How Do I Know Which Treatment Model Is Best for Me?

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There is an abundance of treatment programs and models for addiction. It may seem like a daunting task to research which would be best for you, especially if you don’t really understand your addiction and how it affects your emotions or behaviors. Treatments for addiction are not one-size-fits-all, because everyone uses for different reasons, at different frequencies, and exhibit different behaviors. One thing that is common between substance abusers is that they need clinical help to maintain sobriety.

Professional Opinion

An easy first step in finding the best treatment model would be getting an evaluation from your doctor, a licensed clinical social worker, or a licensed therapist. This will be an easy start in finding a detox program. It is important to realize that detox is the first step in recovery and detox can be very stressful and even painful, depending on the substance. Having a medical professional to help with physical detox symptoms is helpful for getting through the process.

Know Your Treatment Options

  1. Long-Term Inpatient – This model of treatment is 24/7 usually in a medical setting. The most effective treatments last between six to 12 months. The best-known residential treatments are therapeutic communities (TC). This treatment focuses on a patient’s social skills and helping them “resocialize” normally. It usually involves not only the individual but other patients and staff. This type of treatment is very in-depth and sometimes confrontational, meaning it forces the patient to confront their addiction, their behaviors, and their emotions. TC’s can be modified to fit patients with specific needs like mental illness, adolescents, or the homeless.
  2. Short-Term Inpatient – This model, while also 24/7, consists of six to eight weeks of hospital-based treatment. Originally created to treat alcoholism, it began being used in the 1980s for other substances after the cocaine epidemic. After the inpatient treatment, the patient will continue with outpatient treatment services. This is the best model for preventing relapse after treatment. It is important to note that all models should be followed up with outpatient treatment.
  3. Outpatient Treatment – This model varies in type of treatment, they are typically shorter and less intense. However, a substance user should note that low-intensity treatments offer little more than drug education. Intensive day-treatment types are very similar to inpatient treatments. In these treatment settings, group therapy is a major component. Some outpatient programs are also designed to treat patients with extreme mental health problems in addition to their substance use disorders, which makes it difficult for them to participate in group therapies.

How to Find the Right Facility

The best way to find a treatment center that is right for you is to research your local treatment centers and find out which treatment model they use and if they modify their models to fit specific needs. If you are willing to travel to participate in the inpatient treatments, you can research the best in your region.

Another aspect of research is whether psychological therapy is offered to deal with co-occurring mental conditions. Oftentimes, addiction stems from underlying mental health issues. In order for a successful recovery, these issues need to be addressed.

Another helpful tip is to look for treatment centers that have been in practice for five or more years. A center’s longevity attests to the legitimacy of their program. Some centers, unfortunately, are opportunistic, or just trying to take advantage of a high-demand service. These types of facilities are not looking out for a user’s best interest and their model may not be effective. You can always consult a medical doctor on which treatment centers are most reputable in your area.

Be very wary of any center that guarantees success or suggests that addiction is curable. Addiction is treatable, but there is no cure for it. Many users who have maintained long-term sobriety will admit that being an addict is a lifelong struggle, just like having mental health issues. Of course, there are methods of preventing drug use and treatments for symptoms of drug abuse, but there is no definite cure.

Also, don’t equate luxury with quality. It’s easy to make the treatment centers look beautiful and appealing to attend, especially if it is an inpatient treatment center. Many of these lush properties have pools and luxurious, private rooms. However, they sometimes let patients skip group therapy or steps in the program.

Also, if they have sub-par staff, limited counseling services, no supervision, or are understaffed, the center may not offer effective recovery treatment. It’s important to ask questions about counseling services, staff-to-patient ratios, and staff qualifications.

There are many things to consider about addiction recovery centers. With so many models and philosophies, it can be overwhelming trying to find the best center for you. It’s okay to ask questions about their staff and treatment programs, we welcome questions at Northstar Transitions. Many programs can be modified to fit an individual’s specific needs. Do your research before making any decisions. If you have to call the centers directly, don’t hesitate. Recovery treatment centers like Northstar Transitions are here to help you recover, you deserve to understand what you are getting into. If you or a loved one is considering entering a treatment program, Northstar Transitions is here to help. Call us now at 1-303-558-6400.


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