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Addiction Treatment Centers, Drug and Alcohol Rehab and Addiction Intervention Services
Drug Treatment Centers
Many drug treatment centers are just that-they provide drug rehab and nothing else. Some may even break it down further, offering rehab programs designed specifically for illicit or illegal drug addiction treatment or strictly for prescription drug abuse treatment.
Others may offer rehab programs for both types of substance abuse treatment-prescription drugs and "street," "rave" or "club" drugs. The programs may differ, but patients do not have to go to different facilities simply because their addictions were caused by different things.
Drug treatment centers which offer rehab programs for non-prescription drug addiction may be publically funded. In this way, they can provide services to more people who need them, even if they are unable to pay.
The same may hold true for drug treatment centers which deal only with prescription drug addiction treatment. However, there may also be a larger number of privately funded facilities. No matter what the situation is, however, the important thing is that substance abuse treatment is available for those who truly want to receive it.
In some drug treatment centers, there have been concerns in the past about higher incidences of tuberculosis occurring among patients in these facilities. Whether the illness was caused by someone who entered the program for addiction treatment and was either unaware he was infected or had not been taking the medication to cure the disease is not clear; it is also possible that even though these facilities must meet strenuous health standards and codes, tuberculosis is an airborne disease, and someone could have simply acted as a carrier. A carrier is someone who carries a disease virus or bacteria, but does not contract the disease himself.
The Center for Disease Control was not as concerned with how tuberculosis was introduced; rather, it was more interested in awarding funds to a number of State and City Public Health Departments so that tuberculin skin testing could be conducted on patients currently in drug treatment centers. If it was found that they were infected, they could be treated, thus preventing further infection.
Further, those entering or participating in programs in drug treatment centers have had the opportunity in the past to participate in surveys regarding the prevalence of HIV in IV drug users who had entered treatment programs. Before anyone starts worrying about information being made public or falling into the wrong hands, it should be noted that ALL INFORMATION WAS KEPT PRIVATE. The surveys were conducted as "double-blind" surveys, meaning no one including those in charge of gathering the information needed for the surveys, knew who was involved.
Those who wanted to make amends for the things they had or had not done as a result of drug or alcohol abuse may have seen this as a way of making doing just that, especially since they knew their identities would be protected. In this same vein, those who are currently in rehab programs and think this is a good way of making amends may want to inquire as to whether such programs are still available.