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If you or a loved one struggles with an addiction to specific substances such as heroin, alcohol, or oxycodone, or if you have completed treatment before and experienced relapse, it is often better to seek addiction treatment at an inpatient residential treatment center. In an inpatient setting, there are increased opportunities for essential, potentially lifesaving treatment services, including medically assisted detox and assistance with withdrawal symptoms. However, if you have recently completed an inpatient addiction treatment program and do not feel ready yet to be “on your own” or if you have a mild issue with substance abuse, outpatient treatment may be the most beneficial treatment option. If you are motivated to seek addiction treatment, however, obligations at home such as work or family hinder your ability to be away from home, outpatient counseling can offer the essential flexibility you need to ensure treatment is possible.
Principles of Effective Addictions Treatment
Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. Drugs of abuse alter the brain’s structure and function, resulting in changes that persist long after drug use has ceased. This may explain why drug abusers are at risk for relapse even after long periods of abstinence and despite the potentially devastating consequences.
No single treatment is appropriate for everyone. Treatment varies depending on the type of drug and the characteristics of the patients. Matching treatment settings, interventions, and services to an individual’s particular problems and needs is critical to his or her ultimate success in returning to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and society.
Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse. To be effective, treatment must address the individual’s drug abuse and any associated medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal problems. It is also important that treatment be appropriate to the individual’s age, gender, ethnicity, and culture.
Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical. The appropriate duration for an individual depends on the type and degree of the patient’s problems and needs. Research indicates that most addicted individuals need at least 3 months in treatment to significantly reduce or stop their drug use and that the best outcomes occur with longer durations of treatment. Recovery from drug addiction is a long-term process and frequently requires multiple episodes of treatment. As with other chronic illnesses, relapses to drug abuse can occur and should signal a need for treatment to be reinstated or adjusted.
How We Can Help
Compassionate Counseling Services will support you as you journey on the road to continued recovery. We will provide a judgement free environment, encourage healthy habits, and provide an atmosphere of active listening coupled with patience and understanding.
Your well-being matters to us. Please call us or fill out our contact form for more information about how our caring, experienced counseling professionals can guide you on the road to recovery. We’re ready to help.