Treatment is a term used when working with an experienced addiction recovery professional – individually or as part of a program. With quality support, your journey will be easier and quicker, and your results will likely be stronger, deeper, and last longer. Look for and use the resources in your community. No matter the resources available, if you are committed to your recovery, you can be successful.
Those in treatment are more likely to stop abusing, engage in personal growth activities, and develop a healthy, happy, and successful life. But many addicts try to recover on their own and fail. If you decline treatment, set goals and be very honest with yourself. Consistently and frequently re-evaluate your progress! If you fail, or even fall short, choose to go into some type of treatment.
Types of addiction treatment include:
- Private work: Coach, counselor, or therapist
- Individual and group
- Inpatient: Professional (in or outside your area)
- Hospital: Up to 28 days
- Residential: 28 days, 3 months, or longer
- Outpatient: Professional
- Day treatment
- Evening and weekend programs
- Clean & Sober Living/Sober Living Environment
- Self-help programs: In person or online
Investigate different addiction treatment options until you are certain that you’ve found a workable one. Recovery options need to allow you to determine the pace and direction of your recovery. A careful evaluation with a competent, impartial mentor is a good approach. When you and your mentor have selected your best options, act immediately; do not wait for even an hour!
If you believe that you do not need a hospital, residential setting, or even an outpatient program, consider starting with a less intense approach. First, try one session or more a week in a group, a self-help meeting, or with a professional.
Along the way, review your progress with the help of your mentor or professional support. It’s essential to accept more intensive treatment if you’re progressing poorly. Notice your mental-emotional signs of relapsing, such as negative attitudes, emotions, and behaviors. Ask your support group for feedback and for help if needed.