Need Help? A Look at Rehab Treatments

Anyone looking into a rehab program of any type is sure to wonder how effective they are, but the truth is that effects vary from program to program, and from person to person. Nationwide in the U.S., some 24% of rehab patients drop out before ever completing their tenure. In addition, some forms of rehab require the patient to abstain from drugs and alcohol, while others remove the temptation entirely. With a wide range of treatment types and programs, effectiveness does vary, but the following includes a quick overview of what you can expect from the different types of rehab clinics and programs.

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While some rehabilitation programs are more
successful than others, many people still
choose the one to take based on time
constraints, budget, and whether or not
they intend to tell family and friends.

Different Types of Rehab

There are three major types of rehab and only two of them are actually a clinic or facility. The majority of people take the most affordable option, which is also the least effective.

Outpatient Rehab – Outpatient rehabilitation is the most common, most affordable, and most often prescribed by a court of law. These programs allow the patient to continue about their daily lives while attending regular meetings. In some cases, outpatient rehab is as simple as a meeting service like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous where you meet with a group of your peers, discuss your issues, and hopefully get to the root of why you’re doing drugs. Most people attend outpatient rehab for 72 to 90 days, with a 44% early dropout rate.

Day Rehab – Day Rehab requires you to go to a clinic all day every day and then return to your home at night. This type of treatment is slightly more successful than outpatient rehab because it allows the patient more time to absorb, adjust, and heal. However, with the temptation and the ability to return to substance abuse at night, it is less effective than residential rehab.

Residential Rehab – This is commonly recognized as the best form of rehab but it is also the most expensive and the most time consuming. Inpatient drug rehab requires the patient to leave their home and their job for a minimum of 28 days and usually 50 days to live in a special facility where they cannot access any form of substances. The result is that more people stay detoxed after leaving the program. However, there are two types of residential rehab and one is significantly better than the other.


12 step rehab programs literally use a step by step process to develop physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional wellbeing, but often move on a set timeline. The basic steps include recognizing the addiction, recognizing a higher power, examining previous mistakes, making amends, and then helping others through the same process. These programs typically produce very good short-term results, but without follow-up or the addition of a support group, the vast majority of patients from this type of rehab eventually end up back in rehab.

Non-12-Step Programs

Non-12 Step Programs are becoming increasingly popular as a more effective method of treating long-term addiction without spirituality. Clinics and rehab centres like rely on behavioural therapy, completely detoxing the body and learning tools for resisting addiction rather than living with it. The success rate for these programs is much higher, although as it is newer, fewer physicians recommend it to patients.

Personal Determination

Whether you yourself have a problem with substance abuse or you’re looking into the facts for friends and family, it is important that you consider that any data is based purely on statistics and can greatly vary from person to person based on determination, and how much they want to detox. While personal results vary from person to person, the program itself and its effectiveness at treating both mental and physical health issues also play a huge part in actual rehabilitation.  While some rehabilitation programs are more successful than others, many people still choose the one to take based on time constraints, budget, and whether or not they intend to tell family and friends.

About the author

Ben Grant is a rehab physician specializing in non-12 step recovery, and focusing on the well -being and physical health of his patients.  His passion is helping addicts to recover themselves by offering them the tools they need to get on the right track. 

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