Drug and alcohol addictions affect people differently, therefore, the doctors, counselors, and facilities that treat addiction have different methods to do so, including through residential, outpatient, and extended care facilities.
Residential Treatment Programs
Generally, facilities that offer residential programs are secluded and are often nestled in the mountains, by the sea, or in some other remote location. These facilities offer a calm atmosphere with limited distraction and outside influence. Those who need to step away from their normal daily activities and those who need time to come to grips with their addictions and what they have done in the past because of those addictions typically remain at the facility for at least 30 consecutive days or until the person can demonstrate their ability and willingness to continue working on their sobriety.
Outpatient Rehabilitation Programs
People who are committed to sobriety and who have work and school obligations that would prevent residential treatment options may benefit from an intensive outpatient program that allows for work and other obligations while providing hours of treatment several times each week.
Depending on the type of drugs in your system, you may have to go through medical detoxification. This type of detox involves a medical staff to ensure that you stay safe and healthy as the drugs leave your system and your body begins to heal.
Extended Care Facilities
Long-term recovery facilities typically require a person to stay at least three months or longer and are generally used if an individual has tried at least one residential or intensive inpatient program but was not successful or continues to struggle with relapses. Typically, those addicted to heroin, meth, oxycontin, and Vicodin may seek treatment in long-term recovery facilities.
Be aware that all facilities have their own addiction recovery approaches, so it is important that you pick one that matches your personality and your needs. Some facilities focus on teen addictions, while others are designed specifically for male or female patients. Speak to others who have gone through the programs at any facility you are interested in and talk to the staff before making your decision.