What Are Common Treatments at Drug Rehab Centers?

Learn about the most common treatments in drug rehab centers from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.


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The most common treatment at a drug rehab center is based upon the 12 step model where people have to admit that they have a problem with their addiction and then develop a set of tools to deal with the addictions. So, treatment facilities typically approach recovery from this 12 step model. It's important to note that treatment facilities are not a place to go if you're tired, and you just want to rest up and get some spa services. Or if you want a place to go to sort of hide out from all the problems in your life. They're a place that you go to do some serious therapy and take a look at some very serious issues that have been plaguing you through your entire life and that you have resorted to drugs and alcohol to manage. For people who have become very dependent on prescription drugs, or illegal drugs, or alcohol, there's typically a period of detox that they go to. Where they come off of it. So, if they stop taking the drugs cold turkey, they can experience severe physical and psychological distress. So, treatment facilities provide this medically supervised, contained environment where a person can detox from the drugs that they're currently on, and then move themselves into a program of recovery that's highly structured, requires an enormous amount of work, but that will recover you in a way that you can sustain for the rest of your life.


  • Dr. Paul Hokemeyer

    Dr. Paul Hokemeyer is a licensed marriage and family therapist based at Caron Treatment Center’s NYC office. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in Psychology, Dr. Hokemeyer holds a doctorate in the law. A nationally-recognized expert on family dynamics and addictions, Dr. Hokemeyer is on the panel of experts for The Dr. Oz Show, where he writes a bi-monthly blog. He also regularly contributes to CNN Headline News, Good Morning America, The Today Show, truTV and Oprah Radio. He authors a bi-weekly column for Telluride Inside Out titled "Shrink Wrap" and is a national spokesperson for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.