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Adolescent Treatment

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The goals of adolescent treatment are the same as treatment for the general, adult population—detox, therapy and education that stop the addictive behavior and help the client grow up. Because of the client’s ages, however, the approach is different. Generally, teenagers are grouped by age; the most common groupings are 13-17 and 18-mid-20s. Some adolescent treatment centers require special evaluation for boys who are 13 or 14 to assess their ability to benefit from the program.

Although outpatient adolescent treatment is available, there is general agreement that a residential stay of at least 30 days is preferable for many teens and some programs run nine months or even longer. The theory is that adolescent drug abuse is often at least in part a response to family dynamics. By removing the teenager from the family, both the family and the adolescent have an opportunity to heal. Most centers also provide help for the family in the form of meetings and, sometimes, group therapy sessions. Structured visits by family members are usually considered an important part of the healing process.

Given the length of stay, the center also has to continue the academic education of the client as well as help them deal with their addiction. Most have arrangements with their state’s department of education to assure the teenager will receive proper credit.

Many adolescent treatment centers include vigorous outdoor activities, including wilderness camping, working with horses and other livestock, etc., as a way to help the teen learn self-reliance and mutual support, as well as personal growth through adventure. There are, however, programs based in urban areas.

The 12 Step model is used by many treatment centers and these centers may include trips to outside 12 Step meetings.

Some adolescent treatment centers deal with addiction only, while others will work with dual diagnosed teens and teens with health problems.

Treatment Defined

Monday, January 27th, 2014

In the world of addiction recovery, the term treatment, or rehab, usually refers to a professional and/or medical center that detoxes the addict and begins the education process to help them live a life free of their drug(s) of choice. Treatment may be on an outpatient or inpatient basis, or a combination of the two.

Typically outpatient treatment consists a series of meetings at the treatment center. If the treatment is intensive, there are probably four or five meetings each week. Less intensive programs meet less often, but usually at least once or twice a week. How many weeks involved depends on the program. Outpatient meetings are generally a combination of education and group therapy facilitated by a professional with experience and/or certification in addiction counseling. Drug testing may be a requirement of outpatient treatment. The outpatient program may use at least part of the 12 Step model or it may use a different model.

Inpatient rehab generally consists of actually staying in a hospital or residential treatment center for a number of days, weeks or months. A stay of 28 or 30 days is probably the most typical. Most inpatient programs start with either medical or non-medical detoxification. Many inpatient treatment centers draw on the 12 Step model and include in-house 12 Step meetings as well as group therapy and individual counseling. Some provide education and/or meetings for families during the addicts stay. If the treatment center is near a metropolitan area, addicts may be bussed to outside 12 Step or other recovery meetings as part of the program.

There are treatment centers that deal with addiction in general, and those that work with addiction to specific drugs. Some offer medical detox, others specialize in non-medical detox (no tranquilizers, etc.) under medical supervision. Treatment centers may work with the general population of addicts or with specific groups, such as women, men, adolescents, young adults, etc.

Many drug rehabs incorporate at least part of the 12 Step model in their education process. There are, however, treatment centers that use other models.

Choosing Treatment: Factors to Consider

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Addicts often ask, “If there are support groups all over the world where I can go for free, why should I pay to go into treatment to get clean and sober?” This is a great question. Many people do not go to treatment for any number of reasons. Others find it impossible to stop using/drinking without it. What are the factors that support either of these choices?

How Long Have You Been an Addict?

To begin with, length of time with drinking and using behaviors may be an indicator of how long or whether a person needs to go to treatment. The more insidious the hold of the drugs/alcohol on the person’s life, the more need they may have for treatment and its interventions to assist them in loosening that hold. Those with very long-term use and drinking have developed support systems they are most likely not aware of to keep them safe in their using/drinking behaviors, thus strengthening and increasing their denial system. This can be a tough one to work through without a great deal of professional help, as provided in a treatment setting.

What’s Your Drug of Choice?

