Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and/or dependence is best achieved through the help and support of treatment. However, before simply choosing the nearest treatment center, it’s best to know what you can expect. Because addiction affects each person differently and each person leads a different life, there are multiple options for treatment. So, before you decide which treatment center may be best for you, it’s best to understand the different types of treatment. This way, you can make an informed decision about the help and support you’ll need to lead a sober life in recovery.
The First Stage of Addiction Treatment: Detox
Whether or not you want to choose an outpatient or inpatient approach to treatment, you’ll need to detox. Detox is the removal of the addictive substances from the body. And, the only way to go about this is to simply wait. However, while many people think they can detox from home, withdrawal symptoms can actually be dangerous and some may even be fatal. So, it’s important to have the safety and supervision of medical professionals during detox. Although, there are both inpatient and outpatient choices for detox. Here at Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services, we understand that individuals may not wish to detox at a residential facility due to work, school, and/or home obligations. So, we provide medically-assisted detox, which allows individuals to safely and comfortably detox from home without the fear of dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment Options
Inpatient treatment, or residential treatment, means living at a facility while getting the help and support of treatment. Residential treatment is best to address crisis cases in which individuals have already attempted multiple treatment approaches. Furthermore, residential treatment may be best for people who are required by law to get help for addiction. Or, who require specific services to address dual diagnosis, a condition in which individuals address both substance abuse and mental health disorders as they affect one another. Typically, residential treatment centers require a 30-90 day stay. So, this option isn’t the best choice for individuals who don’t want to leave work or family for that length of time.
Intensive Outpatient Programs
Basically, intensive outpatient programs, commonly referred to as IOPs, offer the same services as residential treatment. So, they offer the same therapies and support on a daily basis. But, an IOP doesn’t offer living arrangements during the time during treatment. This means that patients either need to continue living from home or invest in a sober living home environment. In either case, IOP patients can expect to complete 8-20 (3-4 hours a day) hours of treatment during the week. And, depending on the treatment center, can expect therapy and counseling during either night or daytime hours. While anyone can choose an outpatient facility for treatment, this option is best for people who have established support communities like 12 step sponsors, family members who are willing to become involved with treatment, and people living in sober living homes.
Sober Living Environments and Transitional Living
Sober living, otherwise referred to as transitional living or even halfway houses, are a great tool for anyone in early recovery. Basically, they’re residential homes for people who want to remain sober as they continue to develop sobriety skills needed for a successful recovery. Sober living environments are usually gender-specific homes that involve live-in managers to ensure accountability. And, each home has its own established set of rules to determine each individual is doing what they can to ensure a healthy living environment. These rules may include a curfew, weekly meetings, drug tests, and chores.
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While we are an outpatient facility, we believe in specializing treatment to meet specific needs. This way, no matter who you are or what you’re experiences may be, you can get the individualized attention you need to retain a life of sobriety and health!