Types of Alcohol & Drug Treatment

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Drug and alcohol addiction are serious diseases and the choice to enter a rehabilitation program for either of them is a big decision. While it’s a step in the right direction, the decision should not be taken lightly. There are many different forms of rehabilitation available to address almost any level of addiction, whether it is drug or alcohol related.

The decision of which type of rehabilitation is best suited for an addiction you or someone you know may have can be a stressful and confusing one. There are three main types of treatment available for both drug and alcohol addiction. Each of them work differently and are suited for different levels of severity in regards to the addiction.

The three types of rehabilitation facilities are as follows:

Detox: Most addiction treatments will begin with this phase, which can last anywhere from one week to a month, depending on how severe the addiction is. During this phase, your body begins to adjust to not having a chemical dependency. Depending on the facility, medical detoxification may be an option. This is when you receive medicine via an IV that will help alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

Outpatient: If chosen, this will follow the detox stage. During this treatment, the patient receives treatment on a daily basis and has to attend group or solo therapy sessions and sobriety meetings outside of the daily treatment. This type of treatment is spread out to take up much of a patient’s day in order to keep him or her focused on sobriety.

Inpatient: This treatment also includes a detox stage. The patient stays in a facility and is monitored around the clock. He or she attends therapy sessions and group meetings about sobriety. This treatment can last from one to eight months, and is followed by a short outpatient treatment term.