Addiction Treatment: Deciding on Programs Best for You

Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of treatment programs available to you? Perhaps you are trying to find a program best for you. Nowadays, we have endless options regarding addiction treatment. While having so many options is great, it can also be overwhelming.

In theory, there is no right or wrong program for you because treatment is most effective when tailored to your needs. Nevertheless, if you feel overwhelmed by the number of treatment programs available, reach out to a trusted facility. Discussing options with a medical provider or mental health professional can also help narrow things down.

Additionally, you can utilize your time in a treatment facility to experiment with different treatment modalities and programs. You do not have to have everything figured out when initially entering treatment.

Potential Treatment Programs

Entering treatment for the first time – or even a second time – is unique. There are various ways to treat different addictions. For example, treating a behavioral addiction may require stronger medications and a focus on psychotherapies that treat compulsions. Treating a substance use disorder (SUD) may also use medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and psychotherapies, but in a way that is tailored to your needs. For instance, SUD treatment for methamphetamines may be different than treating alcohol use disorder (AUD). So, the substance in question is significant to the treatment options utilized.

As mentioned, addiction treatment is most effective when tailored to your needs. Specialized substance use treatment programs will assess your needs in order to create a specific plan. A few treatment programs you may experience include detoxification, behavioral therapies, and MAT.

Detoxification (Detox)

Detox removes toxic substances – such as drugs or alcohol – from the body. The process is necessary to enter treatment as it helps reduce dependency. Though many try detoxing alone, it is incredibly dangerous and not recommended. Detoxing in a facility offers assessments, withdrawal management, medication, and around-the-clock supervision and support.

Behavioral Therapies

Behavioral therapies are typically used in treating SUD, behavioral addictions, and a number of mental health disorders. The most common such therapy is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Other practices like group therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EDMR) are frequently used as well.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT combines medications and behavioral therapies to treat SUD. Some people are weary of using medications to treat their addiction to drugs. However, MAT uses medicines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help ease withdrawal symptoms and manage other discomforts throughout the treatment process. Additionally, MAT in a facility is constantly monitored throughout the detox and treatment phases.

Knowing the potential programs and treatments can prepare you for entering treatment. However, it does not quite help you determine the best programs for you on its own.

Finding Programs Best for You

The best way to find treatment programs best for you is by researching and reaching out to professionals. It sounds simple in theory, but an internet search can produce a lot of inaccurate information if you are unsure what to look for. Keep things simple to start. If you recognize the signs of SUD, behavioral addiction, or a mental health disorder within yourself, talk to your primary care physician. They may be able to refer you to a program, recommend a facility, or offer other resources to get you started in your recovery journey.

In addition to researching and talking to your doctor, do not be afraid to call facilities near you. If your doctor offers any highly recommended programs, call them first to ask them about treatment. Ask as many questions as needed to find the best facility with the right programs. Consulting with your doctor will sharpen your eye for what to look for, but you must also be honest about your situation for a facility to assess how they can help.

Creating Programs Best for You

Research, resources, and references are vital, but there are also ways for you to create your own program. Since addiction treatment is most effective when individualized, clients should have the chance to work with clinicians and have some power over their treatment program. Do not be afraid to be vocal with treatment professionals about your goals and vision for your treatment. Treatment is the time to experiment with different modalities, holistic approaches, and other alternative addiction treatment therapies. Talk to your doctor to learn more about having autonomy over your treatment program and recovery journey.

Consider Excel Treatment Center

At Excel Treatment Center, we offer a number of programs that may help your current situation. That includes partial hospitalization programs, outpatient and intensive outpatient programs, MAT, and inpatient rehabilitation. We encourage you to call and learn more about these potential programs and how Excel can help you today.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the number of addiction treatment programs out there? Do you want to find help but are struggling with where to turn? Most people struggle to find the best treatment facility because there are now more options than ever. While options are good, they can be daunting. That is why discussing your concerns with your doctor or mental health professional is vital. They can offer advice and resources or make referrals to credible treatment programs they trust. You should not feel defeated when trying to find the programs best for you. Call Excel Treatment Center at (833) 883-9235 to learn about our services and how we can help you in your recovery journey today. 

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