A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
Call 800-580-9104 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

What to Expect at a Drug Treatment Center

Drug treatment centers provide a number of different services that are aimed at helping people who are addicted to drugs to change their behaviors and overcome addiction. Depending on the type of drug treatment center that you attend the number of counselors and staff members as well as their experience you may encounter various different services and therapies in drug treatment.

Many treatment centers aim the services and programs at a specific type of addiction or age group of the addict. For instance, some drug treatment center will have different specialty programs for adolescents, seniors, individuals who have been diagnosed with dual conditions such as addiction and mental health disorders. The common components that you can expect when you enter drug treatment are medical and addiction related.

What to Expect in Drug Treatment Centers: Medical Components of Drug Treatment

The medical components of drug treatment include around the clock medical monitoring and supervision that is provided by trained medical staff such as counselors, psychologists, therapists, doctors and nurses. Drug treatment centers will also provide psychiatric evaluations to determine if there are any mental health conditions that must also be treated in addition to the drug addiction. Medical evaluations and assessments are provided regularly to determine the overall health of those in treatment as well as to determine if there is a need for any additional treatment.

Drug treatment centers and the medical staff that are at these centers also provide medication management as part of the medical component of treatment. A doctor or nurse will administer medication as needed to patients. Doctors in drug treatment centers are able to prescribe medications to the patient for a range of needs including various withdrawal symptoms and other health conditions.

What to Expect at Drug Treatment Centers: Addiction Components of Drug Treatment

The addiction component of drug treatment includes various types of therapies that are aimed at treating the psychological factors that surround addiction. Some of the most common types of therapies include psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and alternative therapies such as art therapy or music therapy. Various types of counseling are offered at drug treatment centers including family counseling, dual diagnosis counseling, individual and group counseling.

To treat addiction, drug treatment centers also provide various types of educational sessions to help addicts learn about their addiction, discover how to cope with the addiction and learn new skills that will help them to remain sober long after treatment. Exercise programs are provided to help individuals heal physically after addiction. Some of the most common exercise programs that can be found in drug treatment centers include Yoga, tai-chi, meditation, and strength training. Most focus on both physical and psychological healing as a primary component of the overall treatment program.

More Treatment & Detox Articles

What is an Intervention & How Does it Work

intervention for substance abuse

Alcohol and drug addictions can take a considerable toll on the addict as well as the people in the addict’s life. By its very nature, addiction sets a person up to deny its existence as a problem, so loved ones are already at a disadvantage when trying to help an addict change his or her….

Continue reading

A Shake Up for New Zealand’s Drinking Culture

The lawless drinking culture prevalent among young New Zealanders could see a re-write of the liquor laws. The Law Commission published a report Thursday that recommends ways to minimize the harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption. The Law Commission is an independent government entity in New Zealand that reviews laws and recommends reforms and new….

Continue reading

Boozy girls out of their tiny minds

Scotland’s deadly underage binge-drinking epidemic has seduced a new generation of “pocket-money boozers” – and most of them are Girls. The shocking news comes in a Scottish Sun investigation which shows 3,799 under-16s were treated in hospital for alcohol-related problems in the last five years – some of them as young as Nine. And disturbingly,….

Continue reading

Think before you drink

Alcoholics aren’t easy to pick out in a crowd. The person next to you in the checkout line at Walmart may be an alcoholic. So may the person who works next to you at the office, or sits next to you in church. The person who teaches your child, works on your car, or cuts….

Continue reading

Types of Pain Killer Addiction Treatment

Pain killer addiction treatment program

Pain killer addiction can pose serious challenges in treatment.  Many different methods of pain killer addiction treatment exist to help people who suffer from physical dependence to reclaim their lives and get on the right path to sobriety and long term recovery.  For most recovering addicts, the first step in healing is to spend time….

Continue reading