What are some of the more popular drug and alcohol addiction support services to help addicts and alcoholics recover?
Let’s take a look at some of the options that might be available to you:
* Counseling – If your problem is not that severe and you have not experienced much struggle or consequences as a result, you might look into counseling services in order to help you with your addiction. This may or may not work for you. In my case, I was hopelessly addicted to drugs and alcohol, and my family urged me to get help. Seeing a therapist or a counselor for an hour or two each week was a good way for me to pretend to be doing something about my problem. In fact, at the time, I had no intention of changing my life, and I continued to abuse drugs and alcohol. Of course, any recovery solution or strategy could be used in the same way, and anyone can fake their way through any sort of rehab program and then just continue to self medicate. The point here is that counseling is not a very disruptive recovery strategy. It does not have a huge impact on the individual unless they are already highly self motivated and making major life changes on their own.
In other words, counseling might be of use to you, but probably not if you are deep into your problem with addiction or alcoholism. It generally takes a more disruptive strategy to turn your life around at that point. That said, counseling might still be useful for some, especially after they have some clean time under their belt.
* Inpatient detox and residential treatment – This is really the bread and butter of treating addicts and alcoholics. Checking into drug rehab for detox and a short term program is basically the default solution at this point. If you have tried counseling or going to 12 step meetings without success, then this is the next logical step for you. Seek out inpatient rehab and get checked in.
Funding is a frequent problem for people, as inpatient is not cheap. Costs generally run between 400 and 1000 dollars per day for inpatient rehabs (on a cash basis). Insurance can help with this but probably over 90 percent of those who need help do not have insurance. There are state programs in most places that can help with funding if the person qualifies. Medicaid generally pays for some rehab as well in most cases. Best bet is always to call up local treatment centers and ask questions, see what you qualify for and how much it would cost you out of pocket. Then go from there.
* Long term rehab – This is the service of choice when everything else has failed. No one wants to live in rehab, but that is what it takes for some, and can be the start of an awesome new life. Cost can be a factor of course, but some programs are set up to help even the homeless addict or alcoholic to get a fresh start on life. Long term works when other solutions fail, though it is not a cure-all. Seek it out if you are truly desperate.
* Outpatient treatment services – Same as inpatient rehab but you sleep at home each night, then come back to rehab the next day. Useless in my opinion, though it does work for some who are especially motivated. If you have environmental factors that can trigger you to use drugs or alcohol, outpatient is not much help because it does nothing to protect you from those triggers. Inpatient does. Might work for some folks though. If you are serious I would start with inpatient though….
* 12 step meetings – Not really a professional service, but still worthy of mentioning, because some addicts and alcoholics have used them to get clean and sober, and made it work. Price is free if you have no money. Great follow up care for some if you are into this as your main solution for recovery. Worth checking out for anyone because they are widespread and generally very supportive.