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When considering starting drug rehab treatment, you or a loved one may wonder how effective drug rehab is for curing addiction(s) and recovering. Is it really worth it to go to drug rehab? It certainly is. Here are some frequently asked questions about drug rehab to help you learn more about them and how effective they are at treating drug addiction.

What are drug rehab success rates?

Addiction, like any other serious disease, can be successfully managed and treated (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018). Treatment essentially allows people to counteract the illness’ extremely disruptive effects on the brain and behavior, allowing them to reclaim control of their lives (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018). After nine months, between 85% and 95% of those who finish drug and alcohol rehabilitation report being drug-free (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2016).

How do you measure drug rehab success rates?

There are a number of methods for calculating success rates. It can be determined by the individual being entirely detoxed from the substance(s) abused at the end of therapy and then continuing to live a substance-free life after treatment. It may also entail the individual continuing to attend meetings (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous) if they ever feel the temptation to use the substance(s) again or continue to attend meetings weekly and maintain touch with their sponsor, if they have one.

Due to the chronic nature of the condition, relapse may occur at some point (National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2018). This in no way represents an individual’s failure. However, if relapse does occur, one must get back on track immediately. As soon as possible, the individual should attend a meeting and contact their sponsor to prevent further difficulties and relapses. If the relapse is severe, returning to treatment may be necessary. If advised by a professional, return to treatment as soon as possible.

What factors influence drug rehab success rates?

Post-rehabilitation support is a crucial contributor to drug rehab success rates. This may involve the individual attending meetings (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous) and, if they wish, maintaining touch with their sponsor. This may also entail continuing to attend weekly individual and/or group therapy sessions, or at whatever time interval the individual has established with their treatment facility.

Why do some people achieve sobriety while others don’t?

Everybody is different. For some individuals, relapse is more prevalent. This depends on a variety of factors, including genetics (whether drug usage runs in the family and how likely relapse is) and the type(s) of abused substances. Some substances are more likely to cause a relapse than others, and this varies from person to person.

What should you look for in a drug rehab program?

What matters most in a drug rehab program is the type of staff and whether or not the treatment program is tailored to each individual. Drug rehab is not a one-size-fits-all treatment and should never be treated as such.

How much does a drug rehab program cost?

There is no single answer to the question of how much a drug rehab program costs. The cost is determined by a number of factors, including (1) the type of program, (2) the length of treatment, (3) the geographic location, and (4) the amenities provided at the treatment facility (Giorgi, 2021).

Depending on the length of stay, drug rehab costs can range from $200 to $800 per day for a 30-day drug detox; $1,400 to $10,000 for three months of outpatient treatment; $3,000 to $10,000 for a 30-day intensive outpatient treatment program; and $5,000 to $80,000 for a residential treatment program (Giorgi, 2021).

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that health insurance policies cover drug and alcohol rehab (Giorgi, 2021). Private insurance policies, Medicaid, Medicare, state-funded health insurance, and military insurance all fall under this category (Giorgi, 2021). You may also be able to qualify for disability insurance for alcoholism inpatient treatment in some states, including California (Giorgi, 2021).




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