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What You Need To Know About Addiction Treatment

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If you or a loved one is experiencing addiction, we’re here to help.

Drug addiction is a complex medical issue. The physical dependence and mental cravings you feel when you’re addicted can be overwhelming and scary. Addiction can rarely be conquered alone.

Addiction treatment is recommended for those dealing with addiction or dependence upon any drug such as heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, prescription medications, or alcohol. When you go to the right addiction treatment center, you can get the treatment you need, no matter what drug you use.

The alcohol and drug rehab treatment options at Michael’s House offers fully integrated outpatient support and residential addiction treatment services. In order to offer the best services, we incorporate the best practices in addiction and behavioral health treatments. This means that each program is highly individualized and client-directed. We offer services based on each client’s needs to promote engagement, retention, and solid long-term recovery outcomes.

How Can Treatment Help You?

Millions of people suffer from alcohol and drug addiction every year. For this reason, the need for quality addiction treatment programs has never been greater. However, many people suffer from other addiction issues, and a large number of those living with an addiction to an illicit substance also struggle with co-occurring addictions and disorders.

An addiction treatment program should be competent in providing you with all of the psychotherapeutic and medical care you need to successfully combat all of these issues in one comprehensive program:

  • Mood disorders. Depression, bipolar disorder and mania are some of the most common mood disorders afflicting people with drug and alcohol addiction. In most cases, substance abuse is an attempt to medicate and balance the mood swings.
  • Compulsion disorders. Gambling addiction, shopping compulsions, and sex addictions are often integrated with drug and alcohol addiction and often related to obsession compulsion disorder (OCD). In some cases, patients experience the urge to perform these behaviors while they are under the influence while, in other cases, the compulsion preceded the addiction to drugs or alcohol.
  • Eating disorders. Anorexia, bulimia, and food addiction can be the impetus for drug and alcohol addiction. Patients may abuse certain drugs in order to further their weight goals or to escape shame and guilt associated with food.
  • Behavioral disorders. Behavioral disorders generally strike children but adult ADD, ADHD and other behavioral issues can be a problem for adults too. Many individuals with these issues turn to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate.
  • Social disorders. Social phobias and anxiety disorders often plague those with substance abuse addictions. Many turn to alcohol and other drugs to make it easier to fend off their social disorder and enjoy themselves or function more smoothly in social situations.

In a recent study, researchers dug into the effectiveness of integrated treatment. The results showed that those who received integrated care achieved better results and had higher levels of motivation.1 As this study makes clear, looking for an integrated plan really can be worth the effort, as it can help people with Dual Diagnosis conditions to heal.

How to Choose the Right Facility

Finding the right addiction treatment program means knowing the difference between the various types of drug rehab centers and knowing which one is right for your needs. When you have this information, choosing the right addiction treatment should be a pretty simple step in your treatment process. Whatever you need—outpatient opiate detox, inpatient alcohol rehab, short-term cocaine addiction treatment, or long-term crystal meth addiction treatment programs—you can find it.

When you find an addiction treatment program, ask yourself:

  • Is this program the right one for me?
  • What is going to happen to me here?
  • Has anyone else gone through this same experience?
  • Will they work with my insurance?

  • Do they have the medical and psychiatric expertise to deal with my co-occurring disorders?
  • When can I begin treatment?

Important Treatment Program Options

There are a number of different addiction treatment program options available. Inpatient addiction treatment is considered the “gold standard” of substance abuse treatment for the comprehensive, uninterrupted care it provides. The residential nature of the program removes the patient from their current environment and reduces the risk of relapse. Everything about the nature of care enables patients to be successful when they leave treatment.

Outpatient addiction treatment is another option. This care offers many of the same therapeutic addiction care options provided by inpatient facilities but is dependent on the patient’s honesty. Patients are expected to remain clean and sober on their own. Individuals may be drug tested to ensure the integrity of the program.

