Drug Rehab Settings

Outpatient Drug Rehabs and Drug Treatment Centers

Outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment centers use a wide range of treatment modalities including problem-solving group or talk therapy, specialized therapies such as insight-oriented psychotherapy which creates an environment of introspective work, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and 12-step programs. In long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment programs; patients may stay in treatment facility for several months or longer.

Outpatient drug rehab programs vary in the types and intensity of services offered. Low-intensity programs may offer little more than abuse education and counsel. Other outpatient models, such as intensive outpatient (IOP) day treatment, can be comparable to a more loosely structured residential program in services and effectiveness, depending on the individual patient's characteristics and needs.

Inpatient Short-Term Drug Rehabs and Drug Treatment Centers

Short-term inpatient drug and alcohol rehab programs keep patients up to 30 days in a drug or alcohol treatment center. Most of these treatment programs focus on medical stabilization, abstinence, and lifestyle changes. Staff members are primarily medical professionals and counselors trained in drug and alcohol addiction.  This setting tends to be less effective in long-term recovery.

Short-Term Residential drug and alcohol rehabs provide intensive but relatively brief residential treatment based on a modified 12-step approach, talk and group therapy. Once primarily for alcohol abuse treatment, these programs expanded into drug abuse treatment in the 1980s. Reduced health care coverage for substance abuse treatment and rehab programs has resulted in a diminished number of these programs, and the average length of stay under managed care review is much shorter than in early programs, averaging 7-14 days.

Inpatient Long-Term Drug Rehabs and Drug Treatment Centers

Long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment programs offer around-the-clock, drug-free treatment in a residential community of counselors and fellow recovering drug and alcohol addicts. Patients generally stay in these programs several months or up to a year or more.  This treatment environment offers a greater chance of success, the patients have time to learn better coping skills and have the time to discover and work on changing learned negative behaviors.

Long-Term residential drug rehabs provide care 24 hours per day, generally in non-clinical settings. The best-known residential treatment model is the therapeutic community (TC), but residential treatment may also employ other models, such as the Social Education Model.

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