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Choosing the Best Drug Rehab Center Near You

If you or someone you know is in need of treatment, then you want to make sure that they get the best possible treatment available. By asking the four questions below, you will be able to find the right drug rehab center for your circumstances.

According to figures released by the National Institute for Drug Abuse, over 30 million Americans sought help for drug or alcohol abuse in 2013, a significant portion of which stayed in a drug rehab center. This demonstrates just how wide spread the problem of drug and alcohol addiction is. At some point addiction touches almost all families, from every part of society.

How much will it cost?

The cost associated with entering a drug rehab center will depend on a number of different factors, including its location, facilities and what kind of programs it has in place.

At the top end of the market are luxury rehab centers. These provide very high quality care in an environment that resembles a high-end resort. Because of the nature of the clientele that attend these centers, privacy is considered of utmost importance. Luxury rehab centers typically offer additional extras in addition to drug rehabilitation therapy. On staff you will often find personal trainers, nannies, nutritionists and massage therapists. The cost for a stay at a luxury drug rehabilitation center will typically be $20,000 to $80,000 a month.

For most people a standard drug rehabilitation program is most suitable. The focus in these centers is on providing a comfortable environment but one which is primarily focused on drug rehabilitation. While these centers are not luxurious, they will often include additional facilities such as a pool or gym. Typically there is little difference in the quality of treatment between a luxury and a standard rehab center, and so if this better meets your budget it can be a very good option. A one month stay in a standard rehab center will usually cost about $10,000 - $20,000 a month.

Finally for those with little or no income there are still other options available. The first step should be to call your local social services or health department to see if they can recommend a free or low-cost drug rehabilitation program. These are typically run by charities, church groups or not-for-profit organizations. While these programs maybe inexpensive those involved are usually very motivated to help their patients and the level of treatment can be very good.

What type of programs is offered?

Most good rehab centers offer a different range of therapies for their clients. One of the basic principles of effective treatment is that there is no one solution that works for everyone. Effective treatment will treat the patients multiple needs, and not strictly focus on the addiction in isolation. It will also consistently assess and modify treatment based on the patient's progress.

When the patient first enters the rehab center they will usually be administered a medically detoxification program. While this is an important first step for most addicts, it is not a cure and will not by itself deliver lasting behavioral change. The most common form of treatment during the patients stay is counseling. This might be conducted either in a group environment or one on one.

Is it located near to you?

Location is an important consideration when choosing a drug rehabilitation center. For most people the support of friend and family will play a big part in the success of the treatment. For this reason it is usually better to choose a center which is located near to home. There are good quality drug rehabilitation centers located all over the country and so there should be a suitable choice near by.

What care is offered after you leave?

Drug rehabilitation does not end when you leave the care of the facility. In fact drug treatment can be viewed as a two-part process. There is care that takes place while you are staying at the center, and then there is the care that occurs once you leave. In order to install long-lasting behavioral change, which stops drug addition, this after care is very important. Before selecting a drug rehab center, ask what kind of after care is offered.

Drug Overdose in the United States: Drug Rehab Fact Sheet


Deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States.1   Every day in the United States, 105 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency departments (ED) for the misuse or abuse of drugs.2 Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs.3

The Problem

  • Drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2010. Among people 25 to 64 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths than motor vehicle traffic crashes.1
  • Drug overdose death rates have been rising steadily since 1992 with a 102% increase from 1999 to 2010 alone.1
  • In 2010, 30,006 (78%) of the 38,329 drug overdose deaths in the United States were unintentional, 5,298 (14%) of suicidal intent, and 2,963 (8%) were of undetermined intent.1
  • In 2011, drug misuse and abuse caused about 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits. Of these, more than 1.4 million ED visits were related to pharmaceuticals.2
  • Between 2004 and 2005, an estimated 71,000 children (18 or younger) were seen in EDs each year because of medication overdose (excluding self-harm, abuse and recreational drug use).4
  • Among children under age 6, pharmaceuticals account for about 40% of all exposures reported to poison centers.5

Most Common Drugs involved in Overdoses

  • In 2010, of the 38,329 drug overdose deaths in the United States, 22,134 (60%) were related to pharmaceuticals.6
  • Of the 22,134 deaths relating to prescription drug overdose in 2010, 16,651 (75%) involved opioid analgesics (also called opioid pain relievers or prescription painkillers), and 6,497 (30%) involved benzodiazepines.6
  • In 2011, about 1.4 million ED visits involved the nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals. Among those ED visits, 501,207 visits were related to anti-anxiety and insomnia medications, and 420,040 visits were related to opioid analgesics.2
  • Benzodiazepines are frequently found among people treated in EDs for misusing or abusing drugs.2  People who died of drug overdoses often had a combination of benzodiazepines and opioid analgesics in their bodies.6


  • In the United States, prescription opioid abuse costs were about $55.7 billion in 2007.7 Of this amount, 46% was attributable to workplace costs (e.g., lost productivity), 45% to healthcare costs (e.g., abuse treatment), and 9% to criminal justice costs.7
  • Between 1998-2002, people who abused opioid analgesics cost insurers $14,054 more than the average patient.8

Risk Factors for Drug Overdose

Among those who died from drug overdose in 2010:

  • Men were nearly twice as likely as women to die;
  • American Indians/Alaska Natives had the highest death rate, followed by whites and then blacks;
  • The highest death rates were among people 45-49 years of age; and
  • The lowest death rates were among children less than 15 years old  because they do not abuse drugs as frequently as older people.1

Among people who misused or abused drugs and received treatment in emergency departments in 2011:

  • 56% were males;
  • 82% were people 21 or older.2

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