Choosing a Substance Abuse Treatment Center

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Addiction is a debilitating disease. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment centers which can help those addicted to alcohol, prescription drugs, or recreational drugs.

Choosing a substance abuse treatment center can be a daunting task. Do you choose an inpatient program or a 12-Step program? Is outpatient a better option?

This blog is intended to show the differences between the various types of treatments so you have a better understanding of which program is right for you or your loved one.

Outpatient treatment is a program that allows patients to stay at home and visit the treatment facility at intervals during the week.

Outpatient treatment is ideal for patients who:

  • Need to continue working while receiving treatment.
  • Have a good support system at home.
  • Cannot afford the more costly inpatient treatment.

An inpatient program is a residential program, which means that patients live at and receive treatment in the facility.

inpatient program is ideal for those who:

  • Live far from the treatment facility.
  • Have already tried outpatient treatment.
  • Have physical and mental problems that require medical supervision.

A 12-Step program is a support group for those who are battling alcohol and/or drug addiction. The two most well-known programs are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.


The benefits of attending 12-Step programs include:

  • Meetings are free of charge.
  • Meetings are completely anonymous.
  • Most communities have a chapter.

There are many resources on choosing a rehab center, such as Your physician may also provide a referral to a substance abuse treatment facility that is right for you.

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