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You know that it’s gotten bad, but is it bad enough to go to rehab? Here are the facts: In the US, some 22.7 million people need treatment for drug or alcohol abuse. But each year, less than 1 percent receive the help they need. If substance abuse is causing negative effects in your life, it might be time to take a closer look. Here are some signs that you might need help….[read more]
Entering treatment can be a daunting and overwhelming prospect. Once you’ve decided to seek help, how can you best choose the right program for your specific situation and needs? A thorough evaluation is generally necessary to select the appropriate care, and discussing your options with family, counselors, or psychologists is also useful. Prior to entering a rehab facility, many people first enter a detox program, in order safely wean off substances in a medically supervised environment. While detox can be done at home, this carries some risks. After clearing the brain and body in detox, treatment options include inpatient, outpatient, or partial hospitalization programs….[read more]
Treatment plans are generally tailored to individual needs. While no two centers are exactly alike, qualified counselors and doctors play key roles facilitating a successful rehabilitation process. Most often, the treatment process follows this protocol:
After reaching out to a treatment center, a team of doctors, counselors, therapists and support staff begins crafting an individualized treatment plan. This process continue during the intake process and ensures the best possible treatment outcomes.
To start the rehabilitation process, detox is often necessary to cleanse the body of addictive substances. As detoxing from alcohol and certain drugs and can be dangerous, it is wise to seek supervision from a doctor or accredited treatment center.
Detoxing is just the beginning of recovering from alcoholism or addiction. Treatment programs address core issues that are at the root of substance abuse, and ideally teach their clients tools for sober living.
Getting clean and sober is just the beginning of a new way of life, and treatment alone is not enough to sustain recovery for most people. An aftercare regimen that encourages participation in some type of Twelve-Step program (such as Alcoholics Anonymous) or other support group is crucial. A good treatment program will actively help the patient move into the next appropriate level of care.
What makes people successful in treatment? We think these factors contribute to a lasting and contented sobriety:
Most rehabs offer financial aid, accept insurance or have financing options. And although cost is certainly a factor in finding the right treatment center, it shouldn’t be the only factor in choosing the best program your needs.
Continuing to drink or use is far more expensive than most treatment centers. Substance abuse often costs a lifetime’s of income and savings, not to mention your dignity and freedom.
Speak with your insurance company, or a representative from a potential program to find out.
Recovery Speakers is an online community that aims to offer support, resources, and information to those affected by alcoholism, drug addiction, and addiction in any other form it takes. We are home to the largest single online audio library of recovery talks—spanning some 70 years—and a wide range of 12-step fellowships, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and others. We seek to give people a meeting when there are none, preserve the rich legacy and history of the 12 step fellowships, and support one another through the community created here. Welcome, and keep coming back.