Substance Abuse Treatment

Understanding Substance Abuse 

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Many are under the false assumption substance abuse is a willful choice. Addiction has clear links to genetic predisposition, environmental factors, and learned behavior over time in an attempt to rectify other untreated conditions. Substance abuse and addiction is typically a form of self medication, which is an attempt to escape either undiagnosed medical conditions or mental ailments- which are far more likely to remain undiagnosed. Recognizing substance addiction as a disease is the first step towards getting substance abuse treatment. Without the acknowledgement of addiction as a disease, many are unable to justify putting themselves through the throes of treatment.

Many with long standing instances of addiction are likely to put off going to substance abuse treatment because of the anxiety caused by the impending illnesses of withdrawal. Withdrawal occurs when one who is physically dependent upon an addictive substance goes through a period of abstinence. Once the body is dependent upon a substance, it will react adversely to its absence with general symptoms of the flu, but magnified. Some addictions, like alcohol, spur severe withdrawal symptoms which can include seizures and hallucinations.

Getting substance abuse treatment as early as possible is critical to stave off chronic addiction, and prevent permanent physical and mental damage. Over time certain addictions can cause permanent brain damage, and impair motor abilities. Untreated addiction often leads to accidental overdoses which can be fatal- and often are. The numbers of rising overdose rates across the nation have been on the rise for the last several years. Getting substance abuse treatment is critical to keep yourself and your loved ones shielded from the heartbreak of overdose.

With medically assisted drug treatment undergoing substance abuse treatment is pain free and wholly beneficial to leading a healthy, productive life without the brambles of addiction. During treatment recovering users learn how to overcome the penchants of addiction by substituting healthy alternatives to indulging in potentially fatal substances.



Finding Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

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Choosing an appropriate addiction treatment center is imperative for getting the best help available to treat your particular addiction. Many addiction treatment centers specialize in either one form of addiction treatment, or provide the full spectrum of addiction services. Certain detox centers only provide drug and alcohol detoxification, and require recovering patients to find other facilities to continue their substance abuse treatment. Drug and alcohol detoxification is necessary to progress to drug rehabilitation; it is the first step to recovery and addresses the initial signs of addiction, resulting from abstaining from addictive substances.

Harbor Village is a full spectrum substance abuse treatment center offering both drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Our facility provides recovering clients with continuous treatment long after drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Medically monitored 24 hours a day, Harbor Village offers clients instrumental inpatient rehabilitations services designed to cut to the core of addiction seamlessly to redress the disease of addiction forever!


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Recovering clients don’t have to change facilities when they’re ready to graduate to outpatient addiction treatment, and can continue to see the same medical doctors and clinical psychologists they started out with as early as drug and alcohol detoxification treatment.


Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Inpatient substance abuse treatment is the first step of recovery for patients who have suffered from chronic addiction for a testament of years. Others who have developed chronic addiction after only short exposure to addictive substances benefit greatly from opting into an inpatient substance abuse treatment program.

During inpatient substance abuse treatment recovering users remain at their 24 hour medically monitored treatment facility and learn how to overcome the underlying causes of addiction with intensive combination treatment.


Outpatient Treatment for Substance Abuse

Outpatient substance abuse treatment is typically slated for patients who have already undergone inpatient addiction treatment. Those who have not yet developed chronic addiction benefit from going from drug and alcohol detox straight to outpatient rehabilitation. Others who require a hands-on approach to addiction therapy are better suited for inpatient rehabilitation.

During outpatient rehabilitation recovering users attend their treatment centers several times throughout the week. Outpatient treatment allows recovering addicts to return to their everyday lives by returning home to their families and maintaining professional and academic commitments.

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It’s important to note some insurance companies will insist on only covering outpatient rehabilitation treatment when inpatient rehabilitation treatment is more appropriate. Do not allow your insurance company to bully you into the correct treatment- only take medical advice from a trained addiction specialist. Those who attend outpatient substance abuse treatment in lieu of inpatient rehab are particularly vulnerable to relapse and fatal overdose.


What You Need to Know About Medication for Substance Abuse Treatment

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During substance abuse treatment, it’s common for addiction professionals to prescribe medically assisted drug treatment to help clients cope with the initial cravings for addictive substances. Medically assisted drug treatment has been proven to prevent relapse inexorably better than abstinence based models of substance abuse treatment.

Some object to medically assisted drug treatment because some medication prescribed to recovering drug addicts have the potential to encourage addictive behaviors, because the substances themselves are derived of addictive compounds. Medically assisted drug treatment is safe and effective when followed by the explicit direction of a venerable addiction professional. Medically assisted drug treatment is not intended for lifetime. Recovering addicts are supposed to be weaned from medically assisted drug treatment in increments equitable to their ability to prevent relapse on their own.

Some patients require medically assisted drug treatment for extended periods of time. This is normal, and expected, among users struggling with chronic addiction. Some addiction support groups encourage their members to cease medically assisted drug treatment because they claim swapping one addiction for another is weak willed.

The truth is, medically assisted drug treatment has prevented innumerable fatal overdoses. Since addiction has measurable genetic, physical, and chemical roots in one’s body makeup, it is absolutely crucial to only follow the medical advice and opinion of a certified medical professional. If you are not satisfied with their direction to continue medically assisted drug treatment, seek a second opinion. Stopping medically assisted drug treatment for those who are not yet ready to navigate their lives of sobriety often result in fatal overdoses. Medically assisted drug treatment is a temporary measure to help you achieve sobriety- which is difficult to achieve from consecutive bouts of relapse.

Medically assisted drug treatment does not give patients the high users would expect from their substances of choice, but satisfies the biological need for the presence of certain substances.


Group Treatment for Substance Abuse and Therapy


A large component of life changing substance abuse treatment is the reacclimation to social environments. During substance abuse treatment group therapy and social training are given to patients who may have lost touch with their ability to effectively communicate. By mastering social techniques and interaction, the urge to abuse addictive substances diminishes.

Because addiction is a coping mechanism, learning how to become an effective communicator is critical to successfully recovering, as the better you are able to communicate the less likely one is to abuse addictive substances as a means to escape. Group therapy helps recovering addicts connect with their peers and have a sense of belonging.

There are many addiction counseling groups dedicated to helping recovering addicts find their way again after completing substance abuse treatment. Many derive great strength from attending weekly meetings.

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