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Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is a great place for addiction treatment. My brother went there last year and it helped him. Honestly, I thought my brother was beyond help, I didn’t think he would ever get sober. At least not get sober and actually stay that way. Before going to BRS he’d been using crack cocaine for 10 years and had gone to a lot of different treatment centers in that time. Not one of which actually helped him. Going to BRS was different for him though. There are a lot of differences between the centers he’s been to and BRS. They don’t take a one size fits all approach to treatment there. Meaning that they don’t have one program that everyone does, they have multiple programs and they worked with my brother, figured out which program would be best and that’s the program he did. Because of this he’s been able to stay sober since coming home. The treatment centers he’s been to in the past have all been very similar. They were almost all 12-step programs that lasted for 28 or 30 days. Which for my brother was never enough time. From what I understand it doesn’t take that long to detox from crack cocaine. What does take longer, at least according to my brother is the time it takes to start feeling human again. That, for him, always took 2 or 3 weeks. So, doing a 4 week program never worked for him. That was another thing that was different about BRS. He stayed there for 4 months and it definitely made a difference. He was able to take all the time he needed and really do his program right. BRS isn’t a 4 month program. It’s a take as long as you need program. The center itself is beautiful. I mean it’s really pretty there. Plus, they have a bunch of amenities and because he wasn’t bored or uncomfortable there, it made it easy for him to take that long doing his program. Lastly, the staff working there. They are extremely dedicated to helping people. They went out of their way to make sure my brother had what he needed whether it had to do with his program or not. They made sure that my brother worked hard on his program and that he did it right. So, when my brother went to BRS I honestly didn’t think it would work and when he came home, even though is was really happy and positive, I wasn’t sure anything had really changed for him. He’s proven me wrong and I’m so relieved. He’s been sober, hasn’t used even once since coming home. He’s got a stable job and he’s catching up with our family. He missed a lot during the 10 years that he was using so now, he’s finally meeting his nieces and nephews. In summary, I’m extremely impressed with everything BRS did for my brother. To go from a crack addict to where he is now, in only a year? It’s just amazing.
What was does for me at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, the help and care I received there, it’s something that I will appreciate forever. I’ve been to a few different rehabs and the quality of care and the services that are provided at BRS truly set it apart from other rehabs. BRS is the best rehab I’ve been to and it’s more than just the program I did that made it that way. The staff they have at BRS are extremely dedicated to helping others. The activities and amenities they provide are great. I love the way the approached my addiction and recovery. It wasn’t about giving me the answers there. Instead it was about me finding my own answers and figuring things out for myself, no matter how long that took. I’ve been to many rehabs where when I left, I relapsed almost right away. After that, staying for however long it took, putting in that effort to find my own answers, it was something that I was more than happy to do. All I’ve wanted for the last 5 years is to have my life back. I know that I was the one messing it up, I just couldn’t seem to stop myself. It took me 4 months to go through the program at BRS. The staff were awesome. They made sure I did the work the right way, without losing sight of what I had to gain by remaining sober. They made sure I didn’t get lazy during my program. Which I hate to say it but, it’s something that I really needed. It’s easy to get lazy in rehab, easy to not work as hard as you should because you want to get home faster or just don’t feel like doing something. For the 4 months I spent at BRS, they made sure that I stayed dedicated to my goals and working hard at them. They were there, helping me during my program but they very much made sure that I figured things out for myself, that I found the answers I needed. Which is an approach that worked really well for me. I found my own solutions and I really liked that. I also really liked the sense of community they have at BRS. The staff are great, always there and willing to help. The same is true of the other clients I did my program with. We were all very supportive of each other and that isn’t something I had experienced before. They had group activities that the staff set up and they were always a lot of fun and brought us closer together. Things like going to an alpaca farm or having a cookout. Being at BRS for 4 months was hard for me, leaving everything behind and just working on myself wasn’t something I was very comfortable with at first. The program itself was hard for me. Doing all that though was exactly what I needed. By going to BRS I got my life back. I consider myself extremely lucky because my husband has stuck by me for all of this. That’s 5 years of sticking it out when I relapsed, of dealing with all the upsets and problems because of my addiction. Finally though, I’m sober and honestly doing well. I received so much help while I was at BRS and I’ve continued receiving help from them since I’ve been home. They’ve stayed on me, making sure I’m doing the things I should, staying away from the things I need to and not getting lazy or complacent about any of it. My sobriety today and my overall wellbeing are because I went to BRS to get help.
