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The Difference Between Treatment and Rehab

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Addiction cases continue to rise across the country, with over 50 million men and women struggling with addiction each year. When abuse begins to impact work and personal lives negatively, several treatment options can help. The key difference between addiction treatment and rehab is the type of programs and services that each type provides. Each treatment center will have a unique set of services and programs that they offer to treat your addiction.

At Swift River, we are an accredited treatment facility using evidence-backed treatment programs that are very effective in treating addiction and other mental health disorders. We take the time to get to know each patient’s history and background so that we can fine-tune their recovery program based on their personal experiences. To learn more about treatment and rehab differences, call 888.451.5895 or fill out our online form today, and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Why Is Addiction Difficult to Treat?

Addiction is a mental health disorder with wide-ranging symptoms that can range in severity and type. The causes of addiction are unique for each person. Genetics and family history can make someone more susceptible to addiction, as can experiencing trauma, school bullying, the stresses of daily life, and other everyday life situations. Often, men and women with depression or anxiety use drugs and alcohol to cope with their feelings and can develop a strong addiction.

It takes a deep understanding of a person’s background, length of abuse, types of narcotics taken, and any relationship issues that may be fueling the addiction to treat them successfully. This requires various types of behavioral and holistic therapy along with medication to treat withdrawals, cravings, and other mental health symptoms.

At Swift River, we know how difficult the road to recovery can be and strive to create a supportive and comfortable treatment experience. You will participate in certified treatment programs while enjoying the comforts of our rehab facility.

The Difference Between Treatment and Rehab

Treatment and rehab utilize different techniques to treat addiction to alcohol, opioid pain medication, meth, and other substances. Treatment refers to the various types of accredited treatment programs that are proven to treat addiction successfully. Rehab focuses more on treating the whole person and offers various holistic therapies and services.

Here are some additional details of the difference between treatment and rehab:


Treatment is the process of treating men’s and women’s addiction and any depression or anxiety that is fueling it. The programs are thoroughly researched and tested in real-world situations and accredited through several national programs that monitor the effectiveness of treatment programs. The most common types of treatment include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Medication-assisted treatment

Medication is used to minimize withdrawal symptoms and cravings so patients can focus on their recovery with minimal risk of relapse. Most patients will only need the medication for a short amount of time.


Rehab refers to how the treatment center cares for you during your treatment program. Some common rehab services include a spa or meditation room, swimming pool, and hotel-like amenities. Holistic therapy is popular in rehab and includes programs such as:

  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Creative writing
  • Adventure/nature therapy

Treatment and rehab differences are important to know when researching treatment centers. The best centers will offer a mix of treatment and rehab options to improve your chances of recovery.

Discover the Addiction Treatment Programs at Swift River – Massachusetts

At Swift River, our accredited addiction treatment facility provides the latest treatment programs for treating addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and other harmful substances. Our behavioral therapists will help you uncover the root cause of the addiction and teach you healthy coping skills and that it is OK to talk about your feelings.

We provide a full range of therapy options to treat all types of addiction, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Group and individual therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Adventure and nature therapy

Pick up the phone today and call 888.451.5895 to discover all of the benefits of our addiction treatment facility, or fill out our online form and let us get back to you.

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