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Finding the right addiction treatment can make the difference between relapse and recovery. We offer a wide range of different drug and alcohol addiction programs to help you find the perfect treatment for you.

We understand that everyone’s addiction story is different. Substance use disorder is a complex problem with a variety of different causes, side-effects and influences. The decision to get help isn’t easy, and reaching out can be even harder. Read on to learn more about the different types of addiction treatment available so that you can choose the right form of rehab for you.

Different Types of Addiction Treatment

There are many approaches to rehab that can help people feel empowered and in control of their recovery. The most common and recommended form of detoxification is a 90-day program at an inpatient facility. During this period, individuals are given the proper amount of time not only to gain valuable insight about their addiction, its underlying causes, and how to cope with it in the future.

Addiction Treatment Resources
Addiction Treatment Resources

Although residential addiction programs are one of the most popular forms of treatment, they aren’t practical or accessible to everyone. Instead, some people choose to attend outpatient drug or alcohol rehab, which can last anywhere from 30 days to 90 days or sometimes even up to a year.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient

Both inpatient (also called residential) and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs offer flexibility to people seeking help. The general recommendation of three months can be made within a hospital or resort-like setting, or it can be completed by attending weekly or daily meetings at an outpatient rehab facility.

Inpatient programs offer people with moderate to severe addictions greater structure and separation from their environments. Attending therapy while being surrounded by temptation is often too much for many addicted individuals, so inpatient programs offer a fresh start and a clean slate.

However, for those who have mild addictions or cannot attend an inpatient program, outpatient therapy is also beneficial. Residential treatment offers 24-hour care and greater resources such as medically supervised detox and one-on-one treatment. In outpatient programs, especially in popular rehabs, time with a personal therapist may be more limited, or there may be less access to additional forms of treatment.

Exploring both types of treatment programs and comparing different facilities is the best way to make the right choice for you and your recovery.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab for Veterans

Substance abuse and other mental illness affect one out of every 15 U.S. veterans. Many begin drinking or using drugs to cope with the stress of readjusting to civilian life. With millions of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after deployment, drugs and alcohol may become a way to self-medicate.

Statistics show that veterans are at a higher risk of developing an addiction as well as suffering from an anxiety disorder and clinical depression. The substance abuse rate among veterans age 18-25 is double the rate of civilian addiction.

LGBTQ+ Addiction

Men, women and non-binary individuals are often faced with discrimination in their everyday lives; gay and transgender people are twice as likely to be depressed or attempt suicide. Like many people, those in the LGBTQ+ community start experimenting with drugs or using alcohol to cope with their mental health problems.

These habits quickly turn into a substance use disorder, and finding a rehab that is capable of addressing the specific challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community is often a larger barrier to treatment.

By finding a rehab that offers LGBTQ+-specific care, addicted individuals can gain valuable support in a safe, non-judgemental environment. For the first time in their lives, they may feel accepted for who they are while receiving help for their addiction.

Signs of Addiction

Different drugs have their own unique ways of affecting a person, and addiction can range from mild to severe. From a clinical standpoint, addiction is actually a mental illness called “substance use disorder.” People with a SUD are unable to control or stop using a drug even when they begin to experience negative consequences.

Below are just a few signs that you or a loved one may have a substance use disorder and should seek help. These symptoms are taken from the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorder outlined in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness, Fifth Edition.”

  • You are taking more of a drug or drinking too much without meaning to.
  • Being unable to control or moderate your drinking or drug use.
  • Wanting to cut down or quit but still using
  • Experiencing strong urges or discomfort without the substance of choice.
  • Problems with work or school performance.
  • You are distancing oneself from family and friends in order to take a substance or be with others who do it.
  • Continuing use even when one is aware of a physical and psychological problem.
  • Needing more considerable amounts to achieve the desired effects.

How to Get Help

Accepting the fact that you or a loved one has an addiction is the first step toward recovery. Denial is common because confessing an addiction feels like you’re admitting you’re weak. But it takes a strong person to be so self-aware and admit when they need outside help.

You can learn more about addiction, substance use disorder and mental illness from the following resources.

  • The official Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA)
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Learning as much as you can from these resources will help you prepare to take the next step. You should be open to different options, especially if this isn’t your first time going through a treatment program. Although substance abuse is difficult to cure, recovery and sobriety are possible.

Explore our website to learn more about the different levels of treatment available as well as intervention specialists and the rehab admission process. You can also contact us at (866) 511-2458 to speak with an addiction treatment specialist now.

Paul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.





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