In addition to the core outpatient and residential addiction treatment formats, there are a number of special programs designed to meet the unique needs of certain individuals.

These types of addiction programs include:

  • Dual Diagnosis Rehab: Dual Diagnosis refers to those individuals who suffer from co-existing mental health issues in addition to addiction. When these conditions co-exist, treatment can become extremely challenging, as the symptoms of one disorder often worsen the symptoms of the other. Dual Diagnosis rehabilitation centers provide integrated care for all the various components of a patient’s conditions.
  • Teen drug rehab: Teens are among the highest risk group in terms of substance abuse. Addiction treatment programs are designed to address the specific issues teens face and can help them get their lives under control before adulthood.
  • Women’s drug addiction treatment: Addiction treatment programs geared specifically for women are growing in popularity. Many women respond positively to treatment in a gender-specific setting that addresses issues such as codependency, self-image, and addiction as a means of coping with past physical or sexual abuse in addition to addiction.

How to Know When You Need Addiction Treatment

The signs and symptoms of an addiction that requires treatment can be very obvious in some situations and more obscure in others. When you are actively living as an addict, it can be even more difficult to discern whether or not your drug use and abuse has risen to heights that require medical treatment. The very nature of the disease means that you are unable to make clear and objective decisions concerning your wellbeing and your health. Your addiction won’t let you.

Important Facts To Consider

  • Most people who need addiction treatment never receive it. Based on these findings, more than 23 million adults in the United States have struggled with problematic drug use. And of these numbers, 75 percent do not seek help.2
  • A good attitude is essential. Those individuals who maintain a positive mental attitude during addiction treatment report the highest levels of success. Like anything in life, the more an individual puts into their own recovery, the more they will get out of it.
  • Family plays a role in addiction treatment. In many addiction recovery programs, an individual’s family will play a key role. Family members may be asked to attend specific family counseling where they will learn how to help their loved one maintain sobriety and also have a forum for discussing the trust issues that have arisen as a result of the individual’s addiction.
  • Addiction treatment is not just for celebrities and the wealthy. Addiction treatment treats everyone the same. When an individual walks through the doors of the facility, nobody receives star treatment over anyone else. And advances in insurance and employee benefits coverage mean that these life-saving programs are available to more people.
  • It all starts with detox. The first, most crucial step in the recovery process is detox. Almost exclusively, addiction treatment programs begin with the detoxification of the recovering addict. With the alcohol or drug detox process, the individual gives the harmful toxins associated with these substances a chance to leave their system. As a result, they will overcome their physical addiction and be ready to move forward with counseling, aftercare, and the remainder of treatment.

Do You Need Help?

If you can answer “yes” to more than two of these questions, you need addiction treatment. Ask yourself a few questions:

  • Have you tried to quit using drugs or alcohol on your own without success?
  • Do your friends, co-workers, family members, and/or doctors tell you that you need to stop drinking or using drugs?
  • Have you lost your spouse, children, job, or financial status due to your drug use?

How to Get Into a Program

Getting into an addiction treatment center begins with a simple phone call to Michael’s House. Feel free to ask all the questions you have. Once your questions are answered to your satisfaction, then schedule a tour. For those who live far away, you may request a telephone interview with the director or a counselor. Find out what they expect from you and what you can expect from them. Michael’s House provides a groundbreaking “whole body” approach to alcohol and drug rehab that treats the mind, body, and spirit of the individual in concert. For more information about addiction treatment for you or your loved one, contact Michael’s House today at 760.548.4032.

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1 Wüsthoff, Linda E., Helge Waal, and Rolf W. Gråwe. "The effectiveness of integrated treatment in patients with substance use disorders co-occurring with anxiety and/or depression - a group randomized trial." BMC Psychiatry. BioMed Central, 5 Mar. 2014. Web. Accessed 18 July 2017.

2 "10 percent of US adults have drug use disorder at some point in their lives." National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 18 Nov. 2015. Web. Accessed 18 July 2017.