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Comparing Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

Thousands of drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers exist in the United States. Public, private, and nonprofit agencies in virtually every state offer some type of alcohol and drug abuse treatment.

Thousands of drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers exist in the United States. Public, private, and nonprofit agencies in virtually every state offer some type of alcohol and drug abuse treatment. Every center has its own model for rehabilitation and recovery whether that includes inpatient, outpatient, counseling, medically assisted rehabilitation or any combination thereof.

Many centers provide the traditional 12 Step Program that was developed more than 75 years ago with the evolution of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Programs that focus on Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are aimed at treating abuse and addiction by providing counseling and peer support. These programs can provide the social and emotional support systems needed to help many people recover but they do not address the physical and neurological reasons for the abuse, which are crucial to understanding and recovery for many, especially individuals who have developed a physical dependency to their addiction.

An individual who has developed a physical dependency to alcohol or drugs should seek a rehabilitation center that can provide medical assistance for recovery in addition to the traditional emotional and counseling led support. If physical dependency is determined, detoxification from drugs and alcohol should be managed under the care of a licensed medical professional. Otherwise, the withdrawal can be damaging and potentially fatal if not managed medically.

Individuals who are seeking a holistic recovery that addresses the needs of their body as a whole– emotional, physical, spiritual, psychological, and neurological– should consider treatment at a modern center that uses advanced medical sciences and state of the art technology. Recent studies have revealed that more advanced treatments for alcoholism and drug abuse include identifying chemical imbalances and studying physical and emotional traumas and their triggers and effects on an individual. This can be achieved though therapy and/or brain scans, brain wave mapping, and other advanced neurological procedures. This allows the patient and doctor to understand the root cause of the individual’s addiction. Following this process, each patient is recognized as unique and he or she is treated for his or her own traumas, tendencies, and background that helped to create the abuse. Thus, in this model, each patient is treated with an individual plan of integrated care tailored specific for that patient.

Drug and alcohol rehab centers that approach treatment and rehabilitation with this holistic approach have yielded the most favorable results in recent studies because the holistic medical approach is able to combine all the various aspects of a person’s needs including the physical, neurological, psychological, and spiritual to form a well-rounded, complete and lasting recovery.

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