When you choose to enter an addiction treatment center, it is a monumental step toward acknowledging you have a substance use disorder or alcohol use disorder (AUD). Deciding to undergo treatment can mean choosing living over dying. It can mean the difference in rebuilding your relationships or seeing them end due to the addiction. It is not an easy decision to make by any stretch of the imagination. Many factors go into it.
Do you want to go somewhere that is away from home, out of state, stay in state, or enter a facility close to home? All of these are beneficial. Many places offer medical detox, inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, and other programs. Perhaps you are a teen, and your parents want to get help for you, and you don’t want you far from home.
Here, we underline the benefits of getting treatment close to home.
Intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment is a top-level of care in addiction treatment, which gives you the opportunity to live at home. It entails more than nine hours of clinical services each week. Or, it may entail as much time in treatment as a typical workweek (40 hours).
If you are in an IOP, complications or conditions that require high-level care have already been stabilized in medical detox or an inpatient program at another facility. In IOP with Family Recovery Specialists, you will spend time in behavioral therapy programs with your primary therapist and in group therapy sessions.
Most people in this phase of treatment spend a good amount of time getting to the root of their addiction and learning ways to prevent relapse.
Adolescent addiction treatment is a decision some parents make to help their child become free from addiction. Many teens become engaged in binge drinking or trying marijuana for the first time with peers. The Florida Family Partnership notes that in 2018, one out of 10 high-school students reported binge drinking, and one out of seven experienced a blackout.
Marijuana is still the most widely used drug after alcohol. The group notes that 10.9 percent of students in the state smoked marijuana in the past 30-days in 2018. Marijuana is a common drug teens use, and many become addicted to it, forsaking school work, family obligations, and most of their responsibilities.
Addiction treatment close to home is beneficial for you and your family because it comes with options for including your family into your therapies. You may not believe it now, but each person in your family has some influence on you. If you attend an intensive outpatient program close to home, you can still live at home, and your family is there to support you and work through your addiction therapies with you.
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One of the main goals of addiction treatment is to repair relationships that your addiction ruined. Different treatment options and therapy sessions provide you with the resources needed to help you gain a foothold along the path of recovery.
This can include participation in local support groups, which is paramount to sustained recovery.
New friends who are on or have been on the same journey can help you steer clear of former bad influences and get a handle on old triggers.
The new people in your life are local and available when needed.
Addiction is often described as a family disease. It affects everyone in the family. You will likely be involved in several different therapy sessions, which could include individual and group therapies. Family therapy will be beneficial because it affects everyone in the family.
Many addiction treatment centers provide different family therapies, which can include family days or special events, like birthdays. Family therapy may be ideal for you, as it can strengthen your support system. It can also strengthen your resolve to become free from addiction and help you maintain long-term sobriety.
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