The number of alcoholics and drug abusers who sought medical treatment has increased to 1.1 million in 2007. This data is according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). There are now 13,000 accredited drug rehabilitation programs in the United States which cater the needs of the growing population of abusers.
The cost of drug treatment is expensive if it is paid out of pocket. Almost all health insurance plans offer assistance with the inpatient and outpatient services. A sliding scale fee is also provided. There’s also free care for patients who cannot afford the treatment cost. A public health care facility offers treatment for needy abusers.
Before patients undergo therapy they must pick the treatment plan and residential options. They could be confined as inpatient or outpatient in a treatment facility. Inpatient environment is the best treatment option because the patient stays in the treatment facility 24-hours a day and can be monitored closely. Outpatient recovery is effective if the patient has good support at home and is living away from temptations of taking the alcohol and drug again.
The first part of therapy is detoxification. The drug is removed from the system of the abuser. This gives the patient painful withdrawal symptoms. Medications are given to help the client in recovery and close monitoring is performed by certified medical professionals.
Medications are used in weaning addicts from the alcohol or drug. The most common drugs used for weaning alcoholics are naltrexone, antabuse, and methadone. Antabuse works by giving the client an intense nausea and vomiting after they take in alcohol. Naltrexone on the other hand lessens the cravings for alcoholic drinks. Methadone is used for opiate addiction while serotonin is used for treating depression.
When people suffer from addiction coupled with a mental illness it is called a dual diagnosis. They usually require a rehabilitation that focuses on both diseases. Treatment includes pharmacological treatment, therapy and follow ups. Drug and alcohol abuse is treated first before the mental condition is cured.
After care is offered after the steps to recovery are done. This is to ensure that the clients follow the treatment plan and goal. Individual group therapy and drugs are maintained for a lifetime rehabilitation and for the avoidance of relapse.
We have reliable facilities that provide effective treatment plans to assist you or your loved ones to a lifelong recovery.