Alcohol and Drug Rehabs can differ greatly in the types of services that they provide. If you’re attempting to locate a suitable rehab for yourself or a loved one, hopefully this article will give you some insight to the different types of alcohol and drug rehabs that are available to you. Some are quite expensive, running as much as forty thousand dollars for a 30-day program, while others are more affordable and some are even free to the client if the program has beds that are county funded or county contracted. Many alcohol and drug rehabs accept Medicaid or Medicare if the addict qualifies. Though it seems that insurance companies are becoming less and less willing to pay rehabs for alcohol and drug addiction treatment, some treatment still accept insurance for payment. Others don’t accept any type of insurance and are strictly cash pay, but their fees are moderate so they are reasonably priced alternatives for those with limited or no insurance coverage at all.
Most of the more than 10,000 alcohol and drug rehabs in the United States are 12-step oriented and Social Model (they emphasize learning through “doing and experiencing” while providing positive role models) in nature. Other philosophical differences might be 12-Step vs non 12-step, Gender Specific, Christian Based or Christ Centered, Holistic, Dual Diagnosis with treatment for Co-occurring Disorder and Court or Probation Approved Rehabs to name a few.
Some examples of different levels of care are day treatment or outpatient care, where the client attends group and other recovery activities 3 or 4 hours per day, usually 3 to 5 days per week, then returns home at night, detoxification that is normally inpatient and can be completed in 7 to 10 days for most substances with the exception of some synthetic opiate drugs and short and long-term residential primary treatment. Most residential drug and alcohol rehabs are 21 to 45 days in length, though some long-term programs are a year or more in duration. Weekly out-patient aftercare groups can continue for 6 months to a year and usually focus on relapse prevention and “living life on life’s terms”.
Most alcohol and drug rehabs offer individual counseling, group counseling, behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, substance abuse education classes, lectures and workshops. The ultimate goal of almost all alcohol and drug rehabs is long-term continuous sobriety.
Sober Living Homes
Sober Living Homes don’t provide any treatment services in the home. They usually require their residents to work or attend school during the day and pay a modest weekly or monthly rent. The residents normally attend some type of community based program meetings of their choice in the evening. These programs might be 12-step programs (AA, CA, NA, etc.), Christian Based, Holistic or any out-patient type program. They typically have a set of house rules that include a nightly curfew and require all residents to remain alcohol and drug free while they live there.
Though Sober Living Homes may be accredited or certified by an agency or organization, since they don’t provide any actual treatment in the home, they don’t require licensing for treatment services from the State’s Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.