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March 31, 2017by
I’ve decided I need an addiction treatment program for my addiction to Opiates, Oxycodone (Blues)-What happens next?

Residential Addiction Treatment

These are inpatient programs requiring the individual to stay in the facility for the entire term of the program. These programs provide in house counseling sessions, regulated meal routines, regulated drug treatment if withdrawal blocking drugs are required and life sessions designed to help the individual re-establish successful work, family and spiritual routines and behaviors. These programs can be as posh and fancy as a long term spa-like treatment in a luxury hotel type such as Florida House or as basic as 4 adults in bunk beds sharing one bedroom in a house with 8 more adults in two additional bedrooms such as First Step. The basic treatment adage for this type of addiction center is the separation from outside forces, intensive addiction counseling and daily drug testing.

Pros-Cons of inpatient addiction treatment

The most significant benefit for an inpatient treatment program is that it cuts all ties and contacts for the individual to obtain drugs for the duration of the treatment. The hope is that once the individual has overcome the physical withdrawal and has had time to work on the emotional issues of withdrawal, their return to their normal environment should have less risk of relapse.

Another advantage to inpatient addiction treatment centers is the availability of insurance coverage. Insurance companies have been taken to task as of late by state and federal government administrations that they are required to provide coverage to their insured members who are deemed “ill” and in need of treatment.

But be careful because not all treatment centers are created equal. You must research, call past clients, check with your insurance carrier and speak with the staff before committing to any program. In some cases, insurance will only cover one such treatment.

The most significant objection to an inpatient treatment program is that the addiction of the individual has been treated without the environmental stresses they will face once they return to their normal element.

Another downside to inpatient addiction recovery programs is the cost and lack of insurance coverage that many addicts face. Many addicts live paycheck to paycheck and have neither the money nor time off from work to allow for a lengthy addiction recovery program.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment

These programs can be found in almost any community. These addiction treatment programs can be local municipal treatment programs; faith based addiction counseling programs Calvary Addiction Recovery, Salvation Army, private organization addiction programs sponsored by a doctor (Pain Management Strategies-Dr. Melanie Rosenblatt), as well as home based programs. These programs work on the premise that the individual treat the addiction on a visit based treatment status such as once per day, once per week, ect, rather than a 24/7 program. The idea behind this type of treatment is to treat the addition while the individual is encountering the stresses and temptations of everyday life. Thus, once the individual has completed one or more steps or stages of the program and “graduates” to the final or next level, they have dealt with the conditions that led them to their addictive behavior during the entire process of their addiction treatment program.

Pros-Cons of Outpatient Addiction Treatment

An important benefit to outpatient addiction treatment is that the individual has the ability to remain in normal society. They can work; take care of their family; remain active in church or school as well as remain active in their social activities. The anonymity of many outpatient addiction treatment programs enable the individual to enter and progress through the treatment without anyone knowing that they are in treatment.

Another advantage to outpatient addiction treatment is the cost of these programs. Because the inpatient addiction treatment programs require the individual to live on campus for an extended period of time, the cost can be substantial depending upon the level of treatment and the number of amenities offered. Many outpatient addiction treatment programs are offered by doctors on a visit by visit basis. The office visits as well as the medication can be covered by insurance. If a doctor’s office type treatment is not the answer, there are many more free or low cost alternatives. Many of the free programs such as AA, NA, Salvation Army, New Life Recovery, ect. have services offered 7 days a week. The individual need only find where and when the meeting is taking place. Other low or minimal charge programs can be found at Calvary Addiction Recovery and Faith Farm just to name a few.

A notable drawback to outpatient addiction treatment programs is the ability of the individual to seek out their “dealer” and “use” while still in the program. Sometimes the individual is contacted by their “dealer” because they miss the money from a once loyal client. The fact that the individual has the ability to remain in their day to day activities also means that they have the ability to pursue what used to be their main job-getting drugs.

Holistic Addiction Treatment

Holistic Medicine has long been a mainstay of Eastern societies. What used to be viewed as “fringe medicine” by western medicine is now viewed as a long term lifestyle beneficial to an addiction free existence. Some of the types of treatments employed by holistic providers are: Meditation, Prayer, Art therapy, Dance therapy, Poetry writing, Animal-assisted therapy, Massage, Acupuncture, Yoga and Tai Chi. Some of the same treatments used by psychiatrists and psychologists to treat children of abuse are similar to the holistic approach. The ability to “get it out of your system” by drawing, writing, enjoying the company of an animal can be just as beneficial as sitting in a meeting listening to other people talk about their addiction issues.

