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Drug & Alcohol Centers in the United States

Finding a drug rehabilitation center can be arduous when it is time to find the right one. Most people will look for rehab services when there is an emergency situation such as overdose, legal trouble or physical problem which stems from the lifestyle of the addict. Families are often pressured to make a decision when the addict finally voices the decision of changing his life, for the better. Addicts have a tendency to change their minds so being able to talk to a counselor right away and getting the proper information is crucial. has developed a database of more than 4000 different rehab clinics for alcohol and drug dependency such as outpatient clinics, withdrawal management facilities, residential programs and no cost treatments in the U.S. We can suggest a treatment center that is appropriate for you. Drug and alcohol addiction are progressing habits which go through predictable steps. It takes a certified counselor to make the proper assessment so they may refer you appropriate treatment option. A lot of factors have to be taken into consideration to have the best chance of success.

The Scope of Substance Abuse Treatment Programs in America

Between 2008 and 2018, the number of substance abuse treatment facilities within the United States was stable. Roughly 8 to 15% of the treatment facilities from year to year to closed and were no longer providing substance abuse treatment. However, many programs that were closed were eventually replaced by other facilities. Between 2017 and 2018, there was an increase of 1,224 facilities 13,585 to 14,809, per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In 2018, around 52% of treatment programs were private non-profit organizations. Along with this, roughly 38% were private for-profit organizations.

The local, county, or community governments operated around 5% of the substance abuse treatment services. State governments operated roughly 2% of the drug treatment centers, and tribal governments operated around 1 to 2% of drug rehab programs in 2018. The number of drug treatment programs offering residential hospital inpatient care dropped slightly in 2018. While the number of outpatient drug treatment centers increased somewhat in 2018. Outpatient drug rehab was provided by 80 to 83% of facilities. Residential drug treatment was provided by 24% of facilities in 2018, and hospital inpatient services were provided by 5% of programs. Facilities with opioid treatment programs made up around 8 to 10% of all facilities between 2008 and 2018.

Drug-Related Overdose Deaths in the United States

For every drug overdose that results in a death, there are more non-fatal overdoses. The non-fatal overdose epidemic does not distinguish between age, sex, state, or county lines, and emergency room departments across the nation help tens of thousands of Americans overdosing on illicit drugs, alcohol, and prescription drugs. Much of the research has shown that people who overdose once during his or her addiction are more likely to overdose again, resulting in possible death. Overdose can easily be prevented through early intervention, drug treatment, and offering more preventative resources to families and addicts. However, each year addicts are dying because they are choosing not to accept the help or are placed on long waiting lists for state-funded treatment services.

Residential Drug Rehab

A residential drug rehab is a controlled living environment where the addict stays within a rehab facility during his whole treatment. It offers the addict a chance to withdraw from his daily drug environment and enough time to learn how it feels to live without drugs and alcohol and to get the skills to live a drug free life.

It also gives the family and relatives some peace of mind that their loved one is in a safe and secure environment. When you have any doubts that the person will relapse than a residential alcohol and drug rehab program is the best choice. Read more

Long Term Drug Rehab

Long term drug rehabilitation provides programs where the individual will stay for a period of over three months. The main advantage of a long term rehab is that the individual will be given enough time to really address his underlying issues, and gain more stability regarding them. It also gives the individual the opportunity to be supported by a counselor when he or she will address underlying issues which have brought about drug abuse. Read more

Detox Centers

Detox from drugs or alcohol is the phase prior to entering a drug or alcohol rehabilitation center. It is done to discontinue the use of the substance the person has been using so they can get through the withdrawal symptoms and readjust to reality.

The duration of the detox will depend on the substance, dosage and the length of the drug which was being abused. Some rehab centers will have their own detox unit within their facilities. Most of the others are connected to a local detox center. Read more

Alcohol Rehabilitation

Alcohol abuse is the biggest addiction problem in United States. Alcohol is socially accepted, so it sometime makes it harder for the user or the family to determine if it has become an addiction. There is no problem for someone to drink socially. It becomes a problem when people start to use it to “relax” or "to be able to communicate”, etc.

There are some really good treatments for alcohol that we can refer you to and will solve your addiction once for all. We can also help you with laws on DUI for any states and solutions to minimize the consequences of actual DUI charges and prevent future situations.

Drug Intervention

Intervention for drugs and alcohol is performed when the addict is unwilling. The intervention is done with a group of family members and/or close friends preferably with a trained intervention counselor. They meet with the person in need of help to break down their denial and motivate them to immediately seek drug treatment.

The intervention accelerates the process of “being ready”. There is a consensus that the "addict has to be ready” or “You cannot force someone”. This information is wrong. You cannot look at someone killing himself and do nothing! If your child is trying to kill himself, you will do something about it. Drug addiction is a death cycle, just as deadly as suicide, only drawn out over a longer period of time. Read more

Outpatient Treatment Centers

Outpatient treatments are rehab centers where the individual does not actually live in the facility, but comes to the facility for counseling, visits with specialists or group meetings.

Outpatient Drugs and alcohol programs can be long term as well as short term. There can be different techniques and treatment philosophies. A person with severe addiction would require to have a strong support system at home, as a return to the environment where his/her addiction started poses a huge risk of relapse. Read more

The Overall Scope of Substance Abuse in America

The 2018 National Survey on Substance Use and Health on SAMHSA shows in 2018, 164.8 million people aged 12 and older who were past month substance users. The substances this survey included were tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs. During that year, around 2 out of 5 people aged 12 or older did not use substances in the past month. When 164.8 million people are broken down, the results are 139.8 million people who drank alcohol, 58.8 million who were using tobacco, and 31.9 million people who used illicit drugs. In 2018 there were close to 5 million mew alcohol users, over 3 million new marijuana users, close to 2 million new prescription pain medication users, and close to 2 million new tobacco users.

In 2018, the number of marijuana users was much of the same as in 2017, along with prescription pain medication users. The number of people who were misusing pain medication that year was lower than in 2015 and 2016. Much of this is because of new measures taken by individual states to curb the abuse of prescription pain medication. In 2018, approximately 20.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder that was related to illicit drugs or alcohol in the past year. Roughly 14.8 million people had an alcohol use disorder, and over 8 million people had an illegal drug use disorder. The most common illicit drug use disorders recorded was marijuana abuse, and alcohol was the most widely used substance within the nation.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.