Understanding Substance Abuse Treatment
Southern California Addiction Treatment Programs
Get Real Recovery offers full continuum of care and four levels of outpatient services. We understand that every client and family is different.
Defining Substance Abuse Treatment
As you seek to understand substance abuse treatment, the first thing to note is that we’re talking about true, clinical addiction here—which isn’t the same thing as “binge” drinking or heavy drug use. Addiction is characterized first and foremost by physical and mental dependence, and by an inability to quit using the substance in question. That’s the primary indication that clinical intervention is required.
The role of substance abuse treatment, then, is to treat the disease of addiction, along with any co-occurring conditions—such as PTSD, depression, or anxiety. While there is no “cure” for addiction, the right therapeutic approach can lead to lifelong freedom from substance abuse and its many ravages.
The ultimate aim of substance abuse treatment is to free the client from addiction’s grip and to provide the life skills and coping mechanisms to avoid any future relapse—creating a firm foundation for ongoing sobriety.
The How’s and Why’s of Substance Abuse Treatment
When seeking out substance abuse treatment—whether for yourself or for a loved one—it’s only natural to have some questions:
- What’s the science behind substance abuse treatment?
- What’s the clinical approach? What will the process entail, day-to- day, and how long will it last?
All of these are critical questions to understanding substance abuse treatment.
Why the Substance Abuse?
The first thing to note is why substance abuse happens in the first place. Substance abuse can occur due to a number of factors, among them:
– Genetics/hereditary factors
– Mental health conditions
– Biology/brain chemistry
There is no one thing that causes all substance abuse, and no two struggles with addiction are ever quite the same. The important thing to note is that it’s never a matter of choice; nobody would ever choose to struggle with drug or alcohol addiction. It’s a mental health issue that can only be treated through serious, data-backed clinical intervention—and that’s just the approach we take here at Get Real Recovery.
As far as medically sound, personalized care is concerned, Get Real Recovery is happy to offer a full spectrum of clinically-proven treatment types, both for addiction and for co-occurring conditions.
Some of the treatment types available here include:
Before Signing Up For Treatment…
Something else that’s important to the understanding of substance abuse treatment: the acknowledgement that, while therapy works and recovery is attainable, not all addiction recovery centers are created equal.
It’s important to do your due diligence and find a place with a proven track record, a medically sound clinical model, and a true commitment to sustainable sobriety. Some specific things to look for in a recovery center include:
– Certification from state medical boards
– The availability of transitional living and aftercare
– Access to treatment for co-occurring disorders
– Comfortable and tranquil facilities
– Customized services, tailored to the needs of the individual
Look for all of these things as you seek the best place for your own substance abuse treatment.
The Treatment Process
Treatment begins with a personal evaluation; members of our clinical team meet individually with each new client and get to know them, as well as their needs. This results in the development of an individualized recovery plan.
From there, the individual receives the treatment program that best accommodates his or her needs; this might include a combination of one-on- one therapy sessions, group sessions, experimental therapy, and the development of key life skills and coping mechanisms.
Ultimately, each client is moved through a transitional living or aftercare program, where he or she ensures readiness to re-enter “normal” life and to prevent relapse.
The length of stay is dependent on the individual—and on the type and extent of treatment called for. However, our range of treatment options lends itself to flexibility, and makes it easy to find a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle.
What You Need To Know
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it is quite alarming to know that a lot of people who need treatment for drug and alcohol use do not actually receive the care they need. However, it is important that treatment is the first priority to revive the mental and physical health of the abuser. Family and friend support can go a long way in helping an addict endure the road to recovery. This can be a rather tender area for loved ones, however, a mature and proactive approach in facilitating a course of action can be truly beneficial and life changing. If the abuser has limited family or friend support, it is crucial that they find it within themselves to seek the care required to turn their life sober.