Another determination is the type of substance being used/abused. If the use is of substances that require monitored detoxification, it is necessary to get professional help with this process. Specific drugs and certain types of use require medical monitoring. It is usually in this setting that the user will be referred for treatment to further stabilize both their early recovery and their physical and emotional state. The best thing to do if you believe you are in need of medical intervention for getting off drugs/alcohol is to seek medical advice before you determine what type of treatment you will seek. A doctor’s referral is a helpful to have when seeking treatment since some rehab centers take insurance.

Can You Afford Treatment?

Other factors will determine whether treatment is the best option for your early forays into recovery. Some rehab centers accept insurance, but what if you don’t have any? In some cases, funding may be available through family members or friends who are willing to either give or loan the money for this purpose. Other times, it may be necessary to find funding through county, state or federal agencies who have programs available at little or no cost to those they serve in this fashion. There may be arrangements that can be made for loan repayment or other creative funding to cover these expenses.

Some people have family, work or community obligations that make it difficult for them to attend treatment in a full-time, residential setting. For them, there are many addiction outpatient options available in most of the world. These provide a more rigid structure than meetings alone, sometimes with flexibility to allow the person to work and/or take care of family needs while receiving part-time treatment and counseling. There are a number of options available to those who need some treatment but cannot commit to in-patient or residential treatment.

If none of these is a good fit for you, consider 12-step meetings that may assist you in getting clean and sober. They help thousands of people each year (millions worldwide) to achieve and maintain abstinence for lifetimes. While it may be distressing and uncomfortable to attend these meetings, this is a small price to pay when looking at the option of continuing to use and abuse drugs and/or alcohol. The cost is little and the benefits have been tremendous.

Kelly McClanahan has an MSW in clinical social work, with a specialization in substance abuse treatment. Having worked in this field for over 20 years, she is currently working on her certification as an addictions’ counselor.

Getting Sober in NYC

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

There are more than 700 NY treatment centers within a 50-mile radius of downtown Manhattan which includes sober living environments, in-patient treatment and out-patient treatment centers, along with many detox facilities and others.

Addicts in New York have a great deal of opportunity to find treatment that is specifically suited to their lifestyles, particular addictions, and religious beliefs, perhaps their sexual identification. Programs are available for those who espouse Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other religious preferences. There are programs for women with children, addicts with co-occurring mental diagnoses, men or women only, and LGBT populations. Long or short-term, from two weeks to a year, for inpatient or outpatient treatment is available. There are component programs, where an addict may go into a detox process for two weeks, remain in residential (inpatient) treatment for a stabilizing period of two weeks to two months, then remain for outpatient treatment for up to two years, while residing in either private housing, or going to a sober living environment. All of these options are predicated on both insurance benefits available and/or financial wherewithal.

One benefit of going to treatment in New York City is the availability of options for programs and preference for types of treatment. These range from $150.00 per day to $10,000.00 per day, for residential treatment. They include every type of dietary need, medical need, lifestyle option, and numerous other factors. Some offer different types of therapy and frequency of sessions, yoga classes, singing, chanting, religious rites, animal therapy (such as equine therapy), ropes’ courses, alternative dietary regimens, spiritual rites (such as Native American sweat lodges), meditation, and others. While these may all be available at treatment centers in other parts of the world, the variety seems largest in this city.

Getting Sober in Los Angeles

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

In a list of more than 500 treatment programs in a 50-mile radius centered in Los Angeles, more than 60 of treatment centers are in Los Angeles itself. This can be misleading, because, unlike other large cities in the United States, the city of Los Angeles is a hard location to pinpoint. It spreads out into other locations and other areas, looking more like a multilegged spider than a metropolis. If you spread the search out to 100 miles around the center of Los Angeles, there are more than 600 treatment programs listed.

Given that many treatment programs in such a small area, what could some of the differences be? Well, for starters, Southern California is known for several things: ideal weather most of the year, beaches, movie stars and fancy cars and other stereotypes of the California lifestyle. Along with those images come those of the movie, TV and music personalities who become famous (infamous?) for their lives of excess and embarrassing publicity around that excess.

It seems that many of them will land in California treatment programs at one time or another. The number of high-end centers in Malibu is around 12. However, most in the treatment field know there are others. Some private, exclusive agencies do not advertise or list themselves anywhere. These are usually the places for the celebrity crowd or elite.

