The Benefits of Drug Treatment

Have you ever known someone with a drug or alcohol problem? Do you yourself have a drug or alcohol problem? Based on current statistics, it’s likely that you answered “yes” to one, if not both, of these questions. Drug and alcohol abuse is an increasing problem in our country despite attempts by various government programs, non-profit organizations and faith based organizations to curb the ever growing epidemic. Drug abuse is defined as the repeated use of illegal drugs or the misuse of prescription drugs that continues despite negative consequences. With nearly 23 million people needing treatment for a drug or alcohol problem in 2009, drug abuse is perhaps one of the greatest social problems that faces our nation today.


Drug treatment facilities exist to help people work through their drug addiction. Treatment options will vary from facility to facility but the purpose remains mostly the same – to give people the skills they need to live a life free of drugs and alcohol. One of the most sought after drug treatment programs are inpatient centers. In this type of drug treatment, people live in the treatment facility for anywhere from 30 to 90 days.


While in inpatient treatment, the patients receive group counseling, individual counseling and mental health counseling. Most of these programs will even offer detoxification services for people who have the potential to have withdrawal symptoms. Detox units are staffed 24/7 by counselors, nurses and medical professionals. Outpatient drug treatment is also an option for treatment for people who aren’t at risk for withdrawal symptoms. It is also common for people to start their treatment in an inpatient program and then transition into an outpatient program after they are more stable.


Another treatment option increasingly popular is holistic programs. Ranch Creek Recovery is an example of this type of program and they provide services such as yoga, acupuncture and meditation as a means to help people work through their addictions. These facilities are typically in tranquil locations where people benefit from being able to focus completely on their recovery. Research has shown that participating in a drug treatment program drastically increases the chance of a person making sobriety a life long decision. Whether you’re looking at programs for yourself or someone else, it’s important to view drug treatment as a positive life decision that will benefit you in the years to come. Connect with us on Google+!

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