What are the Best Options for Drug Rehab?

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Getting the right drug rehab treatment for a substance use disorder can save you thousands of dollars and years of heartache.

Get this decision wrong is like playing Russian Roulette with your or your loved one’s life.

Arming yourself with the right information can help you to ensure you take the best course of treatment and maximize the chance of a successful long-term recovery.

If you’re looking for drug abuse treatment for a child or a loved one, you must ensure that you organize everything in advance. You will want to strike while the iron is hot if and when they agree to treatment.

You will only have a short window, so make that moment count.

If you’re looking for drug rehab in Orange County CA for yourself then you must check that it’s a reputable treatment center.

Since the opioid crisis has worsened addiction treatment centers are popping up everywhere. The quality of these establishments vary.

A treatment program should be a positive and transformative experience. Relapse rates after drug rehab are high, so if this is the first time that you or a loved one is receiving treatment you want to make sure they have a good experience. If you don’t, it’s unlikely you or a loved one will be willing to go through it another time.

Before you start assessing treatment centers you need to understand the different types of drug treatment.

Here, we’ve outlined all of the options available to you so that you make the right choice.

Types of Drug Addiction Treatment Programs

Drug treatment has varying levels of care depending on the substance use disorder.

The type of substance abuse treatment you opt for will depend on several factors:

  • The type of substance abuse
  • The severity of the substance use disorder
  • Home environment
  • Housing situation
  • History of drug abuse
  • Any mental health disorders
  • Any health conditions
  • Your age
  • Your gender
  • Employment situation
  • Your financial situation
  • Geographical location

No one person is the same so the best treatment program will tailor a program that addresses the individual’s circumstances such as health status and employment situation.

People can have multiple mental health diagnoses on top of their addiction. Addiction is also classed as a mental health condition. If a person is not accurately diagnosed it can be counterproductive. The incorrect course of treatment will be an expensive mistake and could make a person’s addiction problem worse.

Often, people also have an addiction to more than one substance such as alcohol, cocaine, heroin, painkillers. This is a complex matter and requires the skill of a medical professional.

Drug treatment typically combines various cognitive-behavioral therapies and medications.

Behavioral Therapies

Behavioral therapies are evidence-based talking therapies that can help:

  • To motivate people
  • Teach strategies for coping with cravings
  • To address negative thought patterns
  • Parenting skills
  • Relationship problems
  • Family dynamics

Behavioral therapies are often delivered as group therapy or individual therapy. Group therapy can be great for people as it can socially reinforce abstinence. However, group therapy with teenagers has to be treated carefully as some may reinforce drug use.


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People with a substance use disorder often have a co-occurring mental illness or physical illness.

The best addiction treatment also incorporates psychoactive medications such as mood stabilizers and antidepressants especially for people with co-occurring disorders.

Most people think of drug rehab as a 30, 60, or 90-day program known as residential inpatient treatment, but there are other options available. This is different however from inpatient addiction treatment. That’s why many people get confused about drug rehab and are important for you to be clear.

Inpatient Addiction Treatment

This is the highest level of treatment. It’s medically intense, and its main purpose is to get someone stabilized and lasts for around 5 days.

With this program, staff will check a patient’s blood pressure every 15 minutes, check their room, and it involves a lot of staff, including doctors. It’s very expensive and intensive.

You mustn’t get confused with residential inpatient treatment. Inpatient addiction treatment is intense short-term acute crisis care that is intended to get a situation under control.

This treatment problem will not make someone better, just de-escalate a crisis point.

A person that returns from a short inpatient addiction treatment will only return irritable and wanting to use drugs. You can’t send someone or go to detox on an inpatient addiction treatment program and expect to be fixed in 5 days.

A successful long-term recovery requires a much longer-term approach.

You or your loved one may need a detox program like this, but it will need to be followed up with a solid residential inpatient program.

Residential Inpatient Treatment

Residential treatment is a lower level of care than the inpatient addiction treatment program.

This program has less medical supervision and is more geared to teaching recovery skills, formulating a strategy for managing cravings, and keeps you in long enough to form new habits.

If you’re researching treatment for a loved one, you might be tempted to go for the Inpatient Addiction Treatment option. You might be thinking constant monitoring will be best for them, but you have to remember their willingness.