For the rest of the crowd, treatment may run the gamut of low-income, subsidized beds in residential centers such as the Salvation Army in inner cities across the country to private rooms and board in the high-end facilities catering to the very wealthy and private at $90,000.00 per month. There are inpatient, residential services for those who have the means or the insurance package to cover these services and outpatient, either intensive or not, for the same crowds. Others may find help in the downtown Los Angeles mission district, where soup kitchens and homeless services are offered to those who are less fortunate and without other resources.

Many people come to California from other parts of the country for various reasons. Most often, the weather is an incentive, and the same is true for rehab. Why spend the winter in a cold, snowy climate in winter when rehab is the plan for a month or two? For a bit more travel money, a nice climate change to Los Angeles beach areas or Palm Springs can be a great break in the routine. This is especially true when the routine is one of cycling through the ravages of drug and/or alcohol addiction.

Beginning in the 1980s, Southern California became a mecca for treatment seekers with the opening of a treatment program in the Palm Springs area run by the wife of a former president whose public recovery from addiction to pain pills was front-page headline news. Always a popular spot for vacationers and retirement, Southern California offers a wide variety of treatment and an array of programs serving everyone.

Faith Based Treatment

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Treatment for addiction has been addressed specifically by every possible human interest group in the world. As the problem(s) continue to escalate with addiction to alcohol and drugs, as well as other process addictions, the world at-large has attempted to cover every niche that possibly exists for people to recover.

One of the largest arenas is that of faith-based groups. With specific emphasis on the spiritual path seen in 12-step programs, it is not surprising that specific groups of religious-minded individuals would reach out to their members and future members to assist them in achieving relief from these afflictions.

Some of those represented are groups founded on Christianity, with Catholicism as a specific and individual group; Hindu recovery programs, Buddhist recovery settings, Muslim treatment, and Jewish programs. These primarily entail 12-step affiliation, but several do have additional program components that are separated from their primary religious affiliation.

Because the federal government has recognized the importance of spiritually-based treatment as being the most efficacious for determining resulting abstinence, the growth of this industry has been great. Funding, via the federal government, comes through grants provided for research in stemming the billions of dollars spent each year to either combat or prosecute crimes due to drugs/alcohol. Faith-based initiatives have been the powerful force behind the formation of these programs, with more research pointing the way to the radical changes that spiritual conversions aid those in recovering from addiction.

In large cities, there are more meetings based on religious preferences outside the realm of 12-steps. There are also 12-step, religious meetings that are geared for a specific crowd of believers or seekers. Just as there are gender specific, career specific and age specific meetings available, so are there Christian, Buddhist, Jewish and other religious groups who have 12-step meetings. They may be affiliated with AA, NA or other 12-step programs, but their second affiliations are based on religious tenets. These are abundant in cities like New York and Los Angeles where thousands of recovering addicts live and meetings are a smorgasbord of times, places, topics, groups and affiliations.

Secular groups that exist are nationwide, but more prevalent in large cities. Some of these are: LifeRing, Save Our Selves (SOS), Rational Recovery, Women for Sobriety and Self-Management and Recovery Training. Most of these groups are based on their NON-affiliation with 12-step, spiritually-based principles of recovery. While they are formed, in the most part, for the purpose(s) of ongoing abstinence, they are based on empowerment of the individual through knowledge, learning, therapeutic interventions and their own structure of recovery planning and maintenance.

How Can Luxury Drug Rehab Help Me End My Addiction?

Friday, August 10th, 2012

I know that being abused as a child is part of why I struggle with addiction.  I’ve lived it.  But it’s all behind me, why talk about it?  Why look at it?  What would a luxury drug rehab do for me?

If I really tell the truth, the emotional abandonment I have felt as a child has left me with a sense of emptiness, a constant state of internal deprivation.  I know that I used because I was looking for something I lacked in my life.  Love?  Security?  How is a luxury drug rehab going to give that back to me?  And without some distraction, I can’t bear the pain within.  Drugs, alcohol…they work but never last. I need more, always more.  How is a luxury drug rehab program going to fill this void?

