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How to Choose the Right Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program

A Helpful Guide For You, Family, and Loved Ones

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Choosing the Right Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

One of the bravest steps is to admit that you have a problem – that alcohol or drugs have taken control of your life. After you admit that you have a problem, most people wonder – well, now now what? The options seem overwhelming for you or your loved one. The right information can offer you important information can provide you with much-needed assistance in finding the correct type of help for you or a loved one. We can help:

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Now, let's discuss addiction.

What Exactly Does it Mean to be Addicted to a Drug, Alcohol, or a Behavior?

Addiction is a disease, much like heart disease and must be treated as a disease. As addiction is a disease, it is not simply a behavioral problem that can be fixed by sheer willpower and determination alone. There is no end to the amount of suffering caused by drug or alcohol use and abuse.

“Drug [or alcohol] addiction is a complex illness. It is characterized by intense and at times uncontrollable drug cravings, along with compulsive drug [and alcohol] seeking and use that persist even in the face of devastating consequences.” This government pamphlet about addiction treatment continues by stating that, “a wide range of dysfunctional behaviors can result from drug [and alcohol] abuse and interfere with normal functioning in the family, the workplace, and the broader community. Because drug [and alcohol] abuse and addiction have so many dimensions and disrupt so many aspects of an individual’s life, treatment is not simple…Because addiction is a disease, people cannot just simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured.

(Source: NIDA,”Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment”, May 2009).

Based upon the above quote, a drug or alcohol addiction treatment must treat the whole person – not just fix the addiction. Special care must be taken so that each person we meet receives a comprehensive plan of care that includes all components of the individual's history, his or her state of health, age, amount of drug or alcohol abuse, co-occurring emotional and psychiatric state of mind, genetic history, to name a few. The chances of relapse increases exponentially if the whole person is not addressed.

It's important to understand how and why addiction develops and why addiction is a disease is truly a disease of the the mind and body.

How Does Alcohol or Drug Addiction Develop?

The human body works by using a combination of many systems working in tandem. The brain, however, runs the body and the operation of several key body systems. There is nothing that the brain doesn't do – it helps us breath, feel, and maintain body systems. Different parts of the brain are responsible for different for body systems.

The base of the brain (the brain stem) regulates our heart rate and breathing rate. The limbic system (the middle of the brain) maintains controls feelings of emotions, pleasure, in addition to other specific activities. Near the front of the brain, the cerebral cortex controls our thinking process (it solves problems and makes decisions) as well as our senses.

The brain connects with the rest of the body (such our organs, cells, our muscles) via naturally-producing neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters carry messages to the receptors, which receive these neurotransmitters and allow us to maintain out vastly complex organ systems. There are transporters which serve to recycle back to the neurotransmitters, telling the brain to discontinue, if appropriate. A simple example would be the fight-or-flight syndrome. It acts to protect us from danger. Once our brains believe that danger has passed, the fight-or-flight this response passes.

All drugs and alcohol affect one (typically more than one) of the brain's various functions. Valid prescription medication is designed to fool the brain's receptors. Painkillers such as Norco, OxyContin, and Vicodin interfere with the body's pain receptors. Other opiate narcotics, such as heroin, interfere with these same pain receptors at a much higher dose. Cocaine, on the other hand, is a stimulant drug that interferes with the body by inhibits the transporter neurotransmitters from reabsorbing these neurotransmitters. Drugs fundamentally change the functions of normal brain chemistry. Drugs alter mood and interferes with normal body functions, such as feelings, behaviors, and sleep.

Let's say we start to use addictive substances such as drugs or alcohol. The drug or alcohol  makes us more alert, induces sleep, makes us relaxed, depending upon the drug – or alcohol -  used. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, the body’s own natural transition method is broken down and the receptors, the neurons, and neurotransmitters no longer working properly. Neurotransmitters are disrupted as they've been taken over by the drugs or alcohol.

By design, the chemical structure and ways they impact the brain interrupt even legal prescription drugs are addictive – even when taken directly as dosing standards. Drug and alcohol addition happens even if we don't wish it.

Now, back to addiction. Your brain and body are no longer your own – they are slaves to drugs or alcohol. Soon, your body develops a tolerance for your drug or drink. Tolerance occurs with regular usage of drugs or alcohol and requires the addict to use increasing amounts of alcohol or drugs to reach its desired effects. You cannot avoid development of tolerance. When tolerance is reached, you have to drink or use drugs more to reach the desired high. Once the shifting levels of drug or alcohol tolerance happen, you will develop and experience withdrawal symptoms if you try to decrease the amount of drug or alcohol you use. Once the symptoms of tolerance and withdrawal develop, you will need greater and greater amounts to reach your desired effect. It is at this stage in which early addiction begin. Early addiction is the time in which drug and alcohol should treatment begin.

