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Drug Abuse Treatment
Drug abuse treatment may be totally different from alcohol abuse treatment. The facilities may be totally separate, and those who come there for drug rehab may have to meet further criteria.
For instance, some drug treatment centers do not provide any type of substance abuse treatment for those suffering from prescription drug addiction. These people will have to look elsewhere for rehab programs that deal with prescription drug abuse and addiction. Others may be the total opposite; dealing only with prescription drug problems and not with illicit or illegal drug abuse.
The rehab programs offered for drug abuse treatment may range from following a program considered strictly traditional to those that incorporate every alternative treatment that may be available. Patients who want traditional substance abuse treatment protocols to be followed will have to make sure they choose a treatment center that offers this.
The length of time for drug abuse treatment can vary. Some people may respond quickly to rehab programs, will be able to leave sooner than others, and may never have problems with relapse. Others may require longer treatment in order to avoid relapsing very shortly after completing a program.
Some drug abuse treatment may involve the use of medication such as methadone or other similar drugs as part of treatment. This may be especially true now that findings on studies done in past show that methadone maintenance therapy may reduce the risk for HIV/AIDS among those who receive it during drug abuse treatment have become known. Methadone maintenance therapy or MMT, reduces the risk of and maybe even prevent patients them from using IV drugs, where needles are often shared and other unsafe health practices, all of which can lead to HIV/AIDS, can occur.
Substance abuse treatment may require a patient to follow a rigid schedule, or may allow some flexibility in how the patient will progress through rehab programs. Others may start off rigid, then allow a patient to "earn" rights to flexibility.
Drug abuse treatment may be offered in correctional facilities (jails, prisons, and penitentiaries), for instance. In addition, the rehab programs can take several forms.
These can drug education and/or drug abuse counseling during a person's time of incarceration, or incarceration in a separate residential unit specifically designed for drug abuse treatment. Others may provide or continue to provide previous treatment to those inmates who wish it, while others may offer specialized services that do not directly target drug abuse problems of inmates, but may still offer help. As with anything, however, the success or failure of drug abuse treatment still depends on the person who is undergoing drug abuse treatment of any type.
With all the different aspects of drug abuse treatment, the excuses one may give for not participating in rehab programs are pretty much taken care of. However, only the person who needs substance abuse treatment can make the decision to pursue that treatment or to make the treatment work; no one else can do it for him, or at least not to the point to where it will be successful.