Drug and alcohol addiction interferes with life on many planes. Relationships such as friendships and marriages are destroyed or severely tested. One might lose a job, be kicked out of school, or commit a crime while under the influence of a chemical substance. A landlord might kick the addict out after getting word that a tenant is abusing drugs.
During sober times an individual will see these realities, but the guilt, fear, and shame they cause will either encourage them to perpetuate the cycle as a means of escape or will shake them up enough to get help. In Arizona, when an addict realizes that he needs help, he can get it at one of many centers around the state.
They are located in major cities like Scottsdale and Phoenix. Prescott is home to one which has received celebrity acclaim. Rehab facilities might look like resorts, hotels, or large family homes.
They treat individuals suffering from addiction to ecstasy, Ambien, heroin, Valium, and more. Some do not focus on chemical substances but reach out to clients suffering from other addictions (eating disorders, gambling, etc.) Make sure a facility is accredited before enrolling.
If you have received a dual diagnosis, this should be listed among services at the facility you have in mind. If not, then look around some more. Clients with mental health issues need specialist care.
Also, teens should be able to access care separate from adults. Although approaches to treating addiction in all age groups will be similar, adolescents feel more comfortable in their own peer groups.
Addiction therapy programs involve not just the addict but his family as well. Most centers offer support on an outpatient basis. The client remains in residential care, but parents or a spouse will visit a couple of times a week to see how their loved one is doing and to attend family counseling sessions.
At one center it is advised that clients receive roughly 6 months of residential care before they are discharged from an addiction treatment center. In their belief, at least three months of intensive therapy is needed, followed by 3 months of transitional training which means learning to live a sober life.
This makes sense. It takes years for a person to become vulnerable to drug or alcohol addiction, and it might have been years since the abuse first started. Expecting to be clean in just a few weeks is unrealistic. Relapse is far more common when clients rush the process.
Then again, the realities of life make it tough for many addicts to live within a facility. These people are still maintaining a job, for example, and cannot take two or three months off to receive inpatient treatment.
For them, intensive outpatient therapy is the answer. Several times a week (perhaps every day even), these clients will attend support meetings one-on-one or in groups. They might submit urine samples to prove that they are remaining clean away from the facility.
These tests can also be arranged for residents remaining on site as a result of a criminal conviction. The courts frequently demand that a defendant serve time in a rehab facility if they do not want to go to prison.
Their probation officers will keep a careful eye on these people, a job made easier if they have checked into rehab. During this time, staff at the rehab facility will write letters and send documentation to the probation officer, showing what the client has achieved.
If required, urine samples will also be submitted. Finally, should an addict need to attend court hearings, a staff member could attend with him and even speak in court on his behalf. His intervention might make the difference between a long prison sentence and a suspended sentence. These services are available for an extra fee from certain locations.
Even if a person is discharged from care, it helps if he stays connected in some way. He might visit support groups at his treatment campus or community groups like NA or AA. Here he will be encouraged to stay clean and to be accountable to others.
When some kind of community is involved in his ongoing recovery, a person is less likely to abuse. His ongoing sobriety is now a matter of concern to more than just himself or his small family unit.
To learn more about how drug and alcohol rehab can help, visit websites posted by various groups. They often carry personal stories from former clients who have gone on to lead happy and productive lives.