‘Drug rehab center’, ‘drug treatment center’, ‘alcohol rehabilitation center’, ‘drug rehabilitation program’, and ‘substance abuse rehabilitation center’ are all terms used to describe basically the same thing – a safe and supportive environment for recovery from drug addiction and/or alcoholism.
They usually take the form of a residential addiction rehabilitation center, but can also be intensive outpatient rehabilitation or day treatment programs, or day/night rehabilitation programs – a type of treatment center that takes on the same form and provides many of the same services as a residential drug treatment center or alcohol rehabilitation center, but utilizes more that one location for treatment – often a center for counseling and group therapy by day, and a separate residential setting at night. Alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers, whether they are residential treatment centers or day/night rehabilitation programs, all provide a nurturing, safe, and supportive setting to recover from drug addiction and alcoholism.
Outpatient drug rehabilitation programs and intensive outpatient drug rehabilitation programs are more aptly suited to individuals who have already completed a higher level of care like primary residential drug treatment, or individuals whose addiction to drugs – whatever the drug – alcohol, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, other opiates (Vicodin, Oxycontin, morphine, methadone), barbiturates, or benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Klonipin to name a few) is less severe.
Outpatient rehabilitation programs are also appropriate for cases where the drugs are already out of the individual’s system through a process of detoxification, whether it’s rapid opiate detox for heroin addiction, substitution therapy and detoxification for opiate addiction (using more cutting edge treatments such as Subutex, Suboxone, Buprenex or Buprenorphine), or more traditional detox from drugs and alcohol using benzodiazepines or barbiturates to treat the withdrawal symptoms.
Individuals who hope to find success in an outpatient rehabilitation program must already have some level of distance from drug addiction, alcohol abuse or alcoholism, and must be stable and have the ability to function in an uncontrolled environment when not at the drug treatment center for rehabilitation services.