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Recovering from Addiction? Choose the Right Option

You know you want and need to get better, but there seem to be a plethora of options and choices to help. Making the right decision can be a challenge, and making the wrong one for you can put you right back where you started. In most cases, you are making a huge commitment, one from which you may not be able to back down or change tracks. Many facilities will insist that you finish the course if you start it, and in some cases you may have to deal with court ordered requirements or pressure from family and friends.

Common Treatment Options

Treatment for addiction generally falls into one of two categories: Inpatient (residential) or outpatient.

Inpatient treatment can be short or long term. Short-term residential treatment generally focuses on physical detoxification. Longer term treatment in a therapeutic community or recovery housing lasts six to twelve months and includes not just addiction treatment but help getting back on your feet.

Meanwhile, outpatient treatment includes therapy, group support, and other help given while living in one’s own home with one’s family. In many cases medication is involved.

For many people, a short period of inpatient treatment to detox is followed by a longer time as an outpatient. Some patients may find they continue with some aspects, such as self help groups, for the rest of their lives.

Here are some thoughts on how to choose a facility.

Costs and Considerations

In general, outpatient treatment is cheaper, although some inpatient time may be unavoidable. As an outpatient, you will be able to return to work faster and spend more time with your family. For people who are already unemployed and homeless, residential care may work better despite the expense, and it is often possible to get financial assistance. In other words, you should consider outpatient care if:

  • You have a good support system of family and friends, and separating from your family would make you worse.
  • You want to have more control over the specific therapies and treatments you get.
  • You need to get back to work faster.
  • Your budget is restricted.

You should consider inpatient care if:

  • You are having particular problems controlling your urge to use.
  • You have severe problems, especially if you also have mental health issues (although many outpatient programs can treat this) or are addicted to multiple substances.
  • You have a hard time showing up to therapy and group sessions without monitoring or external motivation.

Bear in mind that regardless of cost, the cost of addiction and relapsing is always higher than the cost of treatment. Failed treatment only adds to your costs, given the social and financial risks of addiction and the cost of trying again.

Quality of Care

Rehab facilities, like everything else, vary in quality. It can be hard to find a facility that is compassionate and some centers consider a success being somebody who is now dependent on a substitute medication and/or meetings. You should take into account several factors:

  • Does the center’s idea of a success match yours? Find out what metrics they use to determine success. Good centers will track outcomes including relationships, gainful employment, life skills, etc.
  • Do they promise some kind of miracle instant cure? Rehab is a slow progress, relapses can happen even with the best of care, and there is no quick fix to addiction. A lot of the time these instant cures are things like hypnosis, LSD, and aversion therapy. If they guarantee success, that is a lie.
  • Has the program been evaluated by a certified doctor, licensed clinical social worker, or psychiatrist? Ideally, get the program evaluated by your own doctor so they can help assess not just its quality but whether it fits your needs.
  • If you have other problems, such as depression, does the center have the ability to help treat them, such as good counselors.
  • What kind of medication do they offer? Decide whether you want to go onto a medication to reduce addiction or not.
  • Find out how long they have been in business. You want to choose a facility which has been around for a few years, rather than being a guinea pig.
  • Do they offer nutritional assistance? Many addicts benefit from the advice of a nutritionist to help with lifestyle changes and also prevent the substance addiction from transmuting into food addiction, which can happen.

Also trust your gut, especially if choosing an inpatient facility. Make sure you are comfortable with the facility and the staff, and don’t get distracted by luxuries such as pools. What is more important is competence and a compassionate approach, while ensuring that you comply with treatment.

Physical Assistance and Detox

If you are physically addicted then you may need help getting through withdrawal symptoms. This is generally called detox. While it’s possible to try and detox on your own, it is generally a bad idea. For severe addictions, you may need 24 hour medical care for the first period, which generally means inpatient care. However, there are outpatient detox programs, which you can consider as long as you have a stable home life and don’t live with another abuser (giving you too much access to drugs).

It is vital for people detoxing from alcohol and benzodiazepines to have medical professionals available to help with withdrawal symptoms both physically and psychologically.

The BrainSpark Option

We offer 5 to 10 day outpatient detox programs for opioids and alcohol. Our rapid detoxification program includes NAD IV Therapy, a holistic treatment which helps the brain recover from addiction, and which can also help if you have been on Suboxone or similar and want to become completely sober quickly. Our caring staff will help you recover in our private clinic. Treatment takes about eight hours a day, but is personalized to each patient. The treatment has worked for people who have found other methods unsuccessful, and reduces withdrawal symptoms by 70 to 80 percent. We do take some insurance, so it’s worth checking with your carrier.

Our holistic approach is one of a number of options available to those who have problems with drug or alcohol addiction. It is not a miracle drug, but is a step on your path to sobriety. After receiving our treatment, you should move on to therapy, support groups, and other measures to help you stay clean. If you are ready to change your life and shed your addiction, contact BrainSpark Health today.