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Drug rehabilitation is the process whereby a person is treated for drug addiction with the intention of becoming drug-free and remaining so for the rest of one's life. It is also sometimes referred to as addiction treatment or substance abuse treatment. Further, the phrase is sometimes shortened to drug rehab.

No matter how one refers to it, the process and goal of rehabilitation from drug use is basically the same: to get a person off drugs, to help them to be able to stop using drugs all together and to resume a normal life that does not include drugs. This is usually done through rehab programs.

Drug rehabilitation works by giving people who have drug problems a chance to take advantage of addiction treatment programs that will help them rid their bodies of any ill effects that drug abuse may have caused, and learn new ways of coping without using drugs. Treatment methods may vary slightly between drug treatment centers but the majority of them operate in a similar manner.

For example, addiction treatment may be done on an in-patient basis, where a person enters into a treatment facility and remains there for a period of time without leaving at all. Some drug treatment centers are designed for in-patient treatment only, and once a person has finished that stage of rehabilitation, he must find a facility that will treat him on an out-patient basis.

When receiving substance abuse treatment as an outpatient, a person will not remain at the facility all the time; rather, he will go back to his place of residence and report to the facility at regularly scheduled times. In between appointments, if he has progressed enough to be able to do so, he will continue his normal routine of working or going to school, and participating in family and social life, hopefully without using drugs during the times he is not at the facility. Again, there are facilities that are intended for out-patient addiction treatment only, and do not even have accommodations for patients.

During one's time in rehabilitation, he will participate in a number of rehab programs. These may include such things as counseling sessions, both individually and in a group setting, including family counseling. He may also actually attend classes or sessions which will teach him how to manage stress without resorting to drug use, how to avoid the temptation to use drugs, and how to recognize and avoid situations that may trigger the urge to use drugs.

Further, many drug treatment centers require their patients to start attending support groups such as NA or other similar groups. In this way, they will be already be established in one when the initial program has ended.

Drug rehab is available for those who are addicted to illegal or illicit drugs as well as for those who have an addiction to prescription drugs. It may be interesting also to note that the government is beginning to consider smoking in almost the same light as any other addiction; to this end, there are actually facilities where one can go to receive addiction treatment for smoking. Treatment usually consists of a patient being given a prescribed smoking-cessation medication, such as Chantix, and being monitored carefully while he is using it for possible reaction and for determination of how successful the program.

Anyone who has a drug addiction needs drug rehab. However, no one can force a person to enter substance abuse treatment; that person must be willing to do it on his own in order for it to succeed. Those who do realize they need help can easily find a substance abuse treatment facility near him by using any of the website locaters that are available.


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