When you’re dealing with an addiction, it can feel like there are no good options to help you recover. You might assume that there must be some sort of catch with any treatment program designed to address your specific issue.
Perhaps it will cost a lot of money or require you to make regular visits indefinitely. Or maybe it will require putting yourself at risk somehow — perhaps by requiring unsupervised contact with other patients with their own issues.
Regardless of your particular concerns, the right addiction treatment program can make all the difference in whether you recover or continue struggling.
Here are some things to consider when looking for the right recovery program for your needs:
1. Medically Assisted Detoxification
There are a number of different approaches to detoxification, some of which involve providing medical assistance to the patient to help them with the process.
Depending on your substance of choice and the type of assistance you receive, detoxing under medical supervision can help to make the process safer and reduce the risk of complications.
2. 12-Step Programs
One of the most widely available types of addiction programs is the 12-step program. These programs — such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous — encourage participants to work toward recovery via a combination of group meetings and a focus on daily living.
12-step programs can help people deal with a range of issues that might contribute to addiction, whatever the substance of choice is — including relationship problems, trauma, or mental health issues.
3. Residential Rehab
For many people, residential rehab is the most appropriate form of addiction treatment. A residential program usually requires you to live at the facility for the duration of your treatment program. This can make it easier to focus on your recovery and make it more likely you will complete the program successfully.
Some residential programs provide structured daily activities and/or a drug-free environment that makes it difficult to use a substance of choice, while others rely on unstructured daily schedules that might actually make it easier to relapse.
4. Counseling and Mental Health Services
Depending on the program you choose, you may be able to access counseling services to address underlying issues such as relationship problems, trauma, or co-occurring mental health issues.
If you’re dealing with an addiction, it’s likely that you have a mental health issue as well — and addressing it can help you stay sober. If you have a particular issue that needs addressing, make sure that a program provides the appropriate level of mental health services.
In the end, the best addiction treatment program is the one that works for you. That means finding a program that provides the level of assistance and the type of services that best fit your personal needs and preferences.
It’s worth finding a program that meets these criteria, and doing so can make all the difference in whether you recover or continue struggling with addiction.