Finding a drug rehabilitation and treatment center is a very daunting task, whether you are looking for yourself or a loved one. There are many different factors that need to be considered when finding a rehabilitation and treatment plan that will lead to recovery, success, and a life without drug abuse!
- What happens in drug rehab?
- How do you know if you need drug rehab?
- What kind of treatment do you need?
- How do you find a treatment center that’s right for you?
Finding a drug treatment center and helping yourself or your loved one through treatment will be much smoother if you first know a little more information about drug addiction and the main principles of treatment.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has the most comprehensive information about drug addiction rehabilitation and treatment. They have done cutting-edge research on how drugs impact the brain and what leads to addiction. They have done this by using brain scans to show how the brain reacts to chemical substances.
The NIDA has used their research to develop comprehensive principles of treatment by combining several key elements of their studies including what drug dependence is and how the brain works on drugs. Showing how chemical and biological components of drug use interconnect more clearly explains how different drug treatments impact recovery, relapse, and the possibility of stay sober.
It is very important to receive treatment that is specific to your needs. All of the elements below are necessary to recovery, but they may come at different stages and in different forms. When looking for a drug rehabilitation and treatment center, it is important to ask what areas of treatment they have available.
Drug Abuse Treatment:
- Intake Processing/Assessment
- Treatment plan
o Behavioral Therapy and Counseling
o Clinical and Case Management
o Self-Help/ Peer Support Groups
o Substance Use Monitoring
- Continuing Care
Other treatment service activities and additions to recovery:
- Family Services
- Child Care Services
- Housing/Transportation Services
- Financial Services
- Legal Services
- AIDS/HIV Services
- Educational Services
- Medical Services
- Mental Health Services
- Vocational Services
These are the main principles of treatment the National Institute on Drug Abuse have developed as a guide for treatment centers and recovery plans.
- No single treatment is appropriate for all individuals.
- Treatment needs to be readily available.
- Treatment must attend to multiple needs of the individuals, not just drug use.
- Multiple courses of treatment may be required for success.
- Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical for treatment effectiveness.1
These are very broad and overarching principles, but they begin to set a strong foundation for a solid long-term plan for recovery. These principles of treatment are relevant for all types of addiction because they identify many of the misconceptions of drug addiction and the time it takes to make a strong recovery. They also acknowledge the multifaceted nature of addiction and the many other problems that are often associated with addiction.
Based on extensive research, the NIDA has developed several goals for drug treatment. These goals are realistic and comforting because they show there is hope for recovery, despite the hard road of rehabilitation and treatment.
The target goal of rehabilitation and treatment is: sobriety. Therefore, the main goal of drug treatment should be to keep an eye on that target of sobriety. How do you keep your eye on the target? The NIDA suggests three ways you can do this:
- Abstinence from taking drugs or drinking alcohol
- Functioning in family, work, and a community
- (And if a problem), reducing criminal behavior.2
The NIDA has found that going through a drug treatment program reduces drug use by 40% to 60%. Congruently, there is a 40% increase in employment. So not only will drug treatment help you get off drugs, it will also decrease your chances of being involved in committing crimes and improves your likelihood to get a job. Drug treatment is a cost-effective solution for your family and the entire nation.
1) “Addiction: It’s a Brain Disease Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.” The National Institute on Drug Abuse. Date downloaded: July 6, 2010.
2) “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: What Works with Offenders.” The National Institute on Drug Abuse. Date downloaded: July 6, 2010.