Many addicts start using alcohol or drugs as a way to unwind, to fit in with their peer group, or to escape the harsh, and at times, unbearable reality of their lives. Still others use it as a means to self-medicate themselves as they suffer from an underlying and oftentimes undiagnosed mental illness.  Almost 50% of those individuals with a mental disorder also abuse drugs, as compared to 15% of the population that abuses drugs but does not have an underlying mental illness. An even larger number of individuals are addicted to legal or prescription drugs and believe just because something is available “over the counter” or by prescription that it is not possible to become addicted to these substances, which is absolutely not correct. Just because something is legal doesn’t mean that it cannot be dangerous to use. With these staggering statistics it is easy to understand why there is such a great need in the United States and around the world for a drug treatment facility to help addicts become educated about the causes of addiction, their personal triggers to use, and why they started using drugs in the first place.

There are many different types of treatment centers and regardless of the reason why someone started using drugs, there is a drug treatment facility that can help them stop using drugs and learn how to cope with their lives without drug use.

Drug treatment facilities can different in their type and approach to drug treatment. Some facilities require the addict to be treated in residence while others offer treatment on an outpatient basis. Many also offer in-house detox treatment while others require that detox be completed off-site before enrolling in their programs. Detox is often the first step in drug addiction treatment. Regardless of where the detox is completed, individual counseling is often the next step of addiction treatment. In counseling, the addict will learn about why they started using drugs and triggers to avoid being tempted to use drugs again. Some sort of group counseling may also be employed at this stage of drug treatment. Then, various therapies are employed to help teach the addict valuable life skills, such as how to build their own network of support to help them cope with temptations to relapse, as well as other hobbies to divert their interests and energies.  Some programs even offer some sort of job training, career placement, and assistance with housing to help the addict start a new life away from drugs.

Once addiction treatment has ended at the facility, the recovery process still continues, as there is no true cure for addiction, but only treatments and support to help the addict to continue to live drug free and heal from the effects of drug use. It often takes years for the addict to deal with all of the accumulated damage from the drug abuse to their bodies, minds and spirits, but it is well worth the time and effort to do so as the addict reclaims their life and begins to live a life of purpose without drugs.

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