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It's important to remember that no one  believes that he or she will become an addict by having that first drink or abusing that first drug. Addiction is simply the end result of using – and  abusing – drugs or alcohol. There are a whole host of other factors that can also play a role in developing addiction. These include include genetics, environmental factors, personality type, physical health, a person's age, and the presence of co-occurring mental health disorders. These factors each play a role in may developing addiction.

Abusing drugs or alcohol for a length of time will lead to tolerance. When tolerance develops, so do withdrawal symptoms – these avoidance of these withdrawal symptoms can make continued use of drugs or alcohol a necessity for the addict. Withdrawal symptoms will depend a lot of the type of drug or alcohol a person uses and may include seizures, vomiting, diarrhea as well as a major disruption to a person's life. Some withdrawal symptoms are so serious, the addict must go through detox in a hospital-like setting to save an addict's life. Less serious withdrawal symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and and diarrhea. The severity of symptoms will largely depend upon the drug of choice.

Drug and alcohol treatment, much like the treatments for heart disease, are designed to help an addict stop using drugs, teach the addict ways of maintaining a drug-free life, discuss ways for how to handle cravings and additional stressors in order to prevent a relapse from occurring. Similar to the management of a disease like diabetes, a relapse can – and often does - occur. If  an alcohol or drug relapse occurs, an addict will require additional treatment or return to another drug and detox program to get clean – and  again.

What Is The Role of Drug and Alcohol Detox?

Detox from drugs or alcohol is the process in which all traces of the drug of choice are eliminated from the body so that the addict can focus upon his or her recovery. Often, detox facilities are medically-based as withdrawal from drugs or alcohol may be life-threatening. An around-the-clock care team composed of nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, and social workers will be able to provide detox in a safe, controlled environment.

Detox, however. is only the first step in Addiction Advocates. Detox it is non-therapeutic and concerned only with safely ridding the body of the drugs or alcohol. An addict fresh from detox is considered an active addict, as detox only eliminates the drug or alcohol from his or her body. Research clearly shows that transition from detox to a therapeutic addiction treatment environment should be immediate or the desire for an addict to use again returns with a vengeance. 

What is the Role of Addiction Treatment?

In the United States, about 24 million people struggle with substance abuse. Of these, only 18 percent ever receive treatment. Unfortunately, the great majority of people who need help overcoming addiction are not receiving the addiction treatment they need to stay safe, healthy, and sober.There are many, many options for addiction treatments – more than most people even realize.

The first step for all addicts is admitting that there is a problem. After you move past the denial phase (“I don't have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol”) and move to acceptance (“I am addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and this is a problem) or (“I am an addict). Once you realize that you DO have a problem and you ARE an addict, comes the next key component – asking for help. Throughout the years, science has again and again proved that drug and alcohol detox and rehab can and does, have remarkable effect on your life – for the better.

Because addiction is a very complicated disease to treat, addiction treatment centers must focus upon healing the whole person. Each addict has a complex reasons for developing an addiction, so the role of a treatment center addiction treatment must focus upon developing a specifically-tailored treatment for each addict as an individual.

These addiction treatment plans take a comprehensive, detailed medical history, a present psychiatric evaluation, a physical examination, as well as a psychological evaluation. Each quality addiction history will take this information and develop a treatment plan designed uniquely for each addict. From there, the addiction treatment team will work with each addict to help reach addict his or her goals. They will also work to prevent relapse, tools needed to prevent relapse, begin treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders, and help each addict find the necessary goals needed to help him or her develop upon building a new clean, sober life.                   

As with any chronic condition, relapse is entirely possible. A relapse back into abusing drugs or alcohol is not a sign of failure, it's not a sign of weakness, nor is it a crime. A successful drug or alcohol addiction center works with each addict so that he or she has the necessary tools to prevent a relapse.

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Some individuals may experience a slip, in which he or she goes out to abuse drugs or alcohol – but it is for a relatively short period of time. Perhaps an hour drinking at a bar or taking a single pill. Relapse. However, occurs when an addict in recovery uses drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time.

