For some time now in the United States there have been two different ways to seek out help with an addiction when it comes to inpatient rehabilitation.  One method is through private inpatient rehabilitation, and the other method is through state-funded inpatient rehabilitation.  Either method has the potentiality for being effective, but certainly some methods are more effective and successful than others.

The biggest deciding factor in what will make a rehab program successful for any given individual is the simple factor of whether or not that rehab program is well suited for that individual.  True enough, some programs will work well for a person, whereas others might not.  For example, you would not want to send an addict who excels in a group environment to a rehab center that only offered one-on-one counseling and had no group therapy or healing processes of any sort.  Similarly, you would not want to send a very shy, reserved, withdrawn addict to a rehab center that only insisted upon putting its patient through intensive group activities and group therapies.

Which type of rehab center one goes to definitely carries some weight in the overall success and end product of an individual’s rehab experience.  True enough, some rehab programs, even if they are great programs by themselves, just plain won’t work for certain people.  Another example would be sending a sixty year old prescription drugs addict who fell on hard times and got addicted to pills by accident because his doctor was prescribing too much to him to a rehab center populated by young heroin and meth addicts who all started taking heroin and meth of their own free will.  At the same time, you wouldn’t want to send a sixteen year old female cocaine abuser who’s already had one child to a rehab center mostly populated my middle class, middle aged, working class Americans.  Certainly, the types of services offered at a rehab center and the general demographic of the rehab center will make a difference, but there are other factors at work here too.

The Differences Between State-Funded and Private Rehab

An even bigger demarcation point between different rehab centers is whether or not they are state funded programs or private facilities.  This will make a huge difference in one’ s overall success in recovery.  Now, granted state funded rehab centers are a lot more common and a lot easier to get into than private rehab centers are, but that does not mean they are the best choice or that they have the best programs by any mean at all.  Similarly though, just because a rehab center is a private institution does not mean that it either is the best choice.  One instead has to look at it from a rehab center to rehab center perspective.  Now, there are some things about state-funded rehab centers that generally speaking make them less ideal of a choice than a private center would be.  For example:

1. State funded rehab centers don’t generally offer very lengthy treatment programs.  State funded rehab centers can only keep addicts under their roof for a set number of days, because that’s as long as the state can afford to keep them for.  Unfortunately, when those days are up the recovering addict is going to get sent home whether he or she has made a full recovery or not.

2. State-funded rehab centers, as they rely on government funding, do not offer as wide an array of professional services as a private rehab center does.  Truth be told, addiction takes a lot of work and a lot of perseverance to beat, and it certainly does not happen overnight by any means at all.  Because of this fact it become apparent that the more types of professional counseling that one can get, the higher one’s chances are of making a full recovery.

3. State-funded rehab centers are usually understaffed, have midland to poor facilities, and have long waiting lists.  State-funded rehab centers can often feel like a revolving door because, even if one lasts long enough to get into one, the experience will often be sub par to say the best.  There often isn’t enough staff to take care of the large numbers of addicts themselves, and there are often not enough things to do and courses to take that overall promote recovery.

Addiction in the States Today: Why There is such a High Need for Rehabilitation Programs

Addiction is far worse now than it ever was before, and there is no doubt whatsoever about that.  This has made for a huge need for inpatient rehab centers all across the nation.  For example:

According to the organizations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), in 2009, nearly no less than 51 percent of American adults were current regular drinkers (who had consumed a minimum of 12 drinks in the past year, classifying them as social drinkers), and no less than 13.6 percent were current infrequent drinkers (who had consumed anywhere from one to 11 drinks in the past year). Unfortunately more than a full seven percent of the American population of the age of 18 and up have a drinking problem.  This translates to nearly 13.8 million Americans, and 8.1 million of them are severely alcoholic. Based on these numbers, it is clear that alcoholism and alcohol abuse are serious problems that affect many people in the nation and have done so for years.

In the year of 2012, there were no less than 259 million prescriptions that were written for opioids, which is more than enough to give every single American adult their own bottle of pills to last them a month.  Since 2005, prescription opiate pain reliever drugs have essentially run rampant through the United States and have caused nothing but problems left and right.

The Silver Lining

An addicitonologist once said, “Any rehab is better than no rehab at a”.  This statement couldn’t be truer.  One should make every attempt that he or she can to go to a private center but, if this is not possible, then any center is better than no center at all, and it is at this point that addiction can be approached at a state funded rehab center or program.

There are lots of ways to get into a private rehab though, from insurance coverage to financing to loans to scholarships to cash payment plans.  This option should never be dismissed unless it is absolutely necessary, as it is this option that will ultimately save an addict’s life.

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