Alcohol and drug addiction is a major public health concern in the United States that is costing the exchequer about $484 billion per year in the form of health care expenses, loss of productivity and earning, increase in crimes, accidents and other societal crimes.
Brief review about alcohol and drug addiction rehab programs Alcohol and drug addiction is a major public health concern in the United States that is costing the exchequer about $484 billion per year in the form of health care expenses, loss of productivity and earning, increase in crimes, accidents and other societal crimes. This is more than the combined of the two of the most expensive chronic health conditions in the United States that is diabetes ($131.7 billion) and cancer ($171.6 billion). There is also an increase in the number of prescription drug abuse with about seven million people in the United States taking psychotherapeutic drugs like stimulants for non-medical purposes as per the studies of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). That is the reason why alcohol and drug addiction needs immediate specialized treatment for those addicted persons by being admitted into the substance abuse treatment programs where the concerned person or patient addicted to alcohol or drugs goes through an assessment. After the assessment is completed and a treatment plan is developed, the addicted person/patient is put through detoxification program, which is the most important step. The detoxification program is a method through which the concerned person’s body system is cleansed off to obtain and maintain sobriety. The absence of detoxification program may cause the person to relapse back into addiction due to residual drugs and alcohol within his/her body. After detoxification program, the concerned person moves on to the next stage of abuse treatment that focuses on treating the person’s psychological addiction to the substance and helping him or her to learn the skills needed to live a sober life. This stage usually involves behavioral therapy and counseling. Over some period, the recovery process will turn to helping the person back into society that may include an aftercare plan and participation in self-help or peer support groups such as Alcohol Anonymous or other similar groups. The alcohol and drug rehab programs are usually offered based on outpatient and inpatient treatment programs. The inpatient treatment program requires the person addicted to alcohol/drugs to check into a good alcohol and drug addiction rehab center and remain there for the duration of the treatment program. This type of treatment program is usually recommended to those patients who are in advanced stages of alcohol or drug addiction or those who want to focus on his/her treatment. The outpatient patient treatment program on the other hand allows a person to undergo rehabilitation program at his/her home. The concerned person in this type of program is required to check in with his/her addiction specialist on daily basis to provide progress updates and obtain medications. Before choosing the inpatient or outpatient rehab treatment programs, the patient must discuss about these options with a substance abuse treatment specialist before making any final decision to join either of these drug rehab treatment programs.
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