Treatment for substance use disorder is complex and will vary for each individual. Depending on the severity of the SUD, you may work with an individual practitioner or with a team of healthcare professionals. Here are the main components that may be present in an individual’s treatment plan:
Detoxification. If a person with substance use disorder has become physically dependent on a substance, they will need to go through detoxification before beginning a rehab or therapy program. Inpatient detoxification is usually more effective and safer than outpatient. During inpatient detox, trained medical staff will monitor the patient around the clock. The patient may receive gradually decreasing amounts of the substance (or its medical alternative) to wean them off and ease withdrawal symptoms.
Inpatient Rehabilitation. A person who has severe SUD or co-occurring disorders of a mental illness and substance use disorder may benefit from inpatient rehabilitation, where they can receive full time medical care and mental health support. Inpatient treatment centers provide therapy, support groups, medication and health services to treat both the substance use disorder and its underlying causes.
Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is a big part of an effective treatment plan. Talk therapy can help people work through the emotions and experiences that may have contributed to their disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help people with dual diagnosis learn how to cope and change ineffective patterns of thinking, which may increase the risk of substance use. Our office offers a variety of psychotherapy options for the treatment of SUD.
Medications. Certain medications can help people experiencing substance use disorders ease withdrawal symptoms during the detox process. They can also help people who are experiencing a co-occurring mental illness manage their symptoms.
Supportive Housing. Group homes or sober houses are residential treatment centers that can help newly sober individuals or those trying to avoid relapse. Because sober houses are not required to be run by licensed professionals, you should be careful when choosing supportive housing for yourself or a loved one. Our staff can help you find the best fit for your individual situation.
Support Groups. Dealing with a substance use disorder or dual diagnosis can be difficult and isolating, but support groups can help a person feel less alone. Members gather to share their stories, celebrate successes, support each other in recovery and find referrals for specialists and resources. Support groups also allow recovering individuals to form healthy friendships with others who understand their experiences and share their goal to stay clean. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Smart Recovery are common nationwide programs. Our therapists can help direct you to the best program for your personal needs.