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Drug and Alcohol Detox and Rehab Center Shopping? Getting Answers to the Important Questions

Drug and alcohol detox and rehab programs differ in ways you may not be aware of. Actually, the first major questions you need to get answered concern the type or model of treatment the detox and rehab program and center uses. What’s their method?

Deciding on the right drug / alcohol detox and rehab program for a loved one shouldn’t rest on guesses and gut instinct.

Ask the important questions first.

Drug and alcohol detox and rehab program methods can differ greatly.

  1. Focus on the big differences

Look at the type of detox and rehab before checking out the ‘bells and whistles’ or details. The first thing a person must do is sort out which method or model that detox and rehab program is using. Discovering which method that a center uses is the 1st and most important step in choosing a detox and rehab program.

A quick tip about detox and rehab methods: some sound different but offer the same sort of approach. While the glitz may sound good, the programs may offer the same type of approach. Remember, features are asked about once one has first decided on the major method of approach. The detox or rehab method being used is the first thing to find out about.

Doing a similar thing over and over again that hasn’t worked will likely get you the same results as doing the same thing. This article will show you how to avoid making the same mistakes.

2. Is the Program Working?

Is that program you are working with simply trying to keep a person busy with seeing counselors and helping them cope? Are they returning self control and personal responsibility and accountability back to the person? Is the person on more drugs now than before they saw the doctor? If you’re spinning in confusion and despair, I wrote this article for you.

3. Is the Counselor Self Serving?

While some counselors and systems are fully supportive of their ‘approved’ centers, if those methodologies aren’t working for a particular person, well it’s time to begin researching. If you are looking for results and not trying to gain a counselor’s approval or someone’s acceptance, then read on.

4. What Statistical Results are they getting?

An expert in detox and rehab would only be satisfied with achieving excellent results. Is this type of program working, improving the situation or is the person continuing to get into trouble, overdose, etc? How serious is the situation? You’d better decide on a program that offers the appropriate level of care and support for the severity of the situation as well.

Hint: lockdown treatments are called prisons or worse psych wards. A good detox and rehab program needs the involvement of the person to be effective. If a drug or alcohol addicted person is unwilling to change, they require skilled intervention the subject of another article.

Tip: I know of one alternative prison based drug and alcohol detox and rehab program which is getting a 90% crime-free success rating by the justice system. Call us, for admission. It COSTS money to get in.

Here is a simplified version of the major different detox and rehab models I am familiar with. I will start with the most familiar and end with the most innovative.

Moral model:

12 Step programs otherwise attributed to Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous take the point of view that drug or alcohol abuse is wrong, or a sin. The actions of abusing drugs and alcohol damage self and others. Therefore one needs to correct his unethical actions and get straight or right with the world. While this is a simplified view of this model, more on it will be discussed later.

Medical Model:

Addiction is viewed as essentially a disease and is a health problem, not under the control of the individual. Medications and / or substitute drugs as well as counseling are given to the person to better understand their condition and cope with it.

If you hear about how the person needs to maintain their addiction, get further medical treatment, see a psychiatrist, this model is being used. Harm reduction approaches have as their basis of belief the medical model or pharmaceutical lobbies agenda that addiction requires pharmaceutical supports.

Moral / Medical model:

A combination of the above two models. Many of the traditional / 12 step programs that are offered follow this model. If there is an addictions doctor on staff and 12 step meetings are offered, well this is that model.

If one is waiting for another to ‘hit bottom’, go to meetings, see the doctor, etc., they’ve been working this model. While the traditional 12 step / medical model is the most widely used, this process is not working for all people. Read on for other innovative approaches.

Important: Focus on fitting a program to the person and include enough good positive environmental control to get them past their impulsive compulsions.

Psycho / social / behavior model:

This model focuses on counseling, psychologists to assess a person’s background, etc. If one hears the words ‘dual diagnosis’, concurrent mental disorder, needs or requirements for extensive ongoing counseling, you are looking at this model.

