Substance abuse treatment typically refers to the process by which a person ceases abusing addictive substances, such as drugs or alcohol. Substance abuse treatment—also known as “rehab” – has both physical and psychological components. The physical part of substance abuse treatment helps the patient rid the body of any drugs and alcohol that are left in the system. This process, called detoxification, leaves the patient sober and ready to address the psychological components of the addiction.
After detox, patients enter treatment either on an inpatient (also known as residential treatment) or outpatient basis. Inpatient treatment facilities provide patients with meals and lodging, while providing psychological treatment and supportive medications, when indicated. Patients undergoing outpatient treatment will generally travel to the treatment facility daily so that they can receive treatment while living at home and continuing to work or meet family or school obligations.