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What is drug/alcohol addiction treatment?
Drug treatment is intended to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking
and use. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many different forms, and
last for different lengths of time. Because drug addiction is typically a chronic
disorder characterized by occasional relapses, a short-term, one-time treatment is
usually not sufficient. For many, treatment is a long-term process that involves
multiple interventions and regular monitoring.
Why do drug/alcohol-addicted persons
keep using drugs/alcohol?
Nearly all addicted individuals believe at the outset that the y can stop using drugs on
their own, and most try to stop without treatment. Although some people are
successful, many attempts result in failure to achieve long-term abstinence.
Research has shown that long-term drug abuse results in changes in the brain that
persist long after a person stops using drugs. These drug-induced changes in brain
function can have many behavioral consequences, including an inability to exert
control over the impulse to use drugs despite adverse consequences—the defining
characteristic of addiction.
What is detox
Detox is separated into two types:
Medically assisted (or medically supervised) detox – This type of treatment is
done under the care of medical and mental health professionals. The observation
is helpful to increase safety and comfort levels for people undergoing the painful
symptoms and potential medical complications that may result from ending
substance use. At times, medications can be administered to ease the process
and reduce the strong cravings for the substance that typically are experienced at
Clinically managed (“social”) detox – This style is a short-term, non-medical
strategy for someone wanting to end substance use. Some social detox settings
will only provide a room for detox to take place while others will provide more
hands-on treatment approaches including peer encouragement and professional
support throughout the detox duration.The best option will depend on the
substance being abused, the current level of physical dependence and the
desire/need of the individual to use or not use medically assisted techniques.
What happens after detox
At the end of detox, staff will generally try to link the patient to follow-up treatments
for substance use and mental health concerns.It is an important step in substance
use treatment and sets the stage for recovery, but it does not represent complete
treatment for addiction or drug dependence.Professionals will recommend and
refer patients to appropriate treatments based on:
Their success during detox.
Their commitment to recovery.
The presence of co-occurring mental or medical health issues.
Their level of support at home.
Their ability to attend and afford various treatment programs.
Possible referral options include:
Sober living/halfway house
What is residential rehabilitation?
Residential rehabilitation, also called residential rehab, describes a drug and/or alcohol
or process addiction treatment program that is provided to patients in a residential
setting. Patients reside at the residential treatment facility for the duration of their
treatment program, which may be short-term (30 days or less) or long-term (more than
30 days). The length of treatment time depends on the type of addiction, duration and
frequency of use, any co-occurring addictions or mental health disorders, and other
What Happens After Inpatient Treatment?
People completing these programs must engage in a long-term aftercare program in order for their recovery to be successful. Such a program will inevitably mean some form of outpatient treatment following completion of an inpatient treatment program. Individuals interested in inpatient treatment for alcohol use disorders should consult with their family, friends, and professional treatment providers at residential treatment centers to decide if the particular program is suited for their needs. Nonetheless, an inpatient treatment program is only the beginning of the long-term recovery process.