- Dual Diagnosis – Dual Diagnosis is the combination of chemical dependency and mental health issues. For example, an addict may be addicted to OxyContin and suffer from depression simultaneously. Both issues will need to be treated in drug rehab as one impacts the other.
- Chemical Dependency – An addict who does not have a mental health issue will enter a drug rehab program and his/her focus will mainly be on living sober.
Both of these types of rehabs offer the same track for helping the addict learn about and obtain recovery. There are five core components within a drug rehab:
- Community Meetings – The addict/alcoholic will attend community meetings with others in the drug rehab program weekly to discuss issues that the members of the community may have with one another. This will be overseen by addiction treatment staff and addicts/alcoholics will be able to practice healthy conflict resolution skills.
- Primary Group – In drug rehab the addict/alcoholic will be assigned to a therapist who will be conducting a primary group to attend daily. In the primary group, the addict/alcoholic will be able to discuss feelings that are surfacing regarding past behaviors and issues regarding addiction. The group will be able to relate to one another, offer support and challenge each other to change behaviors.
- Individual Counseling – An individual therapist, who also will conduct the primary groups, will be assigned to each addict/alcoholic as he or she enters treatment. These individual sessions are confidential between the therapist and the addict/alcoholic. In this forum the addict/alcoholic will be able to discuss underlying issues and prevention skills for relapse that are individualized.
- Educational Lectures – Addicts and alcoholics in drug rehab will attend educational lectures which will cover topics such as: relapse prevention, healthy relationships, communication techniques, spirituality, an introduction to the 12 Steps, etc.
- Family Counseling – A comprehensive drug rehab center will offer a family counseling/education component. During family counseling the therapist will assist with helping families in beginning to repair their relationships from the damage created by addiction.
Drug rehab should be comprehensive and include all of the different areas listed above. This is an example of a well rounded drug rehab structure that offers opportunities for change throughout the program.