Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Rehab Centers

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on September 19, 2023

People who are unfamiliar with addiction treatment often have many questions about this type of specialized healthcare. Here, our team of experts provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about addiction care.

Rehab Center Frequently Asked Questions

Finding the right addiction treatment services for yourself or a loved one can be stressful if you’re unfamiliar with the basics of addiction care.

Answers to the top frequently asked questions about addiction care can help you narrow down your options and make the right choice.

Our team has broken down these FAQs into categories, including general questions, questions regarding care costs, and more, to make it easier to find the answers you’re looking for.

General Rehab FAQs

General questions about rehab programs include what drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs are, what they offer, and who they’re for.

Answers to these questions also cover basics such as what is allowed at rehab programs, whether you can keep your job while receiving addiction treatment, and more.

What Is Rehab?

Many people use the word “rehab” in reference to a facility that provides rehabilitation from drug or alcohol addiction.

Drug and alcohol rehab programs may involve one or several levels of care with various evidence-based and holistic treatment approaches.

Learn more about alcohol and drug rehabilitation.

Do I Need Rehab?

Many people decide to seek addiction treatment when substance use is having a significant impact on their lives.

You may require addiction care if you often use more alcohol or drugs than you intended to, can’t stop using substances when you want to, or experience cravings.

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction.

Do Rehab Centers Allow Cell Phones?

Rehab centers may have different policies regarding cell phone use but, in general, consider cell phones a distraction to addiction recovery and discourage or limit their use.

Learn more about the use of cell phones in addiction treatment programs.

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Cost Of Drug Rehab FAQs

The cost of substance abuse treatment is often a concern. Addiction treatment can be expensive, especially if it involves more intensive inpatient treatment.

Frequently asked questions about addiction treatment costs cover the average costs of treatment, the use of health insurance, options for free addiction care, and more.

How Much Does Rehab Cost?

The cost of substance abuse treatment can vary widely. A significant factor affecting cost is whether you are attending an inpatient or outpatient treatment program.

The average methadone treatment program costs around $5,000. However, inpatient treatment can range from $5,000 to almost $100,000, depending on the program.

Learn more about how much drug rehab costs.

Does Health Insurance Cover Drug And Alcohol Rehab?

Most health insurance companies provide coverage for addiction treatment. However, the extent of the coverage may vary depending on your health insurance policy.

Verify coverage with your health insurance provider and the treatment center before beginning treatment. Even with coverage, you may still be responsible for a deductible, copays, and other out-of-pocket costs.

Learn more about health insurance coverage of addiction treatment.

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Addiction Treatment FAQs

Addiction treatment generally consists of different levels of care and the treatment services provided at these levels of care.

People with mild to moderate substance use disorders tend to require less intensive levels of care than people with more severe drug or alcohol addictions.

What Types Of Addiction Treatment Are Available?

In addition to various levels of care based on the severity of the substance use disorder, addiction treatment is generally divided into evidence-based and holistic treatment options.

Evidence-based treatment services have been scientifically proven to be effective in treating addiction and include therapy, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and more.

Learn more about the types of addiction treatment available.

How Long Does Drug Rehab Last?

How long a drug rehab program will last depends on the level of care provided, the program itself, and other factors.

Residential rehab programs, where clients live onsite, can last anywhere from 30 days up to a year or longer.

Discover more about addiction recovery program lengths.

What Kind Of Therapies Are Used In Addiction Treatment?

The cornerstone of addiction treatment is evidence-based behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy can occur in individual, group, and family settings.

Two examples are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Holistic therapies have also helped many people and include animal-assisted therapy, art therapy, yoga, and more.

Learn more about therapies used in addiction recovery.

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FAQs For Families And Parents

Addiction often affects families, and parents and other family members often have questions about their loved one’s recovery options.

In other cases, parents with young children may be experiencing addiction and wonder if it’s possible to seek treatment while caring for their families.

Can I Bring My Child With Me To Rehab?

In some cases, addiction treatment facilities may allow parents to bring their children with them to the rehab program.

Family-friendly addiction recovery programs, including programs for mothers with young children, make addiction treatment more accessible for families.

Learn more about bringing your child with you to a rehab center.

Do Rehab Centers Offer Childcare?

Addiction treatment centers that allow children to accompany their parents will provide some type of childcare services.

This may include daycare services, shuttle service to and from school, or age-appropriate meals and activities.

Learn more about childcare services provided by addiction treatment centers.

Discover more answers to FAQs families and parents have about addiction care.

Choosing The Right Rehab Center FAQs

It can be difficult when sorting through all of the addiction treatment options available to choose the right treatment program for you or your loved one.

This section focuses on questions regarding finding reputable, effective care that meets all of your addiction healthcare needs.

What Qualifications Should I Look For In A Rehab Center?

Specific marks of quality addiction care can help you find a rehab center that offers safe, reliable addiction treatment services.

A rehab center also qualifies to provide you with the best addiction treatment services when it meets your personal needs.

Learn more about qualifications for addiction treatment centers.

Are There Benefits To Traveling For Addiction Treatment?

Many people benefit from traveling for addiction treatment, such as when treatment options are limited in their area.

Traveling for treatment may open you up to more evidence-based treatment options, qualified treatment providers, specialized addiction treatment programs, such as for veterans, and more.

Discover more about traveling for addiction treatment.

Learn more about choosing the right rehab center.

Pet Care During Rehab FAQs

Pets are an important part of many people’s families. Knowing that your pet will be well cared for while you attend a drug rehab program can make all the difference.

This section focuses on finding care options for companion animals while attending a recovery program, including options for bringing your pet with you or finding a petsitter.

Can I Bring My Cat To My Rehab Program?

Pet-friendly addiction treatment centers are rare, and those that accept cats may be even rarer than those that accept dogs.

Although it’s proven that cats provide their humans with certain health benefits, it isn’t always practical to bring them with you to a rehab program. Luckily, other care options exist for your cat.

Learn more about bringing your cat to a drug rehab program.

Can I Bring My Dog To My Rehab Program?

Bringing a dog to an addiction treatment program may be more common than bringing a cat, but it is still rare.

In addition to considering whether a rehab center is pet-friendly, you will also want to consider the temperament of your dog, including if they get along with other dogs and with people.

Discover more about bringing your dog to an addiction treatment center.

What Types Of Pets Are Allowed At Rehab Centers?

Generally, people ask about bringing two types of pets with them to a pet-friendly addiction treatment center: cats and dogs.

However, some people may also want to bring fish, hamsters, birds, or other pets with them. Typically, the types of pets allowed will depend on the rehab center’s individual pet policy.

Discover more about pets allowed at addiction treatment centers.

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Find The Right Rehab Program Today

If you or a loved one is experiencing addiction, you can find treatment today. Call or visit AddictionResource.net to learn about your treatment options and how to access them.

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