Many Choices Available
There are many choices available in the treatment of addiction. Some programs are outpatient, others are residential; some are conducted at a hospital, others at a private treatment center. Many use medications to help the patient deal with withdrawal symptoms and restore normal brain function; others rely more on alternative medicine. Most offer some type of counseling and aftercare treatment to help ensure continued success. Treatment plans in most programs will include detoxification, psychotherapy, counseling, and behavior modification. Which option is best for the individual depends on the details of their substance abuse history, their personality, and their financial resources.
Some hospitals offer treatment for substance abuse. These programs are usually staffed by physicians and psychologists or therapists. Most of the staff involved is usually very familiar with treating addiction; many are specialists in the area. For many, hospital programs offer an affordable option for those that need inpatient treatment but who can’t afford a private treatment center.
Private Treatment Center
Private treatment centers offer residential treatment of varying duration, usually in a facility that is independent of hospitals or other clinics. Most treatment centers are staffed by doctors and other specialists, and provide similar treatment to that offered in a hospital. However, the setting is a bit less clinical; the facilities in which the patients are housed are typically more comfortable, there are usually amenities such as phones, cable or satellite television, wifi internet access, and a variety of recreational activities. Some also offer financial assistance to patients who need it. As with hospital programs, treatment centers also offer highly structured treatment programs. One of the main differences, though, is in their use of community. In many treatment centers, the patients help each other with certain aspects of their recovery.
Outpatient programs can be conducted at a hospital or other type of clinic, or in some cases, in other facilities as well. There are many versions of these programs, from a basic twelve-step approach used by organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar groups, to family therapy used to help both the patient and their family. Because there are many types available, the patient should consider several and consider their needs before choosing a program. The patient or their family can also get referrals for these programs from their doctor.
Know your needs
Before making any decisions about treatment, the patient or their family should be aware of what their needs are. What is the person’s substance abuse history? How motivated are they to change? Are they willing to share their feelings and thoughts with others in group settings? How important are cost and location? Will they do better in a clinical setting or something more comfortable? How do they feel about the use of medications to aid in their recovery? These factors all influence what choices are available to the patient. Using the answers to these questions should help produce a list of options available, which can then be evaluated and a program can be chosen.