If you have reached the point where you are considering reaching out for help with recovering from drug or alcohol dependency, you are probably in the process of considering which program is right for you. Addiction is so commonplace in today’s society that there are an almost infinite number of treatment plans and programs, which can seem overwhelming when you are trying to decide what is right for you, and which one will give you the best chance of long-term recovery.
This article is has been written to give you a brief and uncomplicated overview of what it might be good to look for and how to apply it to your own situation. Although there are many factors to consider when choosing a plan, we’re going to look at four key items that will help you to decide which type of treatment program is right for you.
The 12 Step Plan is available free, and while it is a useful tool in recovery for certain types of addiction, it certainly isn’t the whole picture – nor does it work for everybody. We believe in providing care that is one step beyond mere abstinence from drugs or alcohol, by treating the underlying cause of addiction at the same time as detox.
It is essential that your facility provides a holistic service, and this means that your treatment needs to be tailored to you, and to treating the issues that drive your addiction. SLO Recovery Centers base their programs on the concept that addiction is a symptom of an underlying condition – this may be mental or physical, but without treating this cause it is unlikely that you will be successful in recovering on a long term basis.
Although there are many outpatient treatment centers across the country, if you are looking to take your first steps on the ladder to sobriety, there is little doubt that an initial period as an in-patient can be extremely useful as a starting point. Our drug rehab centre in Florida has an exceptional team of professional and committed staff who will make an initial assessment of you as an individual – this will take into account multiple factors including your personal medical and psychological history, your present and past environments, and your existing support network.
Following this, Partial hospitalization treatment will allow you to focus solely on your recovery – free from external pressures and other factors that might negatively influence your ability to remain clean and sober.
Depending on the extent and severity of your addiction, it might be medically required for you to spend a period in a detoxification facility. This is particularly true of patients who are experiencing long term addiction, or who are using higher than average amounts of drugs or alcohol.
Detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction can be inherently dangerous in certain cases, which is why it is crucial that the program you choose is developed with you as an individual at it’s heart. SLO Treatment Centers achieve this through constant contact with a multidisciplinary team who assess all patients prior to treatment starting. If you require a period in detox, you will either be admitted to one of our own facilities or to a carefully selected partner facility where you will be able to take the initial steps on your recovery in a safe and supportive environment.
Detox is more than simply the withdrawal of a substance – it can involve both physical and emotional detoxification, and it is important that you are supported while you undergo this important and life changing transition. Whether you find that you are better suited to Partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment, our Florida treatment center is committed to providing you with the support and guidance essential for your long term recovery.
Alcohol or drug dependence is not merely the act of drinking too much or taking illicit substances because you enjoy the feeling – research has shown that many people who struggle with addiction are in fact ‘self-medicating’. This could mean that they are experiencing physical pain from an undiagnosed source (or diagnosed, but incorrectly treated), or mental and emotional pain caused by psychological or emotional issues.
Many people suffering from addiction report that they drink or take drugs in order to block painful emotions, or to drown out the noise of overwhelming thoughts – if this is the root cause of your addiction, then although detox might initially be helpful it is unlikely to be successful in the long term. As soon as you complete the short period of treatment, whatever triggers your addiction will still be there and you will almost certainly find yourself drinking or using again.
It is vitally important that the program you chose helps you to deal with not only the emotional or physical cause of your pain, but that it teaches you strategies to cope with it in the real world, that you are able to draw on once the initial phase of your treatment is complete. Although it may not be possible to ‘cure’ every condition, it is certainly possible to teach you ways to deal with your issues that don’t involve you having to block them by abusing alcohol or substances.
In case you are unsure, the term ‘holistic’ refers to anything that is designed to treat the whole, rather than a single symptom. There are many ways to achieve this, and which treatments are beneficial will vary between individuals. SLO Treatment Centers offer group and family therapies, yoga, workshops, mindfulness and a variety of other therapies and treatments designed to benefit you as an individual.
Not only is this beneficial in terms of your immediate recovery, it is also designed to give you the tools to cope with cravings and temptations once you return to everyday life – basically, alongside helping you to understand your personal triggers for substance abuse, it teaches you ways to use positive diversions to avoid falling back into a pattern of destructive behavior.