Getting the right help can mean different things for different individuals. Addicts and alcoholics have individual sets of experiences and may need different things to recover. From luxury treatment centers to state-funded programs, there are many options out there. It can be difficult to go to a drug rehab without insurance, but there are places that will work with underinsured individuals and those having financial difficulties.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
One thing that many people benefit from is dual-diagnosis treatment. For those struggling with co-occurring disorders, a dual diagnosis treatment center is a necessity. Whether you’re struggling with depression, severe anxiety, bipolar disorder, or any other mental health disorder along with your addiction, it’s important to treat both the addiction and the mental health disorder simultaneously.
When struggling with co-occurring disorders, a vicious cycle is created. As drug use increases, the individual’s mental state deteriorates. As the mental state deteriorates, people often turn toward drugs to make themselves feel better. This creates a snowball effect, worsening both the addiction and drug abuse and the co-occurring disorder. Because of the way the two interact, it’s crucial to address both in treatment to find a lasting recovery.
Detox and Medical Care
For some, detox is an absolute must. When coming off drugs like benzodiazepines or alcohol, the withdrawal process can actually be lethal. Other commonly abused drugs like opioids, methamphetamine, and cocaine can cause physical and psychological symptoms that are severely unpleasant. Many people return to using during this time in order to minimize the symptoms of withdrawal.
By going to a detoxification facility and getting medical care, you are ensuring your safety during the withdrawal process. Drug detoxes offer clinical and medical care to keep you safe during detox, help you create a plan for your recovery, and provide support during the difficult moments. Even if someone is abusing drugs that may not carry the risk of death with withdrawal, a detox is a great idea as it increases your chances at having a healthy and stable start to recovery.
Although getting the drugs out of the system is absolutely a necessary and important step toward recovery, it doesn’t end there. There are residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment centers, and sober living homes that offer further care to help you stay sober. These types of treatment programs can help you build a foundation on which you can build your new life. By utilizing therapeutic modalities, community support, and the safety of a sober environment, you can begin to investigate what you need to do to live a life without drugs and alcohol.
Support and Community
Many people benefit greatly from connecting with a community in recovery. With a community, you can feel supported, find like-minded individuals, and have a place toward which you can turn when you’re struggling. Humans are social creatures. Even if you’re a rather introverted individual, it is healthy to have some people with whom you can connect. This may be through support groups, family members, or close friends.
There are many support groups that stress the importance of connecting with a community. Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, Refuge Recovery, and SMART Recovery all encourage individuals to connect with their community. This also holds true for those struggling with mental health disorders, or any other illness.
After working in treatment for many years, I’ve noticed that a lot of young people struggle to get sober. When we abuse drugs through our teen and early adult years, we miss many life lessons and skills. As such, it may be useful to find a treatment center that offers some help in building life skills, or even a coach or therapist who can help you with these things. You may need help learning how to write a resume, pay bills, keep commitments, etc. I have personally found that when I got sober at 19 years old, I had a lot of growing up to do. I am still incredibly grateful for those that helped me learn what it means to be an adult, and a sober one.