Drug Rehab Programs: Finding the Right One for You

The right care can pave the road to recovery. We’ll explore the benefits of drug rehab programs and how to pick the right treatment for you.

Black Horse Health: Drug Rehab Programs for Sustainable Healing

The journey to recovery can be daunting and confusing. Finding the right drug rehab program for your needs can be the first step toward successful recovery. At Black Horse Health, we help direct you to quality care using comprehensive assessment tools and a variety of treatment interventions.

We understand that everyone’s needs and goals are different and require individualized care. Our team of expert professionals provide a variety of treatment modalities to suit your individual needs. We partner with you to create effective and quality treatment.

Finding the Support You Need for Recovery

If you or your loved one are ready to receive the care you need to recover from your substance use disorder, our knowledgeable and compassionate team of experts is here for you every step of the way.
Reach out to us to begin healing and read on to learn more about what to consider when choosing a drug rehab program.

Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Drug Rehab Program

For many, overcoming substance use can be an uphill battle. When battling substance use, choosing the right drug rehab program can help pave the way to successful recovery. A rehab program is a structured treatment plan aimed at helping individuals overcome substance use and achieve recovery.

Picking the right program ensures that you get the most effective treatment tailored to your specific needs. Here are some things to consider when choosing a program:

The Individual's Specific Addiction and Needs

Every individual has a unique experience with substance use. It’s not just about the individual’s substance of choice, but also how it affects them. For example, someone misusing prescription painkillers may have different needs than someone using cocaine.

Understanding the specific addiction and any coexisting health or mental health conditions is essential to recovery. Drug rehab programs that specialize or have experience in treating the individual’s specific addiction can provide targeted and effective treatments.

Moreover, any underlying issues that might have led to or been exacerbated by substance use should also be addressed.

Family and Social Support Systems

Recovery doesn’t happen in isolation. The people around you can play a significant role in your journey to sobriety. When considering drug rehab programs, it’s important to consider the role of family and friends.

Drug rehab programs that encourage family involvement or offer family therapy sessions can often help mend strained relationships and ensure a supportive environment after leaving treatment. Having a strong support system can significantly enhance the recovery process.1

The Reputation and Accreditation of the Program

The reputation of drug rehab programs gives an idea of the quality of care they provide. It’s important to look for treatment centers that have received accreditation, as this indicates they meet certain standards of care.
Drug rehab programs that are accredited, especially by professional bodies like the Joint Commission, have met rigorous standards. This implies they offer a certain level of quality in their services.
Furthermore, feedback from past participants and success stories can give insights into the program’s effectiveness.

How Black Horse Health Can Guide Your Choice

At Black Horse Health, our team takes time to understand your individual needs. We consider the nature of the addiction, your support system, any financial constraints, and your preferences.
Using this information, we guide you toward the specific drug rehab program that aligns best with your needs.

Treatment Modalities and Approaches

Drug rehab programs offer various interventions to help achieve recovery. Each treatment method, or modality, has its purpose. Let’s explore some treatment modalities available at Black Horse Health:


Detoxification, often called “detox,” is the first step in many drug rehab programs. It’s the process of removing toxins from the body that have accumulated due to substance use.2
Before any therapeutic treatment can begin, the body needs to be free of the substance in use. This ensures that individuals are mentally and physically stable to participate in the next stages of the treatment program.
While the length and experience of detox can vary based on the drug and severity of use, some common symptoms during detox might include nausea, anxiety, or sleep disturbances. Safety is paramount during this process, so the detox is closely monitored by medical professionals.

Behavioral Counseling

Behavioral counseling is a broad term that covers various therapeutic approaches that address the psychological aspects of substance use.
At Black Horse Health, we provide the following:
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a type of therapy that helps to recognize negative thought patterns and behaviors. By understanding these patterns, you can learn to change them. CBT is effective because it tackles the behaviors and triggers that lead to substance use. It equips you with the tools to respond differently to these triggers. For example, if stress makes you want to use a substance, CBT can teach you healthier ways to cope with that stress.3
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): DBT is a form of therapy that teaches coping skills, with a focus on emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT is particularly useful for those who experience intense emotions or have a history of self-harm or suicidal thoughts alongside their substance use. It offers strategies not just to manage substance use, but also to handle challenging emotions that may contribute to it.4

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT is a method used in drug rehab programs to help individuals reduce or quit their substance use. MAT combines counseling and therapy with medications. These medicines are approved by health organizations and have been studied to ensure they are safe and effective.
Certain medications, like Vivitrol, can help lessen cravings or block the “high” feeling that drugs can give. This means that if you take a substance while on these medications, you might not feel the same euphoria or pleasure. This helps to lower the desire to use that substance again.
MAT is especially helpful for those dealing with opioid addiction, such as heroin or certain prescription painkillers. While MAT can be very helpful, it’s just one part of a full drug rehab program. Counseling, support groups, and other therapies work together with MAT to provide the best chance for recovery.

Holistic and Alternative Therapies

Holistic therapies focus on treating the whole person. Instead of solely addressing substance use, these therapies consider the mind, body, and spirit. These therapies believe that healing is best when all parts of a person are considered.

