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Our mission is to connect families and individuals struggling with addiction to necessary and appropriate treatment options. Each person's needs for addiction treatment are different. But when choosing addiction treatment, focus on what is truly important: appropriate licensing, staff credentials, quality of care, and support services. Please contact us with specific questions about finding addiction treatment. We'll respond to you personally and promptly.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS

Program accreditation, staff credentials and licensing

Make sure the treatment program is accredited and licensed by the state. Also check to ensure that the program is run by licensed, well-trained mental health professionals and addiction specialists. How often are treatment physicians available and what credentials do they hold? Enquire about the counselor to client patient ratio, as well as procedures for monitoring possible problems regarding the health, safety and welfare of the patients.

Effectiveness and quality of care

Consider the effectiveness of the program's treatment methods. Treatment centers should be using evidence based practices in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. A good treatment center will also have some statistics on their success rates, preferably from an objective outside agency.

Follow up support and aftercare

Consider the type of aftercare services the treatment center employs to prevent relapse. After discharge, is follow-up care and support offered and does the treatment center offer well-run aftercare program? Does the facility provide referrals to other recovery services and support groups in the community? Also, make sure that a staff member can work with you or your loved one to create a discharge plan before you leave the center.

TYPES OF ADDICTION TREATMENT

Addiction treatment centers

Facilities which use medical or psychotherapeutic treatment for those psychologically and physically dependent on drugs or alcohol. The general goal of addiction treatment is abstinence from substance abuse to facilitate psychological, legal, financial, social, and physical health. Treatments often include a combination of medication, counseling, and group support.

Counseling (Individual, Group, or Family)

Usually in the form of psychotherapy of behavioral therapy, counseling works best alongside other types of treatment or as follow-up support. Main goals include identifying the root causes of drug use, repairing relationships, and learning healthier, alternative coping skills.

Detox

A medical clinic or section of a hospital during which medical professionals supervise the treatment and removal of poisonous substances, especially alcohol and drugs, from the body. Especially important during the period of withdrawal, during which the central nervous system returns to homeostasis after long-term use of an addictive or chemical substance.

Halfway house

Normally follows intensive treatment like residential treatment. You live with other recovering addicts in a supportive drug-free environment. Sober living facilities are useful if you have nowhere to go or you’re worried that returning home too soon will lead to relapse.

Methadone clinics

Clinics which dispense methadone (a schedule II opioid analgesic) as opiate substitution therapy. The focus of these clinics is the elimination or reduction of opioid usage by substituting methadone for euphoria inducing drugs such as heroin, morphine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone. A common term for methadone clinic treatments is "replacement therapy".

INPATIENT / OUTPATIENT

Day treatment

Day treatment is for people who require ongoing medical monitoring but have a stable living situation. These treatment programs usually meet at the hospital for 3-5 days a week, 4-6 hours per day.

Inpatient hospitalization

Hospitalization is for people who require ongoing medical monitoring or are a risk to themselves or others. Inpatient hospitilization is appropriate for people who expect severe symptoms of withdrawal or who have suicidal thoughts.

Inpatient less than 30 days

Inpatient addiction treatment involves living at a treatment facility while undergoing intensive treatment during the day. Treatments can include individual and group counseling, behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, 12 step facilitation, and detox.

Inpatient more than 30 days

In general, the longer and more intense the drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment you may need. Inpatient addiction treatment from 30-90 days or longer helps people learn the skills they need to avoid relapse and start a new life.

Outpatient

Outpatient addiction treatment programs meet a minimum of 3 days a week for 2-4 hours a day or more. Treatments include group and individual counseling, as well as relapse prevention. Outpatient treatment is often scheduled around work or school and requires independent transportation.