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Drug Treatment Center Myths and Facts

If you are looking for a drug treatment center that can provide you or a loved one with treatment for any type of drug addiction then chances are you have already fallen victim to the many myths of drug treatment. Unfortunately, there is much confusion that surrounds drug treatment but the myths of drug treatment can be heavily outweighed by the facts. Here’s a look at some of the most common drug treatment centers myths you will hear along your search for help as well as the facts that you should know.

Drug Treatment Center Myth #1: Drug Treatment Can Be Completed in a Few Days

Drug Treatment Center Fact: The fact is that drug treatment cannot be completed in a few days and there is no effective drug treatment that can be accomplished in a matter of just a few days. Most drug treatment centers will offer programs that are at least 90 days long because it has been proven that in order for a treatment program to be most effective the addict should be under treatment for at least a period of 90 days or more. If you are seeking a drug treatment center and have been offered a program that lasts less than 90 days, you should consider the fact that a short drug treatment program may not be as effective as a longer program can be.

Drug Treatment Center Myth #2: If an addict doesn’t willingly enter drug treatment then the treatment won’t be effective

Drug Treatment Center Fact: While drug treatment centers would naturally prefer that the residents in their program are willingly entering the treatment this doesn’t guarantee that the program will be any more effective for the individual who willingly enters any more than it guarantees an ineffectiveness for the addict who is placed unwillingly into the program. Many people who enter drug treatment do not enter such treatment willingly but they still exit drug treatment in a recovery status. Likewise, there are also people who are willing to go to drug treatment and who want to recover from addiction who do not successfully complete drug treatment.

Drug Treatment Center Myth #3: People who don’t successfully complete drug treatment are never going to get better

Drug Treatment Center Fact: The fact is that there are many different types of people and many different types of addiction as well as many different types of treatment centers. No two treatments are guaranteed to work the same nor is any single program a one-size-fits-all guarantee. What this means is that an individual who does not respond well to one type of drug treatment may or may not respond well to another type of drug treatment. Some people who suffer from addiction may find themselves in and out of drug treatment centers many times before they finally successfully recovery. The success of a drug treatment center and the program that is provided is dependent on many different values including the individual, the type of treatment, the level of addiction and the type of addiction.

Drug Treatment Center Myth #4: Drug treatment centers are institutionalized

Drug Treatment Center Fact: If you think that drug treatment centers all provide the same type of accommodations that can be easily attributed to something similar to being in jail, think again! Drug treatment centers are not all institutionalized and they do not all provide the same accommodations. While there are many drug treatment centers that do provide low end accommodations and are institutionalized which can make them feel more like a hospital or jail than a home, there are also many that are luxurious, high end and cozy. Not all drug treatment centers have poor accommodations or harsh environments. Luxury drug treatment centers feature accommodations fit for a king and may offer services similar to those offered in a spa which can make for a very non-institutionalized feel overall.

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