In the US alone, it has been found out in a 2014 survey that an estimated 22.5 million drug users need treatment and the numbers are rising because only 11.6% have undergone rehabilitation treatment while the rest have not sought treatment due to the following reasons – financial constraint, lack of insurance, or the failure to find the right treatment. Families and communities, as well as schools, must be given intensive information campaign on drug abuse and how to confirm the signs that show that someone is into a drug menace problem and needs help, to which the following are noticeable signs of a drug dependent – there is a withdrawn act of not going to work or school and not be performing his/her obligations; withdrawal from social activities or social relationships with one’s own circle of family, friends, co-workers, school mates; there is a continuous dependency on drug use causing more harm on the physical and psychological state that can even lead into abnormal actions and violence; making unsuccessful attempts to stop using drugs or withdrawing from it but appears to have the loss of control and can be violent; and breaking the withdrawal rules and experiencing a strong craving to use back the drugs.
Drug centers require a rehabilitation or rehab program for drug dependent users and the rehabilitation process requires first an assessment of the physical and psychological condition, the seriousness of the addiction, and health risks so a special designed treatment can be recommended and for the rehab program to meet its goal of restoring back as much as possible what was lost by the drug dependent on his/her life – physical, sensory, and mental capabilities. The first step, before treatment ever begins, is known as the detox process, which is a must procedure that puts the drug dependent to go through the process of clearing the body of drug substance, often prescribing medications to treat withdrawal symptoms and, when in a treatment center, the facilities should provide a safe environment for achieving abstinence from drugs and stabilization of the drug dependent’s condition, prior to starting with the actual treatment program. There are several varieties of treatment that a rehabilitation center can provide, these according to the individual assessment of the patient, but generally include a combination of individual and group therapies, meeting sessions with physician and facility caregiver, educational and support services, healthy leisure activities, and aftercare programs for the patient’s transition to outpatient care or a self-help recovery program.