Substance abuse treatment is intended to help people stop compulsively or abusively using or seeking substances (including alcohol and other drugs).
What are Substance Abuse and Addiction?
Substance abuse is the patterned use of substances in which abusers consume substances (like alcohol and other drugs) in an amount – and at a frequency – that may be harmful to themselves or to the people around them.
Addiction is a chronic – often relapsing – brain disease that causes obsessive substance seeking and consumption, regardless of the consequences suffered by the user. Addiction is progressive in nature, meaning that it usually gets worse over time, not better.
You can learn more about the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and addiction here.
Why Seek Substance Abuse Programs?
Some people who abuse or who are addicted to substances successfully stop using on their own for short periods of time. However, they often relapse and return to using. Even people who have received some treatment for addiction can relapse and return to using.
However, Advanced Health combines:
- The right treatment methods,
- The right types of support, and
- A loving and caring environment.
This combination of resources gives clients the opportunity to build the foundation needed to achieve the goal of long-term recovery.
What are Principles of Effective Substance Abuse Programs?
Attending a rehabilitation center – by itself – rarely results in achieving long-term recovery. Making that first call and walking through the front door are important steps on the road to recovery. However, there are many components to stopping substance abuse, avoiding relapse, achieving long-term recovery, and building a healthy life.
Here are some of the treatment principles that can help make substance abuse programs successful:
- No single approach to rehabilitation is appropriate for each and every person. There is no effective ‘one size fits all’ approach.
- Effective rehabilitation is not just about substance use; the individual’s many other treatment needs must also be considered.
- Remaining in attendance for the recommended period of time is important to long-term success.
- Combinations of continuing therapies (including individual or group counseling and other behavioral therapies) must be available.
- Continued rehabilitation aftercare should be considered where appropriate.
- For many people, medication can be an important part of rehabilitation. Many substance abusers also have other disorders that need treatment if long-term recovery is to be achieved.
- To be effective, rehabilitation needs to be readily available to those with even a slight interest in getting help. Success does not always have to start out with complete willingness.
- Effective rehabilitation programs must be able to assess patients for other health concerns, like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases.
What are Effective Approaches to Substance Abuse Programs?
There are many substance abuse treatment methods. However, anyone committed to long-term recovery should consider a combination of treatment types.
- Depending on the level of abuse or addiction, a person seeking treatment may need to take steps to help withdraw from substances, which is called a detox. Learn more about detox here.
- Substance abuse programs typically include therapy sessions that focus on how to get recover and prevent relapse.
- Behavior therapies can provide an individual with effective means to deal with substance cravings, provide strategies to avoid relapse, and teach how to cope with relapse if it should occur.
- During and after treatment, many patients find community support by attending one of the self-help type groups modeled around the 12-Step program first developed by Alcoholics Anonymous®. You can find out more here.
Factors Influencing Substance Abuse Programs
The treatment program team at Advanced Health looks at any factors that may influence a client’s treatment, including:
- type of addiction,
- duration of addiction,
- physical health,
- family status,
- other mental illness, and
- personal/professional commitments.
These are just some of the factors that must be considered in planning the most effective substance abuse treatment for you. At our substance abuse treatment center, our accredited treatment professionals are equipped to handle your problem and a wide variety of substance abuse issues.
Other Disorders Influencing Substance Abuse Programs
Many people suffering from substance abuse and addiction also have separate and distinct mental health issues. These issues can include:
- bi-polar disorder,
- generalized anxiety disorder,
- panic disorders,
- borderline personality disorder, and
- post-traumatic stress disorder.
Advanced Health coordinates with Psychiatrists and Psychologists to thoroughly evaluate client mental health issues, allowing us to make sure that client’s receive comprehensive substance abuse treatment. These combined services are designed to help our patients restore peace to their lives, work towards a full recovery, and live free from addiction.
Aftercare Following Substance Abuse Programs
After you complete our treatment program, we will carefully coordinate aftercare for you with our extensive network of addiction specialists across the United States. We will identify an appropriate aftercare program in your area and work with you to develop and implement strategies to prevent relapse into active addiction.
Ongoing Monitoring Following Substance Abuse Programs
Outcome studies reveal that clients who participate in ongoing monitoring programs after treatment have the greatest chance of maintaining abstinence. These services may be mandatory for certain professionals (including healthcare workers, pilots, transportation workers, and others).
Ongoing monitoring provides an added incentive and a much-needed boost in relapse prevention. We believe that these services should be incorporated into an aftercare plan for our clients who are serious about recovering. We offer these services through our Alumni Association and case managers with whom we have relationships.
What Can You Do?
Please call us today to find out what therapy programs may be available for you or your loved one. Call us 24 hours a day at 888-687-6977, or contact us here.
One call may be all it takes to make a brighter tomorrow.