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Most rehab facility websites have an email address for inquiries. Preparing a draft email with a list of questions to send out, and copying and pasting the email multiple times is an efficient way to contact a number of treatment centers.
How Does the Facility Involve Family?
Addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Family is the most common place for you to find help. But, family members may also play a role in the creation or maintenance of an addiction. Each case may be different, but for the most part, things that happened when growing up can play a large role in addiction. Also, codependent relationships with a family member can hinder rather than help recovery efforts.
Family support is important, but it needs to be healthy, well-informed help. Choose a rehab facility that does assessments on family roles to get the best possible recovery outcomes.
Protecting the Family
Many families are traumatized, harmed, or seriously disrupted by a loved one with a substance abuse disorder (SUD). Treatment is the time to heal and move forward in healthy ways. Look for a rehab facility that offers counseling for your family. Doing so can help effectively heal all members of you.
Education for the Family
Many people without formal training in addiction treatment have no idea how best to help a loved one struggling with substance abuse. Intense emotions can do more harm than good. Also, your family members may carry many misconceptions about addiction. Look for a rehab facility that provides education classes on the best ways to help someone with drug addiction. Education for the family on what addiction is all about helps them make supportive decisions going forward, which can help recovery.
Addiction Can be Overcome Without Family Support
Not everyone has family members nearby. Or maybe family members are not loving and supportive, and they would rather not participate in treatment. Most treatment centers offer group counseling where you can develop strong social networks for support. Many lifelong friendships are forged in attending groups. Often, a sponsor can become a reliable and supportive friend during and after recovery.
Paying for Rehab
The costs of treatment will vary depending on the level of care needed. Inpatient treatment programs provide the highest level of care, so they are often the most costly. Outpatient treatment programs are typically less expensive, but may not provide enough support for ongoing recovery.
Private Medical Insurance
If you have private medical insurance, check with the rehab facilities you are considering to see if they accept it. Most treatment centers have staff that do insurance verification to confirm if you have coverage and how much it will cover.
List of common insurances that cover rehab:
•Blue Cross Blue Shield Addiction Treatment Center
•United Healthcare Addiction Treatment Center
•Aetna Addiction Treatment Center
•Cigna Addiction Treatment Center
•OptimaHealth Addiction Treatment Center
•Providence Health Services Addiction Treatment Center
•MultiPlan Addiction Treatment Center
State-Funded Medical Insurance
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded the health coverage for mental health and substance abuse disorders. What many states did was expand their state-funded health insurance programs so that ACA was available to their residents through state agencies. If you have insurance through a government agency, ask the treatment centers you’re considering for your options. A private treatment facility may refer you to a state-funded option nearby.
Other Payment Options
If you do not have medical insurance, ask if the rehab facility has programs to help people with little or no insurance coverage. Some treatment centers offer payment plans or scholarships.
Treatment Centers aren't all the Same
Sub-acute detox: A sub-acute medical detox is suitable for those who have low levels of withdrawal symptoms and who are not intoxicated. Medications are given to decrease or prevent withdrawal symptoms, but it is done in a less structured setting compared to an acute detox. During the sub-acute detox, the person can go to other therapeutic services within the rehab facility.
Residential rehab has many advantages, including the removal of temptations and distractions. It also provides freedom from drug friends and drinking buddies. In addition, inpatient rehab provides a personalized diet to heal the body and assist in recovery.
Outpatient programs have many advantages, including giving people in treatment the free time to meet work, school, or family obligations. OPs also give a higher level of privacy since there is no need to explain a long absence to friends, coworkers or family members that would come with inpatient rehab.
An example of MAT is administering methadone or buprenorphine for heroin or prescription opioid addiction recovery. Another example is MAT for alcohol in the forms of medications that discourage drinking or drugs that help relieve cravings.
MAT can be administered in an inpatient, outpatient, or intensive outpatient setting.
The Presence of a Co-occurring Disorder
Special Programs that set Facilities Apart
Many rehab facilities have specialized programs that set them apart from the rest. These special programs can make a significant difference in the recovery outcome if patients fit the criteria. Some examples of special programs include:
Gender differences affect the causes of SUDs and how SUDs should be treated. One study found that men are about two times more likely to have SUDs, but it’s women who are more susceptible to the negative medical, psychological and social consequences of alcohol and drugs. Research has found that gender-specific drug treatment services produce better outcomes.
Relationship Trauma Repair (RTR)
Substance abuse can cause trauma in a person’s relationships. Repairing and keeping relationships healthy means learning how to process intense emotions without acting out or using substances. Two ways that RTR helps people cope in healthy ways is to teach them psychodrama and sociometry. Then participants have these tools at their disposal 24/7 to help process their emotions.
Psychodrama is a role-play method that helps people recreate their roles in relationships and also includes role reversal. This helps participants see relationships through their own perspectives and through the eyes of others. Sociometry explores the healing of group dynamics through group therapy.
Addiction greatly impacts all family members. Codependency can develop from this stress. In codependent relationships, family members suppress their own emotions. They also believe they can fix the other family member’s problems. In the process, they neglect their own needs, experience more family dysfunction, and have a poorer quality of life. To break free from these cycles, specialized codependency treatment is needed for the person struggling with addiction as well as for other members of the family.
New mothers with postpartum depression (PPD) may be at high risk for substance abuse. One study found that almost fifteen percent of new mothers in the age group of 15 to 44 (with children under one year of age) reported binge alcohol use. Also, 8.5 percent of the women in the study reported illicit or recreational drug use in the past month. Specialized treatment for new mothers with PPD that addresses their unique motherhood issues can help increase positive treatment outcomes.
You Are Not Alone: Resources for Overcoming Addiction
In 2017, more than 70,200 Americans died due to drug overdoses.
Drug overdose deaths rose from about 17,000 people in 1999 to more than 70,000 in 2017.
Drug overdose deaths due to any opioid drug increased from 8,048 in 1999 to 47,600 in 2017.
Reach out for help today. It is possible to live a sober and rewarding life. Most treatment facilities welcome tours of their facilities. Call ahead and make an appointment to meet with the rehab facility’s staff, check out the facility, and let them answer any questions or concerns you may have.
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