Today, treatment for addiction can take many forms and incorporate several elements, including residential and outpatient programs, drug or alcohol detox, co-occurring treatment, step-down programs, sober living and aftercare. Addiction treatment has come a long way, with targeted research providing clear direction on which models are the most effective for an individual’s specific needs and pointing to new approaches that deliver better results than the programs of years past.
When it comes to addiction, residential treatment remains the most successful treatment method and is preferred in most cases. Getting someone out of his or her environment for an extended period to focus solely on sobriety is ideal. Residential treatment is a more intensive program that allows for the maximum amount of time to address not just the physical aspects of addiction, but also to get to the root causes of an individual’s substance or alcohol abuse. Residential programs also offer more comprehensive monitoring when it comes to medication and medical issues.
Residential treatment may not be necessary for everyone. Sometimes professional or family obligations make it harder to leave daily life behind to seek treatment. In these cases, an Intensive Outpatient Program (or IOP) can provide flexible treatment near home. Outpatient treatment contains many of the same elements as a residential program, but there is less programming per day (outpatient often consists of half-day sessions), with participants returning home or to sober living accommodations each night throughout the process.
Integrated treatment for co-occurring addiction and mental health conditions allows professionals to address both disorders simultaneously. A staggeringly high percentage of those dealing with addiction issues also struggle with a co-occurring mental health issues like depression, trauma, anxiety or bipolar disorder.
Co-occurring disorders affect more than 10 million Americans each year, and research and practice have proven that people are much more likely to achieve and maintain a high quality of life if both issues are treated at the same time.
In this episode of Recovery Unscripted, Alex Dorsey and Ashley Buchanan help us take a look at the role outpatient treatment plays in the overall recovery journey. They share how they approach helping people safely and effectively step down from residential treatment to outpatient to aftercare to a sustainable life in recovery.
In certain cases, such as when medically managed detox is necessary, residential treatment is the only option. Detox is serious business, and it’s important that it’s done with the appropriate medical monitoring to allow those with an addiction to safely, carefully get the substances out of their system with the least amount of discomfort and risk. Only then can the real work of recovery begin.
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