Drug Addiction Treatment
What options are available for drug addiction treatment?
When it comes to drug addiction treatment, there are many levels of care available.
If you are reading this and you are suffering from overuse of alcohol or drugs then clearly you have begun to do research. You have taken that first step in admitting that you have a problem and that you need help. The next step is to ask for help.
let’s look at the different levels of drug and alcohol rehab treatment, starting with detox.
First, at the top level, there is something called detox or detoxification. This process can be handled as an inpatient or outpatient.
Inpatient means that you live at the facility for a period of time. Outpatient means you go in for treatment but you sleep in your own home or whatever living arrangements that you have.
Detox means that specific medical treatment is provided to help get you off of whatever substance you are over using and misusing. This often includes the use of medication. The specific medication used will depend on what drug you were using. Detox is usually a relatively short process, completed in about a week or two. When you have completed this first stage of drug addiction treatment, you will likely progress to the next stage.
Second, there is residential treatment.
Residential treatment may or may not be available to you depending on your insurance coverage, where you live and your financial situation.
What makes residential treatment ideal is that it includes around-the-clock observation by trained medical staff. You will sleep soundly in the facility and spend your days engaged in a variety of activities. There are group sessions, private therapy and much more.
Residential treatment, the gold standard of drug addiction treatment, is becoming less available for many people. Fortunately the other available options can also be very effective.
Third is PHP. This is also known as partial hospitalization program.
PHP is very similar to residential treatment yet it does not include overnight stays with living quarters.
What PHP does include is all day activities for most days of the week. Counseling and group meeting sessions are provided just as they would be in residential treatment. The goal is to keep you in treatment setting for most of your waking hours and introduce you to the tools that will help you to stay clean and avoid relapse.
Relapse is when when you go back out and use drugs or alcohol again. There is never any guarantee that you will survive and return from a relapse. So, the primary goal for treatment is to prevent relapse and help to prepare you for the future so that you can avoid relapse.You will learn to be assertive. You will learn to say no and to avoid dangerous situations. Then, you will learn about the triggers that lead you back to drugs and alcohol. Hence, you will learn to avoid these triggers and stay clean.
Fourth is IOP. This stands for Intensive Outpatient Program.
IOP is similar to PHP in that it is a day program centered around group meetings and individual counseling and other activities that promote recovery. The main difference is that you only attend for a few hours per day and only a few days per week.
The transition from PHP to IOP means that you are making progress towards integrating back into society. You will start to see how joyful life can be living sober and clean.
At the core of this new foundation of your recovery is gratitude.
You learn to become honest not only with others but with yourself. You become aware of the lies that you have told yourself in the past and you learn to see them for what they are in the present. As you progress, you become open-minded and you become willing to change your life completely and for the better.
Fifth is sober living.
A sober living home is a safe living environment where you are living with other people who are clean and sober and in recovery. Sober living provides a structured environment to help preserve your sobriety in the early months of recovery. Also, you will find yourself safe from the conflicting positions that your family and loved ones may take back home. Hence this is an important stage of drug addiction treatment.
Often family and loved ones do not understand the recovery process and they can inadvertently make it more difficult.
Part of the structure of sober living is to continue to go to group meetings. Often at this stage a 12-step Fellowship it’s an important part of your program. You may be required to have a sponsor and to be working on the 12 steps.
Part of this structured sober living includes routine testing for drugs to ensure that you have not relapsed. In fact this is true at all levels of treatment as described here. Regular drug testing as an important way to help show you you have maintained your state of being clean and sober and it helps the program to show that you are successful.
This is an important event in your life.
If you do relapse then you may lose access to further treatment. You must always keep in mind how important this is because this is a bridge that you do not want to burn. You may not get this opportunity again to get the kind of help is available to you now.
It is possible that a relapse will simply mean that you get sent back to the highest level of treatment meaning detox and that you have to start all over again. But there’s no guarantee that you will survive a relapse. Many people do not make it. Drug overdose deaths have become epidemic in this country. It can happen to anyone and no one ever plans to die when they go back out to drink or use drugs.
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There are two major 12-step fellowships in the world today. These are NA, or Narcotics Anonymous, and AA or Alcoholics Anonymous. There are other 12-step Fellowship out there they’re not as prevalent and often they are based directly on the program of AA. Going to 12 step meetings does not cost anything. You do not have to have insurance to attend a meeting. He will find that 12 step meetings are a part of the treatment process at all levels. Residential Treatment programs often Drive their residents to meetings or they bring meetings into the institution. The same is true of the other levels. 12 step meetings are either strongly encouraged or often required.
There is help available for everyone.
If you are uninsured and you will be needing a treatment program such as those described above most likely there are still options available to you. There are programs at city county and state levels that are available providing detox residential partial hospitalization and outpatient programs.
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If you were a loved one is suffering from abuse of drugs or alcohol it is time to take the next step and get help. Now you know more about the options that are available. Please contact us if you would like more information.