Treatment for substance abuse is available to those who seek it. There is a stigma attached to the need to receive treatment for substance abuse but not attempting to receive treatment is the worst choice. Treatment programs help deal with substance abuse before it becomes an addiction.
Substance abuse can affect people of all ages. Treatment options vary depending on the substance and situation. The 2012 National Health Survey on Drug use and Health found only 10 percent of teenagers’ ages 12 to 17 were receiving treatment for substance abuse. No single treatment will work for each individual. It is important to find a facility which will tailor treatment to the needs of the patient.
The detoxification process can be a strong way to begin anew and have a clean start on sober living. Detoxification is not a quick fix, as people hope, to cure a substance abuse problem or addiction. Detox involves the use of medication or natural vitamins and minerals submitted to the blood stream intravenously. Detox cleanses the body and clears the mind of any harmful and addictive substances.
The process should be in a professional detoxification facility. Patients will usually see results in weaker withdrawal symptoms and help with the cravings. Detox is not a cure and is most effective when followed with treatment and rehabilitation. If someone finds life impossible without the substance and expresses strange or erratic behavior, it may be ideal to have them go through detox to diminish the risk of serious health problems.
Outpatient treatment is a viable option for those who are struggling with substance abuse, yet can handle a sober lifestyle. Instead of living at a rehabilitation center or facility during the treatment process, the user will continue with their daily life. The user will go to work and stay in his or her home, then attend therapy sessions and group counseling each night.
People have found this to be difficult starting out, surrounded by triggers for the addictive substance. Those who need support or time away from the substance may benefit from inpatient treatment. While people find success with outpatient treatment, others may relapse after the initial treatment; returning to an inpatient facility for stricter and better treatment.
Inpatient treatment involves staying at a facility in which the patient can recover in a substance-free and safe environment. It is important for the person abusing a substance to understand, treatment centers will not help unless the substance abuser agrees to treatment. With this in mind, having an intervention for a loved one abusing a substance will help to soften the blow.
Inpatient facilities will help the patient recover in a welcoming environment with others who are going through similar addictions. Treatment may involve a mixture of medication and therapy as well as counseling. People may feel a stigma towards medication for treatment and should know that medication does not have to be permanent. While the battle against addiction and abuse is ongoing, patients will not stay in an inpatient facility for the rest of their lives.
Transitional living is the next step following successful inpatient treatment. Once the patient completes the requirements of inpatient treatment, they may go into transitional living. The freedoms of the patient are still restricted, but they are allowed privileges as they succeed through the program.
Transitional living may involve intensive outpatient therapy or forms of group therapy as well. Patients who are not ready to move back into their own home may benefit from this program.
Sober living gives the patient a bit more freedom than transitional living, requiring they join in support groups and other activities. The patient will be able to live in a safe environment if they feel unable to handle the full responsibility of a substance-free life. Sober living homes allow patients to stay as long as they need, granted they abide by the rules.
Support groups are important for the recovery process. Substance abuse can become addiction and is a constant battle after the initial treatment. Life can be difficult once the addictive substance is out of the equation. By joining a support group, patients can receive understanding and support from others who face similar issues.
Examples of support groups are Alcoholics Anonymous –AA—and Narcotics Anonymous –NA- stationed throughout the United States. Both host frequent meetings which require no payment for members, except participation. There are also numerous events and conferences throughout the year all over the United States involving guest speakers, workshops, fun and fellowship. This is a highly recommended option following treatment and can lead to a substance-free future.
Each treatment option may not work for the individual and should be administered by a specialist in a professional facility. If you or a loved one exhibit signs of substance abuse, please do not hesitate to call the Colorado Substance Abuse Advisors and begin the path towards recovery today.