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into a drug menace problem and needs help, to which the following are noticeable signs of a drug dependent – there is a withdrawn act of not going to work or school and not be performing his/her obligations; withdrawal from social activities or social relationships with one’s own circle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. Generally, the normal procedure for a drug dependent, when subject to a rehabilitation or rehab program, is to first undergo a detox procedure, which is to go through the process of emptying the body from the presence of drug substance, which often makes used of prescribed medications needed to treat during the withdrawal period where withdrawal symptoms arise and the rehab facility must be able to provide the conducive environment for this process so that there is a successful abstinence of drugs and a stabilization of the physical condition of the drug addict, before he/she is further subjected into the next treatment process. After the detox process, the next treatment may vary according to the level of addiction of the patient, but, otherwise, the normal and general treatment involves the following: a combination of individual and group therapies, sessions with physician and facility caregiver, educational and support services, health leisure activities, relapse prevention therapy which is part of the aftercare program to serve as transition goals for the patient to be declared as outpatient, and when considered outpatient, a self-recovery program is facilitated.