Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse Treatment will point you in the right direction on the path to a successful recovery.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ABUSE
As noted previously, it can be difficult to acknowledge a drug or alcohol problem in yourself or a loved one. Many people with addictions try to downplay or hide their consumption of alcohol or drugs. There are many reasons for this including denying that their consumption is a problem, codependent relationships with other addicts and feeling embarrassed about their addictions. Friends, family members, and coworkers play a large part in recognizing the signs of addiction and encourage the person to seek substance abuse treatment.
Each substance affects people differently, but there are some signs of addiction that are fairly universal:
- The onset of withdrawal symptoms after the person suddenly stops using the substance
- Feeling as though he or she must consume the substance to deal with the stresses of daily life
- Increased tolerance levels requiring the person to consume more of the substance to achieve the same effect
- Uncharacteristic or irrational behavior such as angry or violent outbursts
- Dramatic changes in appearance like weight loss, hair loss, or skin problems
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
- Loss of important relationships
- Lying to cover up consumption patterns
- Impaired performance at work, home, or school
- Incessantly borrowing money or stealing money
- Legal, medical, or personal problems associated with the consumption of a substance
There is physical evidence of drug and alcohol consumption. This includes needles, burnt spoons, empty prescription bottles, bongs, and alcohol bottles hidden or in plain sight. The person may also show physical signs of substance abuse such as bloody noses, dilated pupils, and needle marks. It is important to discuss the symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction with a trained professional.
USA Addiction wants to help you every step of the way when finding a substance abuse treatment program. We work with national and state accredited addiction treatment centers that provide evidence based treatment and multiple treatment tracks.
We take pride in finding the perfect substance abuse treatment program for each individual that contacts us. We take an in-depth look at your situation and formulate with you a personalized treatment plan that suits your specific needs.
DECIDING WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Alcohol and drug abuse programs are offered on an outpatient and inpatient basis. Inpatient treatment requires you to check into a rehab center and remain there for the duration of the treatment program. You have no access to alcohol or drugs and contact with the outside world may be limited. This type of program is good for people that may be in dangerous situations or who want to focus exclusively on their treatment.
Alcohol and drug abuse are defined as patterns of drinking or using drugs (prescription and illicit) that result in harm to your health, well-being, relationships, and productivity. But a person who abuses drugs and alcohol is not necessarily addicted. Still, abusing these substances is a risk factor for developing an addiction because continuous abuse can lead to physical and psychological dependence.
Outpatient treatment allows you to go through the rehabilitation process while at home. You check in with your addiction specialist on a daily basis to provide progress updates and obtain medications. This substance abuse treatment option is best for people who want to maintain employment and who have a strong support network that will help them stay on track.
Which option is best for you will depend on whether or not the addiction specialist thinks it is safe enough for you to go through the detoxification process on your own. Some substances can cause serious medical complications during the withdrawal stage. The addiction specialist may feel medically supervised detoxification is best in this type of situation.
Another factor that may influence which treatment option is best for you is if you have a support network in place that can help you avoid relapse. One of the major disadvantages to outpatient treatment is that access to drugs and alcohol is not limited, which may make it harder to avoid temptation.
FINDING A TREATMENT CENTER TO MEET YOUR NEEDS
- How far do you have to travel to get to the treatment facility?
- Do you require special accommodations for a disability?
- What type of services does the facility offer?
- How long would you be required to stay at the center if you elect for inpatient treatment?
- Are friends and family allowed to visit?
- What is the fee for services? What payment methods does the center accept?
- Do you prefer a facility that caters to your religious beliefs?
- What programs are required as part of your treatment?
- Does the center offer referrals to other services after treatment?
- Will the center help you transition to an addiction support group?
It is essential to thoroughly research the rehab facility before beginning treatment. While most facilities are reputable and provide assistance, there are some facilities that have a poor track record or use unproven methods of treatment. Use the Internet to find reviews of the center and learn about the quality of care you can expect to receive. It is normal for any business to have a few negative reviews, however, it is best to avoid treatment facilities that do not have a clear track record of success.
You should also check the reputation of the treatment specialist. If the person provides medical or mental health services, they should be licensed. This can usually be checked online at the licensing website of the state where the person is practicing. However, you may need to call the state department that handles this type of licensing for information about a doctor or clinician.
A treatment facility should have their staff posted for all to see. In house medical doctors, Master level and PhD level therapists are important. A robust and well rounded clinical staff is worth its weight in gold. If a facility does not have a clinical staff of the website, this is a red flag and more research should be done on the reputability of the facility.