Along with outpatient drug rehab, short-term treatment centers are the most common programs used by addicts and their families. Most drug and alcohol addictions start out with in-frequent or casual drug use. An addict may have started experimenting with different drugs or began using them for a specific reason. During the early stages of an addiction, it will either progressively become worse quickly, or continue as casual drug use. When the time comes to go to treatment, it may be difficult to decide what length of treatment is needed. Typically, the program length is determined by the severity of the addiction. Addicts who are casual drug users and are not suffering from serious medical problems because of their drug use, and benefit from short-term treatment.
It is often much easier to handle these types of drug problems because the addict is more open to the treatment methods being used. To ensure it is the right choice for treatment, most programs will provide an initial assessment. The assessment process determines the severity of the addiction, along with other factors. Your drug history is explored along with looking at any current or previous medical problems. It is important to ensure the type of treatment you are receiving is the best fit for you. With all this being considered, it is easy to determine if a short-term residential center is an option.