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CHOOSING THE RIGHT TREATMENT

WHY ARE 12 STEP PROGRAMS CONTROVERSIAL?

Once you’ve made the decision to find help for a substance abuse problem, the first questions you need to ask are where you’re going to seek treatment, and what type would be best for your circumstances.

First, if you’re currently going through withdrawal or will be upon beginning a program, make sure to look for somewhere with medical detox. Next, decide whether residential or outpatient treatment would be more beneficial. Look for a program that offers both medical help and therapy.

During detox, you’ll be slowly weaned off of your substances, which might result in withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the drug, withdrawal can be very uncomfortable or even life-threatening if attempted alone. The symptoms may also be severe enough to push you back to using. Detox under medical supervision is the safest and most comfortable option because you’ll be monitored 24 hours a day. The process can last for three to ten days, during which time you’ll be provided with medication and support to ease the worst of the symptoms.

Following the medical detox, you can begin to focus on the psychological and emotional aspects of your addiction. Counseling and therapy can help you understand the roots of your substance abuse, what triggers to avoid, and how to deal with those you can’t escape. Learning new skills and behaviors is vital to long-term success. Group therapy allows you to discuss your experiences with peers and form a support network that can last even beyond your program.

Residential treatment is often the best option in the beginning. It can take place in a hospital or non-hospital setting, and generally, it can last from 28 days to 90 days. You’ll be able to focus on your recovery without worrying about things like meals or daily chores. Your days will be structured, but there will still be time for recreation and relaxation. If there are bad influences or temptations at home or in your neighborhood, you’ll be removed from those until you’re better equipped to deal with them. Look for a facility that provides individual and therapy, medication management, education, life-skills training, follow-up care, and referrals to support groups.

Outpatient therapy can be a sort of transition phase from residential treatment back into the world. It allows you flexibility in your schedule, and you may even be able to return to work or school. You’ll continue to attend counseling and both individual and group therapy while putting your newly-learned skills to the test.

Also look into the qualifications of the staff. Ask yourself: Are they experienced and certified? Is there a medical doctor on staff or available for consultation?

At Asana Recovery, we have a detox program to assist you in getting the drugs out of your system as comfortably and safely as possible. We also offer both residential and outpatient programs that provide education, counseling, and therapy. Our consulting physicians specialize in addiction and behavioral health, and our counselors and therapists are certified and licensed. Asana Recovery is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, which means you’ll receive the best care possible. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to find out how we can help.

 

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