The Road to Recovery

Addiction is complex and often takes a while to sneak up and take over your life. Treatment is less complex but it does take work, commitment, and support from friends, family and trusted professionals. There are 5 levels of care in the full continuum of treatment services available for those in need. Your unique circumstance may vary but it is important to understand these phases in treatment.

Intervention / Readiness to Change

Teen-interventionThe readiness to change, to become clean from drugs or alcohol, must ultimately come from the addict on his or her own. If you are struggling with addiction and have found yourself in a world that has become unmanageable through consequences of substance abuse, including legal, relationship, work, or other issues, now is the time to reclaim your life. Help is available if you want it. With professional guidance you can fully recover and reclaim the life back you deserve. There is a contact form at the bottom of this page if you are ready to receive help now.

Everyone’s situation is different and some struggling addicts may not realize that the time to seek help in now. When a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol they may not be in a state of mind to make the best decisions for themselves regardless of the depths of despair the disease has sunken them to. This is the very deception of the addiction that often leads to a sentence of jail, institution, or death. If you are a friend, co-worker, or family member who as a loved one with a substance abuse problem and they are unwilling to recognize their disease, intervention may be the coarse of action necessary.

Intervention is a way to effectively confront an individual about his or her addiction and get them to realize that treatment is needed. Many users will not or cannot recognize their addiction and related problems with using drugs and alcohol. Drug affected individuals rarely listen to family or friends’ emotional pleas, so a professional interventionist may be needed.

This is a third party that is trained to coordinate a multi-step approach to effectively and non-threateningly confront and convince a user that there is indeed a serious addiction problem and that solutions to recovery are available. A professional intervention done by a trained interventionist is non-emotional, non-threatening, non-personal, and usually prevents breakdowns in communication between friends and family members.

Simply put, an intervention may be necessary when the individual is in complete denial or resistant to seek treatment for their addiction on their own.

Detox

One-on-one-counselingDetox means cleansing your body of the drugs and alcohol in your system. Not all drug and alcohol users need a detox program to begin treatment. But for many, detox is an absolute must. Alcohol, Sedatives like Benzodiazepines, and many drugs, including opiates, can cause severe pain, serious medical complications, and even death during withdrawal.

Medical stabilization is necessary during the detox period, which can last between 48 hours to several weeks. Detoxification is overseen by medical professionals who safely rid your body of drugs and alcohol.

This level of care is also designed to manage uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that naturally occur when stopping drug and alcohol use. Detoxification is handled differently depending on the drug and individual. During detox, medical, physical, and psychological care are all addressed by professionals.

Primary Treatment

Primary Treatment is a crucial step in early recovery. This is where the addict learns to manage the thinking, emotions, and actions that lead to drug and alcohol use. This is best achieved in an environment where the addict can receive support from professionals and peers. Primary treatment provides education, counseling, and skills building to become and stay sober. There are three main levels of care within primary treatments:

Residential Treatment Centers are facilities individuals live in while recovering. The individual totally removes him/herself from the environment they came from, the bad influences they had around them, and the day to day stresses and responsibilities that make recovery so difficult. These residential treatment centers allow an individual to be surrounded by safe, supportive, and non-judgemental people who are like themselves, recovering, and by professionals who offer the perfect environment and services for recovery. These facilities provide structure, support, and observation, at a lower level of care, for those in the early stages of recovery whose symptoms are still acute. Services at residential treatment centers can include medical observation and treatment, therapeutic healing, life-skills building, group sessions, individual counseling, nutrition, and faith based services to name a few.
Partial Hospitalization Programming (PHP) is a highly structured, individualized treatment program that provides a combination of treatment and recovery based services. The structure and daily schedule provided at a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) allows the addict to begin to process core issues of the addiction, become educated on their disease, and be held accountable to their program. This level of care is ideal for those who are resistant to treatment, are relapse-prone or impulsive, or lack social and emotional support in their daily life.

The Partial Hospitalization level of care features coordinated, intensive treatment that is more concentrated and provides more therapeutic hours than traditional residential care. Facilities that provide this type of service employ a multi-modal treatment approach providing a broad range of therapies dependent on the nature and severity of illness. Therapeutic interventions include but are not limited to group therapy, medication management, individual counseling, psycho-educational groups, addictions education, step-work, coping skills, relapse prevention and family therapy.

Intensive Outpatient Programming is provided when the patient is ready to live on his or her own at a residential recovery home, with family, or independently, but still requires daily support and on-going therapies to deal with addiction. This level of care is designed to promote patient’s’ functioning in the community by offering a more intensive level of structure and support than is available for clients receiving outpatient treatment alone.

The intensive outpatient program is recommended when a person with a dependency illness has living circumstances and a daily structure that are supportive for recovery.

Intensive outpatient programming is most effective for persons who are progressing in their treatment to the extent that they are able to carry out their daily responsibilities yet commit to ongoing treatment. In-depth assessments by counselors and therapists lead to highly individualized treatment planning. In addition to intensive outpatient treatment, clients are usually required to attend multiple 12 step meetings weekly. Persons assessed to be appropriate for this level of care receive group therapy, relapse prevention therapy, and process & skills based groups.

Extended Care

Man-in-recoveryExtended Care is an important part of the continuum of care that should not be overlooked.

After the patient has successfully completed primary treatment, ongoing extended care will help transition the patient to a normal, healthy, and productive life, free from drugs or alcohol. Extended care may include 1 on 1 or group counseling, psychiatry sessions, medical visits, and even holistic therapies such as massage or Reiki. Our Network of providers offer many aftercare services that include Outpatient Therapy, Weekly Aftercare Groups, and Alumni functions.

Sober Living

sober-livingThe transition for most drug and alcohol addicts is a difficult one but not an impossible one. True, it’s not easy to just jump back into the drug and alcohol free life you once lived. Research has shown that easing back into the new, healthier you is more effective than flipping a switch and hoping for the best.

Sober living provides the recovering individual with a rule structure and lifestyle foundation essential for keeping a clean lifestyle. People accepted into sober living are required to remain drug free in order to live within the community. Accountability in the form of mandatory drug testing, employment, and 12 step meeting attendance, all assist the newly recovering addict to use the skills obtained in treatment in the real world. Staff at sober living facilites are trained to notice positive and negative changes in individuals. Positive behavior is reinforced while negative behavior is addressed by consequences from enforcement of early curfew to discharge from the facility.

People trying to lose weight can simply go on a “diet” – but then what? To lose weight and keep the weight off, one must undergo a complete life-style change. There is no quick fix! Eating healthy, in the right portions, at the right times, exercising, getting enough sleep…it is the sum of all these things that will work. And it must be taught, practiced, and embraced. Same for sober living. It takes time, commitment, and ongoing work and support. You can do it, we know.

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