The opioid addiction epidemic that is killing countless people and wrecking the lives of millions of others all across the country has people shocked. It has laid bare the devastation drug addiction can visit on individuals and entire communities. The opioid epidemic has also helped to make people aware of the need for effective treatment methods and programs to help people reclaim their lives and rebuild their families and communities. Fortunately, there is help available. There are treatment centers throughout the United States that have had great success in helping people break the hold of drug addiction.

What It Takes

Helping people free themselves from drug addiction isn’t always easy. It requires a commitment on the part of the addicted person, knowledgeable therapists, and effective treatment methods. People addicted to a wide range of drugs have been able to overcome their addiction and go on to live happy, productive lives with the help of the right therapists, innovative treatment centers, effective therapies and the support of people who care about them. The key is to connect the person struggling with addiction to the program and the care team best suited to deal with the way their addiction manifests itself.

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Types Of Treatment Programs

Residential Treatment

Depending on the nature and the severity of a person’s addiction, they may need a residential addiction treatment program to have success getting and staying sober. Residential treatment is more effective for many people struggling with addiction. This type of treatment program removes them from their network of suppliers and enablers and places them in a therapeutic environment where they are able to focus on healing themselves. Plus, residential treatment facilities help people better understand and embrace all the elements of their treatment plan. They also benefit from the support of the staff and other people in the recovery program. The stay there can last a few days or as long as several months.

Day Treatment

This type of program is designed for people who need ongoing care and monitoring, but want to continue to live at home. Day treatment programs require people to spend 7 or 8 hours each day at a treatment center where they take part in individual and group therapy session, attend meetings and are provided with information and taught skills that help them to be successful in their recovery. Being at the day treatment facility helps to keep people in recovery engaged, away from temptation and triggers, and focused on their sobriety. They are allowed to return home each night if it is a stable environment.

Sober Living Communities

After completing their treatment at an intensive residential treatment program, many people transition to a sober living community for a period of time before returning home. The structure and intensive daily treatment these sober living communities provide help many people to continue their recovery better. The communities give them more freedom than a residential treatment facility. But they still contain a safe, supportive, drug-free environment where they live with other people who are also working on recovering their sobriety. Sober living facilities are ideal for people in recovery who don’t have a home to return to or are concerned they will relapse if they return home too soon.

Outpatient Treatment

For some people, outpatient treatment is able to provide all the help they need to overcome their addiction. A good outpatient treatment program can provide people recovering from drug addiction with the tools, training, and support they need to live a sober life. Some recovering addicts find having access to an outpatient facility on which they can draw in or near their home community can provide them with all the help they need to overcome their addiction. These people are strong enough to resist the temptation to use drugs even while remaining among their old playmates and triggers.

A Good Aftercare Program

One of the most essential things people recovering from addiction to drugs need is a good aftercare program. Remaining clean and sober after years of abusing drugs can be challenging even for the most reliable, most committed, individuals. A good aftercare program can provide the former drug abuser with the tools and support they need on an ongoing basis to resist the urge to go back to using drugs and help them to remain on a path that leads to positive growth. A good aftercare program can provide, or connect the recovering addict too, the resources they need to grow stronger in their sobriety and improve the quality of their life.

Overcoming Drug Addiction

It usually requires more than just willpower to overcome drug addiction. The abuse of certain drugs can change the way the brain functions and lead to powerful cravings and the compulsion to use drugs. But no matter how severe your addiction, it is possible to recover and reclaim your life if you get proper treatment and support. The most crucial step is making the decision to change. Recognizing there is a problem, and having a strong commitment to positive change can help people overcome the pitfalls and setbacks on the road to recovery and be able to attain and maintain their sobriety.

Necessary Lifestyle Changes For Recovery

A person who is committed to ending their addiction and embracing sobriety will have to make many changes in their lifestyle if they want to be successful. They include changing the way they handle stress, the things they do in their free time, the people they allow to be part of their daily lives and the prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication they use for their pain and illnesses. The most significant and most crucial change is in how the person recovering from drug addiction thinks about themselves. They must see themselves as someone worthy of love and the best things life has to offer. This can help them to regain control of their life and overcome addiction.

Key Steps In The Recovery Process

There are a series of steps people breaking the grip of drug addiction must take. The first step is detoxification. This is the process of purging the drugs out of the mind and body and managing the symptoms of withdrawal. Once the drugs have been flushed out, the person can then begin behavioral counseling. Using individual, family, and group therapy, therapists can help people identify the causes of their drug use, teach them healthier coping skills, and help them begin to repair their relationships. The therapist may also manage withdrawal symptoms, treat anxiety, depression, and other co-occurring mental health conditions and help prevent relapse through the use of medication.

Long-Term Follow-Up

This is among the most important steps in preventing relapse and helping the person in recovery maintain their sobriety. Long-term follow-up includes regularly attending support group meetings in-person and online, having access to valuable tools, hearing group leaders, therapists and other people in recovery talk about their triggers, temptations, rock-bottom experiences and the joy they feel now they’ve been clean and sober for some time. This can help a person new to the recovery process to remain strong, focused, and more committed than ever to work to stay on the right track.

Use All Available Resources

Addiction treatment is a matter of life and death. Addiction to drugs can steal your time, your money, your joy, and the love of your family and friends. These are life’s most valuable treasures. If you care about yourself and your loved ones, use all available resources to get the effective addiction treatment, you need to break the hold of drugs.

Content Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.