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Rehab International is dedicated to filling the "information gap" about different types of drug addiction, drug rehab programs and addiction treatment options. Read to get started

Rehab Types

There are a number of different drug rehab programs currently operating in the United States, each one with it's own methods and treatment philosophies. Understand the differences between these types of rehab options can help enhance the individual's chances at breaking through with a successful recovery. Consider the following popular types of drug rehab:

  • Residential:
    A chance for individuals to leave their destructive, distracting home environment behind and enter into treatment at a "safe place" where they can receive detox, professional counseling and aftercare - and most importantly, focus solely on their recovery.

  • Outpatient:
    For those who cannot afford to put their lives on hold at move into a residential treatment center full-time. Outpatient care has the individual attend treatment during the day and then return home in the evening.

  • Holistic:
    These are programs that integrate traditional Eastern practices such as yoga and meditation into the overall flow of treatment. More and more programs around the country now understand the benefit of holistic care.

  • Dual diagnosis:
    Specialized care programs to help those individuals who are suffering from co-occurring mental health and addiction issues. These integrated care facilities offer top psychiatric care as well as the best addiction treatment programs working together in concert.

  • For Teens:
    Adolescents are among the heaviest users of drugs and alcohol. Teen drug rehab programs break the cycle of addiction by speaking to issues that directly impact the lives of young people, including peer pressure, self-image issues and more.

  • For women:
    Gender-specific treatment for women helps break the cycle of addiction by giving women a safe place to heal among other women - and speaking to important women's addiction root causes, such as co-dependency, self-image, abuse and other topics.


Throughout the past century, certain drugs have fallen in and out of favor within the substance abuse "community". What was considered a national health epidemic twenty years ago, may today be little more than a "niche drug" among a small percentage of the population. The following is a brief overview of some of the most common drug addictions currently being addressed in treatment centers around the country.

  • Marijuana:
    Whether or not you believe that marijuana is technically addictive, there is no question that individuals who have a dependence on THC see their lives thrown into a state apathy or disassociation.

  • Cocaine:
    The number of people suffering from a cocaine addiction has fallen dramatically in recent years, but there are still many people who need help overcoming their strong psychological dependence on this expensive, addictive drug.

  • Alcoholism:
    The easiest drug to obtain on this list is also the top killer, as alcohol addiction claims countless lives each year as a result of health problems or reckless behavior such as driving while under the influence.

  • Heroin:
    Heroin stands alone as drug that can kill the user in so many ways. Heroin addiction is a serious problem due to the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS or hepatitis

  • Vicodin:
    One of the fastest growing drug problems in the United States, many Vicodin addiction problems begin with the individual taking the drug for legitimate reasons - only to see the painkiller soon overtake their life.

  • OxyContin:
    A powerful prescription painkiller that often leads to overdose or strong dependency. Dubbed "the hillbilly heroin", OxyContin is in many ways as strong and dangerous as that illicit street drug.

  • Ecstasy:
    It is a party drug to many, but Ecstasy still claims many lives each year. For those with an Ecstasy addiction, the party turns bad when they develop a tolerance to the drug - putting them at risk for overdose and other serious issues.

Info Guides

If you are suffering from a drug addiction or substance abuse problem, drug rehab is the best chance at getting sober (and staying that way). Each drug addiction, however, may require it's own line of treatment. In other words, what works effectively for a heroin addiction may not be the best course of action for someone with a dependence on heroin. Therefore, it is important to understand the different types of drug rehab "tracks" and ask the rehab team at your facility about their experience in that area.

  • Heroin:
    Heroin rehab focuses on both the physical and psychological addiction to the drug. Detoxification from heroin can be a challenge, but once completed, it does pave the way for counseling and therapy.

  • Cocaine:
    Experts agree that cocaine addiction is primarily a psychological one. That means cocaine rehab programs place a special emphasis on the counseling components of treatment.

  • Vicodin:
    Like heroin and OxyContin, Vicodin is a powerful opiate that requires specific attention to detox. Some individuals choose to start the Vicodin rehab process with medical detox, as opposed to using natural detox and going "cold turkey".

  • Alcohol:
    These programs help individuals defeat their lifelong addiction to alcohol - taking them through the "drying out" process of alcohol detox and showing them how to live a clean and sober life.

  • OxyContin:
    More and more addiction treatment facilities are adding OxyContin rehab to their program offerings. The intense high experienced when abusing OxyContin makes addiction come on fast - and professional help a necessity.

  • Marijuana:
    Individuals who take part in a marijuana rehab program do so because they want to change their lives for the better --- shaking off the health and motivational issues caused by habitual, heavy use of THC.

  • Prescription drugs:
    With increased access on the Internet and a growing permissiveness within our society, the need for prescription drug rehab is greater than ever. Treatment facilities break up prescription drug rehab programs into different groups, including opiate painkillers, amphetamines, and other drug types.

  • Crystal meth:
    Few drugs take a physical and emotional toll like crystal meth. Treatment professionals at crystal meth rehab help individuals regain their good health, and overcome many of the psychological issues that accompany the disease.

Getting Treatment Help

Individuals who are living with a drug addiction often do not seek out professional help until they have "bottomed out" and lost almost everything they hold dear. Until that time, they are simply too caught up in a state of denial to reach out for help. Therefore, it falls to family and friends to step forward and help the individual understand the depth of their problem. Individuals who want to help a loved one should consider the following:

  • Talk to the individual about the problem. The first step is to identify that there is a drug problem (by knowing the signs and symptoms of drug addiction) and then speaking with the individual in an open, honest and caring way about the subject. Urge the individual to get help without being judgmental or accusatory. Read More
  • Holding an intervention. If talking doesn't bring about the desired results, then it is time to call for an intervention. Hire a professional interventionist who can help insure that the meeting runs smoothly and that everyone stays safe and productive throughout. The two goals of a drug intervention are: get the individual to admit that he or she has a problem, and take them right to a drug rehab center following the meeting. Read More
  • Enrolling in treatment. Many loved ones will stay with the individual right up through the drug treatment admissions process. Doing so shows that person that you love them, and that they are not alone in this challenging journey. Read More
  • Sticking with the program. Loved ones can also help the individual during and after treatment by taking part in family counseling programs and supporting them throughout aftercare. There are many things that can be done to help - including driving the individual to 12-step group meetings, making sure the environment is drug and alcohol-free and more. Read More

Paying for Treatment

The cost of a drug rehab program can be significant. Some luxury drug rehab programs can cost thousands of dollars per week to attend. Even outpatient care, that is much less expensive, can still be too much of a financial burden for families that have seen their savings depleted as a result of addiction. To help, many insurance companies now pay for all or part of treatment at certain facilities. In addition, there are a number of drug rehab centers that offer financing plans to help offset the cost of care for those who apply.

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