The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that, while many Americans go without the behavioral health treatment that they need, recent changes to our nation’s healthcare system have removed barriers between behavioral healthcare and the people who need it. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, a range of health plans must now cover essential benefits, including mental health and substance abuse treatments. The Act extends the impact of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act so that many healthcare plans must cover mental health and substance use disorders with at least an equal level of benefits as the plans that treat physical health problems. In other words, addicts can now receive the help they need without being denied coverage.
This information should influence people before they decide upon a rehab facility. Since a treatment facility could play a rather important part in one’s addiction recovery, choosing a center should call for more thought than which brand of bread to buy or which restaurant to dine at this weekend. In that regard, the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that you consider the following four thoughts before you shop for a suitable rehab facility:
Not a one-size-fits-all approach – Addiction is a complex but treatable condition that affects brain function and behavior. No single type of treatment is appropriate for everyone, because effective care attends to an individual’s multiple needs, not just her substance abuse. Each one of us is unique… in personality, physical makeup, life experiences, outlooks, drink/use exposure (drug type, amount of use and length of use), stress factors and etc. Many individuals with substance use disorders have other mental disorders as well, so treatment needs to be highly flexible and readily available.
- Medication & behavioral therapy: best in tandem – Especially when combined, medication and behavioral therapy are important elements of an overall therapeutic process that often begins with detox and is followed by treatment and relapse prevention. Easing withdrawal symptoms can be important in the initiation of treatment, but preventing relapse is necessary for maintaining its effects. As with other chronic conditions, some episodes of relapse may require a return to prior treatment components. Individual paths to recovery differ, and packages of treatment should be tailored to each individual’s needs. For many people with behavioral health problems, the most effective approach to recovery often involves a combination of counseling and medication. Supportive services can also play an important role in recovery.
- Treatment must be controlled & continual – A continuum of care that includes a customized treatment regimen and follow-up options are crucial to achieving and maintaining a drug-free lifestyle. Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical, because an individual’s treatment and services must be assessed continually to ensure that they are meeting his ever-changing needs.
- Various settings/stays available – Treatment for substance use disorders can be delivered in many different settings that use a variety of behavioral approaches, so determine which options will best address your own issues
“Outpatient behavioral treatment” encompasses a wide variety of programs for patients who visit clinics at regular intervals. Most of the programs involve individual or group counseling, but some programs also offer the following forms of behavioral treatment:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps patients recognize, avoid and cope with the situations in which they are most likely to abuse drugs
- Multidimensional family therapy was developed for adolescents with drug abuse problems and their families; it addresses the issues that influence their drug abuse patterns to improve family functionality
- Motivational interviewing capitalizes on the readiness of individuals to change their behavior and to enter treatment
- Motivational incentives uses positive reinforcement to encourage abstinence from drugs
“Residential treatment programs” can also be very effective, especially for those with more severe needs. For example, therapeutic communities (TCs) are highly structured programs in which patients remain at a residence, typically for 6 to 12 months. TCs principally differ from other treatment approaches in their use of the community – treatment staff and those in recovery – as a key agent of change. These centers aim to influence patient attitudes, perceptions and behaviors that are associated with drinking and using drugs. Patients in TCs may include people with relatively long histories of drug addiction, involvement in serious criminal activities and seriously impaired social functioning. Additionally, these centers are now being designed to accommodate the needs of women who are pregnant or have children. The focus of TCs is to socialize patients to lifestyles free of drugs and crime.
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