FAQs about Drug Rehabilitation


Drug Rehabilitation and Drug Addiction First Steps

Addiction specialists at drug rehabilitation programs are experienced in breaking through denial and getting addicts to commit to recovery. Once the “cloud” is lifted and the addict is able to accept responsibility for the consequences of their behaviors, they can rid their body of drugs through detox and begin exploring the underlying reasons for their addiction.

In drug rehab, addicts are able to rebuild damaged relationships through group and family therapy. With the support of staff and their peers, addicts learn new communication strategies and healthier coping skills and are able to combat the shame, depression and loneliness that often go along with addiction.

Drug rehabilitation facilities create a nurturing, healing environment to do the soul-searching work of recovery. In addition to therapy, 12-Step meetings and lectures, patients also meet interesting people and do fun things – all while staying sober. Drug rehab programs also help addicts create relapse prevention plans and find continuing care in their local community.


What kind of therapy is used to treat addiction?

The best drug rehabilitation facilities create individualized treatment plans based on the particular needs and goals of each patient. This treatment plan may include any of the following therapies:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • 12-Step Support Groups
  • Expressive Art Therapy (using music, art, poetry and drama)


What happens when addiction is complicated by a mental illness?

Some Drug Rehabilitation Programs specialize in treating "dual diagnosis," or addiction and mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. These programs provide integrated treatment for both disorders at the same time under the guidance and supervision of a multidisciplinary team of professionals.


I've relapsed before. Why would this time be different?

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease. While relapse is a common part of the addiction process, it is neither inevitable nor unstoppable. In fact, relapse can be an opportunity to learn and grow and figure out what worked in the past and what didn’t. Finding the right drug rehab facility for your particular needs, following through with 12-Step meetings and aftercare, and fully committing to the process will improve the chances that this time will be the last.


What if the addict doesn't want help?

Denial is a normal and expected part of the disease of addiction. While the process of recovery may happen faster when the addict understands that they have a problem and is willing to seek drug treatment, addicts benefit from treatment even when they do not want to be there. In some cases, staging an intervention and asking the addict to enter drug rehab is an effective first step in getting help.


Will I take medication during Drug Rehab?

It depends on the particular needs of the patient and the drug rehabilitation program's approach to addiction treatment. Medically assisted detox, usually using methadone, buprenorphine or Suboxone, is sometimes offered to patients to help them cope with drug cravings and minimize the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. Some drug rehab programs also provide medication to support long-term recovery (such as methadone maintenance) and to treat co-occurring mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.

Medication is just one form of addiction treatment offered in drug rehab. Patients who do not wish to take medication will never be forced to do so, and the patient helps to decide which treatments will be most effective for them.


Do I need detox before entering Drug Rehab?

While detox alone generally is not sufficient for long-term recovery, it is often the starting point. Depending on the patient's history, extent of use and other factors, detox may be necessary to get through the initial withdrawal period. Detox can occur on an outpatient or inpatient basis. Some drug rehabs offer this service in-house while others coordinate with a detox facility nearby.


How long will I be in Drug Rehab?

A typical stay in drug rehab lasts roughly 30 days, though research shows that the longer a patient remains in treatment, the better their chances of achieving long-term sobriety. Length of stay is determined based on an analysis of a number of factors including history of relapse, living environment, level of motivation, length and severity of drug use, and level of social support.


How much does Drug Rehab cost?

The cost of drug rehab varies considerably. Residential drug rehab tends to be the most expensive but is also associated with some of the best outcomes. Other factors that impact the cost of addiction treatment include location, length of stay and the specific type of problem being treated (for example, a dual diagnosis of addiction and mental illness can be more complex and time-consuming to treat).

Most drug rehabilitation programs are happy to discuss the cost of treatment, insurance coverage and payment options with prospective patients and their concerned friends or family members.


Who will be involved in my treatment?

Drug rehabilitation programs employ a team of professionals to care for patients, including therapists, nurses and other medical staff, and residential staff or house parents (in the case of inpatient addiction treatment). Some also contract with massage therapists, art therapists, yoga instructors and other specialists.

Because addiction affects the addict and everyone around them, the patient and their family are also important members of the treatment team. The best drug rehabilitation facilities offer family therapy, seminars, workshops and family programs so that the addict's loved ones receive support and learn new skills at the same time the addict is working their recovery program.


What will my daily life be like during drug rehab?

A typical day in drug rehab varies depending on the program selected. The Best Drug Rehabilitation Programs are highly structured with a combination of individual, group and family therapy, 12-Step meetings, educational lectures, recreational activities, and life skills training. Most programs provide three meals a day and time for personal reflection or meditation.

In general, the more time a patient spends in drug rehab, the more freedom they have to determine their own schedule, participate in off-campus activities and meetings, and visit with family. Some programs offer "step-down" levels of care to help the patient gradually transition back into daily life.


Will I have to follow the 12-Step principles?

Because the 12-Step program has proven effective with many recovering addicts and alcoholics, a number of drug rehab facilities incorporate the 12-Step principles into treatment. Some programs require attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings, while others make attendance voluntary.

The 12 Steps don't appeal to everyone. As such, there are also a number of drug rehabilitation programs that offer alternatives to AA and NA, such as Smart Recovery, LifeRing and Rational Recovery. By learning more about the programs available, patients can find the best drug rehab for their particular needs.


How can I find the best drug rehab program?

There is a lot of information available about the different drug rehabilitation options. Many people begin researching drug rehab facilities online or by speaking with a doctor or therapist.

Because the sheer volume of information can be overwhelming, particularly at a time when life is spiraling out of control, it is often best to speak directly to a Drug rehabilitation Treatment Specialist. Call (866) 323-5608 or click "Chat Now" to speak with an experienced Drug rehabilitation Treatment Advisor who can guide you through the best drug rehab options for your particular needs.