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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.
Similar to methadone, buprenorphine is a drug meant to help with long-term treatment for opioid addiction. Those recovering from heroin addiction or other opiate addiction may be prescribed buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) to help wean the body off of opioids safely, over time. Buprenorphine helps lessen the discomfort and danger of detox and withdrawal.
Naltrexone is often used along with psychiatric counseling and social support to treat individuals undergoing drug or alcohol rehabilitation treatment.
Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.
What does University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics offer?
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Individuals with substance use disorders have the option of receiving outpatient treatment three evenings a week from 5:30 to 8:30 pm through their Intensive Outpatient Program. The Intensive Outpatient Program is designed to aggressively address substance use disorders while allowing individuals to maintain a job and live at home. Treatment plans are individualized and involve some combination of individual, group, and family therapy.
They provide a full range of outpatient services for adults who want to address their addiction and regain control over their lives. Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.
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
The Dual Diagnosis Track in the Partial Hospital provides care to individuals who have either a medical or mental illness in combination with an addiction. Individuals participate in structured therapy programs during the day and spend nights at home. Our professional staff develops an individualized treatment plan that includes both individual and group therapy as well as medication management.
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.
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).
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.
Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.
Their team accommodates a wide range of patients, including those on psychiatry inpatient units. They also offer weekly outpatient skills groups for adults and teens. Teen groups meet for about an hour every week for a minimum of two months. They are expected to commit to at least two months, but are encouraged to participate in the full six-month program. Adult groups meet for two hours once a week for about six months. Beyond that, they will agree to complete homework and practice new skills in their everyday lives.
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.
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.
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.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a type of physical procedure in which convulsive seizures are electrically induced under general anesthesia. It is considered one of the safest procedures done under general anesthesia. Typically, a series of such treatments done once every few days is used to treat certain psychiatric or medical conditions when several other kinds of treatments have failed or the clinical situation is very urgent and unsafe.
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Highlights:
Mindfulness Programs: Stress is a normal part of life. When it becomes too much a part of daily life, it can cause, or make worse, serious physical and mental illnesses and impact the quality of life. Meditation has long been used to help people optimally cope with life’s stressors and enhance well-being. Over the past few decades, a substantial evidence-base has emerged demonstrating the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation practice in dealing with stress, as well as for the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders. Research also increasingly supports the integration of mindfulness in the treatment of physical conditions such as chronic pain, heart disease, and others. The University of Iowa's Department of Psychiatry offers an opportunity for the patient to be an active participant in their health and well-being through ongoing mindfulness meditation programs for people with and without identified health issues.
The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa offers the most comprehensive mental health services in the state. Skilled psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, occupational and recreational therapists, and social workers comprise multidisciplinary teams that provide state-of-the-art care for patients. The department is made up of more than 80 full-time faculty members who provide national and international leadership on a range of psychiatric disorders and disciplines.
Student Outpatient Program: A full spectrum of outpatient services are available for collage-age students twice a week from 3 to 4 pm through STOP. This program promotes healthy, low-risk behaviors and responsible decision making concerning the use of alcohol and other drugs.
Assertive community treatment (ACT) is an evidence-based model of treatment for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness for whom traditional approaches have been ineffective. Individuals appropriate for Integrated Multidisciplinary Program of Assertive Community Treatment (IMPACT) are those that have had frequent or prolonged hospitalizations, or experienced homelessness or incarceration by virtue of their mental illness.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an option used to treat patients with depression who do not respond to medications. This technique is a noninvasive option that does not require anesthesia or cause memory loss. It does not work for everyone, but could be the right choice for you.
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