There are multiple ways of treating addiction. Choosing the option that fits your individual needs can increase chances of long-lasting sobriety. USA Addiction firmly believes that not all treatment is a good fit. When treatment is aligned with your specific needs, you will be able to concentrate on walking that road to recovery.
Treatment options for alcohol and/or drug problems
People who use alcohol and other drugs differ in many ways:
- How long they have used
- The amount they use
- Route of intake
- The extent of risk associated with their use
- Health issues
- Social circumstances
- Personal Resilience
- Social acceptance
These are important issues to take into account when considering treatment for alcohol and/or drug use. It is important to choose the treatment that is right for you. You may need a combination or sequence of services. People change, you may need a different mix of services at different times.
Therapies for lower risk use
People who have been using alcohol and other drugs for a short period are at low to moderate risk of health issues. They often benefit from a therapy session that focuses on improving their awareness of the risks and negative aspects of use. The purpose of these sessions, known as ‘early interventions’ or ‘brief therapies’, is to motivate them to take action to reduce their alcohol and drug use and to consider treatment. A range of public and private services provide these therapies. Call at anytime to discuss levels of care and what will work for you.
Therapies for people who are experiencing dependency issues
People who are using alcohol and other drugs in ways that place them at high risk of harm may be experiencing dependence on a substance. Dependence is when alcohol or other drugs cause physical and psychological changes in a person leading to them fixate on the substance, obtaining and using it and recovering from the effects. People who are dependent need more structure and intensive interventions to help them change their alcohol and drug use lifestyle. We are available to discuss a higher level of care with you at all times of the day. You can break the chains of dependence. We can help.
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.
Detoxification or withdrawal
A treatment service can help someone get alcohol and other drugs out of their system with safety and some level of comfort. Withdrawal or detoxification treatment can involve rest, counseling, good nutrition, vitamins and medications. A range of public and private services provide withdrawal programs.
Detoxifying the body is not a cure for tolerance and dependence. Without follow-up treatment, the person is likely to relapse and start using alcohol or other drugs again. This is because their brain chemistry has changed in response to the alcohol or other drug being constantly present. They will crave the substance psychologically and physically. It is a good idea to follow up withdrawal treatment with counseling, residential rehabilitation, or medication-assisted treatment.
Residential rehabilitation programs
A residential rehabilitation facility is a place where a person can stay and receive counseling and support in a live in environment to recover from alcohol or other drug dependence.
Most residential rehabilitation programs are abstinence-based. That means the person stops the use of all alcohol and other drugs that are not prescribed for medical purposes.
However, some programs do accept clients who are on a medication-assisted treatment program; sometimes called pharmacotherapy or in the case of treatment for opioid use, opioid substitution therapy.
A large focus of residential rehabilitation is on developing a range of strategies to assist the development of new coping and life skills. Residential rehabilitation addresses the behaviors of addiction and is not specific to any particular type of drug. Patients who choose abstinence or medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can benefit from residential rehabilitation programs. There is professional support and therapy to build life skills 24 hours a day.
The length of a client stay in a residential rehabilitation program varies depending on the program, but most offer 4-week inpatient stay.
Your Addiction Has Gone On Long Enough.
We are committed to give Biopsychosocial services to your loved ones and show them the way to a healthy recovery. We provide a lifetime of support for all services.
After the completion of residential rehabilitation, people need to adjust to living in the general community again. Support is provided to help with this adjustment. Facilities will suggest a full continuum of care or step down program. This may include daily visits to a health professional, counselors or stepping down to living in a half-way house. Half-way houses are houses where several people who have been through residential rehabilitation live together while they adjust to the responsibilities and realities of regular life without relapsing to alcohol or other drug use. Half-way houses provide structure and a sober environment that is conducive to sobriety early in the recovery process.
Medication-assisted treatments (MAT)
Medication is prescribed to reduce withdrawal symptoms, control craving, and block or change the effects of alcohol and/or drugs. Medication alone is not enough to achieve lasting recovery from dependence on alcohol and/or drugs. At the same time, psychosocial support is provided to address the psychological health and social environment to help improve both the quality and duration of life. This promotes recovery from the effects of alcohol and other drug use.
In the case of opioid and nicotine dependence, the medications prescribed may be ‘substitutes’. This means the medications are similar to the drug upon which the person is dependent, but they can be used with fewer risks and with less intoxicating effects.
Nicotine replacement therapy is provided as patches, gums or inhalers that deliver nicotine without the harmful tars and carbon monoxide that comes with smoking tobacco. Methadone and Buprenorphine can be provided to people who are dependent on Heroin or other opioids with less risk of overdose and without the risks associated with injecting drug use.
There are several medications that may be used to support relapse prevention with alcohol dependence, including Naltrexone, Acamprosate, and Disulfiram (Antabuse). Naltrexone can also be used in the relapse prevention treatment of alcohol. It suppresses the euphoria and pleasurable sensations of alcohol.
FINDING A TREATMENT CENTER TO MEET YOUR NEEDS
The types of services offered by substance abuse help centers vary. Some offer limited services, while others can be considered luxury rehab facilities. Although you want to enter substance abuse treatment as soon as possible, it is important to take some time to choose the treatment center that is right for you. The right facility will help you achieve sobriety while the wrong one may not produce the desired results. Here are some questions to ask yourself that can help you find the best treatment facility.
- 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 a 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 Ph.D. level therapists are important. A robust and well rounded clinical staff is worth its weight in gold. If a facility does not have clinical staff listed on the website, this is a red flag and more research should be done on the reputability of the facility.