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Drug and Alcohol Rehab

What Is a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center?

A drug and alcohol rehabilitation center is a facility where those struggling with alcoholism or addiction can get the help they need in order to stay sober in the future. Drug rehabilitation, like the one offered at Elevations Health Austin Drug & Alcohol Rehab, combine both medical and psychotherapeutic treatments to help patients who are dependent on a number of different substances.

Drug and alcohol treatment centers, like our Austin Drug & Alcohol Rehab, offer a variety of different treatment options to choose from. As we have learned more about the nature of alcoholism and addiction we have come to find out that a one sized fits all approach to recovery is not conducive to helping as many alcoholics and addicts as we can. Since there are such a variety of people among addicted populations, meaning they come from all walks of life, all religions, and all races, what a person needs in order to recover from these deadly illnesses will change as well.

As such our Austin Drug & Alcohol Rehab center offers many different forms of treatment: from holistic and alternative methods, to psychotherapy or medical interventions, personalized treatment plans, group and family therapy sessions, and practical life skills training. All of these programs are provided to patients so they can overcome their addiction and focus on living a happy and sober life after their stay at our Austin Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center.

Different Kinds of Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers

Drug and alcohol treatment can really be separated in two main categories: inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment. Each of these different forms of treatment offer specific treatment options for individuals depending on the level of care that they require. Some addicts and alcoholics may require a higher level of care and so for them inpatient would be the best option. Other addicts and alcoholics may not suffer from such a severe addiction, or they may have familial obligations that they have to meet and so for them outpatient would probably be the best option.

Inpatient Drug Rehabilitation Centers

Inpatient drug rehabilitation centers are treatment facilities where the patients are housed for the duration of the treatment program. Treatment can be as short as 30 days, but may extend well beyond six months depending on the need of the individual and how much care they require.

The idea behind this kind of program is to keep patients inside the facility at all times. Some programs are called locked-door programs, because patients are not allowed to leave the facility at any time. For inpatient programs like this the clients will have all of their needs met while at the facility, with no need to leave the facility property for their stay. Often times outside 12 Step meetings are brought in to these facilities so that the clients can start to get a sense of the recovery community they will be entering when they leave the facility.

Other inpatient programs may not be locked-door programs, and they don’t interfere if a patient wants to leave. For programs like this, the clients are often times brought to outside meetings and they very often live in apartments where they are responsible for their own upkeep. They may be brought food shopping and they may have to do their own cooking. Programs like this focus on reacclimating their clients back into the outside world and they look to give them the life skills that many addicts and alcoholics are missing when they first enter into treatment.

Outpatient Drug Rehabilitation Centers

Outpatient drug rehabilitation centers are different from inpatient because patients live in their own homes during treatment. The patients can still go through their daily routines, like going to work or school, but they then return to the center for treatment on regular intervals. The person’s needs are accounted for in terms of how often they attend treatment; some may go daily, while other people will go a few times a week or a few times each month.

Many of these programs offer treatment plans that are similar to their inpatient program, but the difference being that the person does not stay on-site for their treatment. For those with family obligations, the need to continue to work, or less severe addiction problems, outpatient could be a good option to receive the structure necessary to start recovery, but still be able to participate in their daily life.

Community-Based Programs

Community-based programs differ from inpatient and outpatient programs because they are not located at a formal facility. They may be at a local church or other facility instead. One well-known community-based program is Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA. Most of these programs are based on 12-step models.

Many of these programs are free and they are self supporting through the contributions of members. Since their inception in the 1930s, millions of people around the world have recovered from alcoholism or addiction with their help.

For many people going to an inpatient or outpatient treatment facility is usually their first step in recovery and then after they are discharged, or the program is completed, they regularly attend community-based programs in order to maintain their recovery.

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Luxury Drug Rehabilitation Programs

For some, a luxury drug rehab program is a viable option. Luxury programs may offer specialty assistance, like one-on-one treatments, more privacy, and the ability to work from the facility. It’s common for celebrities and businesspeople to use this kind of program, since it has the flexibility they need to quickly recover and still maintain their presence when it’s needed.

Not everyone has the options of being away from the outside world for a month or two and so luxury treatment programs offer the security of a regular rehab facility but the flexibility to still engage in their day-to-day life.

These programs often have more options as far as alternative methods of treatment including animal-assisted therapy or nutrition therapy, but other non-luxury programs may also offer these programs. Luxury programs typically cost much more than other programs and are set in comfortable, private locations.

What Happens at a Drug or Alcohol Rehabilitation Center?

There is not a single treatment method that is right for every patient. This is why seeking medical help is important when you want to stop taking drugs or abusing alcohol. Trained professionals can help you to decide what the correct treatment method is for you and they will be able to get you the much-needed help that you require.

When you first enter into treatment you can expect to begin with the intake process. If you have ever been to a doctor before then the intake process at a rehab facility will seem familiar, but with drug treatment it is a lot more in depth.

You will receive a medical and psychological exam. The medical exam is vital to making sure you’re healthy; knowing your general physical health can help a doctor determine what kind of detoxification and rehabilitation program is right for you, and it can also allow the staff to help you with any dietary changes that are necessary or get you the required medication for any medical complications.

After that, you’ll be able to enter the program. If the program is an inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation program, you may be given a room and started on treatment immediately. If you’re going to an outpatient program, you may be given appointment times to come back and start your treatment.

Once your program begins, you may be treated for ongoing withdrawal symptoms and cravings, go to therapy classes or group sessions, or work with other kinds of programs to build up your confidence and support system. You will be given a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs and ensures that you are given the best possible chance at recovering from your addiction.

You’ll meet others who also struggle with addiction, and together you can begin on a path to recovery. This is one of the least talked about parts of treatment, but the people that you will meet while you are there may become life long friends of yours. Since you will all be going through the same types of struggles your ability to relate and connect will be heightened and often times patients in treatment centers help each other out tremendously.

Private therapy is also normally available for those who may not want to work in a group for one reason or another, and alternative therapies, like massage therapy or acupuncture, may be available to help reduce pain, anxiety, and stress.

I Want to Attend Treatment, How Can I Go About Doing This?

To get started with treatment, it’s important to find a facility that’s right for you. In order for you to feel comfortable with your recovery it is a good idea that you ask yourself what you believe you need in order to have a successful sobriety and then ask if these things are available. At Elevations Health Austin we have a program that will fit your needs, so give us a call today at 1-866-200-3224. Our trained staff is standing by to help you find the right program to create a meaningful and happy life in recovery.