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Katie EuerleWRIT 1301Rough Draft #1Research PaperTreating the ImpossibleDrug and alcohol addictions constantly find a way to sneak into peoples’ lives. It is easy for someone to try a drug and quickly become addicted to it, even though most likely they were not planning on it. Addictions don’t seem to be too harmful at first. But when the addiction eventually overtakes the person’s life, it then becomes a serious problem. In order to treat this harmful addiction, the abuser needs to either want to attend a rehabilitation program, or be forced by loved ones to at least try it. Each year, on average, more than eight million people attend some sort of drug rehab. With this number being so extensive, “chances are you know someone who has been to drug rehab,” (ADARC). After the program is over, millions of ex-users leave the rehabilitation centers clean, and aware of how to prevent their addiction from returning. However, what most people don’t often think about is how many of these ex-users start using again. So, the real question is how well do treatment and rehabilitation centers actually prevent their patients from using these addicting drugs again? Mary Susan Ryan-Flynn states that, “Many alcoholics and drug addicts do not respond to treatment and return immediately to their addictions” (Ferguson, pg.16). This proves that treatment and
rehabilitation centers often do not prevent their patients from reusing again and the programs need to be improved in order for them to work successfully.People that have drug addictions that are not easily treated often hit what is called “rock bottom” for them. This can involve losing their home, overdosing almost to the point of death, or being convicted of a crime due to their drug use. When a person hits “rock bottom”, usually they either are forced to go to treatment by court order or family, or they decide that it is the time for them to change, and going to treatment will help them do so. The question that comes next in the rehabilitation process is choosing the right center for them. If they are forced into rehab by court order or family, it is likely that a treatment center has already been chosen for them. On the other hand, if they decide to go themselves, choosing the right place or program can be a difficult task, andthat is without involving the issue of cost. There are several types programs, ranging from short programs, lasting 30 to 90 days, to long programs, lasting 90 days to a year. These programs can be inpatient or outpatient depending on what the patient needs. Although most users decide to do this after completing rehab, there is also the option of sober living, in which sobriety lasts as long as one decides to live there. In Free-standing Residential facilities, patients reside within the building 24 hoursa day, while under the care of addiction professionals. The average length of a stay in these residential facilities is twenty days. They focus on mainly alcoholism and drug addictions. Hospital Based Rehabilitation Units are suited for patients who, along with