It’s been a tough call to make, but you’re finally ready to get substance abuse treatment for yourself or your loved one.
You’ve made the right decision – even if things seem to be improving, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that 40 to 60 percent of people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol will experience relapse. That rate is similar to relapse rates for type 1 diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. Like these conditions, substance abuse often cycles through remission and relapse, and requires regular or ongoing care and management. Fortunately, there is a wide range of treatment options for clients at every level of care.
The first step to quitting drugs or alcohol is to detoxify, or detox. This involves stopping use of the substance and letting the body go through withdrawal to reset itself to a drug-free state. Depending on the substance, this process can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening, and it is best performed under medical supervision. Inpatient medical detox facilities can help keep clients safe, stable, and comfortable while they go through withdrawal. Residential facilities can also supply a variety of medications that can reduce the severity of withdrawal.
After detoxing, clients are ready to begin a treatment program to help them build a new, sober life. Some clients may also receive additional ongoing medication that reduces cravings, blocks the effects of drugs, and promotes abstinence. Treatment programs can be inpatient, in which clients live on site in residential facilities, or outpatient, in which clients live in their own homes and come in to the facility for treatment.
If clients are not yet ready to live on their own, are likely to return to substance use, or have other medical conditions that require ongoing management, then they are excellent candidates for residential care. This level of care features around-the-clock medical monitoring, many hours a day of intensive individual and group therapy, and coaching on social and life skills. Nutritional counseling and fitness training may also be available to help clients rebuild their bodies after having been depleted by long periods of drug use.
In this time, clients also receive a full medical workup, as they may have co-occurring physical or mental conditions that also require treatment.
In the case of a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and a psychiatric disorder, integrated treatment offers the best chances for success. Integrated treatment combines treatment for both conditions under one roof, with the same therapist or team of therapists treating each client for everything. Research shows that integrated treatment is twice as effective at promoting one-year sobriety as traditional programs, which treat each disorder separately.
Other options for clients who would benefit from housing support including therapeutic communities and sober living communities. Unlike short-term residential programs, which seek to stabilize the client for rapid transition to outpatient care, these long-term treatment plans provide a structured, therapeutic living environment that is dedicated to supporting substance-free living.
Once clients are ready to live on their own or with family, they can continue receiving treatment via outpatient care. This can consist of anything from a booster session once a month to several hours a day of intensive treatment five days a week. Types of therapy might include:
When looking for the right rehab clinic, there are a number of factors to keep in mind.
When it comes to finding a treatment center, there are various resources available to help guide you to the right treatment option for you. Foundations Recovery Network hosts a variety of treatment centers across the nation that are ready to provide you or your loved one with comprehensive dual diagnosis care. In addition, you could seek help from the following resources:
Our skilled admissions coordinators are standing by to take your call. We can give you a free assessment of your insurance benefits and walk you through the admissions process step by step.
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