Starting therapy is a huge step for anyone. There's a lot to consider. But for the people you love, for those who love you, and for yourself, getting drug and alcohol-free is one of the most important steps you'll ever take.
While no two journeys are exactly alike, they all share common goals and stages, and each begins with recognizing the problem...
First, are you seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one?
You've already reached the first milestone of many
The fact that you're here means you already recognize the issue. You're making the decision to get help. It's something not everyone is able to do, though, and you should feel good about getting to this point.
The next step is to find a substance abuse treatment center that's going to be right for you...
Intervention can help bring the severity of an addiction to light
Whether you're looking to get substance abuse help for a family member or a friend, it's not enough that you want them to change; they have to want to, or at least accept that they might need to.
A trained interventionist can help the addicted person understand how their addiction is impacting those around them. Finding them the best drug treatment center is the next big step toward getting healthy...
Finding high quality drug and alcohol treatment is critical to success
Inpatient treatment requires a stay at a facility but can yield better results. Outpatient services offer increased flexibility but without the safety of a protected environment. Choose wisely (or get help making the choice)!
So, what accommodations would you or your loved one be most likely to use?
Ultra-LuxuryWhen only the best will do, these treatment facilities will make your rehab stay feel more like a high-end resort. Having the best comes at a price but if you're looking for the ultimate in comfort, care, accommodations and amenities, this is it!
LuxuryBeing as comfortable as possible is important when you're trying to get well. These higher-end centers may cost more than ones on the low-end, but the tradeoff is evident in the amenities, staff, services, meals and activities.
Low CostGetting back to health doesn't mean you have to spend a lot. There are a number of fully-functional programs for those who have little to no money to spend on treatment, so don't see that as a roadblock to getting clean and sober!
Formulate a rehab plan tailored to your specific needs
Creating an accurate drug history is the first thing that's done when entering treatment. It will help your treatment provider determine any medication that could help you or your loved one through the withdrawal period and guide the addiction therapy that will follow.
After the assessment has been completed, and you or your loved one is now
situated, detoxification can begin...
Detoxification gives your body a clean slate to work from
Depending on the substances and
the severity of the addiction, detox can be difficult or even dangerous to do alone. It is important to have proper medical supervision during the process.
Withdrawal symptoms and their duration also vary from person to person and
from drug to drug. While unpleasant, many can be treated medicinally. After ridding
the body of unwanted chemicals, rehabilitation can begin…
Be patient! Proper rehab will take time but it's worth it
After detox, you will be guided through group and individual therapy in a comfortable, relaxed environment, developing coping skills and building a support network.
Studies show that patients staying at least 30 days are less likely to relapse, with odds improving dramatically after 60 to 90 days...
Completing treatment is a major accomplishment
Congratulations! Once you have finished rehab, you should be ready and fully equipped to begin your clean and sober life. You’ll be empowered to better
cope with life’s stressors and recognize possible relapse signs.
If you want the extra comfort and support of having your new peers help keep you substance-free, extended care facilities can also be helpful...
Extended care gives you ongoing support
For those who want the extra stability of living in a drug and alcohol-free
environment, a sober living community is the answer. These areas promote ongoing
health by providing additional resources and support opportunities.
When you feel you are ready to embrace your new lease on life, you are free to move
Ongoing group and one-on-one support is a big reason why Extended Care
programs are so attractive to rehab alumni. Bad habits are often formed over
years, so you won't rid yourself of them overnight. With continued support,
you'll be giving yourself the best possible chance of staying clean and sober
for good. Addiction therapy provides that support.
A community of individuals striving to help one another keep drug and
alcohol free is the essence of sober living. A low-stress, same-sex, substance-free
environment, keeping you out of harms way for as long as you feel is
necessary. Building your network of sober colleagues while gaining access to
further resources will keep you on the straight and narrow!
Staying healthy is a life-long goal you set for yourself. It takes a strong
support group, continued resolve and becoming "in-tune" with the warning
signs of a potential, oncoming relapse. Recovery often utilizes a 12-step
program, similar to the ones Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics
Anonymous use. You'll gain valuable new insights into addiction, behavior and
Health & Wellness
Drugs and alcohol put a tremendous strain on the body, mind and spirit.
You'll want to continue building your strength, reconditioning your brain and
revitalizing your senses of purpose and self. Through diet, exercise and
healthy living and with the support of peers and mentors, you can reinvent
yourself - setting the stage for your new and improved life, free of addiction,
Recovery is a life-long journey. Each step counts
It doesn’t need to be daunting. Every day is a new
opportunity to flex the muscles built in rehab. Another chance to feel good about
your accomplishments and your self-improvement.
If you are ready to begin your journey, here are some options based on your
selections to get you started.
Desert HopeSituated in the Mojave Desert, Desert Hope provides a private and serene environment that allows you to focus completely on recovery.
For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the Drugtreatment.com helpline is a private and convenient solution.
Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).
We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you.
Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither Drugtreatment.com nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.
For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page.
If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can browse top-rated listings, or visit SAMHSA.