Everyones needs are unique so choosing the right rehabilitation facility for your own personal addiction or the specific addiction of a loved one can be an extremely difficult choice with all of the programmes offered today. One can end up picking the wrong facility entirely and should rather assess options with scrutiny in order to make an informed choice that will result in long term benefit.

The likelihood of a successful recovery depends on the fit of the particular centre with one’s preferences and current situational factors. For example, is outpatient treatment or full residential treatment necessary? Which would be more likely to result in successful recovery given the extent of the addiction?


This is a 24 hour inpatient facilitation where the individual’s sole focus is immediate and rapid recovery from a life threatening addiction. Results can be seen with patients undertaking 30 to 90 day stays and this type of rehabilitation has been classified as the most effective form of addiction treatment. This is because severe addiction requires rigorous detoxification and the withdrawal symptoms that follow are extremely painful and difficult to manage on one’s own. Inpatient treatment provides the necessary medical and psychological support needed by a recovering addict who is experiencing withdrawal.

Inpatient treatment can easily be adjusted to suit the individual’s particular addiction, be it behavioural or substance abuse, and the constant vigilance of the residential, professional team becomes a complete safety net for the addict who can’t kick the habit on his/her own.

Added to this, group and individual therapy, positive, healthy extra-curricular activities and life coaching all form a part of the holistic experience that it residential rehabilitation.

Long term residential rehabilitation is an additional option for recovered addicts who do not feel strong enough to prevent a relapse on their own in ordinary society.


This is a part-time rehabilitation mechanism that allows the recovering addict to live and sleep at home and to continue with life’s normal activities and commitments while undergoing treatment via visits to the particular centre.

Usually an ‘intake’ counsellor will meet with the outpatient for the first time, assess the patient’s situation, history and addiction problem and thereafter suggest a schedule and course of part-time action. The length of the treatment varies from patient to patient. Similar tactics employed within residential treatment remain vital to outpatient treatment, however weekly drug tests are necessary in order to monitor the patient’s state of sobriety during their absence from clinic.

Outpatient treatment is not suitable or sufficient to treat multiple addictions and addiction coupled with mental health problems and the intake counsellor will usually recommend extensive residential rehabilitation instead. The same applies to patients who have experienced relapse in the past.


Continued care is extensive care for a recovered addict after they have successfully exited a residential or outpatient rehabilitation programme and facility. This type of care takes the form of home facilities and weekly support groups as well as weekly meetings with therapists and various 12 step programmes.

This is merely a form of external, additional support to help recovered addicts maintain lifelong sobriety.

Sober homes are places in which recovered addicts can live in a safe, supportive community devoid of the temptations that led to their respective addictions.


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