Inpatient and Outpatient Rehab Treatment Centers

The Types of Addiction Treatment

The Types of Addiction Treatment

Inpatient and Outpatient Rehab Treatment Centers

The Types of Addiction Treatment


When people think of addiction treatment they typically think of a 28-day inpatient rehab facility, but
there are a few different types of addiction treatment. The first stop for people struggling with alcohol,
benzodiazepines or opiates is usually detox. Some drugs including alcohol can build in your body with
heavy continuous use. When this happens, abruptly stopping use can cause withdrawal symptoms which
in some cases can be severe and even life threatening. This is true specifically for alcohol and benzos,
such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin and Ativan. Detox from substances can take 3 – 14 days depending on a
few factors such as the substance(s) used, the amount of the substance(s) used and the length of time
using the substance(s). It is usually provided in a hospital-type setting as it is a medical process, but most
opiate detox is provided in outpatient settings.


After detox there are a few different options for addiction treatment from the traditional 28-day
inpatient rehab, which can include 1 – 2 weeks of detox. Then there are also 3, 6, 9, and 12 month long
term treatment programs and sober living homes. If inpatient rehab is not indicated many people enter
intensive outpatient treatment programs. This kind of treatment does not provide housing but instead
has people stay at home and attend treatment during the daytime. All of these various addiction
treatment options are largely based on the 12-step, disease based model which teaches people they are
powerless and suffering from a progressive, incurable disease. Treatment primarily consists of group
therapy, support group meetings and some individual counseling.


There is an emerging market of alternatives to addiction treatment that help people to overcome
addiction. They are research based educational approaches that teach the truth about addiction, and
show people why they feel powerless even when they are not actually powerless. These programs help
people to become self-aware of their likes and dislikes, their motivations and reasons for their substance
use . These kinds of self-empowering programs have demonstrated higher success rates than disease
based treatment.