Drug Treatment Centers
Drug treatment centers are a medical facility designed
to ease patients through the physical discomfort associated
with drug withdrawal and to provide a comprehensive recovery
program designed to modify cognitions and behaviors associated
with their former drug abuse. Drug treatment centers can
be privately owned, offered through an area hospital or funded
by state and federal social service programs. Certain drug
treatment centers are covered by some insurance carriers
who may pay at least a portion of the overall cost.
Drug treatment centers treat dependence on various substances and even alcohol
dependence using various programs and approaches. Many drug treatment centers
are inpatient and will house a resident for an appropriate amount of time depending
on the type and severity of their drug abuse. Inpatient drug treatment centers
vary in the restrictions placed on residents with regards to contact with family
and friends. Some drug treatment centers allow no outside contact at all for
a certain specified period in the very beginning of treatment. Other drug treatment
centers will allow minimal outside contact by letter or telephone, while others
place no restrictions on visitors and communication with immediate family.
Many drug treatment centers offer extended outpatient services for patients who
have completed the inpatient programs. These services range from group meetings
to private counseling aimed to helping the patient maintain their drug free lifestyle
while faced with the challenges of everyday life. Some drug treatment centers offer a relapse program in case the patient requires additional inpatient treatment
before attempting to maintain sobriety independently.
Researching the appropriate drug treatment center for yourself or a loved one
should include a few factors. First, a drug treatment center is often a costly
undertaking, check your insurance carrier or any state and federal funded programs
which may help alleviate or minimize the out-of-pocket cost. Next, investigate
the program utilized by different drug treatment centers to choose the most effective
approach for specific personality type or substance dependence. Drug treatment
centers are often a life changing experience for those who need it most.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.