Inpatient addiction treatment is also very expensive. Most residential treatment programs cost in the region of between $20,000 and $30,000 for 30 days. Insurance policies will cover treatment if it is medically necessary so they will want to see that you have tried less expensive drug rehab options first.

With an inpatient addiction program, the doctors and counselors have to update the insurance company. If the person starts to look well, they will tell the insurance company and they’ll be released after 5 days.

Residential treatment settings can include:

  • Therapeutic communities where people stay for 6 to 12 months
  • Shorter-term residential treatment tends to focus on detox and counseling for transitioning to a therapeutic community
  • Recovery housing, a type of short-term supervised accommodation where a person can get ready to transition into normal life

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment programs are for people who live either at home or in a sober home and visit a behavioral therapist regularly.

During an outpatient program, a person may receive both group and individual therapy such as:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy to address negative thought patterns and emotions
  • Multidimensional family therapy to resolve family problems
  • Motivational interviewing to help people who struggle with cravings
  • Motivational incentives to encourage people to stay on track

Outpatient drug rehab Orange County can be intensive in the beginning before becoming less intensive later as a person develops a stronger resolve.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)

With intensive outpatient treatment, a person may attend several sessions in a week whereas with outpatient treatment a person may have only one session a week or two weeks.

This type of drug rehab treatment is most suited to people who are transitioning from residential inpatient treatment or people who have a stable home life.

It’s always a good idea to follow up residential inpatient treatment with intensive outpatient treatment as transitioning into normal life immediately means a person is faced with environmental triggers.


Finding the Right Treatment Center

It can be mind-boggling and exhausting to find the right drug rehab establishment for treatment. To help you in your search it pays to watch out for certain factors.

Expert Staff

The success of a drug addiction treatment program largely depends on the people who deliver it. Staff should be well qualified and experienced in treating substance use disorders.

You or your loved one may have an underlying mental health issue and which must be accurately diagnosed. Many are also addicted to more than one substance so this needs the attention of someone who knows what they are doing.

It’s a good idea to interview the treatment center and ask them what type of staff they employ and their qualifications. Also, check that they have a qualified doctor on the team.

The best team will have staff from multiple disciplines such as medical, psychological, and spiritual.

Program Accreditation

Always ask what licensing and certification a treatment center has. The Department of Health Care Services in California issues licenses to treatment centers. A center cannot operate in California if it doesn’t have a license. A license is needed for:

  • Detoxification
  • Group and individual therapy
  • Treatment planning
  • Medical services
  • Educational services

Certification is offered to treatment centers that excel. If you find a treatment center with certification that’s reassurance that it is a reputable organization and should have high-quality levels of care.

Luckily, most centers in California have both licensing and certification.

Ease of Access

A high-quality treatment center will make it easy for you to enter rehab. From the minute you contact them you should expect great communication. Getting treatment should be treated as a matter of urgency.

If a center delays contact with you it is not a great sign. Let them reassure you that they are committed to providing the best treatment.

If you have problems with transport, a good center should be able to assist you with this.

Do a Background Check

If a center is licensed and certified it shouldn’t be a problem, but it is always a good idea to do a background check. You can contact local regulatory agencies to find out if any complaints have been made about the center.

Get an Addiction Specialist To Help You

Getting treatment for an addicted person must be done right otherwise you’re wasting time and money. If your loved one is not already motivated to get treatment then it is probably best for them to speak to a motivation counselor before considering any treatment.

A motivation counselor can interview an addicted person and try to get them to realize that they have a problem and that they need help.

Some people might book their loved one in with a psychiatrist and put them on an outpatient program for a few months. This will be ineffective if the addicted person isn’t primed to get support.

If it’s a family member you may want to choose a treatment program that incorporates family therapy. An addiction specialist can support you to navigate the complex business of drug treatment. This can save you a lot of money and heartache.

Final Thoughts

It might sound daunting and confusing, but drug addiction is treatable. Getting to motivate someone to stop taking drugs is tricky.

A person won’t typically be motivated until they’ve exhausted all options and burned all of their bridges.

If you’re looking for treatment for yourself that’s a good sign, half the battle is deciding to become substance-free.

Battling addiction is not easy, but with the right support, it is possible to begin a fresh start and pursue a healthy and fruitful life.866.330.9449

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