Substance abuse has always existed, but with the opiate epidemic that has swept the world by storm, the ramifications are deadlier than they have ever been. Treatment is available and recovery is possible, but there are many questions that come with determining what each person needs.
Treatment & Process
Depending on the substance or substances being abused, medical detox is the first step in the treatment process. This often looks like a stay at an addiction treatment center with 24-hour medical monitoring in a structured setting from medical professionals to ensure safety and compliance of safe detox procedures. The length of one’s stay at our medical detox center can vary depending on the physical condition upon intake. The discomfort of withdrawal symptoms can be eased with maintenance medication to make the process as comfortable as possible. From here, a drug and alcohol rehab program can ease the person from medical detox to a less-supervised level of care where they can still be monitored but can also begin the second part of the healing process. This is usually referred to as a partial hospitalization program, or PHP.
Therapy & Medication-Assisted Treatment
At this point in the care continuum, therapy and/or counseling can be introduced. Those afflicted with addiction have often experienced trauma, anxiety, varying levels of depression, and other conditions coinciding with their substance abuse, so it is important to address those in early recovery, as well. Medication-assisted treatment may continue to be utilized after the person’s condition is stable. This depends on many factors, including the treatment facility, insurance, and the discretion of trained professionals.
What to Expect
As the person continues to physically improve, their mental faculties will too. Choosing to stay in treatment is a very important decision, and can be difficult to make, which is why it is important for all questions to be addressed. Just because a person has the drugs and alcohol removed from their system does not mean they are “out of the woods,” so to speak. Once there is stabilization, reintegration to the “real world” will begin, and the person will be faced with difficult decisions and unsavory temptations that could pull them off the course of sobriety.
It is at this crossroads that a person can choose what is called aftercare to help guide them through this tricky early recovery. They will likely be placed in a sober living home or form of extended treatment through their inpatient facility where they will be armed with tools to best equip them for their new way of living.
The Bottom Line
We know what it’s like because we’ve been there, and we don’t want anyone to go through it alone. The Granite House offers a full continuum of care for drug and alcohol addiction. TGH, along with our other facilities, is located in New Hampshire, and is dedicated to serving New England and beyond with the treatment of substance use disorders.