Treatment may be either residential or outpatient. In outpatient treatment, the patient may continue to live at home and attend sessions and programs at a facility during the day or in the evenings.
Residential treatment is more comprehensive, providing a complete care plan that can help each person hit the reset button on life and maintain a successful and healthy recovery long-term. Treatment duration differs depending on each person’s specific needs, and a team of medical professionals will work together to determine the optimal course of action for each specialized circumstances after a detailed assessment.

The goal of drug treatment is for the individuals to control compulsive drug use, successfully divert cravings, and remain abstinent or drug-free long-term. Relapse, or returning to substance use, is a common part of the recovery process and should not be viewed as a failure, but rather as another stepping-stone toward recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) compares relapse rates for those treated for substance abuse disorders with other chronic diseases (like diabetes, for example) and found similar relapse rates in around 40 to 60 percent of cases.

Sustained recovery is attainable, however, with the right treatment plan. A study published in Psychology Today found that after five years of sobriety, less than 15 percent of people will relapse, meaning that 85 percent will not relapse. Therefore, those who are actively involved in treatment programs and who take an affirmative stand to make positive changes in their lives are capable of achieving long-term success.