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Treatment: Residential Drug Rehabilitation Programs

Modern research has shown that substance abuse or addiction is a brain disorder. The initial attempt may be voluntary but repeated use alters the brain that impairs a person’s judgment and behavior. Studies reveal that having the willpower to stop using drugs is not enough. Because it is a mental disorder, it has to be treated.

Getting professional help is a must for anyone suffering from any form of substance addiction. However, there are a number of treatment modes for addiction recovery that make choosing one a little bit confusing. Some of the options include the traditional 12 Step Programs, Alternative, Holistic, Dual Diagnosis and Aftercare treatment. Another treatment mode which is worth considering because it has been proven to be effective is a residential drug rehab program.

This kind of treatment program comes in two types: 1) Traditional residential drug rehab program and 2) Alternative residential drug rehab program. The main distinction between the two is where the treatments are being held. In a traditional residential program, the treatment is conducted in a facility that has the feel of a clinic, hospital or motel. The alternative residential program provides a more home-like setting to clients. Thus, the latter makes the addict feel that he is recovering in the comfort of his own home. This combined with better facilities, modern therapeutic methods and holistic approach to treatment makes alternative residential drug rehab programs more effective in treating addiction than the traditional types.

In addition, residential treatment is also differentiated in terms of the time difference. Short-term in-patient programs typically last from 14 to 28 days while long-term programs have a duration of at least 4 months. The success of treatment depends on the response of the individual to treatment and the degree of the dependency although studies have shown that long-term treatments are more effective. This is most likely because it affords drug treatment professionals more time to work with the patient. In addition, long-term treatment also allows new drug-free behaviors to take root, giving the patient more chances to bring these reforms after the treatment period is over. Other methods such as team building, self-esteem and responsibility sharing exercises also ensure the success of a residential treatment program and prepare the addict for a life after rehab.

Before admitting a patient to a residential drug program, it’s important to check what the treatment protocol followed is in the facility. Core methods of a drug rehab program include detoxification, counseling and aftercare.


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