Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.
The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.
Drug and alcohol addiction often takes a heavy toll on one’s body. Over time, a physical dependence can develop, meaning the body physiologically needs the substance to function. Detox is the process of removing drugs and/or alcohol from the body, a process that can be lethal if mismanaged. Medical detox is done by licensed medical professionals who monitor vital signs and keep you safe, healthy, and as comfortable as possible as you go through detox and withdrawal.
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Residential (inpatient) Treatment
Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.
12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.
Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.
Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.
Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.
Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a clinical approach to helping people with substance abuse issues and other conditions shift behavior in positive ways. It is more goal-oriented than traditional psychotherapy, as MI counselors directly attempt to get clients to consider making behavioral change (rather than wait for them to come to conclusions themselves). Its primary purpose is to resolve ambivalence and help clients become able to make healthy choices freely.
Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.
Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.
Creative Arts Therapy
Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.
Sober College Highlights:
Sober College is an exclusive provider of drug and alcohol treatment services for young adults age 18 to 26 ranging from residential treatment to sober living
Combining college education and addiction treatment reflects the uniqueness and innovation of our program; one that offers on-site college academics away from the stressors and triggers of a traditional collegiate setting. Young adults don’t have to put their lives on hold to achieve sobriety.
Many young adults come to Sober College struggling in several aspects of their lives. The innovative drug rehab program, centered around Five Core Competencies, helps clients develop the tools needed to maintain a sober lifestyle not only while in treatment, but long after they leave our care. Our primary objective is to identify factors that have influenced the development of addiction and help clients learn how to cope with difficult emotions, be successful and live and enjoy life while sober. So, what makes Sober College different?:
1. The program is age-specific, focusing on the unique needs of young adults: Offering a program designed specifically for the young adult demographic greatly impacts the experience for those under care. The Gues will have the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to live a healthy, sober life by recovering with others the same age. Sober College’s program is centered on the unique needs of this particular age-group, moving the treatment beyond the traditional in order to embrace the relevant.
2. Individualized, comprehensive treatment: At Sober College the whole person is treated, not just their addiction. They utilize a comprehensive treatment program that incorporates Five Core Competencies into the guest's everyday lives. These competencies are: Sobriety, Productivity, Emotional Intelligence, Life Skills and Fitness. By meeting or exceeding expectations in each area, clients become well-rounded individuals, with a solid foundation of sobriety and the skills they need for independent living. In addition, the individualized care – care, that equips each client with their own treatment team ensures each unique facet and need of our clients is addressed and not ignored.
3. Helping clients discover their passion: Many young adults think that sobriety is going to be boring. The music studio, creative arts, competitive sports, experiential surf, trapeze therapy, wind tunnel, and more, help clients discover their passion in order to motivate them and work towards a future that is worth staying sober for. By allowing young adults the ability to continue engaging with real world activities and achievements, they find sobriety to be more enjoyable and look forward to the prospects of a sober lifestyle.
4. Long term treatment: To find long-term success, clients must experience long-term treatment. According to the NIDA, people who complete 90 or more days have better outcomes than those who have shorter stays. Committing to a minimum of 90 days allows our clients to take the time they need to fully address their addiction and develop the skills that will help them stay sober long after they leave our program. This can only be accomplished through the transitional program that truly prepares clients for independent living.
5. Truly offering “College and Rehab Under One Roof”: Sober College’s one-of-a-kind partnership with Woodbury University puts the program on the forefront of addiction treatment for young adults. Offering WASC-accredited courses on-site, and the guests can earn as many as 15 transferable college credits while in treatment, basically earning up to an entire semester's worth of credit.
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