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What is Rehab?

Defining rehab and the other benefits and considerations that go into choosing a treatment program.

Addiction comes in many forms, and so does recovery. “Rehab” is a general term for intensive, supervised programs designed to help people stop using drugs or alcohol and give them the tools they need to live a healthy life. There are several types of drug and alcohol rehab available, but they typically involve the same general steps toward recovery:

  • Detox: Remove drugs and alcohol from the patient’s system safely.
  • Therapy: Help patients change their behaviors that come with or trigger their use of drugs or alcohol.
  • Resocialization: Learn new ways of functioning in society to stay sober.

Rehab can help you or someone you love step down from addiction safely and stay sober after detox. However, the length and form of treatment varies, based on your personal situation and dependence on drugs or alcohol. No single treatment works for everyone. It’s important to figure out if rehab is right for you and then choose a program that meets your needs.

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Types of rehab

      • Outpatient treatment. Patients live at home and go to a clinic or facility regularly for sessions with substance use treatment professionals.
      • Inpatient treatment. Patients stay in a hospital, usually for at least 28 days, and receive intensive and highly structured care.
      • Residential treatment. Patients receive intensive and highly structured care in a nonhospital setting.
      • Recovery housing. Patients live in supervised, temporary housing where they can participate in treatment programs.

Other considerations

Deciding on a type of treatment can be a challenge. Inpatient and outpatient rehab programs focus on helping participants adopt healthier ways to think and live substance free. Specialty rehab is also available for those looking for a program that caters to a specific age range, gender, or religious affiliation.

Cost is a concern for many people. Insurance plans, loans, and scholarships are available to help cover rehab costs.

Life after rehab

Rehab helps you not only to become drug-free, but also to stay drug-free — and get back the parts of your life that you may have lost. Many rehab programs offer job training and other support services to prepare you to lead a stable and fulfilling life after rehab.

No matter what type of rehab you choose, it can help put you on a path to lifelong recovery.


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