“Addiction is a chronic disease, like diabetes or heart disease, meaning there is no cure. But addiction can be managed, and people with addiction can, and do, recover.”
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
Addiction is a powerful foe, but we are armed with defenses in the form of treatment that can help addicts find lasting recovery and peace. Much like treatment for a chronic disease, treatment for addiction depends on the several factors such as type of substance used and length of time someone has been using, so there are a range of services to consider.
The continuum of care in addiction treatment includes early intervention/drug and alcohol counseling, intensive outpatient programs (IOP), partial hospitalization programs (PHP), residential inpatient treatment, and medical detox; you can learn more about what each level of care entails here.
Assessing individual needs and recommending treatment options that reflect the appropriate level of care is one way that HAMSA helps. If you’re unsure about the type of treatment you or your loved one may need, our clinician is available to conduct substance abuse evaluations in order to determine the appropriate level of care, and HAMSA’s Information and Referral Specialist can suggest local programs or resources that match with the client’s needs.
There are other things to consider when evaluating the treatment options even after the level of care has been determined:
There are treatment programs throughout the Metro Atlanta area, and all over the country -rural and urban settings, clinical and more homelike spaces, close to home or far away. Being in a new environment allows individuals to focus on their recovery.
Programs may serve a single gender, may offer services for men and women in separate buildings, while other programs may join men and women together for groups and support meetings. Emotions run high when an addict first detoxes or stops using.
Depending on the type of substance and how long it was used, a client may require detox from 3-10 days. Some treatment programs have a set duration such as 28, 30, 60, or 90 days. Other programs are variable and tailored to the rate at which the client progresses.
The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that of the adults who suffered from a substance abuse disorder, approximately 40 percent were also diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health issue such as anxiety, depression, or bi-polar disorder. It’s important to consult with your clinician or doctor to determine whether you or your loved one may need care that addresses a co-occurring mental health issue.
Once treatment is completed, it is important to have a plan in order to sustain sobriety. A step-down to a lower level of care will help clients maintain their recovery. Outpatient treatment following inpatient treatment, counseling, 12-step support groups, and sober living are all examples of aftercare components. Make sure the program you select will help tailor an aftercare plan to support sustained recovery.
Whether you are considering treatment for yourself or a friend or family member, the process can feel overwhelming – but HAMSA is here to help. Our goal is to help struggling addicts and those who love them find the right path to recovery, and it begins with choosing the appropriate addiction treatment program.
Call us for more information at 833-HAMSAHELPS.