Environmental factors and coping strategies are focused on in this approach. While other methods have strategies for difficult situations, the psycho / social / behavioral model pay close attention to the person’s environment.

If the person has been seeing a counselor for a considerable length of time, participating in outpatient therapy, taking medications as part of a recovery plan, they are most likely applying this or the moral / medical model of treatment. Sometimes this psycho / social model tries to incorporate all types of treatment approaches in part.

Social Learning / Educational:

This model considers that many individuals are not hopelessly affected by their environments or are being hard done by from a poor environment in the past, as in the psycho / social / behavioral model.

This model considers that a number of people requiring drug and alcohol rehab are relapsing due to life skills never applied or learned or abilities never developed or used. Some people clearly lose touch with their abilities while living the life of addiction.

If people are being taught and encouraged to deal more effectively with life issues, learn and develop new skills, change one’s environment or simply learn the skills of being more honest and truthful in their relationships, the Social learning model is being used.

This method would consider a person as a student not an addict. Habits are often unthinkingly done but greater awareness can be learned and new skills can be developed to overcome these. The emphasis is on learning and new abilities, not merely addictive choices.


This model stresses the physical health and recuperation of the person as a primary step and fundamental philosophy.

More centers seem to be acknowledging the biophysical model into their detox and rehab programs, though they have an array of approaches to fixing the problems.

The biophysical approach seeks to remedy or rehabilitate the person physically as a method of gaining recovery. This process requires some fairly skilled and trained practitioners who possess an in-depth understanding of natural detoxification, nutritional support, alternative methods of detoxification, etc.

A video explaining the Bio-physical and Social Educational Program is here for your help.

Medical doctors are often consulted with but not usually required to administer biophysical detoxifications. The Biophysical approach also believes that a rehab program should be incorporated with it.

The biophysical approach also indicates that persons should be taken off of potentially addictive or mind altering drugs in the process of the physical rehab. Some centers are doing this very rapidly. Be aware of mere gestures toward biophysical / nutritional rehabilitation and actual intensive detoxification and nutritional therapy.

This model isn’t being used if centers has put the person on psychiatric or mood altering drugs or are using substitute drug therapy; most likely they are using the psycho / social or medical model and gesturing toward a biophysical approach. Note: vitamin supplements are not drugs.


When talking about which type of program to try out, ask and listen for which program is being offered and which type of program has already been tried. An intelligent method of discovering the right drug or alcohol detox / rehab program for a loved one is to find out which methods the person has already been doing.

After 3 or more failures or an unwillingness to continue with a method, one should consider changing program methods being used. Try another type or model for better or different results. Hopefully everyone will be better off for it.

Self Help:

I’ve left one last one even though it is one of the most used drug and alcohol rehab programs and the least talked about.

The detox and rehab program I’m talking about is the one that anyone who is willing and knowingly using drugs or alcohol can and should do. Just simply quit and work out one’s issues with the help of reading books, spiritual guidance, friends, family and your own free will.

Many of the top professionals in this field acknowledge that addiction is not a disease and most people simply quit or cut down on their own.

Note:I said quit, first, and work out ones’ issues, second.

Although I’ve left this one until the end, I recommend that it be tried first and second. Over 80% of people use this as their primary method of handling their drug problems. It is one of the most effective methods that I know of for many people. This method requires self control, personal responsibility, accessing lots of knowledge and getting right with the world. Mostly it requires ceasing to use drugs and alcohol.

Warning: this last method is not for those having trouble with help, control and communication issues or those wanting to be on drugs and alcohol as a solution to life issues. Just because many people end their drug or alcohol abuse problems by sorting it out themselves, I’m not suggesting people shouldn’t seek professional help.

If they can’t quit using right now, call us, we are here to help get them to effective private detox and rehab programs.

Take appropriate action today.

Good luck.

Tibor A. Palatinus, CCDC

Intervention Consultant, Drug Prevention Specialist

PS Call USA  or Canada 1-866-266-6616 To find the best drug detox and rehab for your loved one.

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