What is Drug and Alcohol Rehab?

Rehab is the start of a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life through sobriety. Drug and alcohol rehab facilities help people recover from and build a strong foundation for sustained recovery from addiction. Usually provided in a residential setting, rehab is usually abstinence-based while providing a program of support and care. There are many different rehab and treatment types. And because no individual is the same, those seeking sobriety will respond differently to different treatment types. Read on below to learn more about different treatment types and options.

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6 Stages of addiction recovery

While recovery is a lifelong process, the major component of recovery, the rehabilitation process, can be completed in a few months.

    1. Acknowledgement

    Recovery begins when you realize that you have a problem and decide to get help. Addicts may need relatives and friends to help them understand the reality of their situation.

    2. Assessment

    Rehab starts with the screening process to determine the severity of the addiction. This is where you will start to uncover the underlying causes of your addiction and when a unique plan is developed for treatment.

    3. Detoxification

    Detox allows the body to cleanse itself from any drugs lingering toxins. Medications may be used to safely wean the body off its dependencies.

    4. Therapy

    Rehab is spent learning how to cope with underlying psychological issues and behavioral responses to drugs. Key goals are identifying your triggers that lead to substance abuse and learning how to avoid them.

    5. Aftercare

    Recovering addicts need a plan to stay involved in various accountability programs or counseling to build on their progress and to maintain sobriety. Examples of aftercare are 12-step programs, sober living homes, and outpatient counseling

    6. Abstinence

    Recovery includes a lifelong commitment to be completely clean from drug usage through continued effort and by overcoming the challenges that lead you back into the addiction cycle.

Drug Addiction in The U.S.

Substance abuse may be the biggest problem facing the U.S. and, according to the 2016 report by the Surgeon General, the problem is only getting worse. 78 people die every day from opioid overdose, which is four times the number of deaths in 1999. Not every drug addiction is the same, and some have more worse side effects than others.


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Recovery Resources in Your Area

We’ve compiled all the resources available in your state for those with substance abuse issues. In addition to using our tool to find rehab centers near you, you can also find the top ranked rehabs in your area.

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Understanding Addiction Treatment Options

When choosing a detox and rehab facility, you want to be sure that they offer treatments that have been shown to be effective for the substances that your body is dependent on.

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Learn About Addiction Treatment Types

Addiction treatment isn’t “one size fits all”. Everyone is different, thus the best way to treat addiction will be different for everyone. For more information about different treatment types. Visit one of the pages below.