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Are you struggling with a substance abuse problem that you just can’t control? Is it making your life unmanageable? You are not alone. It’s estimated that one in ten people in the United States are addicted to drugs or alcohol. The fact is that most addicts and alcoholics cannot stop drinking or drugging without help. If you’re dealing with a substance abuse addiction, you’ve probably tried to get clean and sober by yourself with little success. Although some drug and alcohol abusers can quit without help, true addicts and alcoholics almost never recover on their own.

How Can I get Help With a Substance Abuse Problem?

If you're ready to get clean and sober, there are many resources available to help you recover. A wide variety of inpatient and outpatient substance abuse programs all over the country have helped many addicts and alcoholics to begin and maintain a life of sobriety. There are also 12 Step meetings in almost every community that offer support for those who are recovering.

At Treatment Directory, you'll find up to date and easy to access information about substance abuse treatment programs throughout the U.S. in addition to contact information for any programs that interest you. Treatment Directory also provides general information about addiction, intervention for substance abusers, enabling addictive behavior, and the impact of addiction on families.

How Do I Know if I'm an Addict or an Alcoholic?

Not everyone who uses or abuses drugs and alcohol is a true addict or alcoholic. Some people are heavy drinkers and regular drug users who are able to cut back or quit on their own when they have a good reason. Usually they quit because they’ve suffered serious consequences due to alcohol and/or drugs. They may have gotten a DUI or been involved in an auto wreck while drunk or high. Other people quit because they want to start a family, or because they've experienced performance issues at work that could jeopardize their employment,

Conversely, true addicts and alcoholics can’t stop using substances no matter how severe the consequences. Multiple DUIs, serious and expensive legal problems, job loss, even a criminal conviction are not enough to keep addicts and alcoholics from drinking or drugging. This can be very frustrating if you’re an addict or an alcoholic. You think you should be able to stop or control your use of substances like other people. When you find yourself unable to quit no matter what happens, extreme feelings of guilt, pain, helplessness, loss of control, and shame set in, making you want to drink and use even more.

If this sounds familiar, you may be an addict or alcoholic, and scheduling an assessment with a trained addiction specialist can help to give you the answer. If you are diagnosed as a substance abuser, there is hope. Millions of addicts and alcoholics treated for substance abuse have gone on to lead clean and sober lives.

What Kind of Substance Abuse Treatment Would Work for Me?

There are basically two types of treatment for drug and alcohol abusers: inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment. Inpatient programs require you to live in a treatment facility anywhere from a few days to one year or longer.

Outpatient treatment can last just as long as inpatient care, but you can participate in outpatient programs without having to live in an inpatient facility. Outpatient treatment can be just as effective in helping you to get clean and sober as inpatient treatment, but it gives you more flexibility, more treatment options and more freedom.

Inpatient drug and alcohol rehab is a highly structured and very intensive program. Besides being in the facility 24/7, you’ll be participating in individual counseling, group therapy, 12 Step meetings, educational workshops, and family counseling. You’ll have very little free time, and you can't come and go as you please. You’ll be living with other people in recovery, and you may (or may not) be allowed to have visitors, or to use your cell phone and laptop. Although inpatient drug rehab programs do differ from each other, the similarities are greater than their differences.

Outpatient programs offer more treatment options than inpatient programs, and each outpatient program can be quite different from the others. Many outpatient substance abuse programs require participants to attend the program all day, every day. Other outpatient programs meet only in the evenings. Some outpatient programs are highly intensive and offer everything that you would receive in an inpatient program. Other outpatient treatment programs might meet only a few times per week and offer just one or two services like group therapy or individual counseling.

If your living situation is fairly stable, if you have employment, or family responsibilities that prevent you from entering an inpatient program, an outpatient program would probably work well for you.

What Kind of Help Can I Get in Outpatient Treatment for Substance Abuse?

Unlike inpatient programs, outpatient substance abuse programs can differ greatly from each other in terms of which services they offer and how often they meet. That makes it easier for you to find an outpatient program that syncs with your life.

Some outpatient treatment programs like partial hospitalization are very intense and highly structured, whereas other outpatient treatment programs are minimally intensive and consist only of group therapy. The type of outpatient treatment that would work best for you depends on the severity of your addiction and the length of time you've been drinking and using.

What is Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Treatment?

Specialized outpatient treatment includes programs designed for addicts and alcoholics with a psychiatric disorder in addition to a substance abuse problem. Dual diagnosis programs are outpatient treatment programs that provide intensive and structured outpatient treatment for anyone who suffers from mental illness as well as addiction. These programs usually deliver highly personalized outpatient care and can be tailored to the unique needs of the patient.

Dual diagnosis programs might include services such as:

  • In-depth physical and psychological evaluations
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Mental health and substance abuse education
  • 12 Step meetings
  • Family counseling
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Goal setting and goal attainment training
  • Anger and stress management techniques
  • Recovery skills and coping mechanisms
  • Relapse prevention
  • Random drug and alcohol screening
  • Aftercare and followup care

Dual diagnosis patients are often placed on medication to treat conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Treating an underlying mental illness with appropriate medication can, in some cases, help the substance abuser to crave drugs and alcohol less.

Can I Get a Drug or Alcohol Detox in an Outpatient Treatment Facility?

Some outpatient treatment facilities provide ambulatory detox services. Ambulatory detox is like medical inpatient detox except that the patient is living at home rather than at the detox facility.

The staff of an ambulatory detox outpatient program are available 24/7 to provide medical monitoring, treatment for withdrawal symptoms, and referrals for additional treatments. Some outpatient treatment programs offer ambulatory medical detox, so that you can be detoxed at the same time that you are attending the outpatient treatment program.

Another way to combine detox with outpatient drug and alcohol treatment is to detox in a short term inpatient facility and then begin outpatient treatment immediately thereafter. The more serious the addiction, the more serious your withdrawal symptoms will be. Those with long term addictions, preexisting medical conditions, and/or psychiatric disorders may prefer to detox as inpatients just to be on the safe side.

Relapse Prevention For Recovering Addicts and Alcoholics

Relapse most often occurs at about six months into recovery. For that reason, many outpatient programs incorporate relapse prevention into their drug and alcohol programs. Studies have found that merely quitting substances is not enough to remain sober. Addicts and alcoholics who remain clean and sober generally participate in recovery activities for the rest of their lives. While outpatient treatment can help those in early recovery, 12 Step programs can help substance abusers to stay sober for many years down the road.

Learning how to identify and avoid triggers that make you want to drink or drug can be a very useful tool both in early recovery and later on. The first 18 months of recovery are critical to long term sobriety. The habits and behaviors that are learned during this time will be the basis of recovery in the years ahead. Investing in an 18 month substance abuse outpatient program can mean the difference between long term sobriety and early relapse.

Finding the Right Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment for You

If outpatient treatment for drugs and alcohol sounds like an option that might work for you, Treatment Directory can assist you in finding an appropriate outpatient program in your area. From intensive outpatient programs and partial hospitalization programs to ambulatory detox, we can help you find programs that will fit your needs and offer you the best foundation for a clean and sober lifestyle.

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