I did the SMART Recovery program at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services and it changed my life. BRS was actually the perfect place for me to go. My husband found it and he couldn’t have found a better place. The environment of the facility is amazing. It’s a very relaxing place to be and I was completely comfortable there. Something that I would’ve thought impossible before going. It’s amazing how much doing the SMART Recovery program helped me. The SMART program is a program that you could do completely by yourself, without the help and guidance I received at BRS though I wouldn’t have gotten very far in it at all. Before going to BRS I didn’t really think that the kind of help I got there was possible. I didn’t think that there was a program out there that would truly help me in the long run. I’ve done rehabs before and I have stayed clean for a time when I left them. It wasn’t nearly the same though. Each time I was clean was a struggle. I would have these urges to use that I just couldn’t deal with. Each one I had seemed to get stronger than the last. I know that’s not the truth of it, that they weren’t really getting stronger. At the time though it felt that way so the truth of it didn’t much matter to me. I didn’t have a way to cope with the urges I had to use and so eventually those urges would override my common sense. Before going to BRS I thought that was how it was always going to be when I was clean. It always felt like me being clean wasn’t something that was going to last. When I first started my program at BRS, it made me think. What I was like when I was using, what my life was like, what using was costing me. Also, what my life could be like and what I wanted it to be. After that, I had specific goals to work towards. Getting and staying sober, while still hard, wasn’t this unachievable thing to me anymore. I worked to identify my triggers and which of those triggers were riskier than the others. Just the process of doing that helped me. I figured out what worked best for me when it came to each trigger. Which distractions worked for me and which didn’t. Then, because avoidance isn’t always possible or even the right thing, I worked on how to handle myself in different situations so that when they did come up I had the ability to handle them. My confidence on handling myself in these situations increased and that’s a pretty amazing feeling. I liked that I didn’t spend my time on my program being called an addict. That always made me feel like it was impossible to change. The small difference of saying instead that I had addictive behaviors, that made all the difference in the world to me. I could handle changing my behavior much easier. Going through the program changed the way I thought and the way I acted or reacted to things. It changed how I viewed my life and the people in it. Since going through the program my life is much more balanced now and that’s helped me a lot since I’ve been home. Keeping a good habit going is much easier than starting over from scratch. Having started over from scratch at BRS I was able to just continue the good habits I started there. I still have the urge to use sometimes and sometimes that urge is worse than others. I know how to handle myself now though and that’s kept me from using.
My sister has been at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for the past 3 months getting help with her alcoholism. My sister didn’t have a problem with alcohol until 2 years ago. She lost her job and was having a really hard time finding something new. She became depressed and started drinking more. 6 months prior to going to BRS her drinking became really bad. She stopped trying to even pretend that she was still looking for work, she started drinking earlier and earlier in the day and the amount she was drinking continued to increase. She had no desire to change anything until 3 months ago. Her husband finally had enough and told her that if she didn’t go to rehab, he’d divorce her. They were high school sweethearts, have been married for 20 years and have 3 kids. It finally sunk in just how self-destructive she was being and how much she was hurting her family. So, she made the decision to go to rehab. Her husband found a really great place in BRS. She’s been able to enjoy herself there, she likes the other clients and absolutely loves the staff there. Everyone at BRS does their program at their own speed and it can take as long as you want it to. There’s been clients who have stayed at BRS for over a year because being there was still helping them and they liked it there. It’s not the norm for someone to stay that long but, knowing that if my sister needed to stay for that long, she could, it makes me like the place that much more. I was there a couple weeks ago, visiting my sister and I was really impressed with BRS. Seeing the facility and meeting the staff there, it’s easy to understand why someone would be happy staying there for over a year and why my sister, even being away from her kids, has had no problems staying there for 3 months and why she’s fine staying there as long as she needs to. It doesn’t feel like a rehab there. Their website shows how beautiful the place is, having seen them I knew the building and property were nice. I figured that even with that, it was still a rehab and thought it would feel institutional. It doesn’t at all. Everyone there, the staff and clients both are happy being there and the place has an upbeat feel to it. My sister’s in her 40’s and that’s the average age of the clients at BRS. There are no 18-year-old running around. Having everyone there being older has made the whole process of going through rehab much easier for my sister. She would have had a really hard time being there if she was doing her program with kids barely older than her own children. There’s also a lot of additions that have made being there enjoyable. She’s been doing this meditation circle thing, which I don’t totally understand but, she loves it. She been doing yoga, there’s a masseuse that comes there and they take her to get her nails done when she wants. There’s more stuff there but those are the things that my sister has been doing. Every week they take the clients out to do something fun. Last weekend they went to an alpaca farm. The farm was having some alpaca palooza event and my sister had a really good time there. She’s never done something like that, wouldn’t have ever thought to do something like that and she just loved it. The staff at BRS are always looking for those kinds of things to do with the clients. We don’t talk all that much about her actual program. I do know that she’s doing a program that’s been tailored to her and her needs. From what I understand she’s been doing great on it. Taking the time she needs to do the program right so she never has to go back to rehab again. I’m very glad her husband found BRS and that it’s where my sister is, getting the help she needs.
