Drug rehab, or rehabilitation, is just another way of saying drug addiction treatment.
While people who work in the addiction treatment field rarely, if ever, refer to what they do as drug rehab, or where they work as a drug rehab, this is the slang term that the media has picked up on and even pop culture has adopted this terminology, as witnessed by Amy Winehouse’s song, “Rehab” about her own problems with drugs and her family’s desire for her to go to treatment.
TV shows and magazines devoted to entertainment regularly cover celebrities going into, and coming out of, “rehab”.
Drug Rehab Centers
It is estimated that there are over 10,000 drug rehab centers in the United States. This includes all levels of care, from detox, or detoxification, to residential, to partial hospitalization programs (PHP) to intensive outpatient programs (IOP).
The majority of the residential treatment centers are in California, particularly Southern California, and Florida with the remainder spread throughout the country. There are residential treatment centers that are small, only six beds, and large, over 100 beds. Some of these rehabs are for profit, some are nonprofit and usually cater to people with lower incomes or living in poverty.
Some of these centers are specifically for detoxification, requiring only a few days of treatment before the patient transfers to a residential care center of outpatient program. Outpatient programs exist in every state and many cities. These range from methadone clinics that treat heavy addictions, primarily heroin, to programs that are primarily education and cognitive therapy.
Finding a Drug Rehab Center
There is no list of the best drug rehab centers, mainly because the best drug rehab center for one person isn’t the right one for someone else. There are many different types of programs and environments, with a broad range of treatment options.
Most have a basic program with additional therapies on an “al la carte” basis. Some of the basic programs are routed in the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, while others are more science based. Still others combine the best of both worlds. Science based treatments include brain mapping, neuro and bio feedback, for example. There are cognitive therapies such dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing™.
With the wide range of options available, as well as the range of costs involved, it is best to seek the aid of an addiction specialist when trying to find the right treatment center for yourself or a loved one.
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