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Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment: What’s Right For You?

by Landmark Recovery

August 24, 2017
A small group of individuals in drug and alcohol rehab sitting together


Did you know that 1 in 5 people attend drug and alcohol rehab more than once? How about over 21 million Americans have a drug or alcohol problem in 2017?

If you’re searching for treatment facilities you’re not the only one. Cost is an essential factor when deciding if rehab is the right step to take or not. While cost is a core factor what about effectiveness?

A golden rule tends to circulate in the mind of a shopper, ‘You get what you pay for’ Does it apply to rehab facilities Aside from cost and effectiveness of treatment, how about the staff? All of these factors are crucial to the success of your recovery.

Let’s take a look at what’s right for you!


Types of Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction A small group of individuals in drug and alcohol rehab sitting together

You have to decide what the best treatment option is. Treatment ranges from long term, short term, and many others. Often the different types of treatment depend on the substance abuse history, the substance itself, and your medical history.


Long Term Residential Treatment

Residential treatment ranges from 6 months to a year providing care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with non hospital settings. They often use a therapeutic model of re-socialization for patient introducing them to a new community and relatively new surroundings.

However, long term residential treatment mainly focuses on the rehabilitation model catering to individuals with a particular need. These patients are generally homeless, women and adolescents, have mental disorders, or are a product of the criminal justice system. Some other attributing factors to long term stay are work.


Outpatient Treatment Programs

Outpatient programs provide a variety of different levels of intensity. It costs a little bit less than residential treatment programs. These programs vary in effectiveness but promote a lot of group therapy to invoke connections helping the mental stability of fighting addiction.


30-45 Day Residential Stay

These programs are effective, yet modified approach of long term residential stay. Drug and alcohol rehab centers have different approaches depending on the quality of care they provide. Most 30-45 programs start with a detoxification process lasting about 7 days on average.


The 30-45 Day programs:

A. Group Therapy – is practiced to treat the patient using certified therapist and peers to develop life long connections strengthening the recovery process.

B. Individual Therapy – Most rehabs have their patients interact with a therapist once a week. As research shows addiction as the disease, it’s best to find a center which allows you to meet twice a week, doubling the nation’s average.

C. Enrichment Activities – These include yoga, acting, painting, and other non-traditional therapies to help the patient explore thoughts and feelings to connect with one’s self.

D. Off Site Meetings – Going offsite is crucial to the success of the addict. Going to an AA meeting is not the most comforting feeling. Developing these connections while in rehab help forms valuable connections and promote self-expression.

E. Spiritual Component – Awakening the spirit is by far the most important feeling in anyone’s life. You’ll want to make sure it’s apart of the recovery process you decide to choose.

F. Family Program – It exists to slowly repair the damages that occurred during the abuse of the substance. It decreases the likelihood of relapse solely because the addict is aware of the backbone of support.


There are many effective treatment programs out there who have specific areas of specialization. However, after picking the right program, you don’t want to sit in a room all day or talk in a group. You want to explore different activities to embark on the road to recovery and earn the fighting chance you deserve.


Activities In Treatment

A woman sitting outside practicing yoga and meditation

Now you might be thinking how actions can be necessary to recovering? What activities do facilities provide?

According to the addictionhelpcenter.com: Structure in rehab is a prescribed course of action designed to maximize treatment, and it can include numerous potential elements, including the following: set times to wake up and eat, activities promote social interaction, physical fitness, and opportunities to develop new hobbies. Activities help support structure.

Activities help acquire a sense of order in life helping a person gain new responsibilities and hobbies.

The activities or new found hobbies assist in ensuring a stable life post-discharge.

How Can Structure Help?

A planner where individuals can schedule their day

  • Structure makes the patient feel more productive and decreases procrastination
  • Supports sleep routines and reduces insomnia
  • Achieving goals in a structured environment helps self-esteem
  • Recovery centers plan activities to ensure the well being post-discharge


Post Discharge

How can the patient beat the statics? Your answer lies in the post-discharge care of a patient. Some facilities offer:

  • A 30 day check up
  • Outpatient programs
  • Group therapy

But having the new outlook on life post-discharge must be paired with the proper care. You’ll want to find a facility that does quarterly check ups and group programs.

Be the best you can be. Find a program you can build relationships in. An extensive alumni network can decrease the likelihood of relapse.

These programs grant the opportunity to interact with others who face the same struggle, and they’re willing to help the person deal with life post-discharge.


Check The Drug and Alcohol Rehab Reviews

Conduct your research. Check their Facebook Page and Google reviews. See what people have to say about them.

Be careful checking third party review sites because some may be biased. Facebook reviews give an opinion straight from the former patient’s mouth.

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Landmark Recovery was founded with a determination to make addiction treatment accessible for all. Through our integrated treatment programs, we've helped thousands of people choose recovery over addiction and get back to life on their own terms. We're on a mission to save one million lives over the next century. We encourage all those struggling with substance use to seek professional help.