If you’re looking for help with finding treatment, you’ve come to the right place. The task can be completely overwhelming, especially given the circumstances that you’re likely facing. With so much information and misinformation out there and everyone claiming their way is the best, it’s almost impossible to know where to begin. A quick internet search will reveal this.
Finding good treatment is often a matter of life and death. And chances are, you can’t afford to wait or waste your time doing tons of research and making phone calls. That’s what this guide is for. We’re going to help you sort through the myths and confusion by breaking this down based off what you need.
To get started, select the statement below that best describes your situation. This will take you to the appropriate portion of the page which answers your questions and suggests the best way to proceed. Finally, we’ll go over some of the main myths that exist about treatment and provide you with the real information you can use to start changing your or someone else’s life.
I’ve Never Been to Treatment Before and Want to Know More About It
Treatment is most easily described as having two main formats; inpatient and outpatient. Let’s start with inpatient.
Inpatient treatment is also referred to as residential treatment, since the person lives at treatment 24/7 while attending. This is obviously more restrictive, but also gets better results. The person isn’t having to battle with detox or early sobriety in the environment where they use drugs. This means that all the triggers and pressures to continue using are removed. There are also less stressors like work, phone calls, etc. which could easily amount to caving in and using. With inpatient, you can simply focus on getting better.
Inpatient treatment may not be possible for everyone. Enter outpatient treatment. A person attending outpatient continues to live at home and can continue to go to school or work provided they can regularly attend the outpatient treatment schedule. Such a schedule varies, but generally consists a few hours per day for 3 to 5 days per week. As one progresses, the schedule may lessen. This can go on for several months, and the appointments consist of anything from group to individual sessions with drug testing required.
This form of treatment exists for two main reasons. Either someone cannot attend inpatient due to life circumstances, or they’ve just completed inpatient treatment and are stepping down to a less restrictive form of ongoing support. Outpatient generally isn’t suggested as a first line of attack due to its lax structure. But if you can’t attend inpatient, it’s certainly better than nothing.
There’s also a subcategory of treatment known as detox. This can be confusing because many mistakenly view detox as treatment. It’s not. In and of itself, detox is simply used to safely get the person off drugs. While you may be thinking “well that’s all I need”, you must understand that detox only handles physical dependence, not addiction. This becomes clear when you see people getting detoxed, then relapsing almost immediately after if no other treatment is sought. Anyone who is physically dependent mad many choices to use drugs over a long period of time before this occurred. So, it can’t simply be that they just need to get off the drugs and will be fine. They need treatment.
It’s also important to know that detox isn’t always incorporated into a treatment program. While most inpatient facilities have a detox unit or contract with one as the first step of treatment, most outpatient programs do not have detox and expect that anyone enrolling has already been detoxed. In this case, stand-alone detox centers exist and can be used prior to entering treatment. But always follow up detox with some form of treatment to address the mental aspect of addiction. Otherwise, your chances are little to none.