Addiction Resources

Addiction Resources

Many people are able to recover from problematic addictive behavior on their own. However, if you are unable to make sufficient progress on your own, seeking outside help is the next step. Regardless of which expert(s) you see, keep in mind that the foundation for change is in your own control and will largely be dependent on your own motivation to change. No one is going to “fix” you without your deep engagement in the process.

 

Most individuals seek addiction treatment because of problems that exist alongside addiction (like trauma, anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder). Understand that these problems may take more time to treat than the addiction itself. Therefore, you will want to seek the help of highly qualified, licensed professionals, not simply drug counselors. The time you spend investigating treatment options will be one of the best investments you can make in yourself or in a loved one.

 

Addiction Recovery Resources

 

Addiction Treatment Options

If you are unable to recover on your own, entering inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, an intensive outpatient program or individual therapy is something to consider. It will likely involve a commitment of significant time and money. It is important to understand the differences in the levels of care that are provided and to be prepared to ask some serious questions before you decide to admit.

 

Below are the different types of treatment settings. This will help you determine the level of care you or your loved one requires. A complete list of addiction treatment services in the US is provided by the federal government. Clink on this link for services in your area: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

(This list does not imply endorsement. Please review “Buyer Beware” section below)

 

  1.  Inpatient Rehab. The highest level of care would be found in an inpatient rehab or residential rehab setting. Inpatient treatment programs often require the patient to live at the facility full time for a fixed period of time after the detox/withdrawal phase is complete.
  2.  Intensive Outpatient Programs. Slightly less intensive treatment would include some form of an Intensive Outpatient Program. There are many variations of intensive outpatient treatment. Typically, an IOP is anywhere from 9-60 hours per week and may include day treatment, partial hospitalization or other options. Services may be highly structured and group based or more flexibly structured and individually based. For some, outpatient rehab can function as an alternative to residential treatment.
  3.  Outpatient Rehab. The least intensive level of care includes outpatient rehab services. This involves one or two individual sessions per week and might include couples or family sessions. This is the level of care suitable for most people. It is also the most flexible and least expensive.
  4.  Individual Therapy. You can find a list of therapists on the websites of several of the addiction recovery self-help and support groups listed below. Additionally, www.psychologytoday.com has the most extensive list of therapists in the US. You can search for therapists in your area who provide addiction treatment. A therapist may answer a few questions over the phone, but to get a sense of that provider, you need to have an actual session. Ideally you should schedule a first session with several therapists, then continue with the professional you think is best for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For information about various drugs and addiction terminology, click here for a comprehensive list of definitions

Buyer Beware!

Recommending any addiction treatment facility in an unregulated industry that uses unscientific treatments, administered by poorly educated professionals, is a “roll of the dice” at best.

 

Rather than providing a list of specific facilities, we encourage you to be a careful consumer. It is important to know the right questions to ask when searching for any level of addiction treatment.

 

Be persistent in your questioning and do not accept vague answers!

Most facilities say their treatment is “individualized” and “evidence-based”. The following questions can help identify what is different about facilities, save you money and protect you from questionable treatment practices (some questions are suitable only for inpatient treatment).

 

  1. What are the credentials of the providers I will be meeting with?  How long are the sessions? How many sessions of each type (group, individual, family) per week?
  2. If I don’t like the providers I am assigned to, what happens?
  3. Is your length of stay fixed or flexible? Can I attend for a week or two only? How much notice of discharge is needed?
  4. What is your refund policy? If I leave, will I get a refund of unused funds on deposit? Is that policy in writing?
  5. What is the overall orientation of your approach?  (12-step, or something else?)
  6. Do clients attend outside meetings?  Which ones? How often? What happens if I don’t want to attend?
  7. What psychiatric, medical and detox services are available?
  8. How much access to my cell phone and laptop do I have?
  9. How do you handle discharge planning and aftercare?
  10. How is my family involved in my treatment?

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are looking for treatment, you might begin your internet search with “inpatient drug rehab” or “intensive outpatient program”, depending on your desired level of care. For 12-step treatment, search “12-step addiction treatment.”

If you are looking for non 12-step treatment, start with “non 12-step rehab” or “alternative to AA.”  A directory of non-12-step providers is here: www.seatainfo.org

 

Addiction Recovery Self-Help and Support Groups

These groups are free of charge and managed by volunteers, some of whom are trained in the approach of that organization. These organizations typically also have a substantial online presence.

 

PLEASE NOTE: A support group is NOT treatment. Click on the links below to find out more about the various support groups and meeting schedules for your area:

 

 

In the last 25 years cancer death rates have gone down by 22%. In that same time addiction overdose death rates have tripled.

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