When looking at the number of options for drug and alcohol rehab, it is easy to become confused. There are so many different choices it is easy to become overwhelmed. One must remember that addiction is a complex issue that may include uncontrollable cravings and compulsive drug seeking. Addicts continue to abuse drugs and alcohol, despite knowing that continued use has devastating consequences.
Many people who enter treatment only do so once. Studies have shown if someone relapses, they are less likely to try again. Why opt for a standard 12 step program that has an effective recovery rate between 5 – 10 percent? Especially when you can experience alternative, holistic methods that have success rates of upwards of 75 percent?
The origins lie in the fact that drug and alcohol addiction are not “the entire problem,” but only part of the problem. This means that just focusing on the physical aspects of addiction will not be enough. In order to achieve a full recovery, it is essential to focus on the physical, spiritual and social needs of the person.
Many struggle with the concept of having to rely on God/a Higher Power in order to be successful. This does not mean that faith cannot strengthen people in their resolve to better themselves; but accepting that you cannot change anything yourself is the wrong direction in overcoming dependence.
The driving question behind this type of treatment is “What is/are the underlying cause(s) that makes this person turn to alcohol or drugs in the first place.” This is the starting point to ending all addiction.
Good treatment means that it helps those struggling with addiction to stop compulsive drug seeking and use. There are a variety of settings and forms for treatment, though scientific studies show that one-time, short-term treatment is often insufficient.
The goal for any treatment should be that it helps people return to being productive members of society. Certain types of treatment (12 step treatment for example) only focus on managing the addiction and suppressing the desire to use again. Alternative treatment options offer strategies and skills to counteract the impulse to resort back to bad behavior.
Quality inpatient substance abuse treatment costs money, but the truth is that investing in treatment is always the best long-term option. Even the more conservative studies reveal that every dollar invested in treatment yields a return between $4 and $7 in reduced theft, criminal justice costs, and drug-related crime.
Treatment costs vary throughout the country. If you find that a particular option is too expensive, it is possible to ask whether the program works on a sliding scale or whether it is possible to pay in installments. Many centers also work with major insurance providers.
While there are shorter and longer programs available, typical inpatient treatment runs between 30 – 90 days. The variation is based on specific modality, type and severity of the addiction, and financial factors.