July 15, 2009 in drug rehab
Drug rehabs can be as varied as the flavors of ice cream as Baskin Robbins. Drug rehab changes with the type of substance a person is addicted to, or what their medical insurance can afford. There are inpatient, outpatient and residential types of rehab. Some offer only detox, and others specialize in dual diagnosis treatment. This post will attempt to clarify the different types of facilities a person can go to get help.
A detox center is usually an inpatient program. This is a process by which the detoxification process begins and along the way it is aided by prescription drugs. This is done to reduce the effects of going through detox. This is normally a process for those addicted to drug such as heroin. This is a stepping stone in the rehabilitation process.
A residential rehabilitation center is a long term rehab program where a person lives their daily life in treatment. These are usually less like hospital settings and more open and free for the residents. Residents attend counseling and live on the premises. With residential treatment, the patient has to take a break from their life to go there. They usually do not attend this type of treatment in their home town; they go to another state, for example, California or Florida.
An outpatient facility is where patients go just for specific times. Perhaps they will go in for meetings with a counselor. Outpatient therapies are things like Alcoholics Anonymous. They have meetings and a person can attend any number of meetings they want to, but they are not obligated.
A dual diagnosis treatment center is one that focuses on not just the addiction but the mental side of addiction. It is for people with co-occurring disorders. For example, someone who is an alcoholic and has bi-polar disorder.
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