My brother went to Behavioral Rehabilitation Services when he needed help getting off prescription pain medication. 3 years ago, my brother was in a car accident. Because of this, he was in a lot of pain, for a really long time afterward. At first his doctor prescribed him Vicodin but as my brother’s tolerance built up, he was prescribed stronger and stronger medication and then just in larger amounts. By the time his pain would have been manageable without the prescriptions he was completely addicted to them and not able to get off by himself. When he first realized that he wasn’t able to stop taking them, he asked for help to get off. He’s never had a drug or alcohol problem, in fact, no one in our family has had a problem before so we all just figured that once the physical aspects of his withdrawal were handled, he be fine staying off them. He went to a detox and was there for 2 weeks, but when he went home he wasn’t able to stay off the pills. For my brother, the idea of needed to go to rehab was awful. Which I completely understand. He’s an adult, has never had a drug problem before, he has a good life and is successful. He’s always been able to do whatever he’s set his mind to, usually with little to no help. So, to find himself needing help getting off drugs was rough. It didn’t matter that his doctor prescribed the medication, or that he was in a ton of pain for a really long time and dealing with it the only way he knew how. So, it took him going to 2 more detoxes before he agreed to go to rehab. Finding a place for him to go was a bit harder than you’d think. He’s a bit of a snob and we knew that if he found himself at a place that didn’t meet his standards he’d just leave. We were all very happy when we found BRS. It was perfect for him. The facility was created and designed for older executives. You actually have to be over a certain age to even go there. When he was at detox he complained constantly that he was surrounded by a bunch of children just wasting time. He hated and the only reason he put up with it when he was in detox was because he knew he’d only be there for 2 weeks. Everyone going through the BRS program was around the same age as my brother and he was much more comfortable there because of that. I went to visit my brother when he was about halfway through his program and I was surprised at how nice the facility was. The facility looks exactly like it does on their website. More, the whole place just seemed to radiate peacefulness. The staff there were wonderful. They were nice, understanding and treated my brother with respect. They understood what my brother was going through, the way he became addiction to pain medication and most importantly, how best to help him. A big plus for my brother was their cellphone and laptop policy. While he couldn’t carry them with him all the time, when there weren’t any groups going on, he could call his family and deal with any work issues that came up. His whole life didn’t get put on hold because he was in rehab. My brother was at BRS for 10 weeks. While he was there, he got the help he needed and he enjoyed himself while there. He hasn’t had a single problem since going home. BRS was the perfect place for my brother to go and I’m so glad he did.
I was very pleased with the services that we all received at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services. This treatment center truly made all the difference in how it was able to help us to get our son to find peace of mind and abstinence from even the most difficult and unpleasant of addictions. Our son went here, and he truly learned the tools he need to get sober and to stay sober. Steve had been to three other rehabs before going to Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, and he unfortunately did not have much luck at those programs by any means. Behavioral Rehabilitation Services offered a level of service and a type of care and recovery options that made all the difference for our boy. He learned how to get sober as a result of going to this program, and that had a huge and powerful effect on him. He learned exactly what he was going to need to do to stay sober for the rest of his life, and what the exact implications of accomplishing that were. True, he did not necessarily respond to the program right away, but he picked up on it very quickly, and he started to see that this one was going to be the right one for him. He started to see that this program was going to make the biggest difference for him, and that this program was going to be the one that would help him to win out against addiction for life.The staff at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services were phenomenally good at their jobs. They were all well trained, experienced, well educated, and well versed in what exactly goes into helping people to beat an addiction and to move forward from that struggle. Behavioral Rehabilitation Services was able to show people the right pathway to recovery and was able to get people thinking with what exactly was needed to triumph over addiction. The staff walked through the process with Steve step by step, little by little, helping him each and very step of the way in the best way possible.The program itself that was offered at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services seemed to have a very good effect on our son. He seemed to respond very well to the treatment modalities there, and he seemed to jive very well with their whole approach for helping people to get better from drug and alcohol addiction. Even though Steve definitely had been experiencing some hardship, Behavioral Rehabilitation Services was able to pull him out of it.The location itself was also quite pristine and pleasant. I am not sure what it was about the place, but it was very quiet, very peaceful, very pleasant, tucked away on a back forty somewhere and totally remote and secluded. The facility is the nice, big, log lodge type of deal, and it seems like its been recently renovated. The building and the grounds are always kept up really well, and everything seems just very pleasant. We all had a good experience meeting with the staff there and working diligently with them. This was a good experience for us all, and we were happy that our Steve was able to go there.From one parent to another I highly recommend Behavioral Rehabilitation Services. This treatment center truly did offer some of the best services and some of the best recovery modalities of them all. This treatment focus was such that people could actually to a degree pick and choose which services they would take part in and which ones they wouldn’t, which was of course amazing to us. The length of time of the program was also totally customizable and totally malleable. I am overall very happy that we sent Steve there, and this was the only rehab program (one out of four) that he was able to have a truly good experience at as well. All in all, I give them five stars and my hat is off to Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for saving my son’s very life.
