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International Alcohol and Drug Treatment

When you’re ready to seek treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, you can find help all over the world. International alcohol and drug rehab programs have the resources to help you recover from the disease of addiction. Whether you’re traveling, going to school or working overseas, you can find a wide range of treatment options, from 12-step support groups to inpatient facilities that offer rehabilitation services for native English speakers.

Worldwide Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs

No matter where you go internationally, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs are available. You may decide to seek treatment abroad for several reasons:

  • You’re living or traveling overseas when you realize that you need treatment.
  • You’ve been required to get treatment as a condition of continuing your international employment.
  • You’re seeking addiction treatment abroad as a more affordable alternative to domestic drug or alcohol rehabilitation.
  • You want to get help for substance abuse in a remote setting that’s completely private and confidential.

As the popularity of medical tourism grows, more North Americans are investigating international treatment centers. You can find an international treatment center by talking with a doctor or therapist or by calling our addiction specialists. We offer information about treatment facilities near you, no matter where you happen to be. When you’re considering a treatment facility, consider factors like:

  • Cost of services and payment options. If you have health insurance coverage overseas, your insurance company may cover part of the cost of treatment at authorized facilities. Contact your insurance provider for a list of approved treatment centers.
  • Treatment success rates. When you’re living in a foreign country, getting accurate information about the success rates of different programs or facilities can be challenging. Before you choose a facility, consult a local doctor or addiction expert about the quality of the country’s rehabilitation services.
  • Rehabilitation services. Whether you’re seeking treatment at home or abroad, it’s important to find a facility that offers an integrated treatment program, including individual counseling, group therapy and the option to use medication as part of your treatment plan.
  • Language options. Even if you’re fluent in the native language of the country where you’re staying, having the option to communicate with doctors and therapists in your first language may improve your chances of success.

*Drug Abuse: A Global Concern

The problem of drug and alcohol abuse isn’t confined to the United States. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime notes in its 2011 World Drug Report that substance abuse and dependence continue to affect people throughout the world:

  • In 2009, up to 6.1 percent of the global population under the age of 64 used illegal drugs at least once.
  • The total number of drug users who met the criteria for substance abuse ranged from 15 to 39 million.
  • Up to 203 million people used marijuana worldwide.
  • Cannabis was the most widely used illicit drug, followed by amphetamine-type stimulants like methamphetamine, amphetamine and Ecstasy.

Substance Abuse Support Groups Overseas

You’re never alone in facing the challenges of recovery. Substance abuse support groups meet on all continents. Twelve-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous offer face-to-face meetings internationally, so you can get help, support and inspiration from other recovering addicts. SMART Recovery also offers international meetings, along with a toolkit for starting a recovery support group in your own community. If you can’t find a meeting where you are, you can connect with these groups through online chat groups or message boards. Telephone support is also available for travelers who don’t have access to the Internet.