Pros-Cons of Holistic Addiction Treatment

A significant disadvantage to holistic addiction treatment is that some insurance companies do not cover this type of program. Another drawback is the stigma associated with holistic medicine can be passed on to the addiction program and even when the program is completed the individual is not seen to have been “cured” by mainstream medicine. This stigma can cause doubt in the treatment so that even the individual begins to be unsure of their therapy.

A major benefit to holistic addiction treatment is the “whole” body approach to healing. Rather than just receiving a withdrawal blocking drug and a once per week meeting with other addicts, holistic treatment works on the entire person. Daily meditation, prayer, massage any type of daily therapy the individual can encompass themselves in helps with the daily struggle of wanting to get more drugs. If the individual can give themselves sufficient pleasure inducing therapies and activities, drugs are not needed to fill that void.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis treatment programs work on the premise that some trigger whether emotional or physical abuse, mental illness or physical illness caused the individual to become addicted in the first place. This type of treatment combines the addiction recovery treatment with counseling, mental or physical health treatment or therapy.

If mental health issues are found to be the trigger the individual is given a regiment of drugs or therapy to deal with that disorder prior to the addiction being addressed. If physical or emotional abuse is the trigger the individual is counseled to deal with the abuse before the addiction is addressed. Whatever the trigger is found to be it is important that it (the trigger) is addressed before the addiction.

Pros-Cons of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

A major disadvantage of this treatment would be availability. Treatment centers designed to deal with both addiction and therapy might not be widely available in all areas. In addition to availability might be the disadvantage of cost. Addiction therapy and mental health treatment could be quite costly and might not be covered by some insurance plans.

A significant benefit of Dual Diagnosis Treatment is the long term success of such treatment. Treating the underlying problem (trigger) as well as the resulting addiction (symptom) provides the individual the best of long term treatment programs. No longer will the underlying trigger keep coming back to the surface to encourage the addiction to come back time and time again.


Get Help Now!

No matter what your addiction the most important step to take is getting help. Go to the internet and find treatment programs. Go to your parents and ask them for help. Go to your church or spiritual center and ask them for advice. If you are covered by insurance, call them and ask what type of treatment is covered by your policy.

Get Away From the Source of Your Addiction

If your “using buddy” is your spouse, a parent, a sibling or a co-worker-get away from them.

If your “dealer” is your spouse, a parent, a sibling, a friend or a co-worker walk away from them until you have made plans on how to deal with your addiction.

If drugs can be found at your workplace then get a different job. If drugs can be found at your school, tell a teacher, parent, principal.

Find the Reason for Your Addiction

Think back. What happened in your life that caused the addiction? Was it a sports/recreation/work related injury that caused you to seek out pain medication? Was it an emotional issue that caused you to seek out drugs as an emotional pain reliever? Was it abuse either as a child or in a current relationship?

This is important to figure out. One thing that Addiction Recovery Counselors have learned is that until the underlying cause to your addition is overcome, the addict will go from one addiction to another. Alcohol to pills to food to gambling, ect. An addictive personality is a symptom of an underlying problem. Try to heal the cause of the addiction while you are working on overcoming the addiction itself.

Think of Your Addiction as an It-An Enemy to be Beaten

Separate your addiction from you as a person. Remember that you are not your addiction. Your behavior while addicted is a result of the addiction and not a result of a flaw in your personality. You will be healed when your addiction is gone.

Figure Out Your Addiction Trigger

This may be something you can only determine after counseling or therapy but if you know at least one of the triggers-cut it out of your life.

Fight Your Addiction on Every Level

Use every tool at your disposal to fight your addiction. If church helps to calm you or keep you from using then find a church and talk to the pastor. You will be surprised at how many people have battled the same addictions that are plaguing you. If exercise keeps you from using, then walk. Go to a local park that provides work out machines.

Give Yourself a Break

No one is perfect and we all screw up. We have all done some really stupid things in our lifetime and have things that we regret. Just remember that you can get better. You can heal yourself. Give yourself the grace to get better. Get Help Now! 

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