7 Things You Need in a Treatment Program

7 Things You Need in a Treatment Program

If you are not sure about what forms of treatment are safe, do not hesitate to ask your doctor

When you first start to look into treatment programs, it can be overwhelming. There are many different websites and resources out there. Instead of being confused, first consider the overall goal of a treatment program—to help the individual life a sober, healthy life in Sacramento. This is the end goal, and when you are currently looking into programs, you are at the beginning stages. It may help to look toward the end goal to see how treatment is the intentional steps to be taken to reach the destination. Recovery is not an overnight process but rather something that you do everyday. Depending on where you are at this moment—this could sound oversimplified—but once the attitude of recovery becomes a habit, the entire process becomes more natural and something you do everyday. The following are the seven specific areas you need to consider when selecting a treatment program:

  1. Options for treatment align with your specific needs – If you are a functional alcoholic, you are likely holding down a job, paying the pills, have friends and even a family and a home. Depending on how much you are drinking, you may be a good fit for an out patient program. Outpatient treatment is treatment that offers much more flexibility to patients. The specific programs may vary depending on the patient’s needs and the facility but most often they met several times a week for a couple hours at a time. You can still stay at your own home and may not have to leave your job for extended periods of time. However, if you are a heroin user who cannot hold down a job and you are drifting from place to place, an inpatient treatment program is likely a good fit for you. You will need time to detox and to get clean before you can move forward in your treatment. Do not make assumptions that you cannot afford inpatient treatment. There are many different options depending on where you live. For example, Columbia University even offers free treatment for heroin addiction via trials.
  1. The treatment methods have proven track records – Do not settle for experimental treatment that does not have documented success. Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous have close to 1.3 million members in the United States. This is a much better option than something that gives unsubstantiated claims and offers any form of quick fixes as far as recovery.
  1. Treatment that is supported by your doctor – If you are not sure about what forms of treatment are safe, do not hesitate to ask your doctor. Open communication with your doctor is the best way to help you move forward in recovery. Be sure to keep your doctor in Sacramento informed as he or she plays a very important role in your overall health. Years of medical school and experience provide you with valuable insight into your body. Your doctor wants you to be healthy and to live a happy life.
  1. Treatment that offers more than one level of support – Good treatment always offers more than just one level of support. For example, you need to have individual support as well as group level support. This is why it is important to talk with a therapist or counselor as well as going to AA meetings.
  1. Support for challenging times – There will be times you want to use again. In some instances, you may even have a relapse. Your treatment must offer good options for how to handle these situations. A plan must be in place. Making it up as you go in recovery is not helpful but rather will set you back. This is why AA offers sponsors who you can call in times of need. Be sure a good plan is in place for someone to call when you are tempted or face addiction triggers.
  1. Long-term treatment options – A treatment program must offer long-term options to be complete and successful. What happens after treatment inpatient or outpatient treatment? Will you have someone to follow up with? Accountability is essential to long-term sobriety. You may have an addiction counselor or therapist that you talk with or your treatment program may help you find someone who will assist you.
  1. Ways to help you transition back into society – Make no mistake; once you are sober this is one of the greatest challenges you will face especially if your current living situation does not encourage your recovery. Perhaps you will need to go to a sober living home or move in with a family member. Your treatment program should be able to provide you with information to help with the process of finding a safe environment to live. There should be some form of follow-up to support you during this time as well.

If you have any specific questions for how treatment can help you achieve sobriety, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline and speak with one of our counselors. Get the answers you need, and know you are not alone. Once you have the information you need, at that point you will be able to make decisions to help you live a healthy life in Sacramento.

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