There are three types of treatment; addiction treatment, substance abuse treatment & medication treatment.

ADDICTION: An addiction treatment programs can offer critical support as well as important tools to promote a healthy and sustainable recovery. Without these tools, a person can stop using alcohol but continue to repeat the same unhealthy behavior patterns. The person may simply replace the alcohol addiction with other unhealthy addictions.

Because treatment philosophies vary among programs, it is important to learn about each available program before making a final selection. While treatment costs, length of treatment, etc., are usual considerations, treatment philosophies are just as important.


SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Both government funded and private substance abuse treatment programs are available throughout the country. Many government funded substance abuse treatment centers and substance abuse clinics serve people with low or no incomes. Private facilities typically accept many insurances and self-pay referrals.


MEDICATION: In recent years there has been a great deal of confusion about the role of medications in chemical dependency treatment. False and outdated beliefs have created barriers affecting the use of medications to treat chemical dependency, specifically in chemical dependency treatment centers.

Self-help recovery group members may worsen that confusion by offering inaccurate advice that medications can reinforce chemical dependency. The reality is that many mental health and chemical dependency conditions result from a chemical imbalance in the brain and central nervous system. Medications can bring the chemistry back into balance.

There have been important breakthroughs in chemical dependency medication treatment that promote recovery and reduce symptoms associated with both mental illnesses and addictions. We now have many very effective non-addictive medication options for both mental health and chemical dependency treatment. Research tells us that chemical dependency treatment can be far more effective if symptoms of withdrawal, cravings and mental health conditions are controlled. In fact, these treatments are an important part of preventing relapse.

Despite the advances in medication treatments and the many benefits they offer, some people simply do not follow through with medication treatment. Some may be hesitant to take medications because of: side effects, biases against medications, delays in effectiveness, dealing with shame or embarrassment, and trouble remembering dosages.


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Customized Care
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Principles
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