Admitting that you have a problem with drugs and alcohol is not easy. If you have reached a point in your life where you cannot take it anymore, and you’ve decided that it’s time you receive help, you should be proud of your decision.
We understand that entering addiction treatment is not easy, but we know that it is the best choice anyone stuck in this cycle can make.
When you are battling a disease as dangerous as addiction, the only option to help you regain peace of mind is treatment. We understand that treatment may bring on extra nerves, which is expected, but you could also be wondering if you really need treatment. These emotions are common for individuals in your position, but keep in mind that abusing drugs and alcohol will eventually create issues for you.
If you are thinking about treatment or feel ready to go, it means you’ve reached a point in your life where you can’t tolerate your lifestyle anymore. Treating addiction is unique because each client we help has specific needs. With that said, we often receive questions from prospective clients, so we want to offer some clarification to make you more comfortable with your decision.
Our admissions department at Family Recovery Specialists has identified commonly asked questions that better help you understand how addiction treatment works. Read on to learn more about treatment so that you can make an informed decision about your recovery.
The Science Behind Addiction Treatment
When addiction treatment plays out in some movies and television shows, its portrayal is far from what it actually looks like. It’s necessary to discuss these misrepresentations so that you don’t have false expectations upon entering a recovery program.
The stigma attached to addiction is slowly starting to change as awareness of the disease has grown, which can be viewed as a positive. However, the numbers of people affected nationwide have shown how many are in dire need of help.
Scientists who work tirelessly to continue educating the public about addiction have discovered that the condition is more than just a bad habit. Addiction is a disease that affects our reward centers and changes our pathways permanently. This information has changed how we not only look at addiction but how we treat it as well.
In a majority of cases related to addiction, people lose complete control of their lives, which can lead to homelessness, jail, or death. In other more complex cases, a person may enjoy a successful career without drinking or using drugs affecting them. When they realize it’s a problem, however, is when they try to stop and can’t do so alone. Over time, addiction will cause significant issues, but you can avoid these financial struggles, poor health, or interruptions in relationships by getting help.
What Happens In Treatment?
Addiction treatment continues to improve each year, and we have learned how to better utilize the tools that have been at our disposal.
Our primary goal is to help you overcome your physical symptoms, as well as treat the chemical dependency aspect. Our treatment facility will also disperse the resources necessary to manage the psychological and social issues that are straining your life.
You may not have reached your “rock bottom” moment, but if you continue to abuse drugs and alcohol, it will eventually lead you down a dark path of social, financial, and legal problems.
Treatment involves a combination of medical professionals and psychologists to provide you with information about what you need as someone in recovery.
You will also work with a case manager to help you gain traction with daily tasks, such as managing finances, finding a job, and looking for housing. Addiction treatment usually follows the below-listed trajectory:
Medically Managed Inpatient Services (Medical Detox)
When you check into detox, you are committing yourself to around the clock to treat your withdrawal symptoms. In some cases, medication is provided to help overcome uncomfortable and deadly symptoms. Medicines may also be used to taper a client off certain drugs or alcohol. The process can last up to a week, but in severe instances, it could be longer.
Inpatient Treatment (Residential)
If you are placed into this stage of care, it is because you did not attend a formal detox, but the clinicians have determined that you still need around-the-clock intensive care.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
If you are entering this stage of care, you should expect to complete more than nine hours of therapy a week and return home when you finish up for the day. A partial hospitalization program (PHP) falls under the same umbrella of care, but you are required to attend more than 20 hours of therapy every week.
Outpatient treatment is the least intensive of these stages of care. It requires you to attend therapy weekly for nine hours or fewer. It is an ideal option for people who need flexibility in their schedules to attend treatment while also taking care of other responsibilities, such as school, work, or caregiving.
I’m Interested – What Levels Of Care Does Your Facility Offer?
Family Recovery Specialists takes pride in our evidence-based treatment approach that caters to your specific needs. If you come to our center, you should expect the following:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Life Skills Coaching
- Family Therapy
- 12-Step Program
- Adolescent Treatment
- Individual Therapy
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Group Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Dual Diagnosis
- Client Care Coordination
- Psychological Evaluation
- MAP Peer Support Program
While we offer an extensive list of therapies and programs, it’s unlikely you’ll attend them all. As we’ve discussed above, treatment requires a unique approach, since no two clients are the same, and we take pride in addressing multiple needs with various methods.
Treatment Isn’t Affordable, Is It?
We understand that the one barrier that holds a potential client back from getting the help they need is cost. Addiction treatment, like all healthcare, is not cheap, but we work with our clients to get past this potential obstacle. Family Recovery Specialists work with many insurance companies to help you lower the cost of your care. We accept coverage from the following:
- Blue Shield
Please keep in mind, the coverage you receive will depend on your specific provider and plan. Still, we encourage you to speak with a friendly Intake Specialist at our facility today to find out what you are eligible to receive. You may also reach out to your insurance company directly to determine your particular coverage.
I’m Interested – Is It Worth The Cost?
When you factor in the long-term cost of addiction, whether it be in legal fees or health care bills, you understand that treatment is saving you money in the future. We know that some potential clients feel they are not affected by drugs and alcohol to the point where spending money is necessary, but it will come crashing down when you least expect it.
OK, I’m Ready For Treatment – What Should I Bring?
We provide a majority of the items you will need, but to ensure maximum levels of comfort, please bring each of the following:
- A cell phone to keep you in touch when en route to our treatment center
- A picture ID card
- A valid insurance card
- Contact information
- Over-the-counter medication
- A credit or debit card
- A prescription card for any prescribed medication by your doctor