What you have to overcome each day is stunning.  You deserve an environment where you can receive nurturing, support, and healing that fits you and your lifestyle, not an institutional setting or 12-step approach. The finest luxury drug rehab will:

  • be a place where you can feel safe and accepted enough to take chances, to find out that you can confront your childhood trauma and pain.
  • provide counseling that reveals your strengths and capacity to live without abusing substances.
  • provide the most upscale accommodations and comforts.
  • serve the freshest organic food.
  • replenish and strengthen you with natural healthcare, activity, massage, walks in the countryside with highly trained holistic therapists.
  • provide you with the tools to see that you can be your own real and best self everywhere.
  • replace struggling with drugs with your own focused goals and mission to take back out into the world.

Luxury drug rehab is a whole new perspective.  It means truly healing the very reasons for the drug abuse at the core.  Isn’t it time to feel deeply whole and well in your own skin?

This article was contributed by Deb Roberts, program administrator at The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center.


Jump Tracks from Advice to Non 12-Step Rehab

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Does advice feed our self-knowledge and ignite our inner fires to heal ourselves?  Well, let’s see. Advice comes from the outside. And while we often get advice from our parents and well-meaning friends–people who often have our best interests at heart–it is based on the assumption that someone else knows us better than we know ourselves. A non 12-step rehab program is different because it’s not about advice.

The truth is it doesn’t matter who the advice comes from as it mostly just pisses us off.  We want control over our own decisions and to follow our own beliefs and values. We crave living our own lives. We think that if someone has to tell us what to do, we must need to be fixed. If we need to be fixed, then we must be no good. Non 12-step rehab doesn’t waste time going down this road because shame feeds addiction.

It’s too painful, too much. I can’t take it.  I’ve got to do something to release the stress. Drugs, alcohol, cutting, eating, not eating, buying?  Whatever gets us through another day and away from all that advice. Why would we want to pursue recovery that is scripted with all the “answers” ready and waiting?  Isn’t that just more of the same?

Non 12-step rehab is customized and focuses on your natural brilliance, even if you can’t yet see it for yourself.  It supports you while you find your answers. It is not a one-size-fits-all approach to overcoming destructive addictive behaviors and does not assume to know what’s right for you.

So what is non 12-step rehab?

  • It’s based on the premise that you are innately brilliant.
  • It assumes that you did the best you could with the beliefs and coping skills you had in the past and that now you’re ready to live the life you really want.
  • It’s all about supporting that life—the dream of feeling deeply good, balanced and whole.
  • It’s based on self-inquiry.  Non 12-step rehab respects you as a unique person with unique struggles and strengths.  Who knows you better than you do when you are ready to know yourself? When you enter non 12-step rehab, you enter a customized program that is focused on processes for recovery and self-discovery that vary from person to person.

Aaron and Elizabeth have been admitted to a program with non 12-step rehab a few days apart.  Each has entered non 12-step rehab with a similar mix of substance abuse, an eating disorder, and excessive buying. They are surprised to discover that non 12-step rehab isn’t a cookie cutter approach. In their non 12-step rehab sessions, Aaron and Elizabeth find themselves being honored and respected in the most meaningful ways they’ve ever experienced.  Their individual non 12-step programs are surprisingly different.  When they compare notes about their treatment team goals they find a breadth of differences because they are different people!  And this empowering non 12-step rehab environment feeds their self respect and enthusiasm for their lives and teaches them to listen to their own individual core values. Non 12-step rehab supports each of them in expressing their joys, pain, fears, triumphs, and goals but it doesn’t do that by following a scripted list of steps.

Non 12-step rehab is about living lives of congruency, integrity and authentic joy. The journey is one of self discovery that goes way beyond sobriety. It’s about living a life of passion and clarity for the rest of our lives.

This article was contributed by The Exclusive Hawaii Addiction Treatment Center, a treatment facility that specializes in non 12-step rehab.

