The Need for Professional Recovery Help

Here are some alarming facts on the state of substance abuse in this country:

  • An estimated 25 to 30 million Americans struggle with drug or alcohol addiction each year.
  • Only about 10% of those individuals will ever receive professional treatment.
  • There were more than 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016.
  • Approximately 88,000 Americans die each year from alcohol-related causes.
  • The federal government has proclaimed opioid abuse as a national epidemic, and has stated its intentions on directing more resources to fighting the crisis.

On that last point, “fighting the crisis” is best done by getting addicted individuals into a professional rehab center. Completing rehab is no guarantee of being substance-free for the rest of one’s life, but with the way addiction works, people can’t simply put down drugs or alcohol on their own and never look back. They need structure and guidance from professionals.

Here are some treatment program options for those who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. Click on any of the following to learn more:

Detox

Almost everybody new to recovery should go through medically supervised detox first. Stopping use of alcohol or a drug will bring on withdrawal, and this is quite an uncomfortable, uncertain and possibly fatal period for the individual.
 
Detox will flush the individual’s system of the harmful chemicals, and this is best done under the supervision of professionals who can monitor the person’s symptoms and keep them as comfortable as possible. Acute withdrawal generally lasts anywhere from three days to two weeks, so most detox programs span that long as well.
 
Finding professional detox services will especially be important if your client or patient is addicted to:

  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety meds)
  • Heroin
  • Prescription opioids (OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, etc.)
  • Barbiturates (Seconal, Amytal, Nembutal, etc.)

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Inpatient Treatment

We generally recommend going to inpatient treatment after completing detox, but it’s not necessary for every single addict, and some insurance plans don’t cover patients for it. For inpatient treatment, we usually advise going to a facility out of state – or at least well-distanced from the individual’s hometown – and we can help you locate such a destination.
 
Patients will get to live at the facility during their time in an inpatient program. They will receive different forms of therapy daily, and get to participate in a number of other beneficial activities – which will vary from facility to facility – to help further their recovery.
 
Inpatient programs are usually offered for 30, 60 or 90 days, although some go up to six months. The longer the time spent in inpatient rehab, the higher the chances of long-term sobriety, but there are limits as to what insurance plans cover. We can help review your client’s insurance details so that all parties know exactly what will be covered before venturing on a formal treatment path.
 
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Outpatient Treatment and Aftercare

Outpatient and aftercare services are generally offered by most treatment centers to follow the inpatient phase. Some patients can go straight from detox to an outpatient program. This is something we can help determine once we discuss your client’s specific needs and substance use history.
 
Outpatient programs include group and individual therapy (and sometimes other helpful services), and they don’t require the patient to live at the facility. That means the patient can go to work and/or school in between the set number of outpatient sessions each week. Patients can live at home while participating in an outpatient program, or they can find sober living accommodations if they want to do an outpatient program out of state.
 
Aftercare services vary from facility to facility, and they are less structured than outpatient programs. At minimum, aftercare programs usually give as-needed access to the facility’s counselors, and they offer opportunities for the individual to connect with other alumni and possibly current patients. Some aftercare programs are quite robust, so it’s not something worth glossing over when evaluating different treatment centers.
 
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