Rehab Facilities

There are thousands of rehab facilities across the nation that provide hope and help for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction but nowhere near enough successful and effective ones.  Rehab facilities offer individuals, families, and entire communities peace of mind and allow them the ability to begin recovering and healing.  The abuse of pharmaceutical drugs like Oxy Contin has escalated throughout the nation and continues to be a major problem for many communities. These pharmaceutical drugs along with street drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and ecstasy are putting a huge damper on the United States.  

They are being abused by all different demographics and age groups. It is apparent that residents of this country are in need of serious addiction treatment and the only real solution is proven, effective and successful long-term in-patient rehab facilities.

Statistics have consistently shown that incarceration and drug courts do not solve the problems of addiction and substance abuse. The United States has adopted a set of criminal justice policies that has produced a tidal wave of imprisonment in this country. Between 1970 and 2005, the number of men, women, and children locked up in this country has grown by a historically unprecedented 700%. As a result, the United States locks up almost a quarter of the prisoners in the entire world. In fact, if all our prisoners were confined in one city, that city would be the fourth largest in the country.  The majority of these prisoners are imprisoned due to drug-related charges and offenses.      

There are thousands of drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers across the country to choose from.  Choosing the right rehab is just as important as making the decision to go to one.  

Effective treatment must address both aspects of addiction, physical and mental.  There are many types of treatment options out there; inpatient, outpatient, meetings so it can be very confusing as to which of these to choose from.  

One of the longest used programs is the 28 day model. This is mostly used in 12 step treatment. Unfortunately the success rate for this type of treatment is about 3-10% according to national statistics. What is not universally known is that usually a 30 day program is not long enough to stop the highest percentages of people from using drugs. This is because drugs modify the normal function of the brain and it takes about thirty days after discontinuing drug or alcohol use for the brain to start producing its own "feel good" and sleep chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine on a normal level which is when most rehabs end.  

The next thing to consider is finding a treatment facility that has a program that can address the physical aspect of addiction and help with physical drug cravings. There are a few programs out there that offer a sauna detoxification program that will rid the body of drug and alcohol residues that are being stored in the fat cells, effectively ridding the addict of any physical cravings.  

Rehab Facility Statistics

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA)  in 2005 the number of people who dropped out of treatment programs without completing them was 24% and another 24% had to discontinue treatment because of incarceration or other reasons.  Also, according to SAMSHA's National survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 Million people over the age of 12 needed treatment for a drug or alcohol problem in 2009 and only 2.6 million of those actually received treatment from a licensed facility, that is only slightly over 11% of the people who needed treatment.  This is partially due to the lack of information available out there on effective treatment facilities.

With prescription drug abuse up over 400% in the last decade, it is no longer a matter of people needing help for just illicit drugs.  According to the DEA there are over 7 million Americans currently abusing some kind of prescription drug.  People are lulled into a false sense of security because they think taking something their doctor gave them is safe.  Unfortunately, many of the prescription drugs available are just as if not more addictive than illicit drug such as heroin and meth and are just as dangerous to a person's health.

If someone is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction the only solution is effective treatment.

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