Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Drug and alcohol treatment options are widely available to most people, but they do differ significantly both in terms of type of treatment, whether they are affordable or not, whether they are private or publicly funded, and whether they are voluntary or in some way state regulated.

The main type of treatment option that most people associate with drug and alcohol treatment is normally that of a residential rehab or treatment center. There are many of these scattered around the world, the majority of which are in the United States, and normally offer a 28 day or 30 day addiction treatment program, normally funded through some type of insurance plan.

These are quite often seen as the first stop solution to anyone who has a problem with drug or alcohol, and whilst they can certainly be helpful, they can be relatively expensive and are dependent upon the individual or a company having some type of health insurance.

There are also likely to be a number of non-residential options available to an individual who has acknowledged that he /she needs drug and alcohol treatment.

The two main non-residential options are normally referred to as partial hospital treatment and day treatment.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment

What these two types of non-residential drug and alcohol treatment options offer of the possibility of an individual attending some type of clinic during the day and then returning home in the evening, or alternatively continuing to work at their normal job during the day and attending some type of clinic or hospital treatment in the evenings and then returning to home afterwards.

Another option in terms of non-residential drugs and alcohol treatment is that of a simple detox. In one sense there’s nothing simple about a detox, but some services will offer this as their only option, and recommend other types of voluntary or statutory help be taken up afterwards.

The other main option that often coexists with a residential treatment or rehab is that of the individual attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Anyone entering a residential rehab is likely to be encouraged or sometimes required to attend a number of meetings of 12 step fellowships as part of their addiction treatment program.

Any individual is completely free to attend a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous if they feel have a problem with drugs or alcohol and need help with it. Meetings are completely free and voluntary and no records are kept of any attendance.

This means that an individual is at perfect liberty simply to turn up and see if the help on offer works for them.

This is completely independent of any type of government statutory interference, and can sit alongside any other type of residential or non-residential drug and alcohol treatment an individual may be seeking help with.