There are several varieties of drug addiction treatment for those seeking relief from their struggles with substance abuse. These varieties will depend on a number of factors including the specific kind of addiction, their personal history, and the severity of the problems. Across the breadth of drug addiction treatments that are available there is a common feature that virtually of them provide: detoxification. Most treatments begin with detoxification because the true treatment cannot begin while the user is suffering from withdrawal and has the substance of abuse in their system. An individual suffering from addiction and seeking treatment needs to focus on their treatment and overcoming past habits and learning new ones, not dealing with withdrawal.
Thus some form of detoxification is necessary before treatment commences. Simply put, detoxification describes the process by which drugs are purged from the body. This is not simply to remove withdrawal cravings from the user, detoxification is necessary because withdrawal can actually become life threatening in extreme cases due to the dependency that the body builds. After detoxification treatment is completed the full treatment program may begin.
There are three main types of drug addiction treatment that a user will seek out in the majority of cases: long term residential treatment, an individualized counseling. Each form of treatment corresponds to differing circumstances and have their own benefits as well as trade offs.
Long Term Residential Treatment occurs in a residential setting. The main benefit that the recovering drug addict will experience from this kind of treatment is that they are removed from their original, problematic environment and instead place in a clean environment where there are around around-the-clock staff and other motivated patients seeking to better their lot in life and overcome the vice of drug addiction. Every part of the day will be structured and allocated according to an itinerary devised by the support staff of trained professionals. Long term residential treatment programs will typically take place over the span of 30 to 90 days depending on the severity of the addiction. On the other hand short term residential treatment programs will take place over three to six weeks. They can be described as short but rather intensive. Typically these programs are based on a customized 12 step program. Outpatient treatment programs do not involve the patient residing inside a facility, so they are preferable for those with jobs that they must attend to. The down side to these programs is that they are less intensive than their longer term counterparts and they do no not remove the addict from the environment that originally incited them to begin abusing substances in the first place.