Entering a substance abuse treatment program is the best way to overcome your drug or alcohol addiction. There are a variety of programs available and understanding the differences is the key in finding the program that is best suited for you.
Do You Need Detox?
The first step is determining whether or not you need to go to detox. A medical detox is best, as it will eliminate the chemical toxins from your body that have accumulated from your drug and alcohol abuse or addiction. Most doctors recommend intravenous (IV) therapy because it allows the physician to adjust the medication to meet your withdrawal symptoms and keep you comfortable.
Not all drugs require detox, so it is important that you discuss with your doctor or with the detox facility you plan to enter, all the substances that you have been using, the amounts and length of time of use so that they can best advise you on the proper course of action.
Finding the Right Rehab Program
After you have successfully completed a detox program, the next step in recovery is to enter a rehab treatment or alternative treatment program. These types of programs are available in residential and non-residential (outpatient) programs. There are benefits to each type of program for example a residential program will allow you to escape from your everyday life for a period and allow you to focus on getting better.
On the other hand, an outpatient program is more suited for individuals who cannot leave their families or jobs for a prolonged period of time. The person in outpatient recovery can tend to their daily responsibilities and attend their program in the evening.
Issues to consider in substance abuse treatment may be linked to the type of program, but also the philosophy of the program. You want a program that will give you support and encouragement in your new life.
Traditional Rehab Programs
Most people find that continuing in a long-term program helps them walk the recovery line. Programs such as traditional 12 Step (A.A., N.A., etc) provide fellowship with other people in recovery and also offer support from mentors and sponsors. These programs have been around for a number of years and are very well established in just about every community.
Alternative Educational Therapy
Behavioral education therapy is another type of program that has been very beneficial to many recovering addicts. Educational programs teach how making different choices and self-assessment can help those overcoming drug and alcohol abuse/addiction see things from a different perspective.
Making the decision to get help is not a temporary fix for your problem; however it can be a stepping stone to a new life that offers freedom from substance abuse.