Although Florida reports average rates of drug use among residents, the number of drug-related deaths is higher than the national average. Opioid abuse is especially concerning as the nonmedical use of opioids has been linked to an increasing number of deaths in Jacksonville, Miami and other Florida cities.
Fortunately, professional drug rehab is available. Comprehensive addiction treatment can help you stop using illicit drugs or abusing prescription medications, reducing the risk of overdose and giving you a chance to enjoy life without the stress of dealing with an active substance use disorder.
Treatment Options for Substance Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that people struggling with addiction have several options for substance abuse treatment. Behavioral therapies are one of the most common, but you may also benefit from medication-assisted treatment or treatment for co-occurring disorders.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the behavior therapies used to treat drug and alcohol addiction. The foundation of CBT is the idea that addiction and other mental health conditions are due, in part, to unhealthy thinking and behavior patterns. Although it can be difficult to change the way you think and behave, it’s possible to start making better decisions. If you participate in cognitive behavioral therapy, you can expect the following:
When you have an opioid addiction or use illicit substances like cocaine or methamphetamine, your behavior affects everyone around you. As your drug addiction worsens, you may find it difficult to maintain normal relationships with your parents, siblings, children and other family members.
With the guidance of a therapist who has experience treating patients with drug addiction, you’ll work through difficult family situations and learn how to resolve conflict in a healthy way. If your drug addiction stems from physical, sexual or psychological abuse committed by a family member, this type of therapy can help you start healing from trauma and learn how to build bonds with family members without violating your own boundaries.
If you have a substance use disorder, group therapy may be a helpful addition to your treatment regimen. During each session, you’ll have the opportunity to share your story with others, giving you a chance to get things off your chest in a nonjudgmental environment. You’ll also benefit from hearing other people with addictions tell their personal stories. At the end of a session, you may feel inspired by someone’s success story and more motivated to work on your own recovery.
If you enroll in a medical detox program, medications can help you manage a variety of withdrawal symptoms. Depending on your substance abuse history, withdrawing from drugs may cause nausea, vomiting, shaking, anxiety and other side effects. Medications prevent or lessen the severity of substance withdrawal symptoms, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Medications can also be helpful for recovering from an opioid addiction. Some medications block the effects of opioids on the brain, while others trick your brain into thinking you’ve used opioids even when you haven’t taken any drugs. Taking these treatment medications in combination with other treatment methods can help reduce the risk of relapse.
Mental Health Services
Many people have co-occurring disorders, defined as a substance use disorder with at least one other mental health condition. For example, you may have a cocaine addiction and bipolar disorder at the same time. In people with co-occurring disorders, addiction treatment plans are a little more complex as they must address two or more conditions. If you get help for your mental illness, you’re less likely to experience a drug or alcohol relapse.
Types of Addiction Treatment
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to treating addiction, so treatment centers typically have multiple programs available. Depending on your needs, you may need outpatient treatment, residential treatment or partial hospitalization. If you’re stable enough to continue working or going to school while you receive treatment, you may qualify for treatment on an outpatient basis. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in support groups, meet with a licensed therapist and receive ongoing care for your substance use disorder.
Residential treatment is ideal if you have a severe addiction that hasn’t responded to other treatment methods or don’t have a lot of support in the community. When you enter a residential treatment program, you’ll stay in a comfortable facility that looks more like a private residence than a treatment center. Depending on the severity of your addiction and the existence of any other mental health conditions, you may participate in individual therapy, holistic therapy or other therapeutic techniques delivered by experienced treatment providers.
Partial hospitalization programs are a little more intensive than outpatient rehab, but they’re not quite as intensive as full-time residential treatment. If you attend one of these treatment programs, you’ll go to a treatment center for a few hours each day, which can help keep your recovery on track even if you aren’t able to stay at one of the residential treatment facilities in your area.
Insurance Coverage for Drug Abuse Treatment
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires health insurance companies to provide some level of coverage for addiction treatment. Depending on the terms of your plan, you may qualify for outpatient care, partial hospitalization or residential treatment. Behavioral Health Centers works with several national plans, so contact us today to find out if your plan is one of them. You can find out more about our substance abuse treatment services by calling 772-774-3872.