The right treatment does have a major impact on an the life of an addict. Treatment, decades of research shows, is correlated positively to short-circuit the addiction, increases an addict's ability to identify that he or she is having trouble, and needs to seek treatment.

Decades of scientific studies have clearly shown that an addict must be sent to the right facility, at the right time, with the right treatment plan shows that a treatment plan – tailored specifically to the addict's needs are what's necessary for lasting Addiction Advocates treatment plans can be extremely beneficial. Any Addiction Advocates center that  does not provide patients with ongoing evaluations should be avoided. Similarly, any one-size-fits all Addiction Advocates programs should not be pursued.

So, how are you supposed to find an Addiction Advocates center that works for you and your needs? Some of the questions below can absolutely help you in finding the most appropriate addiction rehabilitation program.

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  1. Does the treatment program have the appropriate state, federal, or local licenses
  2.  Does the facility offer individualized plans of care to best meet your needs
  3. What accreditation, such as The Joint Commission, has the treatment program been awarded? When was its last review?
  4. Does the Addiction Advocates treatment program treat older adults, adults or adolescents?
  5. Does the treatment program offer 24-hour in-house nursing staff?
  6. Does the alcohol and drug rehab program employ certified addiction physicians, nurses, and therapists?
  7. Does your treatment program use a multidisciplinary team approach in which all branches of your treatment team meet regularly to discuss your progress and make changes to your treatment plan as needed?
  8. Does the addiction recover program have an inpatient medically-based detox unit or the detox unit based out another hospital or clinic? If detox unit is found off-site, what is the waiting time between receiving detox and moving onto the next part of your treatment?
  9. Does the treatment program have specialty programs, such as women, teens, Christian, LGBT, or older adults?
  10. Does the addiction treatment program offer a dual diagnosis program in which addicts are treated for the addiction as well as the underlying mental health disorders at the same time?
  11. Does the addiction treatment program offer a medication-management program?
  12. Does the addiction treatment program have the capacity to deal with additional health issues including as HIV, AIDS, hepatitis, or  tuberculosis?
  13. Are the addiction treatment physicians full-time employees or are they consultants that visit infrequently?
  14. What is the ratio of the full treatment team and patients?
  15. What are the living arrangements?
  16. What is the average length of stay at a quality treatment program?
  17.  Does the alcohol and drug rehab treatment program offer a fully-functional family therapy program?
  18. Does the addiction treatment program offer a number of therapeutic programs designed to meet the needs of each patient?
  19. Does the addiction treatment program use “best practices?”
  20. Does the addiction treatment program offer relapse prevention groups?
  21. Are there relapse prevention programs available?
  22. Does alcohol and drug treatment program provide individualized aftercare planning?
  23. Does the treatment program offer active alumni program?
  24. Does the Addiction Advocates center accept insurance or is it private pay only?
  25. Is the addiction treatment program state-owned or privately owned?
  26. What are the types of insurance are approved at the facilit

While there are a number of other questions that can be added to this list, Addiction Advocates offers individualized phone support to help you navigate these questions, help you get insurance, and work to place you at a rehab facility that will best serve your needs. Please call us for help. All calls are strictly confidential. Please, do the right thing and call Addiction Advocates at 888-987-1805

Why Would An Out-Of-State Rehabilitation Center Be a Good Choice For Me?

Many, many decades of research now support scientifically-based approaches to treatment of addiction. This research clearly shows that the longer a person stays in an inpatient addiction rehab facility, the more positive the outcome.

A great number of peoplr  people believe a particular myth about Addiction Advocates: one can live comfortably at home, keep their daily routine, fulfill obligations, all while getting excellent care for addiction. This could not be further from the truth.

When an addict has spent years – occasionally less – becoming increasing addicted to alcohol and drugs, he or she spends months or years building a life around addiction.

These can include (but are not limited to) environmental associations, triggers, and other factors that lead a person to abuse drugs or alcohol, establishing behavioral patterns of an addict, and firmly fixed patterns located deep within the brain that require a team of Addiction Advocates professionals. These Addiction Advocates professionals help with awareness and knowledge about – and the tools – to break the firmly entrenched thought patterns of the addicted brain.

Further, successful treatment for Addiction Advocates requires all of your energy and attention, especially in the early stages of addiction treatment which require your full effort and attention. While this may seem grueling, the rewards are beyond amazing.

If you stay home and work on your Addiction Advocates while still firmly immersed in your daily life causes you to run the very real risk for breaking down and using again. Unfortunately, going about daily routine is a distraction from the real work of Addiction Advocates. Many programs offer step-down levels of care that allow you to slowly reintegrate yourself back into your life with the new tools of being sober. These recommended step-down services are outpatient.

