Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is part of the United States Department for Health and Human Services. CSAT promote the quality and availability of community-based substance abuse treatment services. CSAT also supports free treatment referral service to link people with the community-based substance abuse services they need.

The treatment locator includes more than 11,000 addiction treatment programs, including residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment programs, and hospital inpatient programs for drug addiction and alcoholism. Listings include treatment programs for marijuana, cocaine, and heroin addiction, as well as drug and alcohol treatment programs for adolescents, and adults.

CSAT offers a list of questions to find answers to when looking for a rehab center, including:

  • Is the program run by state-accredited, licensed and/or trained professionals?
  • Is long-term aftercare support and/or guidance encouraged, provided and maintained?
  • Is there ongoing monitoring of possible relapse to help guide patients back to abstinence?
  • I think it also makes sense to learn about the success of those using the center and how the rehab center’s treatment matches your needs.

    Related: Methods to Treat AddictionStudy: Drug Treatment Success Rates in EnglandAging of the Population in Rehab

    Eva Mendes on Rehab

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    Eva Mendes Opens Up On Substance Abuse

    Eva Mendes, who entered Utah’s Cirque Lodge for rehab earlier this year, recently spoke about substance abuse with David Colman for Interview magazine. “I”m not angry,” said the actress, who stars in the upcoming The Women (due out in September) and The Spirit (due out at Christmas). “I’m proud of people who have the determination and the fearlessness to actually go and face their demons and get better. This is a life or death situation.”

    David Coleman: They’re going to have to change the name of it to “Alcoholics Unanimous.”
    Eva Mendes: [silence]
    David Coleman: I’m sorry, that’s a bad joke.
    Eva Mendes: I’m not making jokes, because people die from this stuff. So, honestly, I think it’s a bit tacky that you made a joke. I’ve got to be honest.
    David Coleman: You’re angry. Listen . . .
    Eva Mendes: I’m not angry. People have died, and I’ve lost friends too–even recently. So I can be a little sensitive on the subject.

    photo by Thierry Caro, 2008.

    I think Eva is right in saying that people can forget that just because someone is a celebrity doesn’t mean rehab isn’t serious. At times the craziness around celebrity can make it seem like it is a joke. But the drug and alcohol addiction troubles anyone has can be serious and we shouldn’t lose that just because sometimes it seems like rehab is not taken seriously by some people (celebrity or not).

    Related: Top 10 Luxury Rehab Centers (Utah’s Cirque Lodge is 9th)Should Rehab be Enjoyed?

    Study: Drug Treatment Success Rates in England

    Trends in drop out, drug free discharge and rates of re-presentation: a retrospective cohort study of drug treatment clients in the North West of England, published in 2006.

    The proportion of individuals dropping out has increased from 7.2% in 1998 to 9.6% in 2001/02 (P < 0.001). The proportion DDF [Discharged Drug Free] has fallen from 5.8% to 3.5% (P < 0.001). Drop out was more likely in later years, by those of younger age and by CJ [Criminal Justice] referrals. The proportion re-presenting to treatment in the following year increased from 27.8% in 1998 to 44.5% in 2001/02 (P < 0.001) for those DDF, and from 22.9% to 48.6% (P < 0.001) for those who dropped out. Older age and prior treatment experience predicted re-presentation. Outcome (drop out or DDF) did not predict re-presentation. Conclusion Increasing numbers in treatment is associated with an increased proportion dropping out and an ever-smaller proportion DDF. Rates of drop out are significantly higher for those coerced into treatment via the CJ system. Rates of re-presentation are similar for those dropping out and those DDF. Encouragingly, those who need to re-engage with treatment, particularly those who drop out, are doing so more quickly. The impact of coercion on treatment outcomes and the appropriateness of aftercare provision require further consideration. ... In many countries the health, social and criminal justice consequences of problematic drug use create an economic burden estimated at between 0.5% and 1.3% of gross domestic product. Providing drug treatment programmes for drug users is considered both a cost effective and humanitarian response

    Related: Methods to Treat AddictionAging of the Population in Rehab

    Piano Man Rehab

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    Singer Billy Joel spent time at the Betty Ford clinic for alcoholism treatment in 2005.

    Billy Joel leaves US rehab clinic

    Singer Billy Joel has left a Californian rehabilitation clinic where he was being treated for alcohol abuse. His publicist confirmed that the 55-year-old had now checked out of the Betty Ford clinic, in Rancho Mirage, where he had spent 30 days.

    Photo taken on November 14, 2007.

    Piano Man Finds Inner Harmony

    “I’m just not drinking,” says the Piano Man – who had struggled with a love of bottles of red and bottles of white. “I don’t know if I will never have a glass of wine again for the rest of my life, but right now I am not taking any chances. “There was a time in my life when I was drinking too much, and so I have stopped,”

    Related: Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel52nd StreetAging of the Population in RehabThe Stranger