Addiction: Your Treatment Options
There are many drug treatment programs. Some are live-in (inpatient), others are drop-in (outpatient). All offer some kind of counseling, and some include medical treatment. Check with your health insurance carrier or your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to find out what your options are.
In individual counseling, you meet alone with a counselor. This allows you to focus on your own goals and problems. One-on-one counseling may be better for you if you need special help or don’t like talking in groups.
In group counseling, you meet in a small group with a counselor. The others in the group are also substance abusers who want to get help. You can give each other support and help each other learn to cope with problems. Hearing other life stories and sharing yours helps you know that you’re not alone.
Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are free support groups that guide you through a 12-step recovery process. Many people choose a sponsor to help them along the way. AA and other 12-step programs are found in nearly all communities.
Dealing with withdrawal
Stopping your use may cause withdrawal symptoms. These can include:
Talk to your health care provider. Be honest about your use. You may need to be under medical care. This care is called detoxification, or “detox.” During detox:
A treatment center is a facility where you get medical care and counseling during withdrawal and the early stages of recovery. Some are live-in and some are day (outpatient) programs. Most live-in programs last at least 30 days. Day programs may last longer.
A halfway house is a drug-free place to live while you’re recovering. Everyone in the halfway house is going through the same things you are. You take part in support groups and other activities each day. You may also go to work.
Acupuncture, hypnosis, and biofeedback are sometimes used along with other treatment options. You might want to talk with your health care provider about these.