Posted in Alcohol and Drug Treatment on January 2, 2013
Last modified on May 13th, 2019

Where to Go for Help

The Best Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers Offer Individualized Programs

When you or a loved one are dependent on alcohol or drugs and want to find help, the question everyone asks, of course, is “where should I go?”

George Joseph would certainly recommend The Right Step. After all, he’s the founder and COO of the Texas-based drug and alcohol treatment center company, which has led (literally) thousands of addicts into recovery – and into healthy, productive lives.

But Joseph is also a flag-bearer for the camp that recognizes that drug and alcohol addiction treatment is a very personal issue, with many unique facets. Above all else, Joseph recommends finding a facility that best addresses the individual needs of each person seeking help.

Joseph was a blogger on, the website for noted physician and television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz, for short). He outlined the various types of addiction treatment options that quality facilities generally offer. Here are some highlights:

Joseph notes that in the treatment world, there are different levels of care, based on the severity of the addiction.

Detoxification is the most intensive level of care and is generally conducted in an inpatient setting. Detox is a medically monitored process that usually lasts three to five days. This physical rehabilitation is a key step, but it be considered only the first step with more help needed to ensure long-term sobriety.

Residential treatment can vary in length, but it is usually a 30+-day program requiring the person to stay at an alcohol and drug treatment facility. This option has proven to be very beneficial for those who are in crisis.

Partial hospitalization, while similar to a residential program, allows the person in treatment to live at home while attending daily programming at the facility. The treatment usually lasts eight to nine hours a day.

Intensive outpatient programming, which can last eight weeks or longer, is an effective track for people who are able to work or go to school and who have a stable, supportive living environment. Intensive outpatient programs require weekly attendance, usually for a total of 9 to 10 hours a week.

“With so many variables, it is important to remember that each person will respond differently to each treatment,” Joseph says. “So, there is not one way of doing treatment. When interviewing providers, make sure they are nationally licensed by either The Joint Commission or CARF. It is important to find a provider that you trust, that is professional, that has a good reputation for recovery treatment, that is genuine and caring, and that uses various treatment approaches in its programming. It is the job of the provider to assess your needs and develop an individualized program to meet those needs.”

As noted, The Right Step is nationally renowned for its success with clients battling substance abuse issues – largely because Joseph and his staff have crafted effective, personalized treatment programs that take into consideration that no two substance abuse stories are the same. To learn more about The Right Step, please visit the website or call us at 844-877-1781.

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