Seeking out-of-state rehab many seem like overkill, but getting away from friends, family, and work stresses will allow you to focus upon what really matters – your Addiction Advocates.

Out-of-state rehab allows you the time and space to better focus on you, your behaviors, your feelings, your thoughts, consequences you may face as a result of using, as well as the destructive nature of addiction. Being able to spend the time away from your normal life, away from distractions, you are left with the one person who can help you break the cycle of addiction: you.

In out-of-state rehab, you'll be able allowed time to safely confide and confront challenging personal issues without worries about how your family or friends may respond to these deeply personal issues. You may also be struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders, a history of abuse, or a physical concern, and you will receive treatment for this as well. Additionally, and perhaps most important, an out-of-state Addiction Advocates program will help you to stay in recovery longer. Studies have shown that the longer an addict stays in a drug or alcohol treatment center, the better the chances of rebuilding your life and maintaining your sobriety.

The reality of living at home while trying to address your addictions is clear. You're trying to focus your attention on your sobriety, meanwhile your partner is ill, your child is in trouble, a well-meaning acquaintance needs you to help him or her pack for a move. These issues are regular parts of living in a household and they will interfere with your focus upon Addiction Advocates and can easily zap the energy you so desperately need to recover from addiction. These at-home distractions are commonplace and unfortunately, they do stop the process of Addiction Advocates and self-discovery that is so needed to get – and maintain – your sobriety.

Recovery from alcohol or drug addiction is very serious job and must be treated as such – the hardest job you will ever have. However, it is possible to recover from addiction and stay sober.

Some people opt for an addiction rehab center close to home. It's very important to note that gaps in geographer will allow you to tune out the everyday stresses in your life and focus upon what really matters – your successful recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. If you're close to home, you'll get phone calls regarding family business can cause you to lose focus on your recovery as well as cause you to leave treatment early. This choice may not be easy if you are farther away from home and the distraction of home life.

Why Out-Of-State Drug or Alcohol Addiction May Be Your Only Option

Unfortunately, not all addiction detox and rehab facilities are equipped to handle your unique care. Many do not have the capacity to deal with additional mental health disorders or serious health problems. If you do not receive a correct diagnosis and proper treatment, the recovery from addiction is very unlikely.

Dual diagnosis is a situation in which a person has both a mental health disorder(s), like anxiety, borderline personality disorder, or depression. People who have dual diagnosis receive most from concurrent treatment of both the mental health disorder and the addiction. If only one condition is diagnosed and treated, both conditions will remain untreated. Recovery is very seriously compromised and a relapse is quite possible as both the mental health disorder(s) and addiction worsen.

Unfortunately, there exist only a handful of true dual diagnosis programs in the United States. If you personally suffer from dual diagnosis – as so many addicts do – it is of the utmost importance that seek care from a high quality, medically-based dual diagnosis program. It is absolutely – perhaps direly – important that you seek treatment from a quality, medically-based dual diagnosis program. This will allow you to regain your health, work to stabilize your mental health disorder(s), and address the addiction all at one time. Then, and only then, can you finally begin to recover and painfully work to slowly rebuild your life.

If you suffer, as more and more addicts do, from a debilitating mental health disorder such as panic, for example, it is imperative that you find a quality, medically based dual diagnosed treatment program to regain your health, stabilize your mental health problem and address your addiction. Only then, can you begin to recover and rebuild your life.

What Makes a Quality Addiction Treatment Program?

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There are a number of things that make up a quality drug and alcohol addiction program. For starters, the rehab center must have all local, state, and federal licenses. Then, the addiction treatment center should the program reviewed by outside applicable organizations, such as the  such as The Joint Commission.

These outside organizations that dictate and provide both healthcare providers and facility staff the strictest guidelines in regards to patient safety, these organizations will also ensure all staff has all the appropriate credentials. These outside organizations also approve also ensure that the staff adhere to rigid, approved guidelines for patient safety, approve the overall quality of treatment protocols, and the appropriate environmental for care (including the condition of the faculty as well as the upkeep of the grounds), among other quality of care standards. These outside organizations will ensure regular reviews to make certain that the treatment center is adhering to these qualities of care, lest the facility lose it's accreditation with the third party organization.

