Substance Abuse Treatment

If you or a loved one have an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you’ve probably considered substance abuse treatment to help you get clean. But what exactly does substance abuse treatment entail? If you’ve never been to detox or rehab before, the prospect can be a little scary. Here is everything you need to know about how substance abuse treatment works.

Finding the Treatment That’s Right for You

Overall, no one substance abuse treatment facility is the same, and that’s because no one’s treatment needs are the same. Find the center that’s right for you by looking for a facility that offers personalized treatment plans, programs that are an adequate length, and treatment that can address any co-occurring disorders.

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Different Levels of Care

At America’s Rehab Campuses, we offer all levels of substance abuse care, including:


  • Medical Detox – In detox, you’ll receive monitored care as you go through withdrawal symptoms. Doctors can prescribe medications to help with your symptoms and provide medical assistance if you experience any life-threatening complications.
  • Inpatient Residential Care – In this setting, you’ll live at the rehab facility while receiving therapy. Programs focus on creating a stable and structured environment to help you find consistency in sobriety. Residential care can be short term or long term, with customized treatment plans in accordance to each client situation.
  • Partial Hospitalization Program – A partial hospitalization program is a step down from inpatient care, as you’ll get to live at home while still receiving therapy and treatment for most of the day. At America’s Rehab Campuses, partial hospitalization programs meet five days a week for six hours each day. The setting is still very structured.
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP) – After you’ve completed the partial hospitalization program, you might downgrade to intensive outpatient care. This program meets three days a week for three hours a day. This gives you time to start returning to your everyday life, such as going to work or school.
  • Outpatient – Finally, outpatient is the lowest level of care, as it allows you to balance work or school without compromising your schedule. You’ll still get the quality care you need to maintain sobriety, but you’ll also get to live at home and manage your household. Outpatient is best for people with strong support systems.


Treatment Statistics

Did you know that 23.5 million people required treatment for a substance abuse problem in 2009? Unfortunately, only 2.6 million of these people ever got the treatment they needed. When looking at 2008 treatment statistics, 23.1 percent of admissions were for an addiction to alcohol only, while 18.3 percent involved alcohol and another drug. The third highest problem was marijuana, accounting for 17 percent of admissions, followed by heroin at 14.1 percent.

Therapies Used in Treatment

In your specific treatment program, you’ll receive numerous therapies to improve your outlook on life and alter the behaviors that lead to your substance abuse. These therapies might include a combination of:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy. This is when you’ll learn how to avoid and cope with the situations that lead to your drug use.
  • Motivational interviewing. This is when you’ll develop goals for the future and use them as fuel to change your behavior.
  • Family therapy. This is when you and your family will work through some of the issues your substance abuse has brought up.
  • Motivational incentives. This is when you’ll receive positive reinforcement when you stay sober.
  • Individual counseling. This is when you can talk one-on-one with a counselor about your substance abuse issues.
  • Group counseling. This is when you’ll work with a group to hear how others are dealing with their abuse issues.


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