Holistic Therapies

Some popular holistic therapies in drug rehab programs include:
  • Yoga: A practice that combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. It helps to calm the mind and strengthen the body.
  • Meditation: A technique that focuses your mind and reduces racing or uncontrollable thoughts. It can help reduce stress and improve concentration.
  • Art Therapy: Using art to express and understand emotions. It can be a way to communicate feelings without words.
  • Nutritional Support & Counseling: Eating a balanced diet can help the body heal. A balanced diet can improve mood, reduce anxiety, and help with other symptoms.

Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies are treatments used in place of traditional interventions. They might not always have scientific backing, but some individuals may find them helpful.
Examples of alternative therapies in drug rehab programs include:
  • Equine Therapy: Working with horses to build trust, communication, and self-awareness.
  • Drama Therapy: Using role-playing to work through emotions.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): A way to treat trauma by processing distressing memories.


After completing primary treatment, the recovery journey doesn’t end. Aftercare is a crucial component of drug rehab programs to ensure sustained recovery. Black Horse Health emphasizes this with our active weekly alumni aftercare program.
Here’s what you can expect:
  • Ongoing Support: This involves continued guidance to address challenges faced post-treatment.
  • Alumni Programs: Alumni programs allow individuals to connect with others who have gone through similar experiences and create a supportive network.
  • Continued Counseling: This provides access to therapists or support groups to help navigate life after rehab.
  • Skill Reinforcement: This involves maintaining strategies and tools learned during treatment.

Individualized Treatment Planning: A Cornerstone of Effective Rehab

Every individual’s journey with substance use is unique. It is influenced by factors like biology, environment, past experiences, and genetics. Recognizing these differences is the foundation of effective treatment.
While there are general approaches in drug rehab programs, personalized care targets the specific needs and challenges of each individual.

Aspects of Personalized Treatment

Developing a tailored treatment plan involves several key stages:5
  1. Assessment: This initial step in drug rehab programs provides a comprehensive understanding of the individual’s circumstances. It evaluates not just the substance being used, but also its duration and frequency, and any co-existing health conditions.
  2. Setting Goals: With a clear picture of the present situation, it’s time to determine what the individual wants to achieve. This isn’t limited to sobriety. It can include rebuilding personal relationships, enhancing mental well-being, or setting career objectives.
  3. Choosing Suitable Therapies: Based on the assessment and goals, the next step is selecting the most appropriate therapeutic methods. For example, if an individual is dealing with both trauma and substance use, certain therapies like EMDR can be beneficial.
  4. Continuous Review: As individuals progress in their recovery, their needs and challenges might change. Regular reviews of the treatment plan are necessary to ensure it remains relevant and effective.

Your Input Matters

Even though professionals use their initial assessment to guide treatment recommendations, your input is invaluable. At Black Horse Health, you’re encouraged to share your feelings, reservations, and preferences about certain treatments. This collaboration ensures the plan feels right for you.

How Do You Know If a Treatment Program Will Work?

While it’s hard to predict the future, some indicators can hint at how effective drug rehabilitation programs might be:
  • Consistent Progress: Over time, you should feel a difference. It might be in your mindset, your physical health, or your relationships.
  • Reduced Cravings: Over time, the urge or need for the substance should diminish.
  • Improved Mental Well-being: You might start to feel more positive, hopeful, or calm as you proceed with your treatment.
  • Feedback from Professionals: Regular check-ins and evaluations are part of drug rehab programs. These check-ins provide insights into how well you’re progressing.
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Duration and Intensity of Drug Rehabilitation Programs

When researching drug rehab programs, you’ll find two main categories: short-term and long-term programs:
  1. Short-Term Programs: These drug rehabilitation programs typically span a few weeks. They are focused and intensive and offer rapid stabilization. They can be especially suited for those with less severe concerns or those who cannot spend long durations in treatment for various reasons. At Black Horse Health, the intensive outpatient program (IOP) offers this shorter duration. 
  2. Long-Term Programs: These drug rehab programs can last several months. Black Horse Health provides both inpatient residential and partial hospitalization program (PHP) services under this category. They are designed to examine the root causes of substance use and offer extended care. They are often recommended for those with severe or long-standing substance use.

Determining Factors for Duration

The right length for drug rehabilitation programs largely depends on several personal factors:
  • Severity of Addiction: If you’ve been using a substance for an extended period, or if the substance is particularly potent (like fentanyl or heroin), it might require a longer stay in rehab. This ensures that you receive in-depth treatment and support for any withdrawal symptoms.
  • Previous Rehab Attempts: If you’ve been in rehab before but relapsed, a longer program might benefit you. This suggests that there may be deeper underlying issues or that more intensive care is needed for a successful recovery.
  • Personal and Professional Commitments: Some individuals have obligations, like work or family, that can’t be put on hold for extended periods. In such cases, short-term drug rehab programs or intensive outpatient programs might be a better fit. However, if possible, it’s recommended to prioritize health and recovery over other commitments.

Start Your Journey Today

Whether you’re looking for a program that focuses on mental health, substance use, or both, we have the expertise and resources to help. Our team of experts value providing quality care and helping individuals live their fullest lives.

If you’re ready to start your journey to a happier, healthier you, contact us today. We’re here to help you settle into the drug rehabilitation program that best fits your unique needs, goals, and experiences.

Our team is ready to walk with you into recovery.