When somebody takes the right step towards recovery, they are wondering where to take that first step when seeking professional help. With so many programs out there it’s another challenge to decide which treatment program to take? Which program is right for them? How much it would cost? Would the treatment program even work? Stick around because there is another problem nobody knows yet!

We will find out today as we go along the process towards recovery.  Before anybody even judges anybody about quitting addiction, they should ask themselves one question. “How was it for them to quit anything in their lives? For example, like giving up bread, sugar, junk food, video games, shopping, etc. The answer may surprise you, but for quitting a drug a addictive drug is on another level.

Which Program is right for you?

Rehabilitation Detox

Detox vs Rehab Infographic/PDF

The purpose for detox is to cleanse the body from all the toxins of drug-substances and/or alcohol in your system. The detox program is best for taking the first step towards recovery. You will clean your body from all the toxins, but your body and mind will go through a temper-tantrum when you haven’t gotten your dopamine hit from the addictive drugs and/or alcohol you used to take. Which is known as the Withdrawal Process.


Withdrawal Symptoms – Infographic/PDF

In the end of the process, you succeeded completing the first step to recovery. Though keep in mind, you completed 2 steps out of the rest of the recovery process. You cleaned your body from all the toxins and the withdrawal symptoms, but that is just the beginning as their more work to go. For one obstacle after detox and withdrawal, is relapsing.

*Key Note*

Have you known anybody who was dieting, exercising, and losing weight to gain it all back after a period of time? This is an example of what relapsing is. Relapsing is falling back to the same environment and social setting where all of your bad habits came from the first place.


Rehab. Treatment facilities work with the mind and body of the addict to go down the rabbit hole to solve the problem the addict has. Whether it would be a tragic experience, event, trauma, and history. That’s where you work with a professional, experienced, and licensed therapist comes to play. Just as quitting smoking and/or sweets. They can help you find the stress-triggers, cravings, and responses that lead to over-eating, which in this case, taking drugs and/or alcohol.

When you’re in their rehab. Program you are separated from the bad environment and people that got you where you are in the first place. You will be watched and monitored of your behavior and process to see if you are following through the program. The result will have you quit in the end entirely on your own without their help. As the equation of this process to recovery takes both sides to make this work.

Long-Term Care Benefits

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) states,” Substance use disorder changes normal desires and priorities. It changes normal behaviors and interferes with the ability to work, go to school, and to have good relationships with friends and family.” Over the course of time of abusing drugs and/or alcohol, it takes a toll of the mind and body.

If a rehab. Treatment center is only offering a 30-day rehab. treatment program don’t even bother wasting another second with them, and go somewhere else that do offer long-term care. It took time to dig yourself into addiction, then it would also take time to dig yourself out. With professional help the whole way will make the process easier and more successful.

bad road

The Road to Addiction

The end result of addiction is not bright at all. The ugly side of humanity comes out as the addict isn’t getting their dopamine hit nor enough of it, they will act of on desperation.

According from the Bureau of Justice Statistics state,” In 2004, 17% of state prisoners and 18% of federal inmates said they committed their current offense to obtain money for drugs. These percentages represent a slight increase for federal prisoners (16% in 1997) and a slight decrease for state prisoners (19% in 1997).”

Keep in mind this study was conducted back in 2004. According to the CDC states,”From 1999 to 2017, more than 702,000 people have died from a drug overdose.” The problem is getting worse, and shows no signs of slowing down.

The other sad truth behind all of this is the fact that addicts who need help, don’t seek the help they need. According to the latest report from SAMHSA,” Out of 19.9 million adults needing substance use treatment, only 10.8 percent received treatment at a specialty facility (2.1 million). That means that about 17.7 million adults who needed treatment did not receive treatment at a specialty facility for their substance use.”

"Warning" *Body Brokering*

Avoid Body Brokering – Infographic/PDF

There are scam artist out their that target vulnerable people and rehab. Centers out of their pockets. They would put people through facilities just there to take your money and waste your time called “Patient Brokering”. This is unacceptable as people try to change their life around for the better, but now having to deal with another problem of becoming the next victim. Take some preventative measure today, so you won’t be sorry tomorrow.

What to Expect Being in a Treatment Program?

"Black Out Period"

The term “Black Out Period” is a practice successful rehab. Treatment centers use on their clients during the program. What they will do is totally disconnect you from the bad people from social media, phone, text, every way of communicating from them.

This may sound like a very restrictive parent, but doing so losing contact and communication from the people you normally hang out with. Will break the bad habits, stresses, triggers, and behavior you would do with your “buddies.”


You would be cut from the surroundings and social environments where all the bad habits came from into a more controlled environment. You will be taken care of 24/7 making by the professional staff to make sure you are safe with yourself and others. Of course you can shower, sleep in a bed, be served food, water, and receive professional care on a daily-basis.

Is Professional Treatment Affordable?

Yes, you can have aid assistance to pay for treatment programs through insurance. They also accept cash, debit, credit, and payment plan options. Make sure to ask them first before to know sooner, then later.

How to look for Professional Help?

Now-in-days anybody with a phone can look up professional help simply searching on any search platform. Either way, when looking for professional help. You can use SAMHSA Find Treatment Locater that helps you find facilities near you.


Being in an unprofessional and uncertified treatment program is still as bad as not getting any treatment at all. Remember to look out for those scam artist out there targeting other rehab. centers and addicts out there. Finding professional and affordable treatment couldn’t be easier with the help of  SAMHSA and internet. Hopefully, now you know which treatment program is for you. Did we help you decide which to choose from? If not let us know in the comments below. 


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