It's also imperative that medically-based treatment programs can appropriately address all psychological and physical problems should they occur. This means that should a dire crisis occur or urgent treatment protocols must be changed, all physical and psychological issues occur as they happen, a treatment team is able to respond at that moment, quickly adjusting the treatment plan as they see fit. Lastly, all treatment protocols must be created using the most up-to-date and best practices available.

What are the Levels of Care and Types of Treatment Programs?

It can be overwhelming to discuss levels or care as well as addiction treatment programs that include various treatment approaches and different philosophies involved in all treatment approaches and levels of care.

There are a number of options when it comes to alcohol and drug treatments. Each  program uses different philosophies as well as their own approaches to alcohol and drug rehab. What follows is a guide for each level of care offered for addiction treatment and rehab.

It's important to note that quite often, there are waiting lists for patients in order to secure a bed at a local or state-run addiction treatment.

When a person is meets the criteria for an inpatient drug or alcohol abuse treatment center, often there is a prescreen completed prior to admission. Upon admission to the drug treatment facility, addicts will then receive a clinical and medical assessment. This assessment is necessary to see if a patient would be a good candidate for inpatient treatment, determination of the proper level of care as well as beginning a treatment plan tailored to each candidate.

If, for some reason, the patient needs medical care or stabilization for events such as a stroke, he or she will first begin their rehab at a medical hospital as he or she becomes stable enough for a medically-based addiction treatment center.

If you have insurance, your addiction treatment program will be handled by the program's billing staff to work with the insurance company to determine the length of time a person can be in rehab so that a person can receive the highest level of care for the longest length of time from the person's  insurance policy. Occasionally, a person is required to pay a copay in order to begin addiction rehab services. Your billing department will work with you and your insurance company to verify insurance information and payment options - should that be necessary so that you can focus upon what matters most – your recovery from drug or alcohol abuse.

If, by chance, you are available for private pay, you may be able to do so

If you have the ability to private-pay, and you believe you need additional care, you can opt to use this method of payment. Some substance abuse treatment programs allow payment plans on private-pay, others do not.

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What if My Loved One Refuses a Treatment Program?

It's no secret that the first step in understanding addiction is to “admit you have a problem.”

and this can be very hard for a loved one to comprehend. Not many give credit for denial on the part of the addict but for his or her loved one, learning that he or she was addicted to drugs and alcohol is often an entreaty earth-shattering, painful, and incredibly powerful realization. Unfortunately, everyone in the addict's personal circle of loved ones and friends needs to stop enabling the addict any longer. Fortunately, there are some things you – as a loved one – can do to stop enabling the addict, break through the denial, and gently helping your loved one enter drug or alcohol rehab.

These things you can do are a part of a process of getting your loved one the help he or she needs in a timely manner. These things are known as an intervention. The following steps are a part of in the intervention process.

Does the Drug or Addiction Treatment Program offer a Family and Friends of the Loved One Program?

Addiction is, first ad foremost a family disease.

Does the Treatment Facility Have a Family Program?

The truth about addiction is that it is a family disease. When a loved one has an addiction of any kind, drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, eating, everyone closely related to the addict is affected. The impact upon the family and the family dynamic can be profound. If there are children, the addiction puts them at risk of developing an addiction as they grow.

A good-quality addiction treatment should offer a full treatment program, importantly induing friends and family treatment program. As family and loved ones, an addictive treatment plan will carefully include loved ones and ways these important individuals impact recovery to get – and remain recovery after each patient leaves our program..

A great-quality addict and his or her  and  treatment program will provide a comprehensive family therapy program through which the family and the addict explore interpersonal relationships, any problems in the family dynamic that may impact recovery functions, as well as the family-mandated consequences for the addict if he or she does not follow the treatment plan. Family therapy may help your loved one to discover deep-seated ties to addiction, issues of power within the family dynamic, learn to define both physical and emotional boundaries among the entire family. Family therapy will allow for the family of a loved one, to learn of his or her own personal growth, the disease of addiction, the ways in which addiction has impacted your family's growth, how addiction has changed all the roles inside the family. Family addiction programs It may be the step in breaking through an addict's powerful denial.

The process to find an appropriate drug or alcohol treatment facility can seem overwhelming. That's why Addiction Advocates exists – to get you of your loved one into treatment easily so you can focus on one thing alone: getting the help you need.

We have treatment specialists standing by to help you. Don't wait even one more minute. It's time to get the help you need to live the life you want. Please call Addiction Advocates as soon as humanly possible. We can and will help you or your loved one. Call us immediately so we can help: 1-888-987-1805. All calls are strictly confidential.

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