The drug addicted person will need a good number of weeks just to make it through the withdrawal stage. This does not necessarily mean that the person is free of the drugs in their system. It just means that they will no longer be feeling the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Nor will they feel that their bodies are heavily dependent on the substance. The drugs that may be left in the system may entice the person to get more of the substance. The psychological dependency may still also be present. A quality Drug addiction treatment program will help the body get rid of all the drugs in the system and then help the patient become healthy and strong as well as comfortable and confident.
What is most important to achieve in intensive inpatient treatment is that the drug addicted person knows what the problem is and what caused them to begin taking drugs in the first place. They should know why they took it and what caused them to take it over and over again until they became dependent on it. There is always some deep seated problem that causes any person to need some form of escape that drugs could provide. Sometimes, there are things and events in life that are very difficult to go through. For some, it is easier to choose to take drugs than to deal with their problems. A drug treatment program will have to teach the drug addicted person another way of dealing with their problems.
Another factor to be considered in a substance abuse treatment center is the addict's immediate environment and circle of friends. Most often, the addict is surrounded by people who also take drugs or drink to excess. If the drug addicted person continues to spend time with these people after a treatment program, they will have a very slim chance of staying drug free. The person who has turned their life around and has chosen to continue to be drug free will most likely want to spend time with people who are also clean and sober. For this reason, a good drug treatment program should include a support system. In the same way, a treatment program should only consider the person completely recovered if they are trying t stay away from their drug0filled environment.
Also important when considering the addict's immediate environment and circle of friends is how they make the drug addicted person feel. If they are abusive and make the drug addict feel bad or shameful, this could also be a reason for taking the drugs in the first place. The complete environment is something that a good alcohol addiction treatment will evaluate while they are treating the patient.
Only when all of these things are worked out will a person truly have their life back in shape.