Substance Abuse Centers

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Have you tried to break your drug or alcohol addiction yourself? Maybe you tried to quit cold turkey, or you tried to cut down little by little until you didn’t feel you needed it anymore? If so, you probably weren’t successful. It’s extremely hard to get yourself off of drugs and alcohol. It’s not impossible, but it’s difficult. An easier, effective way to break your addiction is through treatment centers.

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About Treatment Centers

Treatment centers are places where people who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction participate in recovery programs. Professionals who specialize in addiction run these programs. Most addicts find them to be helpful in providing insight into their addiction and themselves, so they can walk away with the necessary tools to continue their road of recovery.
Many treatment centers exist across the United States:
• Residential treatment
• Partial hospitalization
• Intensive outpatient program
• Counseling
• Sober living
Understanding the differences between each one of these treatment centers will help you determine which one is best for you.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment is an inpatient program. You will spend at least 30 days at a facility. The longest stays are usually 90 days. During your stay, you will go through detox with medical professionals available. You will then undergo intensive counseling and life skills training to prepare you to live a sober life outside of the center.
People who have tried to quit drugs or alcohol numerous times often choose this treatment center because it’s the most restrictive. Since those participating in the program cannot leave the facility, there is no access to drugs and it’s hoped that through isolation, the emotional and mental cravings will be minimized upon discharge.

Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization is a lot like residential treatment, but you stay in your own home. You will receive medical monitoring during detox. Once you are detoxed, you will participate in the program 3 to 5 days a week for up to 6 hours a day. During your time at the hospital, you will undergo therapy, work in groups with others who have similar addictions, and complete activities that will help you explore yourself and what you want in life when you’re clean and sober.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive outpatient program is less restrictive when compared to residential treatment and partial hospitalization. However, those participating in the program need to show up to the center three days a week. Each session is at least two hours.
The goal of intensive outpatient programs is to prevent relapse and get back on the road of recovery if there is relapse. You will work with a counselor individually and in a group setting. Through discussions about life’s stressors, it’s hoped that you will learn positive coping strategies instead of turning to drugs and alcohol.


Some addicts can do well with counseling. They will meet with a therapist one or more times a week to discuss their progress. There’s also group and family therapy options that can help addicts find support during the many difficult times that come along with recovery.
Since there isn’t a major time commitment with this type of treatment center, many people find that it isn’t enough for them. They find that the best way to get this to work is to combine it with some other form of treatment, such as sober living.

Sober Living

Sober living is a setting much like a residential treatment center, but you live in a home with other people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. This is a drug-free environment. During your stay, you will learn more about your addiction, ways to avoid relapse, and how to get your life back together again. Job training and searching is available, as well as financial counseling. It’s a great place to transition from a residential treatment center since many addicts feel as though they will relapse if they go back to their home.

How to Choose the One for You

Some people will try the least restrictive options first. If they do not work, they turn to residential treatment or partial hospitalization. These treatment programs have the best success rate because not only do they help people detox to get the drugs and alcohol out of their system, but also they help with the emotional and mental addiction to the substance. With quality therapy and the willingness to engage in personal development, addicts do end up finding that they can grow stronger to resist the cravings.

When trying to decide which treatment you should participate in, consider the time you have and how much you want to quit for good. If you’re done with the messes that drugs and alcohol have made in your life, go straight for residential treatment. It’s one of the best ways to kick the habit out of you and start living in recovery.

If you have commitments or housing that you cannot be away from, partial hospitalization is a good alternative to residential treatment. If you’ve ever done residential, you’ll find that partial hospitalization is just like it, except you go home at night instead of staying at the facility. The only problem that you must keep in mind is that the cravings may be very strong as you return each day to your home where you used. Those memories of using and being in the same environments can make it difficult to continue with the program. People are often successful with partial hospitalization when they have a good support system at home that is able to monitor them while away from the treatment center.

The next least restrictive option is the intensive outpatient program. This is perfect for those who have a stable home, a job, and maybe a family to care for because it only requires you to participate in the program a few times a week. Again, since you have to go back to the same environment where you used, it can make recovery difficult. A good supportive system and a strong willingness to end your addiction will make this your best option.

Counseling and sober living are great for people who are already in recovery. Since they are the least restrictive, you’ll need to already be on the road of recovery and doing well. Only choose this if you’ve been clean and sober for a month or so.
Now you know your options, so go ahead and pick the best one for you so you can beat this addiction. Your life depends on it.