Methadone as Used in Medication Assisted Treatment for Opiate Addiction

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Methadone is a medication that is used in the treatment of opiate addiction. Methadone is a long-acting opiate that is designed to stay in the system for 24-48 hours, making it possible for addicts to only take the medication once a day, as opposed to a short-acting opiate like heroin, which many addicts use every few hours in order to avoid symptoms of withdrawal. Methadone works very similar to other painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, and can be prescribed as part of an ongoing pain management regimen, and researchers have found that it’s a very effective form of treatment when used to treat opiate addiction.

When a person is prescribed methadone to treat addiction, the person comes to a methadone clinic once a day to get a dose of methadone that is taken in front of a nurse. Methadone is usually dispensed as a liquid, although also comes in pill and wafer form. Addicts are closely monitored by a doctor to make sure they are not taking too much methadone and that there is no interaction with other medications. Addicts also provide random urine specimens on a regular basis in order to be monitored for illicit drug use. As part of treatment, addicts are also expected to attend individual and group therapy in order to address some of the issues that may have led to initial drug use.

Benefits of Methodone

There are several benefits to using methadone as a way to treat opiate addiction:

  • When a person is on the correct dose of methadone, the medication allows them to feel normal, and not “high.” Methadone allows the addict to avoid symptoms of withdrawal while performing activities of daily living such as raising a family and going to work.
  • Methadone only has to be taken once a day, as opposed to other opiates that need to be taken several times a day to avoid withdrawal. Addicts do not have to worry about trying to get their next “fix” and, therefore, the amount of crime and illegal activity associated with active drug use drops dramatically.
  • Methadone is often times much cheaper for the addict to take, as addicts often times spend hundreds of dollars a day on street drugs.
  • Methadone is regulated by the FDA and is, therefore, much safer for the addict to take than street drugs, which can be laced or cut with chemicals or poisons.
  • The incidence of contracting or spreading diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV is also reduced, as addicts do not use or share needles to take methadone.
  • Finally, methadone that is taken by pregnant women helps to reduce the chance of miscarriage and risky behavior while pregnant, and the fetus will not be going into withdrawal. Women also have a greater chance of seeking out healthcare and seeing an OB regularly if they are able to be on a stable dose of methadone.

Many people that subscribe to an abstinence based model of treatment believe that because methadone is still a drug, people taking methadone are not really clean and sober. When viewed from a risk-reduction model of treatment, methadone can be seen as a medication that helps opiate dependent individuals lead healthier, productive lives.

Jessica Parks is a certified alcohol and drug counselor in the state of Illinois and has her M.A. in art therapy counseling.

Drug Rehab Options

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

An effective drug rehab program is available even for difficult addictions and a specific type of treatment program is available depending on your needs.  Several treatment options are available to anyone who wants to recover from a crippling problem with  substance abuse and here are some considerations in selecting a treatment center:

Treatment Programs for Varying Clients

A drug rehab center is for anyone. The truth is that people of all demographics can fall victim to substance abuse. You don’t have to be rich or poor, famous or have come from a dysfunctional family to get involved in drugs.  With recent publicity like Celebrity Drug Rehab and Intervention, addiction and help for it is becoming more accepted.  Drug rehab programs sometime treat specific groups ranging from executives, gay and lesbian clients, and older adults.  There are even groups for teens that are addicted to drugs

Types of Treatment Programs

There are also a number of special focuses that are involved in drug rehab programs. These include focuses that relate to traditional 12-Step recovery, faith-based support, dual diagnosis specialties and even treatment that relates transition from jail for charges related to drug abuse. Options for treating addiction are abundant and one is sure to find a program that will meet your goals.

Programs vary by drug

Drug rehab programs sometimes specialize in treating addiction to specific drugs. Treatment programs are available for alcohol, prescription drugs, opiates, heroin, Oxycontin, marijuana and other common street drugs.  Programs can custom tailor their educational and medical procedures to deal with deal with specific effects and problems. For instance, methamphetamine addiction may require longer care and more focus on healing the damage to cognitive function than alcohol addiction.   A drug rehab program that assesses each individual and tailors a custom treatment program may be more successful than a one-size-fits-all approach.