Man confused about rehab, questions about addictionHere are five of the most commonly asked questions about alcohol and drug treatment.

1. How long should alcohol and drug treatment take?

According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, a U.S. government health organization, the longer the period of treatment, the more likely it is to have a successful outcome. One thing you should know is that the typical 28-day program is of that duration not because of any medical evidence pointing to that length of time being most effective, but rather because most insurance policies only cover that time period. While a shorter rehab program may save time on the front end, the chances are greater that the person receiving treatment will suffer a relapse and have to go through a rehab program again.

You can probably answer your own question if you consider this question in return: “How long has this person been addicted?” And then consider this question: “How long has this person had issues that eventually developed into addiction?” 28 days of alcohol and drug treatment cannot change patterns that have been years in forming.

The most successful drug rehabs take the time to not only get the person off of drugs and achieve sobriety, but to also address the underlying cause of his or her drug abuse. This can take time. Some of the best residential facilities in the United States use programs that last 90 days or even longer.

2. What does alcohol or drug treatment typically cost?

An inpatient rehab program can cost $1,000 per day or more. There are some non-profit rehabs out there that manage to charge significantly less than this.

Many private drug rehabs accept medical insurance. However, even with insurance, drug rehab can often be a costly proposition.

As a side note, be sure to get in writing a description of any and all fees from any rehab you’re considering. This holds especially true if you are using your insurance. The reason for this is that you will be billed for any expense that your insurance company refuses to pay, and it happens all too often that the drug and alcohol treatment rehab in question renders services that are billed but not actually covered by your insurance. In any event, it’s best to “know before you go” when deciding on a drug rehab.

Some of the best residential facilities in the U.S. use programs that last 90 days or longer.  Their success rate is over 75%.3. Is detox safe?

Detox (an abbreviation for “detoxification”) is the process whereby an addict comes off the substances (drugs and alcohol) upon which he’s been dependent. During this time period, he experiences withdrawal symptoms including nausea, irritableness, headaches, and other discomforts. Depending on the drug he has been abusing and the severity and duration of his addiction, side effects of withdrawal can even include coma or death.

Under competent medical supervision, detoxification is relatively safe. Doctors and medical personnel are able to monitor the progress of the addict and intervene with nutrition, electrolytes, or any other needed assistance if they notice any signs of the addict worsening.

Alcohol and drug treatment centers that have medical personnel on staff or who outsource the detox process to a medical team are your best bet.

Also, it should be noted that it is never recommended that someone detox on their own. For a long-term drug user, the risks are too great.

4. Should I be willing to use an out-of-state rehab?

There are two sides to this coin. The major caveat to an out-of-state residential rehab is that it’s difficult to tour and get a feel for before you commit. Unless you’ve been building up frequent flyer miles for decades, you can’t very well jet from rehab to rehab all across the country looking for the program that seems the best match.

But assuming that you use a trusted rehab referral service, as we recommend, that is able to help you make an informed decision about what rehab to go with, the answer is an emphatic yes. Not only should you be willing to use an out-of-state rehab – you should seek one out.

The further an addict is from his typical environment, the easier it is for him to recover. This is because the communication from his drug-using connections as well as the pressures that come with his day-to-day life are major contributors to his continuing his habit. By “getting away from it all” he has a better shot at getting away from addiction.

5. What is the typical success rate of alcohol and drug treatment?

These figures may surprise you. The average success rate in the drug rehab industry is only about 22%. That means that almost eight out of every ten rehab clients revert soon after their release.

That being said, there are some rehabs that have success rates as high as 75%. Unfortunately, identifying these programs can oftentimes be likened to finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.

That a drug rehab has a nice website or slick advertising is not really a sign of how successful it is or how much it can help. Some of the “industry-leading” drug rehabs actually have success rates even lower than “average”. What is more, some rehabs manipulate statistics in order to claim a higher success rate than they actually have.

Rehab referral services can sometimes provide objective information about rehabs that can otherwise be difficult to dig up.