Drug Treatment

All Drug Treatment Centers Are Not The Same

There are literally thousands of drug treatment centers in the United States. Unfortunately this means that the quality of care and the overall success rates differ dramatically between facilities. When you are looking for the right drug treatment center, the choices are overwhelming and the average person has no idea which one to choose. In the pursuit of quality drug treatment, indviduals are encouraged to have a loved one help them research their options, and make their choice based on quality rather than convenience. Programs that boast outlandish success rates (i.e. between 70% and 100%) are misrepresenting themselves and are concerned more with money than with providing treatment. It is also common for treatment centers to exploit people's desire to find an instant cure for drug addiction.

Treatment centers frequently post online ads advertising instant drug treatment, such as rapid or ultra-rapid treatment or literature containing a "simple answer" to your addiction problem. It is important to realize that there is no substitute for traditional treatment and that claims to the contrary are not meant in the best interest of patients. Perhaps the worst examples of this are advertisements with promises of magic pills or herbal supplements that will cure you or your loved one of their drug addiction.

Convenience is one of the most common factors in choosing a treatment facility. Unfortunately not all treatment centers offer the same level of care and patients wind up relapsing because they made a hasty or lazy decision. Addiction is a medical condition, just like heart disease or diabetes. This means that treatment options should be selected based on quality of care and not cost or proximity.

Although patients should embrace the best treatment options available, we recognize that many have no choice but to select a program based on distance and convenience and are ready to help you choose the best possible program.

Drug Treatment: Inpatient vs. Outpatient 

There are two types of drug treatment programs:

Inpatient- This is the preferred, proven, and most recommended form of drug rehab treatment. Unfortunately, instead of a first course of treatment, it is often not tried until someone has failed to stop abusing drugs after attending outpatient treatment. Inpatient drug treatment is also commonly referred to as residential drug treatment.

Outpatient- These programs are usually recommended by well-meaning local help services in a person's neighborhood or religious community. Outpatient drug treatment is also sometimes chosen by someone who simply doesn’t have the free time to allocate to an inpatient program or has no insurance or money to pay for treatment. The most recommended use of outpatient drug treatment is after someone has completed a inpatient drug treatment program and has experienced a temporary relapse.

We recommend the Right Drug Treatment Program for You or Your Loved One

The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) was created to take the guesswork out of the decision process for you so you know who are the best drug treatment centers, and not simply whichever one is closest to you!  If for whatever reason you cannot attend one of the leading drug treatment centers, we can also recommend the next best choice for you or your loved one from our national database of drug treatment centers in your area.

Contact the National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) anytime toll-free at (800) 784-6776 or through our online form, and we will recommend the leading drug and alcohol rehab centers for you or your loved one.