November 29, 2021

Drug Rehab Information Explained

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Dr. Priya Chaudhri
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Treatment Approaches For Drug Addiction

Having access to drug rehab information is key to getting the treatment needed for a substance use disorder.

When you develop dependence or addiction to a substance, you’ll begin to feel that you are out of control. Even if you were able to manage the substance use in the past, as tolerance increased you soon needed more. Over time, addiction took hold.

Once you find yourself in the grip of addiction you may feel quite overwhelmed trying to learn about rehabs. There is a wide array of rehabs to consider, and you may not know where to access the drug rehab information.

Planning for rehab means planning for recovery, and for living a new sober lifestyle. To make that happen, you will need to prepare for several stages of the process: detox, treatment, and aftercare. Read on to learn all about drug rehab and what to look for.

Drug Rehab Information: Getting Started

When you first begin to Google for drug rehab information you might wonder how to know which type of rehab you need. Will you need an inpatient program or should you look for an outpatient program? Also, you might wonder what makes each rehab different.

Yes, it can be overwhelming at first. Seeking treatment is such a big step, and there are costs involved so you want to be careful in choosing. Here are some tips to get you started in searching for a drug rehab:

  1. Make an appointment with your doctor. If you know you need help but don’t know where to start, why not begin the process with your doctor. The doctor can ask you about your substance use and order labs. This info offers him or her an idea of what level of care you will require in treatment.
  2. Do some research. Before you begin the recovery journey, it helps to gain a better understanding of what treatment options are out there. You can learn more about how your specific substance use disorder (SUD) is treated. You can also learn about the different therapies and MAT used to treat the SUD.
  3. Learn what your insurance covers. Get the details ahead of time so you can plan your out of pocket expenses. The health plan will offer a list of in-network rehabs for you to check out.

What Features to Look for in a Rehab

All rehabs are not the same. In fact, while most rehabs will follow a basic ‘best practices’ treatment template, they still can vary quite a bit. There are many niche rehabs. These include pet friendly rehab, couples rehab, faith-based rehab, gender specific rehab, holistic rehab, luxury rehab, and more. Each will offer a menu of services and amenities to peruse before you choose the best fit for you.

There are certain features you should expect to find at a high quality rehab. These include:

  • Evidence-based treatment approach. The rehab should base their program on therapies that have been studied and shown to be effective for addiction treatment.
  • Expertise. The rehab should employ a team of licensed addiction professionals. If they offer dual diagnosis treatment they should have a psychiatrist on staff.
  • Licensed. The rehab should hold current state and local licenses, and be CARF or Joint Commission accredited. These insure that the rehab follows industry standards to ensure patient safety.
  • Clean and orderly. The rehab should be well maintained and appear to be well managed. The facility should be clean and organized.
  • Customized treatment plans. The rehab should offer tailored treatment plans and highly individualized case management.
  • Includes a family program. The rehab treatment elements should include family-focused therapy or family programs.

It is also helpful if the rehab offers on-site medical detox. These allows for a seamless transition to treatment after detox is completed.

Outpatient or Inpatient Rehab?

One of the early decisions to make when looking over drug rehab information is what level of care is needed to treat your SUD. Your doctor may have given some useful guidance for this choice.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient programs are the right choice for someone with a fairly recent or mild SUD, as these programs do not provide 24-hour support. Outpatient rehabs provide on-site classes and therapy for a certain number of hours per week. Patients can spend the balance of their time at work and with their family. Within the outpatient umbrella there are three levels of care:

  • Outpatient therapy. This refers to the basic individual or group therapy sessions that someone can attend while also going to A.A.
  • IOP. Intensive outpatient programs require about 9 hours of attendance in therapy and life skills classes.
  • PHP. Partial hospitalization programs are the highest level of outpatient care and can require up to 30 hours of treatment per week.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment programs provide housing for the patient and offers 24-hour support. These rehabs are more intensive, with a full slate of therapies and activities daily. The duration of the program is based on the severity of the AUD and resources. Most people will spend between 1-6 months in the rehab. Inpatient rehabs are best for moderate to severe AUD.

Learn About Dual Diagnosis Treatment

A dual diagnosis refers to a patient with co-occurring disorders, such as a SUD plus a mental health disorder. This condition is very common, with at least 25% of people with SUD also having a mental health issue. When a dual diagnosis is present, it is critical to seek help at a program that offers this specialized treatment.

A dual diagnosis center is staffed with a psychiatrist that oversees treatment for people with co-occurring disorders. Medications are also a common aspect of dual diagnosis treatment. These drugs help manage the symptoms of the mental health disorder. Both the mental health and the SUD will be treated at the same time.

Having access to the basic drug rehab information is the first step to making a recovery plan. Be sure to also plan for aftercare as well, which includes sober living, outpatient therapy, and 12-step meetings.

Elevation Behavioral Health Provides Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Elevation Behavioral Health is a private residential mental health program that offers dual diagnosis treatment. The EBH team is dedicated to helping people make needed changes for a life in recovery. Call today with any questions about the program at (888) 561-0868.

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