The most successful aspect of any drug rehab is the level and desire of the addict to want to change his or her life and stay clean. A drug addict who really wants to turn from their drug addiction and old behavior will be open minded to obeying and follow instruction and be willing to learn what the drug rehab is teaching them; therefore the first and most important step toward a successful drug rehab and recovery is the addict being serious about change. However it is possible for an addict to be ambivalent about treatment and go into a program, and once there and receiving treatment that a person can gradually begin to see things differently and have a change of heart, and therefore decide that they do want a life free of drugs and alcohol as well as freedom from the destructive habits and behaviors that go with them. Therefore if an addict is willing to get into a rehab regardless how enthusiastic they are about it there is definitely hope. If the addict isn’t willing to get drug rehab help then the best thing is taking steps toward getting them to a point of wanting help, either through an intervention, Marchman Act, Baker Act, court order or old fashion tough love.
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Once it has been established that the addict is going into drug rehab you will want to find the best treatment program for their condition, situation and circumstances. This can be a very stressful process because there are so many different types of drug rehabs offering numerous treatments for the same drug and alcohol addiction and mental health disorders. Although there is no full proof drug rehab that can guarantee the addict will not relapse at some point down the road you’ll still want to find a rehab center that will give the optimum treatment so the patient gets the comprehensive and intensive treatment and training to have a good fighting chance of continuing their recovery and sobriety long after the initial rehab program has been completed. Also regardless of how long the drug rehab center is or how much it cost or how educated the treatment staff, relapse can and does happen especially when the addict has reservations to do so and hasn’t completely decided that they want to quit drugs for good.
The tough part of drug rehab research is that each program may try and tell you that their facility is the best and have the highest success rate, but also want 30k a month, give or take so many thousands. On the other hand some of the longer term one year and up drug rehabs may be lower cost and actually have a higher success rate, but the addict may not be willing to go into a year or longer drug rehab even if he or she needs that much time to recover. Therefore you’ll want to determine the adequate length of stay for the drug addict’s treatment program and see if they are willing to do what it takes. Yet even if the addict has been abusing drugs for many years and needs long term treatment but is only willing to go for a month or two, that is still drug rehab and is far better than no treatment at all, therefore you’ll still want to make arrangements for a short term program and drug and/or alcoholism detoxification if needed.
Long Time Drug Addiction: You may be dealing with an addict or be the addict who has had a hard core, long-time drug habit and may have been doing heroin, methadone, Oxycontin, methamphetamine or crack/cocaine etc... for many years and started at a young age and may have been in and out of jail and prisons and have not had a lot of education or have skill sets etc… This individual would obviously do better in a long-term comprehensive drug rehab, one that could train him or her on how to live a productive life, free from drugs and alcohol and other life controlling issues. On the other hand you may have a person who is a functioning member of society but abuses alcohol on the weekend and recognizes that they have a problem. This person might only need to attend an outpatient drug rehab for some counseling and/or get involved with Alcoholic Anonymous or Celebrate Recovery programs to get clean and sober.
Professional Drug Rehab: You may be a professional who has become addicted to pain medication through some type of injury or recreational use and want to be done with the habit but can’t seem to quit no matter how hard you try. This can be a tough situation because you want to get clean and sober but you feel like you haven’t the time to go into drug rehab. This can be a hard choice because the most effective way to treat this type of addiction is to separate you from your current drug using environment for awhile and receive detoxification and inpatient drug rehab and get a head-start towards your recovery process. Even though they do offer outpatient detox and programs for opioid and opiate addictions, most of them use Suboxone and Methadone treatments to wean you off the drugs you’re addicted to, but unfortunately those drugs too also have a high potential for replacing one drug addiction for another due to the properties of Suboxone and Methadone which have a longer half-life (stay in your system longer) and therefore can be a dicey method of recovery if not done absolutely correct and providing that the addict can handle weaning down with the emotional pain associated with it within their environment of temptation and therefore not too addicted beyond coping with outpatient treatment. Outpatient typically has a low success rate with opiate addiction cases compared to inpatient drug rehabs, that is if your definition of success is to be off drugs all together and doing well. Suboxone and methadone are synthetic morphine/opiates that also pose a high risk and propensity for addiction to its users.
Prescription Drug Rehab: Often a person becomes addicted to a drug that is prescribed to them such as pain medications for some type of back pain or other type of injury. With this type of situation where an individual takes narcotic pain relievers prescribed from their doctor and abused them to the point of addiction and wants freedom from them but still are dealing with legitimate pain that they need to manage can present a problem. In that case the addict should decide which is causing them more pain the drug addiction or the physical pain and then get help based on that decision.
Co-Occurring mental disorders and dual diagnosis: In some cases a drug addict may have a severe mental condition as well as a drug addiction. In this case the addicted person should enter a drug rehab that provides a dual diagnosis program with professional staff and facility that are able to properly care for and treat such individuals. Dual diagnosis drug rehabs have psychiatrist on site as well as other medical staff which provide addiction treatment along with psychiatric care. Some of these programs also combined other treatments for additional healing and aftercare such as Christian drug rehab, 12 step rehab or alternative and holistic drug rehabs depending on the belief system of the patient and which program that they choose. These rehabs generally take private health insurance such as Aetna, United Health Care, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cigna, Value Options, First Health, Health Net, Beach Street etc… And also accepts cash pay or financing while others may be state funded and take the state financed insurance or be on a sliding fee scale.
Another aspect of choosing the right drug rehab is locating the one which is a fit in each area of recovery such as the physical, mental and spiritual parts of addressing drug dependence. There are countless drug rehabs with various philosophies and methods for trying to restore and transform addicts to sobriety. Take some of the long-term Christian rehabs (9 months or longer) they have very high success rates some of them do. One such rehab is Teen Challenge (they have many adult programs too) and even don’t even consider their program as being a drug rehab but a Christian discipleship program. They have one of the highest success rates but many people aren’t willing to go into an intensive one year Christian program like that but many are. Therefore you’ll need to find out which type of drug rehab the addict is willing to do. The main types of treatment recovery programs are Christian based rehab, 12 step rehab, therapeutic community, alternative rehab and holistic drug rehab and you can read more about these different types of rehab centers on our drug rehabilitation center approaches page.
If you would like we can help you find a drug rehab that will be a suitable match for you or the person you are trying to assist.