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Millions of people in the U.S. have a problem with substance abuse or knows someone who has. Substance abuse is a growing issue in this country. Most people who have a substance abuse problem need help to stop. Many times this means attending a substance abuse rehabilitation program.

The first step in addiction recovery is admitting that you have a problem. If you have been neglecting your responsibilities at work, school, or in your home life, you may need to enroll in a substance abuse rehabilitation program. Likewise, if you continue to drink or use even in the face of legal or financial consequences, this is a major sign of an addiction present in your life.

There are many types of substance abuse rehabilitation programs so you don’t have to worry about not finding the right fit for you. A substance abuse rehabilitation program will have addiction experts on hand that will be able to help you determine what type of treatment is right for you.   Some addicts and alcoholics will need to go to a medical detox facility before beginning a substance abuse rehabilitation program. These facilities recognize that fear of the withdrawal process is often the biggest barrier to recovery for many addicts and alcoholics. They will administer medications and therapies to ensure that the process is both safe and comfortable. After detox, you can attend either an inpatient or outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation program.

Drug addicts who attend inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation programs usually have better long term success than those who attend outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation programs. In an inpatient program, you will live either on-site or in a separate off-site housing facility. If you live off-site, you will be transported to the main facility during the day. When you first begin the inpatient program, you will be carefully assessed by addiction experts. A personalized substance abuse rehabilitation program will be designed based on your individual needs.

Outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation programs are usually used in conjunction with inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation programs. After a participating in an inpatient program, you will live on your own and return to attend the outpatient program a few nights a week. This is beneficial because it keeps you accountable and provides support as you return to the stressors of everyday life.

Sometimes, an addict or alcoholic is unable to devote the time needed to attend an inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation program. They may have family or work commitments that they are unable to get away from. In these cases, outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation programs are used in lieu of inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation programs. The individual usually attends group or individual therapy 2-5 days a week and lives at home or in a sober house.

A sober house is a residence of recovering individuals, where drinking and using drugs is strictly prohibited. Sober houses often use periodic drug tests to ensure that the residents are not drinking or using drugs. Most sober houses also require that you are employed, attending school, or volunteering in the community and that you are actively working a 12-step program. Many substance abuse rehabilitation programs suggest a stay in a sober house after inpatient treatment.

If you or someone you know needs a substance abuse rehabilitation program, call us at (877) 711-HOPE (4673) or visit us online at www.palmpartners.com.

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