The National Institute on Drug Abuse – NIDA — found only 2.6 million people out of 23.5 million people aged 12 and older received treatment from a professional treatment facility. In this day and age there are several forms of treatment available for those struggling with drug addiction. The first step is making the decision to seek help. The next step is to find a treatment center that deals with the substance you or the loved one is addicted to and developing holistic treatment specific to the needs of the patient. Forms of treatment can include medication and therapy.
Before the detoxification process can begin, a proper treatment facility will assess the patient for case history and any other co-occurring problems that can form with the addiction. The detox process is used to help those in medically-assisted treatment programs and cleanse the body of the harmful substance. This process can take up to two weeks and involves administering medication to cleanse the body, before treatment can begin.
To be clear this is only the first phase of treatment. A holistic facility will feature this initial phase followed by rehabilitation. Some facilities offer natural assisted detox which uses a mix of vitamins and minerals intravenously to cleanse the body and gradually wean addicts while simultaneously flooding their systems with nutrients to mitigate the symptoms of withdrawal.
Inpatient treatment centers are a good option for those with severe addiction who are in need of supervision. Many find the battle of addiction is especially challenging the first few weeks following detoxification. An inpatient treatment facility will involve the patient staying at a facility and following a monitored schedule day to day. This way, the patient is not surrounded by addiction triggers all at once and can slowly adapt to coping with the transition. Patients will join in activities and therapy, some of which can include group therapy, art, yoga and meditation. Each facility will differ on what therapy is offered for inpatients. The important factor is that the center should create a safe and interactive environment which allows the patient to face the addiction and discover how to live with it.
Outpatient treatment works for patients who can handle balancing home and work life with their recovery. Patients will continue their normal day to day schedule and stay in their own home as opposed to a treatment facility. The patient will still have involvement with a treatment program and attend therapy sessions frequently; this form of treatment gives the patient more freedom as long as they can handle it. For the patients who go through outpatient treatment and relapse, inpatient treatment may be the better option.
Transitional living programs continue the patient’s recovery and development. Transitional living programs offer care for patients who have completed the main treatment program. The transitional form of living is meant to help the patient not lose any of the progress made in the initial treatment. Transitional living restricts the freedom of the patient more so than sober living and includes a reward system, which grants privileges depending on the recovery status.
Sober living is stricter than transitional living and involves the patient staying at a sober living house. Instead of moving back home right away, the patient will stay in a drug-free and monitored environment. The patient will usually be required to attend intensive outpatient programs – IOP — which involves group therapy sessions. In most cases, the sober living house or facility will allow patients to stay there as long as they need and are willing to progress through treatment.
Recovery support groups are a vital tool for those hoping to remain in long term sobriety. Support groups will not normally require money for membership or to attend each meeting. At most, the groups require that each attendee have a desire to continue sobriety and participate in the group meetings. Narcotics Anonymous – NA — and Alcoholics Anonymous – AA — are both 12 step programs with welcoming groups of individuals who understand the fight beyond addiction. The 12 step programs operate throughout the United States and host frequent meetings, social events as well as conferences each year. It is important to find a group of people that can act as support for living free of drugs. Groups are also available for the loved ones of someone who is addicted, such as friends or family members, granting support and help in dealing with drug addicted loved ones.
These are only a few of the options available for anyone who is seeking treatment for drug addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with drug addiction, please do not hesitate to call the Colorado Drug Addiction Helpline. We can connect you to a treatment provider who can help with your specific needs. Seek help and begin recovery today.