The Path of Recovery
Even taking that first step down the path of recovery can feel daunting and overwhelming. You might not even know how to take the first step or where to begin. It pays to do some research and educate yourself on all the types of treatment programs available. Specifically, it’s important to pinpoint what kind of treatment best suits your personality given the substance(s) abused. Take heart though, there are a myriad of services and treatment forms available, and we’re here to help you find the best one that works for you!
Addiction Treatment Programs
The two primary treatment options for alcohol and drug abuse are inpatient and outpatient. There are additional programs like group meetings and 12-step programs, as well as various treatment methods under the umbrella of inpatient and outpatient care.
With inpatient care, you live in a facility for the duration of your rehab. Inpatient centers provide 24-hour, medically managed care. One of the greatest benefits of inpatient is that it enables you to remove yourself from the environments, conditions and friends that contribute to drug and alcohol abuse. Inpatient treatment durations range from facility to facility, but are typically 45, 60 and 90 days. Inpatient also incorporates group therapy, 12-step programs and counseling, as well as individual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and alternative therapies like equine, music and art.
The benefit of enrolling at an outpatient facility is that it’s convenient for your schedule, and you can come and go as you wish. Outpatient treatment is typically less expensive than inpatient, so people choose it for affordability, or when they have other obligations that may conflict with living at a facility, such as work or family responsibilities.
Drug Specific Treatment
Treatment programs can vary depending on what substances are being abused. Mental health is also a factor. Drug and alcohol abuse when combined with mental health issues take on a new life of their own, from a treatment perspective. People who suffer addiction to alcohol or benzos are especially advised to begin treatment at a medically managed detox facility, as withdrawals from these substances may have deadly consequences. Keep in mind that detoxification alone is not sufficient for the treatment of substance abuse addictions.
Guiding Principles for Treatment
Here are some broad principles from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to keep in mind for detoxification and substance abuse: Detox services aren’t a cure for substance abuse disorders. Substance abuse addiction is treatable. Substance abuse is a brain disorder and is not related to moral fortitude. Patients should always be treated with dignity and respect. Patients should be cared for in a supportive and non-judgmental manner. Treatment should be completed in conjunction with a patient’s social network, family, friends and employer.
If you are struggling with substance abuse addiction, and would like to talk to someone about it, or have questions regarding treatment, give us a call at (405) 563-8131! We’re here to help you get the help you need!