Residential Inpatient Treatment or Outpatient Care Options
Residential treatment programs are typically 30 to 45 days and involve the structure of participants living at the facility full time along while participating in group therapy and one-on-one sessions with a client’s primary counselor. Many clients will transition to a long term program or sober living house upon completion of a short term program in order to further solidify their lifestyle changes.
Outpatient treatment, however, involves participants coming to a facility 3 to 4 times each week to participate in groups or meet with their counselor. Clients will continue to live outside of the facility, work their job, and often continue relationships they had before. This can be a great aftercare option or an introduction to the treatment process without committing to residential treatment.
The Detox Process
Should the participant need to medically detox (2) from their substance of choice, they will be placed in a specific area of the facility where they will be under the care of the medical staff 24 hours a day. This period can last between 5 days to 14 days depending on the substance used, amount used, and the length of use. Typically there will be less rigorous structure during this time until the participant is medically capable of participating.
Medication Management & Medical Detox
Throughout the detox process, a multitude of medications (3) may be used to ease the withdrawal symptoms that the participant is feeling. Medical professionals will make a determination on which detox protocol to begin based on a number of factors including substances used, length of use, and overall health of the patient.
Counseling & Therapy Sessions
The therapeutic process is the cornerstone of substance abuse treatment. Sessions with a primary counselor are opportunities for the participant to meet individually with their clinician in order to discuss issues and problems specific to them. During these times, with the help of the counselor, the participant will examine their current lifestyle choices, where they may have come from, and ultimately how to overcome them.
Group Support Sessions
This type of therapy will involve activities and discussions related to various topics associated with the addiction process. During this time guided by the counselor, participants will be given the opportunity to share and hear from others about these topics in order to gain deeper insight and fresh perspectives on addictive lifestyle patterns.
Another great resource that treatment facilities will often utilize is family therapy. This time is similar to group therapy except the group participants will be members of the participant’s family. During this time, participants and their family will be able to discuss the impact of the drug and alcohol use on the family as well as steps moving forward to facilitate support from both the participant as well as the family impacted.
Preparing for Aftercare
Beginning almost immediately, the participant will begin to discuss with their primary counselor the options available for aftercare. This crucial piece of the treatment process ensures that the participant will have continued care and support throughout their time of transitioning from a more intensive level of care.
Treatment is centered around treating the individual as a whole. An important piece of this is ensuring that the proper nutrition guidelines are met. Unfortunately, nutrition and health commonly begin to decline as substance use increases. Part of recovery is regaining proper overall health as well as the self esteem and self value that is communicated through proper nutrition.
Holistic Treatment Approaches
Aside from the cessation of substance use, recovery and the treatment process deals with addressing the all encompassing issues of holistic health. Nutrition, spiritual wellness, exercise, and relational skills will all be addressed on some level throughout the treatment process.
Spiritual Care Programs
As a person begins the treatment process, they will begin to receive guidance and education related to spiritual health as well as physical and mental health. Though some substance use programs are centered around a specific religious framework, many are focused on the participant diving deep into what spirituality means for them and how it will begin to benefit their quality of life.
Relapse Prevention Strategies
An important facet of the treatment process is developing the skills required to avoid relapse long term. The implementation of these new coping tools early in sobriety is a crucial step in gaining momentum towards long term recovery.
The ultimate goal of any substance use treatment facility is ensuring the long term well being and recovery of each individual. Treatment is intended to be the beginning of a life long journey not just a short term event.