Drug programs should probably be called anti-drug programs, because that is what they are. Drug programs are intervention type protocols which are structured and implemented in order to break the cycle of use and addiction. It is hardly surprising that programs which are structured, designed and targeted to a particular type of patient tend to engage similar types of treatments across the board.

Drug Program Methodologies

Drug program methodologies tend to include detox, medication, and varying degrees of physical, social and psychosocial therapies, as well as follow up support. A snapshot of any given program tends to emphasize the similarities rather than the differences. Admission to any rehabilitation program involves a complete lifestyle change that acts as a shock to the system. It involves detox, in a closed environment, from which the patient can not emerge until the process is complete. The success rate that happens within this portion of the drug program treatment tends to be very high. Every step getting the individual to this point is crucial and essential, but the problems which occur tend to happen outside of closed residential treatment programs. Once the addict (or patient, if you will) has emerged out of rehab, out of the detox treatment facility, out of the halfway-house, out of the transitional care, after the relapse prevention workshops, and has begun his new life in sobriety, the success of the treatment is often contingent on follow up support. Once out in the real world, the addict must actually use the tools that were taught inside; but also they must have a strong support system in place, for the moments when the call of the drug, or the pressures of real life--become too strong. That support system is frequently the single most important reason for a high success rate.