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In today’s society drugs and their abuse has become an epidemic of sorts. More and more Treatment Centers are popping up all over the U.S as well as overseas. Today’s more modern approaches to addiction have introduced a new form of treatment known as dual diagnosis treatment. Dual Diagnosis treatment handles both the addiction itself as well as the mental disorders that are often associated with drug addiction. Addiction or dependency on drugs such as methamphetamine, crack, cocaine, pot, ecstasy, ketamine and other stimulants and depressants, as well as pain killers such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Lortab, and other opioids is a major problem that can personally affect not only the lives of the men and women taking them, but their family, friends, and even coworkers. People who start using pain killers for good reason can become physically dependent on them. Drug addiction can become a chronic problem, which can damage one's most important relationships, and even one's own personal health. For people who have a dual diagnosis, meaning they have an underlying issue such as depression, treatment can be challenging. While some people are aware of the damage that their drug abuse causes, they often need counseling services or an intensive drug rehab program to overcome their addiction. Most often, help in achieving recovery from substance abuse requires addiction treatment in a residential or outpatient drug treatment center, participation in a 12-step program, plus support from friends and family. Finding a treatment center for alcoholism and drug addiction for yourself or someone you care about is one of the most important decisions of your lifetime. Most of us don't know what to look for in a treatment center. Not all treatment centers are the same—they differ widely by their treatment program options, staff qualifications, credentials, cost, and treatment services. Here are some general tips and things to think about as you make this life-changing decision: Calling is the first step, and the most important one.

When you call a drug abuse treatment advisor ask as many questions as you can think of, and make sure you understand the answers. If you don't, ask follow up questions, and ask for clarification. Centers should offer a variety of treatment programs that meet individual needs. Programs may include inpatient, residential, outpatient, and/or short-stay options. The difference between inpatient and residential treatment is that inpatient services are usually provided by a licensed hospital or clinic, while residential programs often do not, and are not required to, meet the same requirements as medical facilities do. The length of stay depends on the severity and stage of the addiction.