Drug and alcohol treatment centers treat substance abuse--as well as key issues that arise when treating individuals-- with varying degrees of success. There are usually multiple disorders involved including underlying issues which are discovered in the course of treatment. Centers are most successful when they give combined medical, mental health, psychosocial support, and cognitive behavioral therapy, teaching addicts the ability to handle and control many risk factors on their own. Drug and alcohol treatment centers which provide more mental health and psychosocial services during treatment are associated with a higher rate of success; and individuals are less likely to recidivate. The most successful approach seems to be combining strategies. So that is the way most centers handle their issues--with the potential utility of integrated approach-programs.

What to Expect at Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers

The current treatments available cross the broad spectrum of social, rehab and hospital / hospice care. In fact, within all arenas of treatment, the prevailing trend of care and treatment engages the addict in his or her own cure by emphasizing patient education as the primary core of treatment. Education is a key factor. Therapeutic group processes are all about teaching the individual self-help, self-treatment, self-maintenance, although peer interaction is a crucial element of the training and subsequent therapy. In fact, life-long support systems are part of all programs, patterned after (if not specifically including) alcoholics anonymous. After all, it is all well and good for a patient to achieve success in the rarified environment within the program, but it is the after-care and continued support of AA--or similar associations--which allows the individual to overcome the daily issues inherent in rebuilding an adjusted lifestyle of sustained abstinence.