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Recovery from addiction doesn’t end after detox. There are a number of different treatment options available to help you achieve the drug-free life you desire, some of which are absolutely necessary to a safe and effective recovery. Call 800-996-6135(Who Answers?) now if you or a loved one needs help finding a treatment facility that will cater to your needs.

Addiction Treatment

Unfortunately, those who only seek detox for their substance use disorders often suffer from relapse and other issues. Detox treats one’s dependence on drugs but cannot treat one’s addiction alone. Therefore, as stated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Detoxification alone is rarely sufficient to help addicts achieve long-term abstinence.” As a result, one must also seek professional addiction treatment, usually following detox.

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Inpatient Care

Treatment Options

Those with more severe addictions may require inpatient care.

Inpatient or residential rehab centers are 24-hour facilities that provide behavioral therapy, medications, and other types of treatments for addiction around the clock. Patients are also given meals and a room so they can stay at the facility. These programs provide a controlled environment where those who need extra help overcoming their addictions can stay.

Not everyone requires inpatient care, but some individuals truly need this type of treatment. They can include

  • Patients with severe addictions who do not believe they will be able to avoid relapse if they are not being constantly monitored
  • Patients suffering from “high psychiatric severity,” according to the medical journal Psychiatric Quarterly. This can mean individuals with comorbid disorders like depression or anxiety disorders. It can also mean individuals suffering from severe psychiatric symptoms associated with their drug abuse like the toxic psychosis sometimes caused by stimulant abuse.
  • Patients who don’t have a strong social support network of friends and family members
  • Patients who don’t have jobs, school, or other responsibilities that will help them stay focused on their decision to stop abusing drugs
  • Patients who are not safe in their homes or do not have a home life conducive to recovery

Outpatient Care

Outpatient rehab centers offer many of the same treatment options that inpatient centers do. However, patients do not stay at these facilities and instead can go home, work, and basically live their lives while they attend treatment. This type of rehab program is usually most effective for individuals with jobs and family members or friends who can take care of them while they are not in treatment.

Long-term Rehab

There are some rehab programs that provide long-term care to patients, allowing individuals to receive care for six months to a year or sometimes longer. These facilities are usually inpatient programs, although some outpatient facilities provide long-term care. Methadone maintenance treatment for opioid addiction is one of the most well known versions of long-term rehab, as it usually lasts for a year at the least.

Therapeutic communities have been proven effective for people with special needs. According to the NIDA, therapeutic communities or TC are the best-known residential treatment models for long-term care. TCs provide patients with an extremely structured environment and treatment that can sometimes be confrontational. However, this model works by utilizing resocialization, or a concept that allows all the individuals in the facility––including doctors, nurses, therapists, and even other patients––to become part of the patient’s recovery support system.

Support Groups

Support groups are recovery options that are not as structured as professional treatment but can often be found in every community and in many treatment centers themselves. Individuals who choose to attend support group meetings often do so because they are free and extremely flexible, often providing meetings on nights and weekends (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).

12-step groups are some of the most well known support groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Al-Anon (a group for the family members of alcoholics). These groups are based on a set of steps and principles used to help people get and stay sober. If you are not comfortable with the 12-step process, however, other support groups, like SMART Recovery, utilize a more self-actualized approach.

Sober Living Homes

Treatment Options

You can receive the support you need at a sober living program.

Sober living homes are not professional treatment facilities, but they provide individuals with a place to live that does not allow drugs or alcohol. Residents usually must abide by certain rules, which can include going to 12-step meetings and/or doing chores (Journal of Psychoactive Drugs). Everyone pays rent in order to ensure the upkeep of the home, which makes it an ideal option for someone with a job who still needs to live in a drug-free zone.

Individualized Counseling

Some people, especially after treatment in a rehab center or detox program, choose individualized counseling as an option for recovery. These programs are highly focused on the patient’s specific needs and short-term goals in order to help patients stay sober. You can often find counseling of this type in a therapist’s office or even as part of a full addiction rehab program.

Luxury or Private Treatment Centers

These facilities often provide specialized care to individuals who are willing to pay for it. In a luxury rehab center, you will be able to receive additional treatment options, often including holistic methods, as well as creature comforts that make staying at the facility more relaxing, including spa service, hotel-like accommodations, gourmet food, etc.

Private rehab centers offer patients total anonymity, putting their privacy before all else. Those who are nervous to attend treatment because they don’t want others to find out or those who are in the public eye often find help in these types of facilities. In general, these options are more expensive than regular rehab programs, and though they can be beneficial, it is not usually necessary to choose one of these facilities in order to recover safely.

How Can I Find Help for My Substance Use Disorder?

If you are suffering from an addiction, now is the time to seek help. Find the best detox or rehab center that will take your insurance and offer you the care you need. Or call 800-996-6135(Who Answers?) now to seek help.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says- 8: Medical Detoxification. 
  2. The Psychiatric Quarterly. (1993). Inpatient vs Outpatient Treatment for Substance Dependence Revisited. 
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)- Types of Treatment Programs.
  4. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (1998). An Overview of Outpatient and Inpatient Detoxification. 
  5. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. (2008). A Clean and Sober Place to Live: Philosophy, Structure, and Purported Therapeutic Factors in Sober Living Houses.
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