There are many addictive drugs, and treatments for specific drugs can differ greatly. Treatment also varies depending on the individual characteristics of the addict.

Problems associated with an addict’s drug addiction can vary significantly. Addict’s who are addicted to drugs come from all walks of life. Many suffer from mental health, occupational, health, or social problems that make their addictive disorders much more difficult to treat. Even if there are few associated problems, the severity of addiction itself ranges widely among addicts.

The Three Stages of Drug Rehab Treatment

  1. Acute Care or Medical Drug Detoxification that will safely and comfortably remove toxins from the body, to stabilize the addict.
  2. Rehabilitation that will allow an addict to learn the skills necessary to change their behavior and reduce threats to their progress and engage the addict in the next stage of treatment.
  3. Aftercare or Continuing Care that will teach the addict to maintain change behavior, support a healthy living environment, and monitor threats for relapse, and if relapse occurs, re-engage the addict.

Drug rehab treatment addresses the addict's physical, psychological, emotional, and social conditions. Sustained abstinence from drug use and sustained increases in personal health and social function are the primary goals.

Drug rehab treatment can occur in a variety of settings, in many different forms, and for different lengths of time. Because drug addiction is typically a chronic disorder characterized by occasional relapses, a short-term, one-time treatment often will not be sufficient. For many, treatment is a long-term process that involves multiple interventions and attempts at abstinence.

If you or someone you care for is addicted to alcohol or drugs and needs treatment, it is important to know that no single treatment approach is appropriate for all addicts.

Finding the right treatment program involves careful consideration of all treatment options and your loved ones.