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Pros and Cons of Local Drug Treatment Centers

Once the decision to get drug treatment help is made, choosing between all the available treatment options can seem overwhelming at best. Depending on where a person lives, local drug treatment centers may be plentiful or scarce. As addiction rates continue to rise, there’s likely at least one local drug treatment center in most everyone’s vicinity or state.

Ultimately, the choice comes down to individual concerns regarding cost, privacy and preference, though other unexpected factors may also have a bearing on what works best for any one person. In effect, the pros and cons of local drug treatment centers can vary depending on the person and his or her specific treatment needs.

Local Drug Treatment Centers

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Local rehab can make it easier to make recovery a part of your life.

Local drug treatment centers offer the same standard types of treatment as most any other rehab program. According to the Perelman School of Medicine, most programs incorporate the 12-Step support model as a standard component within their overall treatment approach.

Any one treatment center may offer detox, residential and/or outpatient care depending on the stage or stages of addiction a program treats. Undoing the damage caused by addiction can take time, especially in cases of long-term drug use. The range of treatment of treatment options available ensures someone in need of help can find a program that best meets his or her treatment needs.

For anyone considering entering drug treatment, the likelihood of a successful recovery, for the most part, depends on the length of time a person spends in treatment. As far as addiction treatment goes, program durations shorter than six months don’t provide the length of time needed to undo the psychological effects of addiction in a person’s life. Ultimately, treatment duration will factor into whether a person decides to enter a local drug treatment center program.


For most people, the pros in choosing a local drug treatment center have to do with –

  • Lifestyle adaptations
  • Cost factors

Lifestyle adaptations become a big part of any addiction recovery process. Replacing the addiction lifestyle with a healthy, productive set of behaviors and routines is the overall goal in recovery. Going through these changes in a non-local treatment facility and then having to return to one’s home city can be jarring and even counterproductive to a person’s recovery progress. Going through these changes in a local, familiar context makes the transition process much easier to bear.

Local drug treatment also comes with a smaller price tag in terms of transportation costs and possible insurance coverage gaps when getting treatment from an out-of-state facility.


For someone who values his or her privacy, a local drug treatment center might not be the most comfortable environment for recovery purposes. Fears of running into someone you know can hamper a person’s ability to take an active role in the treatment process.

Another con that comes with local drug treatment may have to do with family (or work) conflicts and pressures and not being able to distance oneself from these outside influences. In effect, anything that can detract from the focus and attention drug treatment requires ultimately works against any benefits that treatment can bring.

Think local rehab may be a good fit for you or your loved one? Call us for help finding treatment: 800-481-6320.

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