Addiction Treatment

The Basic Principles of Effective Addiction Treatment

Are your loved one(s) suffering from drug or alcohol addiction? If that's so, then you should know the basic principles of addiction treatment. If you think this concerns only the methodology used in the treatment, think again. In actuality, 50% of the basic principles involve how well you understand the spine that holds up addiction treatment.

Addiction is never simple.
Before choosing any treatment for your loved one's addiction, all affected need to understand that addiction is a complex ailment. The disease is treatable, but involves more than just a "weakness" for the substance of which the individual has become addicted. Most of the time, individuals who enroll in addiction treatment have been using a substance for so long that the substance has affected their brains. The use of the substance may have affected more than the patient's current behavior, and some of the negative effects of the substance are long term.

Medically-assisted detoxification is just the beginning.
While detoxification from substances is vital in any addiction treatment program, detox is only the beginning and treatment doesn't stop there. The patient has undergone severe trauma to his or her system due to the substance abuse, which means that he or she will have to go through counseling for the majority of the recovery program. Otherwise, there is always the danger that he or she will fall back into his or her bad habit.

In-patient treatment:
During severe cases of substance abuse, addiction treatment may also involve in-patient programs. In this type of treatment, the patient is physically removed from his or her environment so that he or she can focus on getting better. Sometimes addiction is triggered by factors in the environment, like peer pressure or other stressors, which may push the individual to resort to substance abuse. In-patient programs allow professionals remove the patient from negative environments and closely monitor the behavior of the addicted individual. Individual and group counseling sessions are also common during the rehabilitation period at this time.

Family interventions:
Since the environment of the individual can trigger addiction, involvement from the patient's loved ones is extremely important in addiction treatment. Otherwise there's always the danger of relapses or regressions. The problem is usually more than just the individual and the environment she or he is in needs to be conducive to recovery as well. The patient is actually at his or her most vulnerable during the first stages of recovery and the family needs to support the healing process. Without family support, the individual may just give up and turn to substance abuse once again.

Peer counseling:
Once the patient is out of the rehabilitation center, a group support system is extremely important. Peer counseling plays a major role in effective addiction treatment. In a group setting the individual is able to see that she or he is not alone in the fight, and many others are suffering from the same conditions while trying to get back to their normal, sober lives. Peer counseling is a great source of strength for individuals who are recovering from substance addiction.

Choosing a Facility

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Facility for Addiction Treatment

If this is your first time seeking addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one, it would be helpful to know which questions to ask when searching possible programs.Recovery Now TV will guide you in making the most appropriate decision based on your individual needs.

When researching addiction treatment programs, consider the questions below to help guide you to make the most appropriate decision for treatment:

  1. Will the facility work with your health insurance company? If you have health insurance, please click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to access the complete Insurance Guidance Information page.
  2. Where is the facility located? Oftentimes facilities will urge you to travel out of your area to receive treatment. Consider the list of pros and cons below for traveling out of the area for treatment.

    Treatment out of the area-

    • PRO - Getting out of the area for addiction treatment will help an alcoholic or addict focus on themselves rather than their familiar surroundings.
    • PRO - Going out of the area for addiction treatment creates a mindset where a client is taking a journey for their recovery.
    • PRO - If the going gets tough in treatment, a distance between the home and the treatment facility might affect a person's decision to not give up and to stay in treatment.
    • CON - Going to an addiction treatment program out of the area puts distance between you and your loved ones. Most treatment programs offer a family component and a long distance could make it difficult for supportive family and friends to participate in the treatment program.
    • CON - Going to an addiction treatment program out of the area might make it difficult to return to the home environment. If you choose to go out of the area for treatment, it is crucial to make sure that the treatment facility has a discharge planning process which includes assistance in finding outpatient and Twelve Step Support systems for when you return home.
  3. What governing body is the treatment facility licensed through? All addiction treatment programs providing therapeutic services and treatment planning must be licensed by a State governing body. If one of the facilities that you are considering is NOT part of the RecoveryNowTV network, then you will need to make sure that the facility is licensed through the state.
  4. Is the facility accredited? If so, what is the accreditation agency governing the facility? Accreditation is a true sign of a quality and safety assurance plan for a facility. While accreditation is not mandatory for a facility, it provides a higher level of standards for a facility to adhere to. The two major accrediting bodies are The Joint Commission (JCAHO) and Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF). Both accrediting organizations ensure that the facility actively participates in rigorous quality and safety improvement protocols.
  5. What does a typical day entail? It is recommended that the treatment facility go through the daily schedule and feel free to ask questions of each item on the schedule. This will give you an understanding of all of the services offered. This will allow you to take full advantage of the treatment protocols being offered.
  6. What is the price of the treatment? Are there additional costs over and above the stated cost? Is there a daily rate? Is there an early termination policy?
  7. Is there an extended care program? When searching for a treatment program, if time and your schedule permits, it is recommended that you enter an extended care program or a structured sober living environment. This will ensure that the re-entry back into daily living is a safe transition. Many programs offer a step-down or sober living program which includes mandatory Twelve Step participation, curfews and drug testing.
  8. Is there a program in place for relapse? It is important to know if the treatment program will support you during a relapse. Many programs have relapse prevention or a refresher course in case of a relapse. Although many people do not want to consider readmitting to a treatment facility, it is important to know that your treatment program will support you if you have a relapse.

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