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What to expect from an addiction treatment program


What to expect from addiction treatment programs - Photo of a mural about addiction recovery at The Transition House St. Cloud Residential Facility

Whether you are in the first stages of finding opioid addiction or alcohol abuse treatment or you are trying to help a loved one struggling with opioid or alcohol use, knowing what to expect from an addiction treatment program can put your mind at ease and prepare you for the next step in recovery. There are a few different options for drug and alcohol addiction treatment. This article will help you better understand your options so you can choose a treatment program that is right for you.

How does addiction treatment work

Treating opioid use disorder or severe alcohol abuse often begins with detox. Detox is the first step in many addiction treatment plans and rehab programs. At this stage, you will stop using drugs and alcohol. You will experience withdrawal symptoms, so it’s important to detox under the supervision of a medical professional. Withdrawal symptoms are medically treated to reduce their severity and to ensure medical safety.

The next step in your addiction treatment is working with your healthcare provider to figure out which type of treatment program is right for you. Treatment can be done in either an inpatient or outpatient setting. In both settings, you will receive specific medications for treating addiction along with behavioral therapy, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This is called medication assisted treatment (MAT).

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What is outpatient addiction treatment?

Outpatient addiction treatment is a flexible treatment option for people struggling with addiction who don’t need inpatient or residential treatment. Outpatient treatment allows you to keep your normal routine, like your job or school schedule, while receiving addiction treatment services in your off time.

During outpatient addiction treatment, you will visit a counseling center or addiction treatment center for therapy and, if applicable, to receive your medication. You might be encouraged to attend support groups or 12-step meetings in conjunction with individual therapy.

Outpatient addiction treatment is right for you if you are in the early stages of your addiction and don’t need intensive inpatient treatment or you have completed inpatient treatment and are looking for continued care.

What is inpatient addiction treatment?

Inpatient addiction treatment is an intensive form of treatment that takes place in a residential setting. People who receive inpatient addiction treatment live at the rehab center full time and are monitored throughout their stay. This is particularly helpful for those who cannot go more than a few hours without using alcohol or other substances and individuals who have a high risk of relapse or a co-occurring disorder. Inpatient treatment can be life-saving.

Like outpatient treatment, you can attend group or individual therapy while receiving medication for addiction. The length of your treatment can vary from a few weeks to a year. After completing inpatient treatment, you may transition to an outpatient setting or partial hospitalization program (PHP) to continue your treatment.


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Is addiction treatment effective?

Addiction treatment is scientifically proven to be effective for opioid addiction or alcohol abuse and can be crucial for helping you overcome addiction. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) with Vivitrol or Suboxone is the safest and most effective treatment option for recovery. MAT can be given in an inpatient or outpatient setting to treat opioid addiction and alcohol use disorder. Patients who receive MAT are more likely to remain in treatment and are less likely to relapse. Staying sober and achieving recovery is a lifelong endeavor, and MAT can provide you with the support you need on your road to recovery.

Take the first step towards addiction recovery.

If you think you or a loved one might be struggling with opioid addiction or alcohol abuse, contact one of our counseling centers. We can help you find the treatment that’s right for you at an addiction treatment center in Florida or Tennessee. We also provide drug addiction treatment for uninsured and underinsured patients.

You don’t have to overcome addiction alone. We can help you choose recovery.

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