Overcoming an addiction to drugs may be daunting. The reflection of this statement can be expressed in the number of people who die annually from drug-related causes, and more directly, the number of people incarcerated with an existing substance abuse-related problem. Finding a treatment plan that works for you is of the utmost importance to regaining your previous style of living.
Medication is often the first step in a treatment plan. Medication can help deal people with withdrawal-related symptoms during the detoxification process. Detoxification, however, is not the end of treatment, by any means. One must remain committed to the treatment process, as detoxification only eradicates drug use in the short term. One must also seek an additional form of treatment, whether it be through behavior treatment, or court-mandated treatment.
One may seek behavioral treatment. Behavioral treatment seeks to address the underlying issues surrounding drug-related addictions and promote healthy lifestyles. There are two forms of behavioral treatments: inpatient [residential] and outpatient behavioral treatment.
Outpatient treatment involves the client coming to a behavioral health treatment facility on numerous occasions. At behavioral treatment facilities, individual and group counseling is available. In some situations, outpatient treatment involves the entire family to help address family-related issues as a result of the substance abuse-related issues.
Residential treatment requires that the client remove himself from society and enter a residential therapeutic community for a determinate period of time. This can be of use to people who have serious substance abuse-related issues [those who have had existing drug-related issues for an extended period of time], or for those who use more than one controlled substances. At residential treatment facilities, staff is made readily available towards clients around the clock, regardless of the day or time. Residential treatment facilities work to remove clients from their dependency on drugs and returns them to a drug-free lifestyle by influencing client perceptions towards drugs.
At worst: the use of select controlled substances [marijuana, cocaine, heroin, etc.] can lead to an arrest. Subsequent arrest may lead to incarceration, fine(s) and treatment. In this case, treatment can be involuntary and subject to the regulations of the program of which your sentence was imposed. Incarceration does not have to be punitive: offenders can receive necessary treatment to return to society. Treatment does not have to necessarily be voluntary to work.
Courts have become more respondent to substance abuse issues over the course of the last decade. In select jurisdictions, courts may impose a sanction that includes an AIC, or alternative to incarceration. An alternative to incarceration keeps the sentenced offender out of incarceration and places them into a [mandatory] variety of programs that can reinforce the treatment required for addiction-related illness.
Addiction-related illnesses are serious. One at risk should consult their treatment professional at the nearest available date to determine which form of treatment may best serve them. Not all treatment plans are the same, so determining the best treatment plan for your standing may be of best interest to you.
For more information please call our 24/7 Addiction Treatment Helpline at (844) 439-4765. Your health insurance may even cover 100% of the treatment cost. This call is completely confidential, so please call now!