem of trauma, physical distress, or mental illness.  It is also important to consider the fact that addiction causes unmanageability in an addict's life, which is often very traumatic.  Addicts see and experience many traumatic things during the course of their addiction such as overdosing, watching a friend overdose or die, jail or prison time, crime, prostitution, rape, severe or permenant bodily injury, and extreme loss.
It is unlikely to encounter an addict who does not have some kind of underlying issue, whether it is psychological trauma, a physical ailment, or mental illness, necessitating drug treatment programs to treat more specified types of underlying issues. The approach of treating underlying issues before the addiction itself has proven to be more effective than blanketly treating the addiction alone.

Once any and all underlying issues, personal belief structures, and groups the addict identifies with most have been recognized it is much easier to dertemine where to begin the search for a drug treatment center.

What Does a Drug Treatment Center Cost?

It is easy to get caught up in the beautiful surroundings and wonderful amenities offered by many luxury drug treatment centers, but it is much harder to get a realistic grasp on what these services truly cost to addicts beginning their path to recovery. In general, there are three kinds of drug treatment centers in regards to cost and payment options. Publicly funded treatment is provided by state, county, or other forms of government dollars acquired through portions of citizen tax payments. Often publicly funded drug treatment centers are lower in qulaity and/or the recipients of drug offenders who have been sentenced by criminal court systems to avoid incarceration. Based on the old addage, "you can lead a horse to water, but cannot force him to drink", addiction treatment is much the same. If an addict is not ready to change his/her life and remain clean and sober from drugs and alcohol, no drug treatment center can perform mircales. And this is especially true for addicts and dealers who are sentenced to drug treatment and have no personal desire to change. Publicly funded drug treatment centers tend to have a high percentage of people sentenced to treatment than most any other type of rehab facility, and while a truly motivated addict can make any treatment program work for them, lacking a true support system for sobriety while in treatment can be an unsurmountable obstacle. Publicly funded drug treatment should not necessarily be discounted as a feasible and efficient form of addiction rehabilitation, however it is important to know what it is and the challenges any given addict will face with publicly funded treatment as opposed to another form. Military drug treatment centers are also government funded through Veteran's Affairs, and although the website does not offer any resources for military personnel in need of addiction treatmet, SAMHSA has a database on it's websiet to help locate drug treatment centers specifically for military veterans who suffer from addiction. While these kinds of rehab facilities are not typicaly much better than publicly funded treatment and are sparsely located across the country, they do offer treatment specific to the needs and experiences of military personnel.

A second form of drug treatment center is one where public and/or private insurance is accepted. Millions of Americans have either private insurance such as an HMO or PPO plan, or Medicare and/or medicaid through their state. As an alternative to publicly funded treatment, many rehab facilites work with insurace companies to provide treatment at a lower cost to allow addicts reliant on their health insurance to be able to get better treatment than what they would get at a publicly funded center. This kind of treatment can be a small step up from publicly funded care, or it can be the difference between day and night. Mostly, it depends on the quality of the health insurance and it's willingness to pay for addiction treatment. Many of the best health insurance policies attainable do not pay for addiction treatment, some won't pay until outpatient has been attempted and proven to have failed. In most cases of insurance paying for a stay at a drug treatment center, reimbursement is provided several months later, and it is only for 30 days per calendar year. Relying entirely on health insurance is usually not an option for most people in need of drug treatment because of the delays, decision making processes on behalf of the insurance companies, and up front, out-of-pocket expenses.

A thrid form of treatment, and the form that is always advertised as the "standard" in drug treatment is a private pay rehab center. This form of drug treatment may accept some PPO insurance, but for the most part is paid for in cash and is privately owned and operated. Typically these centers do provide a higher quality of care because they are not limited by government or insurance payout funds, but rather what people are willing to pay for the services they offer. In private pay treatment centers, some of the best therapists, clinicians, treatments, and environments can be found. The average cost of private pay treatment centers can range from $10,000 per month to over $60,000 per month, depending on what they offer and what their treatment focus is. It is important to understand that while the higher priced drug rehab facilites do tend to offer better treatment, this is not the case across the board. Many of these centers are set up to provide a broad and general approach to addiction treatment (not focusing on specific needs, groups, issues, etc.) and focus their treatment on privacy and luxury. While it is nice to be in beautiful surroundings and be waited on hadn and foot, addiction treatment is not intended to be about comforts and luxuries. Rehabilitation from addiction is a life-long and often very painful journey, and unless an addict is having the primary focus of their treatment on their core issues, no amount of luxury for 30 days is going to help that addict in the real world.

Every kind of drug treatment center serves its purpose for the addicts who receive the help they need. No one form of treatment is right for every addict, so be sure to check out every option before making an expensive commitment that may turn out to be disasterous to yourself or your loved one.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, please call us at 1 or fill out our confidential assessment form to speak with one of our caring and compassionate specialists about the drug treatment center that is best equipped to help with the unique problems you or your loved one may be facing. We are here to help.

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