Drug abuse has been alarmingly increasing in the US, such that a legitimate survey has shown that in 2014 about 22.5 million drug dependents need treatment and a very small percentage of about 11.6% have sought treatment, which makes for the 19.9 million left untreated for various reasons: financial incapacity, no available insurance to cover their treatment, or the inability to find treatment or the right, specific treatment. Depending on the seriousness of their drug dependency condition, it is good to be well-informed first on the signs that your kid or a special someone is into drug abuse and needs rehabilitation treatment, so that help is on their way, and these signs are the following: the inability to be non-performing on important and responsible obligations at home, work or school; cutting on social activities, including shunning social relationships with family, friends, co-workers; continuous use of drugs even after recognizing the ill-effects of harming the physical or psychological state of the user; unsuccessful attempts to stop using or cut down on drugs; withdrawal symptoms when not using drugs which can lead into loss of control of one’s physical will and breaking one’s rule due to the strong urge or craving to use drugs.
Drug centers require a rehabilitation or rehab program for drug dependent users and the rehabilitation process requires first an assessment of the physical and psychological condition, the seriousness of the addiction, and health risks so a special designed treatment can be recommended and for the rehab program to meet its goal of restoring back as much as possible what was lost by the drug dependent on his/her life – physical, sensory, and mental capabilities. In general, most rehabilitation or rehab centers follow the prescribed program of letting the drug dependent patient undergo first a detox process, which is a process of emptying the body from the drug substance and in the course of this period, some prescribed medications are given especially during the withdrawal period to treat symptoms that may arise, so that the rehab center must be prepared to provide a safe facility and environment for their patient to successfully pass the detox procedure and further proceed to the next treatment. There are several varieties of treatment that a rehabilitation center can provide, these according to the individual assessment of the patient, but generally include a combination of individual and group therapies, meeting sessions with physician and facility caregiver, educational and support services, healthy leisure activities, and aftercare programs for the patient’s transition to outpatient care or a self-help recovery program.