Fixing Your Mind
Becoming sober involves breaking old habits that contribute to chemical dependency, learning to solve problems that chemicals allow you to ignore, and learning chemical-free ways to manage stress. We recommend the following:
Think about situations that “trigger” you to take your drug. If possible, avoid them.
Practice meditation, visualization or other relaxation techniques to manage stress.
Think about the roles your friends play in your life. If some friends don’t support you in sobriety, avoid their company and seek out new ones who will.
Join a 12-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Your school counselor can refer you to local groups which can help you maintain and enjoy sobriety. Or check your local telephone directory.
It’s Your Life
In chemical dependency, your drug controls a big piece of your life. In sobriety, you get your life back, and can begin the process of making it into the life you want.
How addiction treatment work?
Successful Addiction Treatment
There is no one-size-fits-all addiction recovery program. People can recover from alcohol or drug addiction in a residential program, as an outpatient or — rarely, depending on the substance — on their own.
Keeping a patient in their recovery program for the prescribed period is the most important element for a successful outcome. There are several factors that improve the chances of recovery:
• Motivation: Are they committed to changing their life?
• Support: Do they have the secure backing of many friends and family members?
• Outside pressure: Are they fulfilling the terms of a judge’s sentence or meeting requirements of child protection services or an employer?
Building a good relationship with a therapist, taking care of other mental health issues (besides the addiction) and having the financial means to continue treatment are also critical to recovery.
Many, many people have found support through groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or other 12-step programs.
What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient
Inpatient and outpatient are common terms in the medical (which included addiction recovery) field that can be used to describe a variety of care or facilities available to patients. These facilities, like hospitals or alcohol detoxification, may offer both types of care, depending upon the needs of the persons involved. The terms can be confusing, but there are several key differences that can help make them understandable.
Outpatient care can refer to any type of service offered that does not involve an overnight stay in a medical facility.
Inpatient care refer to the confinements of a treatment addiction facility and always on premises.
The typical visit to a doctor’s office is outpatient, but so is a surgery in a hospital where the patient returns home the same day. Blood tests, lab work, x-rays, mammograms and the like are usually outpatient and may take a few hours to perform. However, such tests may also be performed on those who are hospitalized. Similarly a same day surgery can become inpatient if complications arise and the person must be hospitalized overnight.
The term outpatient isn’t exclusive to types of care offered by a hospital, lab, or doctor’s office. It may also be applied to clinics or facilities that don’t have overnight care plans. Clinics or sports medicine facilities, for instance, could be called outpatient because any patients using the facilities go home at night. Surgical centers may specialize in same day surgeries and would transfer any patients needing prolonged care to inpatient care centers. There are even drug treatment and mental health programs conducted on a “day care” basis, where people might spend the majority of their day in such a program, and then spend their evenings at home.
It can get a little confusing when some clinics do have overnight facilities but also offer day care services. A mental health facility might offer day care services and also have a thriving inpatient program. Alternately, people might graduate from inpatient to outpatient care.
Many have noticed the significantly increased number of programs, medical care, and even surgeries and major medical procedures that are no longer inpatient. It is certainly the case that medical programs have attempted to reduce inpatient care. There are several reasons for this reduction.
First, it’s been noted that not all medical conditions require overnight hospitalization. While it used to be standard to hospitalize people for conditions like pneumonia, improvement in drug treatment means far fewer people need to actually stay in the hospital unless they have aggressive forms of pneumonia or other very grave conditions. It’s been found that quality of rest and care is frequently better at home than it is in hospital settings. Other refinements in medicine, like improvements in surgical technique and anesthesiology, have also led to reduction in types of surgeries that require overnight care in a hospital.
Another thing driving increased outpatient services is cost factor. It costs much more to hospitalize patients overnight or for several nights than it does to send them home. When it is safe for a patient to recover at home, it greatly reduces the cost of medical care. An additional plus to decreased inpatient care is that it helps to save room in already crowded hospitals for those people who really do require the more extensive care a hospital can give.