Hospital Based Drug Treatment Programs

Posted April 29, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Hospital based drug treatment programs sometimes seem more clinical, but are often simply another drug treatment center in a hospital setting. There are however advantages to hospital based treatment programs. For one, they do seem more clinical. When stepping into a hospital based drug treatment program you feel like you are there to get better because you are sick. The nature of the environment (the men and women in white jackets, the official name tags, the people walking around in scrubs) lends itself to the feeling that you are there to get healing. There is one minor problem though with the hospital feeling that overwhelms a person upon intake to a drug treatment floor of a hospital, upon discharge the person feels as if they have been healed in the medical sense of the word and no longer need treatment. Unfortunately, even though the hospital based drug treatment program has most likely pounded into their heads that alcoholism and drug addiction are lifetime diseases that require lifetime treatment, patients often forget this paramount factoid as soon as they rip the plastic medical id bracelet off their wrists and step out into the real world. This has long been the problem with 30-Day inpatient drug treatment programs that are within hospital settings. The moment they leave the hospital they “feel” as thought they are cured, but this so far from the truth that it has scared many hospital based drug treatment facilities to create transitional care, residential care, and strict outpatient programs. The problem is that insurance for drug treatment, or alcohol treatment for that matter, will only pay for 30 days of treatment and they won’t pay much. So while the insurance based hospital drug treatment program may seem like a better deal, it sometimes may not be. I went to a hospital based drug treatment program called Las Encinas, Dr. Drew’s drug treatment program in Pasadena. When I stepped out into the real world after treatment I immediately forgot everything I had learned there. Back in those days Las Encinas was in the process of building their residential/extended care drug treatment program, but it wasn’t ready when I discharged or I’m sure they would have recommended it. Back then 30 days seemed like a long time too. Of course I didn’t have a life to go back to, but I was eager to get my life started. That didn’t happen. I went right back to old places, old friends, and old hangouts. It wasn’t until I went to an extended care residential treatment facility after a hospital based drug treatment program that I finally was able to get sober and stay sober. So there are advantages to the hospital based drug treatment programs, but there are disadvantages too. Just make sure that when you leave that comfortable hospital setting, with the hand sanitizer dispensers on the walls, the cafeteria food, and the plastic id bracelets, that you remember that you have not been cured, you have just been introduced to the cure. The cure for addiction and alcoholism requires daily maintenance and perseverance. No matter what the Prentice’s say from Passages Malibu.

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