By Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics
If you are a drug addict or know someone who is an addict, there are several kinds of drug rehab and alcohol rehab programs that can effectively treat addiction. Addiction is a complex disease that affects how a person thinks and functions. Addiction, however, is very treatable and does not have to be voluntary to be effective.
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Types of Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
Inpatient treatment centers are very effective in treating alcohol and drug addiction. They provide a community to help people through addiction and 24 hour care by professionals. Inpatient treatment options offer a structured and safe environment for an addict to rebuild a life without drugs. The only downside to these facilities is cost and time spent away from home or work obligations. The sacrifices are sure to be beneficial in the long run.
Residential alcohol or drug rehab requires patients to live at a facility full-time for intensive addiction treatment. These programs range from 30 to 90 days and are used to treat all aspects of drug and alcohol abuse.
Other inpatient treatment programs are therapeutic communities where staff members and patients interact in the same community. Therapeutic communities work to change attitudes and behaviors regarding drug abuse for those with a relatively long drug use history, those who have been involved in criminal activity, and those who need to be re-socialized into a drug-free crime-free lifestyle. Residency at a therapeutic community can be as long as six months to a year. Those pregnant or with children are welcome in these communities.
Sober living facilities are available after a person has come out of residential drug rehab. Sober living facilities offer a place to live with other recovering addicts in a substance-free supportive environment, giving the person in recovery a better chance of avoiding relapse.
An outpatient treatment drug and alcohol rehab program requires patients to visit a facility at regular intervals, but the patient returns home at nighttime. Many involve some sort of counseling, whether individual or group-based. Outpatient programs are more cost-effective than inpatient treatment centers and can also be used as a follow-up treatment option from inpatient treatment. However, they do not offer all of the benefits, community and care of inpatient treatment. There are several kinds of outpatient treatment programs:
Intensive Outpatient Programs meet at least three days a week for two to four hours. The focus of these outpatient treatment programs is relapse prevention, and they are usually scheduled around school or work, which allows patients to continue their normal workday or school routines.
Counseling can include individual, group or family counseling, and it is available for follow-up treatment or can be used in addition to other types of treatment. Counseling can help a person identify the causes of their drug use and teach skills on recognizing and avoiding situations that can lead to drug use. Counseling also helps to give people coping skills to deal with the ups and downs of their lives and the changes that occur after sobriety. Family counseling teaches drug abuse patterns and helps to improve family function. Motivational counseling focuses on the drug user’s readiness to make changes and enter treatment, and offers positive reinforcement to encourage a substance-free lifestyle. Group counseling is when a group of addicts come together for counseling sessions to share in the challenges of recovery.
Brief interventions with a healthcare professional are available for those who are at risk of becoming addicted to drugs. The healthcare professional will discuss risks and give strategies for cutting back on drugs over several visits.
Medication and Drug and Alcohol Rehab
In addition to treating psychological issues, many treatment programs offer medication to suppress withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification process. Other medications may be administered to help with normal brain functioning as a person is weaned from drugs. An example of this would be methadone to suppress symptoms and relieve cravings of drugs such as heroin or morphine. For alcohol addicts, medication such as Naltrexone may be used to block the reward receptors in the brain that are triggered when a person drinks and helps to reduce cravings.
Paying for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Almost all private healthcare policies offer some coverage for alcohol and drug addiction recovery programs, whether partial or full. This is because drug and alcohol addiction is recognized as a disease. Contact your insurance provider to see what coverage you have available. This will undoubtedly affect the treatment option you choose. Check to make sure the facility you have chosen will be covered by your policy to ensure there are no surprise bills at the end of treatment. Several places also offer financing to help alleviate the stress of paying for recovery. If treatment still doesn’t seem within reach from these options there are places that offer free treatment or use a sliding fee scale. Read more on this at SAMHSA.gov.
There are many treatment options available to those wanting recovery. Here are some helpful links:
- To find drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers near you, visit SAMHSA.gov and type in your zip code.
- Click for the Top Virginia Addiction Recovery Centers: Reviews and Ratings: Click on the link and scroll to the bottom to see your specific city or town.
- Click for the Virginia Addiction Treatment Centers: Click on the link and scroll to the bottom to see your specific city or town.
For more drug and alcohol rehab information, click here and read our blog, Substance Abuse Education Resources.
uVera Diagnostics offers alcohol and drug testing kits that can be used before, during or after alcohol or drug rehab. For more information call 866-242-5930 or click here.
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Posted by Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics and Co-designer and Developer of the CR3 split-sample drug test cup. Bill has 25 years in sales management and marketing and is a 10 year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s energy is focused on drug testing on every level. Addiction is all around us in alcohol, prescriptions and street drugs, and that is a constant reminder a drug free society starts with each and every one of us.
For more information on drug testing, click here or call 1-866-242-5930.
This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. Any medical or life saving advice should come from experts. Always consult with your physician about any and all drugs. uVera Diagnostics does not endorse any facilities or programs listed/linked.
Sources: www.helpguide.org, recovery.org, drugabuse.gov, ehow.com
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