How Do I Get Help?

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Treatment and counseling can help an addict learn how to control their behavior, withstand impulses and recognize the presence of a problem. Treating an addiction can take years and requires ongoing support from friends, families and support groups. This generally involves the guidance of a licensed professional or an addiction treatment program that takes the addict out of their environment.

There are several treatment programs and centers that can help with the numerous types of addictions that are prevalent today. Many of them are anonymous. Addiction is not only hard on the addict; it is hard on the people that try to support the addict through the process of controlling the addiction. Support groups are also available to help family and friends who experience the effects of an addiction in a loved one This is a far reaching disease that can affect everyone within the addicts circle.

In Patient or Out Patient

Let’s start by understanding the difference between an inpatient program and an outpatient program. The name says part of the difference, in outpatient programs you go to the treatment facility on regular scheduled appointments but return to home. Appointments could be group therapy or individual therapy and often takes the form of some type of counseling. Inpatient requires that you live at the facility for a fixed period after withdrawal is complete. Programs go from one month up to six months. A detox center would be an inpatient program but it’s not the only type of inpatient program.

Inpatient Treatment

Also known as residential programs, these centers offer 24 hour supervised care. A residential program removes the distractions that make it harder to continue the recovery process. In a residence the patient is free of the temptations that lead them to their addiction. The triggers offered by the outside world and their environment are removed allowing them to concentrate on the recovery program.

Another important advantage of inpatient care is the availability of medical care in the facility. Close medical attention is a key component to a safe detoxification and a safe recovery from addiction.

Therapeutic Communities are also considered to be inpatient. They differ from other inpatient treatment programs by how they approach treatment. Therapeutic communities use community, staff and the people in recovery to facilitate change.

People most often to be found in a therapeutic community are those with severe problems such as multiple drug addictions, involvement with the courts and mental health problems.

Outpatient Treatment

There are a large number of outpatient programs to choose from. They are most often used as part of continuing care when a patient has completed their inpatient program. However if a patient does not have time to commit to an inpatient program, they don’t have to give up on finding their way to sobriety. Outpatient programs can be very effective for someone who is determined to gain freedom from their addiction.

The sheer number of programs that are available along with the many options offered can make it quite confusing to find the right one. You’re day to day life will have a lot to do with which programs you can attend. You’ll want see a treatment schedule, if you have to jump through hoops to make the schedule fit into your life, you are less likely to stick with the treatment plan. Finding the right schedule that meshes with your daily life is one step that will help you to stay on track with your recovery.

Location of the facility, group vs personal sessions and type and intensity of treatment offered are all important factors when considering a facility. The easier you can make it on yourself to attend, the better off you will be.

Through a bit of research you’ll find the right recovery center for your specific needs, have patience and don’t give up. You need to get started on your path to recovery now, if you’ve come out of inpatient treatment you need to find continuing care as soon as possible.

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