Which Recovery Program is Right for You?


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The first part of your recovery program consists of detoxification (a.k.a., detox). This is when your body gets rid of the substance you've been abusing for so long. However, once you're clean, you're left with a myriad of options for sober help.

Inpatient (a.k.a., Residential) Recovery Programs

These recovery programs are highly intensive and immersive. You'll have round-the-clock supervision from medical professionals to ensure that you're safe and supported throughout your recovery. The time you'll spend in this facility will depend on your substance of choice. Since you may be here for a while, there are some luxury facilities available. They're located in a desirable setting and offer luxurious amenities too.

What to Expect From Inpatient Recovery Programs

Each inpatient recovery program will vary in its offerings. However, some of those which are commonly offered include:
  • Prescribing and managing medication
  • Psychiatri evaluation
  • Treatment for coexisting mental/medical health issues (a.k.a., dual diagnosis)
  • Therapy (e.g., individual, group, family)
  • Support group meetings
  • Relapse prevention education
  • Aftercare planning

Outpatient Recovery Programs

This recovery program works well for those who don't require a full-time residential recovery program and can live at home while receiving treatment. These programs are less expensive and work better for those who have an extensive support system. The type of services you'll receive in an outpatient recovery program, but they're comparable to what you'd receive while in an inpatient recovery program.

Although you may want to attend an outpatient recovery program, it may not be the right choice for you. This is especially true if you've abused drugs or alcohol for a long period or have a coexisting health/mental health issue.

What to Expect From Outpatient Recovery Programs

Group therapy is a major component of most outpatient recovery programs. You'll also meet with your personal therapist regularly. Other types of behavioral therapy that may be offered include:
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) help you recognize, avoid, and cope with those situations that may cause you to relapse.
  • Multidimensional family therapy works with adolescents and their families.
  • Motivational interviewing uses your desire to change to encourage you to do so.
  • Motivational incentives (a.k.a., contingency management) uses positive reinforcement to encourage you to remain sober.

Support Groups

Another important part of treatment for long-term recovery from substance use disorders comes from the support and guidance of others who are also in recovery. Here, support groups play a critical role in your successful recovery. There are two types that you should know about so you can find what works for you.

12-Step Support Groups

Derived from a book written for Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, these are the most popular type of support group. 12-step-support groups emphasize spirituality and the continuation of therapeutic modalities that are learned in inpatient/outpatient recovery programs. In these groups, you're required to admit your need for help in recovery. You'll also read and discuss literature about the 12 steps of recovery. While they fashion all the meetings the same, there are different groups depending on the substance of your addiction (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous, AA; Narcotics Anonymous, NA; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous).

Non-12-Step Support Groups

These offer a secular alternative to traditional 12-step programs in that they don't have you call upon a higher power. They also involve less sharing, which is more comfortable for those who don't want to talk about sensitive, personal information. A few of these recovery programs include:
  • Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) 
  • Rational Recovery (RR) utilizes Addictive Voice Recognition Techniques which enable you to identify and manage your "addictive voice" (any thought or feeling supporting your addiction). Once you learn these techniques, organizers believe you no longer need to attend the support group meetings.
  •  SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) utilize the latest scientific research to shape their tools for recovery (e.g., prescription medication, behavioral therapy). 

Why It Matters

Finding the right recovery program is important because without the right "fit," you're unlikely to make as much progress. Taking the time to look through these programs is a great start. If you need some help to do so, or if none of these programs seem like a good fit for you, it's possible that you need an addiction recovery coach. I can offer you help through the community I've created here. It may be just what you're looking for.