Pros and Cons of Drug Rehab Centers

Pros and Cons of Drug Rehab Centers

Drug rehab centers are the standard when it comes to kicking an addiction. But what are these rehab centers really like? Read on to learn some of the pros and cons of drug rehab centers.

What is a Typical Rehab?

In a typical rehab, the individual can expect about 4 to 10 days at a detox center, and then a 30 day stay at a facility where they will have access to and sessions with therapists and psychiatrists. This is where the individual learns about addiction and substance abuse, as well as the reasons behind the excessive use of drugs or alcohol. However, unless covered by insurance, rehab can be very expensive and can cost upwards of $20,000 per 30 days.

Are there any alternatives to rehab? Yes, there are. While rehab is highly recommended, it is not for everyone. And many times it is simply not affordable. Some individuals could do better by attending 12 Step Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Some may get the best results by seeing a therapist one on one.

Pros of Drug Rehab Centers

Inpatient rehab certainly has a lot of pros and benefits. First and most obvious is the fact that the individual will receive 30 consecutive days of treatment and remain clean. Other benefits include:

  • Building and maintaining a schedule
  • Opportunity to have medications adjusted until they are just right
  • Removal of day to day distractions
  • Removal of temptations
  • Support of other individuals in recovery
  • Treatment by licensed and trained professionals

It can be difficult for the individual to develop and maintain a schedule for themselves when left to do it on their own. In an inpatient rehab center, the individual will get used to having a routine of waking up at the same time, going to bed at the same time, cooking, exercising, attending therapy and educational sessions, every day. For many people, this time away from daily life is what gives them the push to focus on recovery.

Cons of Drug Rehab Centers

While drug rehab is definitely nothing like going to prison, it can be similar in the sense that the individual can return to society worse off than they were before they went to rehab. In some cases, rehab can make the individual more excited to use drugs and alcohol than they were prior to admitting themselves. Some other potential cons of drug rehab include:

  • Prohibitive costs
  • Difficulty in transitioning back to a home environment after being under supervision
  • Disconnection with therapists or counselors who have been assigned
  • Exposure to other individuals with addiction, relapse, and triggers

Not everyone goes to rehab to get clean. A lot of patients may be there as a result of court-ordered rehab. Such individuals will simply go back to using drugs or alcohol after they are released and their attitude can rub off on those individuals who genuinely wanted to get help.

Therefore, it is important for the individual to do their research before they decide on rehab or pick a facility. All of the factors mentioned above will play a role in the individual’s recovery. And it is a fact that addiction can only be beaten when the individual truly wishes to go into recovery.

Know that there are other options out there if rehab is less than ideal.

Blueprints for Recovery understands the unique challenges that young adults face when approaching recovery. We understand that the circumstances that lead people to addiction and subsequent treatment are different for everyone. We offer individualized programs to help resolve addictive behaviors and get you on the path to recovery and healing.


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