I was really impressed with the service and care I received at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services. When I went to BRS it was because after 10 years of being clean I had started using again. When I started using again I didn’t go through a period of gradually using more and more. I went from not using at all to using everyday within a week. My husband knew that when I was younger I had a drug problem and he realized very quickly that I had started using again. When he confronted me about the fact that I was using again he had already found BRS and had set everything up for me to leave that day. I didn’t even see a picture of the facility before I arrived there. I was extremely nervous about the place before I got there. My husband chose really well for me though. The place looked like a ski lodge. It’s a really nice building in a large wooded area. Having gone to rehab when I was younger, there were a few things that I was dreading when I agreed to go to BRS. I was really worried that I have a roommate that was basically still a kid and I’d hate it. Everyone was around my age though, with lives of their own. It was really nice having something so basic as age in common with everyone there. I was worried about the food they would serve, thinking it might be hospital type food. It was good though. They have a chef at BRS who’s a great cook. Every meal I ate was something I’d have ordered from a restaurant. The thing I was most worried about though was the counselors. I worried that I wouldn’t like them and that I’d never be able to get past that. The staff at BRS are, at their core, decent human beings who put in so much effort to help people. They put so much time and care into talking to each client, getting to know them, understanding each person’s experience and what brought them to treatment. Personally, I felt like I was truly understood there. That I was work the time and energy they put into helping me. I found, the things I learned at BRS to be completely practical and easy to incorporate into my life. Since I’ve been home, I’ve found that I’m more open with my husband, when I’m having a hard time and using seems like the easy answer, I talk to him or I call my counselor at BRS and I get through the hard times without relapsing. Since going to BRS, my life has been much easier for me to navigate. My husband chose really well for me when he picked BRS.
I have a lot of great things to say about Behavioral Rehabilitation Services. I have done a lot of work with different addiction treatment centers, and have been around the blog a time or two you could say. Really I needed to get an idea of what this treatment center was like before I could make a good decision about it, and I would have to say that I am very impressed. Behavioral Rehabilitation Services truly offers a sensible and stable recovery method for getting people the tools that they need to get sober and to stay sober for life. What a great place!I have spent years off and on as an addict, and therefore of course have also spent a lot of time going to rehab centers and recovery programs. Going to Behavioral Rehabilitation Services was definitely a unique and different approach, one of which was very interesting to me, and one of which I felt definitely did offer me with some workable and effective recovery methods and treatment tools and options. Though addiction certainly is not an easy thing to beat, I did feel like the recovery services offered at this program did help me a lot, and they did seem to give me the methods and the treatment solutions necessary to really make sure I was going to get clean and sober from my addictions for life. I would have to say that going to Behavioral Rehabilitation Services was the best decision of my life. This rehab center and recovery group had a good idea of just what exactly they had to do to help me, and that is exactly what they did. Very impressive! The Behavioral Rehabilitation Services treatment approach and recovery center was very effective and sensible in a lot of different ways, and it gave me the peace of mind that I needed to get off of addiction once and for all and for good. The Behavioral Rehabilitation Services approach basically custom builds treatment methods for anyone and everyone who needs a chance to beat addiction once and for all and for good. The Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is a stabling and effective recovery methods, and the care options that they offer at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services are able to really show people a good path off of addiction and into a peace of mind and an abstinence that is lasting and permanent.Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is an executive level addiction treatment center and recovery program, and the services they offer there are truly phenomenal. I felt kind of life a VIP going to this rehab center truly. Behavioral Rehabilitation Services treated me very well and gave me the peace of mind and the sense of self that I needed to absolutely get my head on straight and to help me go free from even the most difficult and harsh of addiction struggles. I have been to treatment before, but no center did good things for me like Behavioral Rehabilitation Services did. I am very happy that I went to this program, and I would strongly encourage Behavioral Rehabilitation Services to anyone who needs to beat addiction once and for all and for good.If you are seeking help for yourself or for a loved one who is struggling with an addiction, then this rehab center at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is able to offer a sensible and a stabilizing recovery solution that is worth its weight in gold. Going here is truly a life changing experience. Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is effective and helpful, and they offer peace of mind and true pleasantness in how they are able to assist people in going free from addiction once and for all and for good. Behavioral Rehabilitation Services saved my life and have me a path and a way out of addiction that was truly engaging and beneficial for me to take part in.Too many times have I gone to a rehab center that kind of just offered a cut and dried, sort of silly, uncaring Twelve Step approach, and approaches like that I do not really have time for.
