The decision to accept treatment for a substance use disorder or process addiction is a brave and noble choice. For every person who enters treatment, there are countless others who do not choose wellness or sobriety. Because the path to wellness can be stressful, it is important to have a good overview of what to expect during the process.
Addiction treatment often begins with an intake interview, followed by some type of detoxification. The detox process is unique to each person, and largely depends on the type of drug that was used, the individual’s overall health, and the detox program of choice. Detox often lasts a few days up to a few weeks, and the goal of detox is to help the patient take time to eliminate the drug from his or her body. The hope is that once detox is complete, the individual will be feeling much better, stronger, and able to think more clearly.
But detox is only a first step toward wellness. It is important to dig deeper, and uncover the causes of substance use and addiction so that the problem does not begin again. Therefore, it is a very good idea to know about different treatment options after detox.
Integrated treatment, or treatment for co-occurring disorders, is the product of great advances in addiction treatment. This type of treatment offers support and recovery for individuals who struggle with both substance use disorder and a mental health condition. Most often, people don’t just struggle with addictive behavior alone. Conditions such as depression and anxiety often accompany addiction. In more serious instances, diagnoses like bipolar disorder, personality disorders, or schizophrenia disorders may accompany substance use.
Historically, individuals had to attend treatment in a mental health center and then attend treatment in a separate addiction treatment program. Integrated treatment offers dedicated care for both conditions in one location. By treating both conditions at once, individuals stand a better chance of staying sober, longer. Undiscovered conditions and concerns are often revealed in integrated treatment, where they are often successfully treated.
Twelve Step Programs
The twelve steps of recovery from addiction have been around since 1935. Twelve-step programs are offered in a variety of formats with a variety of interpretations across the world. Because there are so many of these programs, it can be difficult to gauge their success rate. The biggest strength of twelve step groups is their dedication to community and connection with people who also desire recovery. When led by a licensed treatment professional, these groups increase in effectiveness greatly.
Some 12-step programs are offered alongside integrated treatment, dedicated counseling, sober coaching, and group therapy. It is important to ask what approach any dedicated 12-step group takes. Some groups are more religious than others, and some groups also work to offer support for co-existing conditions or traumas. When seeking treatment, be sure to ask several questions about 12-step methodology to see if your program of choice fits your needs and personality.
Inpatient vs. Intensive Outpatient Programs
Some individuals move directly from detoxification to dedicated inpatient programs. These programs offer overnight care and support to help prevent relapse and offer an extension of health care support, along with counseling, case management, and group therapy, along with a number of other possible treatment plans.
Intensive outpatient treatment is a type of treatment that allows individuals to return home or to a sober living facility at the end of each day. These programs are not as highly structured as inpatient treatment, so they may not be the best choice for more severe addictions. However, intensive outpatient treatment is a wonderful follow-up in the continuum of care after inpatient treatment. Intensive outpatient treatment may also be a good solution for working adults who must be present for work or family obligations.
Sober Living Programs
Sober living consists of apartment or home living that is offered on a rental basis for individuals who desire wellness and recovery. Many people live in sober living while they attend intensive outpatient programs, or after they complete treatment. These homes are not the “halfway houses” of the past. Many sober living programs offer attractive housing with clean, comfortable amenities, group therapy, shared responsibilities and a shared desire for wellness, honesty, and clean living. Sober living is a wonderful way to transition back to everyday life.
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