Here we aim to answer some of the most common questions about drug treatment, the recovery process, and the various options for addiction help.
How do you know if you need help from a treatment center?
You know that it’s gotten bad, but is it bad enough to go to rehab? Here are the facts: In the US, some 22.7 million people need treatment for drug or alcohol abuse. But each year, less than 1% receive the help they need. If substance abuse is causing negative effects in your life, it might be time to take a closer look. Here are some signs that you might need help:
- You continue drinking or using despite clear negative consequences, such as problems in your life, or physical or psychological harm
- You pass up or avoid social situations where there won’t be a chance to drink or use
- You experience withdrawal symptoms when not using or drinking
- You hide your alcohol or drug use
- Your tolerance is increasing—you find that you need to consume increasing amounts for an effect
- You can’t seem to stop when you want to
- You take risks you normally wouldn’t (like stealing or driving drunk) or make sacrifices to continue using
- You make excuses or lie when other people show concern
- Feeling that you have to use or drink regularly — daily or even several times a day
- Having intense urges or cravings that block out any other thoughts
- Drinking or using larger amounts over a longer period than you intended
- Making certain that you maintain a supply
- Spending money on alcohol or drugs, even though you can’t afford it
What kind of rehab or treatment center is right for you?
Entering treatment can be a daunting and overwhelming prospect. Once you’ve decided to seek help, how can you best choose the right program for your specific situation and needs? A thorough evaluation is generally necessary to select the appropriate care, and discussing your options with family, counselors, or psychologists is also useful. Before entering a rehab facility, many people first enter a detox program, to safely wean off substances in a medically supervised environment. While detox can be done at home, this carries some risks. After clearing the brain and body in detox, there are several options for treatment, including inpatient, outpatient, or partial hospitalization programs.
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What can you expect from a treatment center?
Treatment plans are generally tailored to individual needs. While no two centers are exactly alike, qualified counselors and doctors play key roles in facilitating a successful rehabilitation process. Most often, the treatment process follows this protocol:
- Assessment: After connecting with a drug treatment center, a team of doctors, counselors, therapists, and support staff usually begins crafting an individualized treatment plan. This process continues during intake into the facility to ensure the best possible treatment and recovery outcome.
- Detox: To start the rehabilitation process, detox is often necessary to cleanse the body of addictive substances. As detoxing can be dangerous, it is wise to seek supervision by a doctor or accredited treatment center.
- Rehabilitation: Detoxing is just the beginning of recovery from alcoholism or addiction. Treatment programs address core issues that are at the root of substance abuse, and ideally teach their clients tools for sober living, using a comprehensive suite of evidence-based therapeutic modalities.
- Aftercare: Getting clean and sober is just the beginning of a new way of life, and treatment alone is not enough to sustain recovery for most people. An aftercare regimen that encourages participation in some type of twelve-step program (such as Alcoholics Anonymous) or other support group is crucial. A good treatment program will actively help the patient move into the next appropriate level of care.
Questions to ask of a potential rehab
- Is the facility licensed and accredited?
- What credentials and licenses do the program’s clinical staff hold?
- Is medical detox offered as a part of inpatient treatment?
- What can I expect from day-to-day? Is a sample schedule available?
- What type of help is available for families?
- Do they offer inpatient or outpatient care or both?
- Does the treatment program encourage participation in a 12 step program?
- Does the program offer ongoing support after leaving treatment?
- What options for payment?
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What makes people successful in treatment? We think these factors contribute to lasting and contented sobriety:
- Commit to learning. Enter treatment with an open mind and willingness to set aside what you think you already know
- Complete the program. Stay the planned length of time, and consider appropriate next steps when leaving a facility, such as moving into a sober living home or alumni program
- Build a support system. Seek out the support of family, friends, or treatment companions
- Take advantage of recovery resources and support systems, such as 12-step groups
- Dig deep. Getting down to the root causes that fueled our addictions was often a critical step in learning how to leave comfortably without drinking or using. Often a trusted source, like a counselor, therapist, or sponsor can help navigate this healing process.
What does rehab cost?
Most rehabs and treatment centers offer financial aid, accept insurance or have financing options. And although the cost is certainly a factor in finding the right treatment center, it shouldn’t be the only way of determining the best program for your needs.
Continuing to drink or use is far more expensive than most treatment centers. Substance abuse often costs a lifetime of income and savings, not to mention your dignity and freedom.
Scottsdale Providence accepts most insurance carriers. Verify your insurance and get on the road to freedom today.