Drug rehabilitation centers provide drug-free environments for patients who have developed addictions to drugs. Patients are generally free to leave at any time. Detox and rehabilitation programs are designed to help patients overcome drug use disorders. There are several types of drug rehabilitation centers. Some offer a broad spectrum of services; while others provide a specialized focus on one particular substance abuse disorder.
Rehabilitation centers offer individual and group therapies, counseling, support groups and family interventions. These programs are geared toward helping patients to successfully overcome their addiction to substances, as well as providing a sense of hope for a healthier life. A variety of medications, psychotherapies, support groups and activities are administered to help patients cope with the withdrawal symptoms that may occur. The goal of these programs is to help patients reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens and eventually lead healthy, drug-free lives.
Before beginning a rehabilitation program, a patient must be assessed for possible disorders or medical conditions that may contribute to his or her drug use. The severity of the patient’s substance use disorder and its potential impact on the individual and family must be evaluated. The nature of the drug used, such as: abuse, addiction, inhalation, ingestion or withdrawal, along with the intensity of use, must be assessed and documented. Treatment goals, including the recovery of alcohol and other substance abusers, must be defined in detail. The treatment program must include a strong, structured, holistic approach in which the patient’s physical, psychological and social needs are given priority. All facets of the drug rehabilitation program must be integrated to meet the needs of the patient. The goal of each individual patient’s treatment program is to achieve optimum success through the combination of medications, psychotherapy, and group therapies.