When it’s time to seek help for addiction treatment, it’s important to research options before heading to a facility. The best treatments are scientifically researched and offer a collaboration between the patient and caregivers. This partnership ensures patients are fully engaged in the treatment process and receive therapies that help them maintain sobriety.
Finding the Best Addiction Treatment
Addiction treatments vary by facility. Not all treatment centers offer evidence-based treatments backed by years of scientific research. The best facilities do offer scientific protocols and provide therapeutic treatments known to reduce addiction and mental health symptoms and improve a person’s chances of staying sober for a longer time. Commonly, people with addictions also suffer with mental health disorders. When a person has an addiction along with depression (or another disorder such as anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)), he has co-occurring disorders or a Dual Diagnosis. The best treatment for two or more disorders is an integrated treatment program that treats all health conditions at the same time. Few facilities offer integrated treatment, so it’s important to verify the treatment is available before seeking care.
Researching facilities before entering treatment is an important first step to getting better. A person can research on the Internet or call the facility to find out more information. Admissions coordinators at Foundations Recovery Network, for example, offer information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They offer advice about the best treatment options available for a person, even if the person’s circumstances mean he is better served at another facility.
In addition to finding a facility with evidence-based treatments, it’s important for a person to be fully involved in his treatment plan. Research shows when a person is involved in goal setting and treatment planning, he is more engaged in the process. Strong engagement in addiction treatment programs ensures better outcomes, such as stronger symptom management, greater ability to maintain employment, fewer legal troubles and improved relationships with family and friends.
Making the first step to find treatment is a strong motivator for change. Research shows around 60 percent of people report feeling ready for change in the pretreatment phase—the phase between calling and making an appointment and going to the appointment. Patients experience a large amount of change and symptom improvement in the initial stages of therapy, within the first one to seven sessions. The benefits of a patient’s willingness to change are even more profound when combined with encouragement from caregivers. Staff at a treatment facility should recognize the stages of change within a person and point out progress. Such therapeutic relationships create a strong bond between patient and therapist and encourage feelings of hope for the future.
Addiction treatment must vary by person and take into account the types of substances a person uses and the severity of his addiction. Scientific protocols include behavioral therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and/or medication therapy. CBT and other similar therapies teach a person to understand the connection between his thoughts and his actions. To change undesirable behaviors, a person learns to identify negative thinking patterns that lead to destructive behaviors. A person may feel no one understands him and then drink excessively as a way to escape the thoughts. To counteract these thoughts, a therapist teaches his patient to use rational thoughts to see the reality of the situation, such as remembering times when he felt connected and understood by another person.
Need Help Finding Addiction Treatment?
Even though millions of Americans meet the criteria for an addiction, only a small percentage of people ever get treated. Programs that make treatment more accessible and cost effective are valuable resources for a person who needs care. Outpatient treatments are also a good option for people who need follow-up care or need to fit treatment into their current schedule.
Addiction is a chronic disease that requires physical and psychological treatments for the best possible outcomes. While there is no single method for treating addiction, there are many evidence-based treatments that offer excellent outcomes and reduce the chance of relapse. The best treatments must be tailored to meet each person’s needs. Users also benefit from services that teach coping skills and ways to avoid relapse.
If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction, give our admissions coordinators a call. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at our toll-free helpline to offer advice on the best treatment options. With a number of addiction treatment options available, there is no excuse to avoid seeking help. Call today.
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