Getting Help for Alcoholism or Drug Abuse: What Type of Treatment Is Right for You?

By The Care Centers. Posted on Sat Feb 20 2016

If you have a problem with drug addiction and/or alcohol abuse, you probably already know that you need help. You may be wondering, though, if you really need to stay in an inpatient facility for several weeks or months. At the same time, you may wonder if a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is really the right treatment for you or if you might need something more intensive. Let’s take a look at the different types of treatment and how they may help you.

Inpatient Rehab Treatment
When looking at inpatient treatment options, you’ll likely find one of two options – short-term and long-term. Short-term inpatient treatment is often hospital-based and involves an intensive program that usually lasts between three and six weeks. Long-term inpatient treatment is usually not hospital-based, but you will be staying in a rehab facility with 24-hour care and monitoring, and you will likely stay at this facility for between six months and a year of treatment to re-learn how to live a productive life and maintain healthy relationships.

Outpatient Rehab Treatment
For most patients, treatment does not end when they are released from their inpatient program. To help them readjust to their normal lives and to deal with difficult situations and emotions without turning to drugs or alcohol, they’ll continue with outpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment is also recommended for people whose lives have been disrupted by alcohol or drug use but who may not have a physical dependency on mind-altering substances.

Outpatient treatment is less expensive than inpatient treatment, and it can vary a great deal in intensity, depending on your needs. Some very low intensity programs offer drug education and some counseling, while higher intensity programs may involve all-day treatment over a period of several days or weeks.

Group Counseling
With group counseling, you will meet with a group of other people with similar addictions and personal situations to your own. Many rehab facilities offer a variety of group counseling sessions to help patients connect with people who have similar experiences to their own. Group sessions like these are usually moderated by a counselor or therapist who can guide discussion and help give perspective.

12-Step Programs
Most 12-step programs are based on the same principles upon which NA and AA are founded. These meetings are free of charge, and they all follow the same basic structures. However, a professional counselor or therapist will not usually be in attendance. Ordinarily, meetings are organized and moderated by veterans of the program who have been in remission for some time and understand what newer members are going through.

Long-term and short-term inpatient treatment are the most expensive options, but they are also the most effective treatment programs for many people. Intensive outpatient programs and 12-step meetings can help a great deal if you are not in danger of relapsing at night. Even after inpatient treatment at a rehab facility, these recovery programs may be helpful in getting back to your normal, healthy life.

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