A BRS treatment approach has been proven to be the most successful form of treatment to rehab drug addicts. Drug addiction is a disease, and the healing and recovery process is difficult, especially when you attempt to do it alone. Entering their residential treatment facility can provide you with the support and guidance needed to overcome your addiction. Because there are many dimensions to drug addiction, each person suffering from drug addiction must be evaluated on a personal basis. During the detox phase, clients may experience different withdrawal effects depending on the drugs they’ve used. Their treatment must be adjusted accordingly. To rehab drug addicts suffering from cocaine or ecstasy addiction, the strong emotional side effects must be taken into consideration. Clients suffering from an addiction to alcohol or tranquilizers have to deal with more physical withdrawal effects. During inpatient treatment, clients are monitored 24/7. There is always someone to talk to and to help you get through tough periods. Counseling sessions also help you confront your demons. Many people suffering from addiction have underlying issues that trigger them to abuse drugs. They attempt to numb themselves and escape from reality. Once the drugs wear off, the urge for more drugs gets stronger and overwhelming – the addiction has taken control. By entering a residential drug treatment program, a drug addict removes him or herself from this negative environment that may have triggered the drug use. In the new, drug-free environment there is support, information and education available which are essential to rehab drug addicts.
What a great treatment center! My brother went to this rehab program not too long ago and he had a really good experience there. I would have to say that I am impressed. I thought my brother was never going to get clean but sure enough this treatment center did the trick and helped him beat the habit for life. My brother was heavily addicted to opiates for several years prior to going to this treatment center. He also went to multiple different treatment centers over the years, with nothing being able to give him a full or a workable recovery option that was actually lasting and permanent. However, Behavioral Rehabilitation Services was able to offer the types of solutions necessary to give people the tools and the treatment methods for helping people to go free from drug and alcohol addiction problems. As best as I can tell, there were a few, key things about Behavioral Rehabilitation Services that made this treatment center so workable for my brother and I will try to go over them here. Essentially, this treatment center right off the bat wowed us with how effective and long their recovery process was. My brother spent two months here whereas most centers he only stayed a few weeks at. Not so at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services. At Behavioral Rehabilitation Services he was able to stay as long as was needed for him to make and to retain a full recovery. This was really helpful for him and made all the difference in him getting clean for life.Also, the treatment center at the Behavioral Rehabilitation Services offered a workable and supportive recovery service that included a multitude of different treatment solutions. This program and recovery organization was very adept at helping people to find their own path off of drugs and alcohol once and for all and for good. I was very pleased with them for that.Last but not least the staff at this treatment center were great in how great of a job they did at helping us all find our paths and our ways out of an addiction struggle. This treatment center did great things for him because the staff had everything worked out of how exactly they were going to help him. Never before have I seen a treatment center that was that dedicated to helping people find truth and freedom through addiction recovery.One other thing, the facility itself was to die for. The treatment center was just really, really great. Newly updated, newly renovated, and overall just very, very pleasant overall. I would have to say that the treatment center was something else with how well put together it was and who well protected it was tucked back in the woods.At the end of the day I would give five stars to Behavioral Rehabilitation Services. This treatment center was just exceptional with the help and the care that they provided for us. This program worked to help people greatly and to give them the tools that they need to go free from addiction for life, and they certainly did a great job at helping my brother when no other center could.
Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.