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7 Things to Expect from Addiction Treatment

The different types of treatment for addiction are manifold. The structure can be individual, group or family counseling. Services can be residential or rehabilitation. The treatment itself may be medication-assisted, or MAT, which is medication combined with counseling or other support. There is also day treatment, detox and peer counseling.

Addiction treatment should be provided by trained professionals that can include a team of doctors, nurses, psychologists, peer recovery coaches, counselors, social workers, case managers and others specialized in addiction care.     

What should you expect from your addictions treatment provider? In short, look for:

1. Immediacy

You should be able to contact a provider and have an appointment within a few days or less, if needed.

2. Individualized care

Your treatment provider should focus on your specific goals and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.

3. A long-term approach

Addiction is a chronic condition and your care should not end after 30 days. Your treatment provider should be prepared to discuss ideas for your immediate care and ongoing support over the next 6 to 18 months, or beyond.

4. Choices 

There are a variety of evidence-based options for treating addiction that include medication-assisted treatment, individual and group counseling, family sessions or peer supports. A combination of these options may be offered specific to your needs.

5. Connection 

Addiction treatment does not occur in a vacuum, but should include linkage to community resources. Recovery support services, which may be provided during or after treatment, include access to supported housing, employment or education to help you reach your goals.

6. Inclusivity 

Providers should ask to assess if you have common conditions that co-occur with addiction, including hepatitis, HIV or depression.

7. Honesty

Your treatment provider should be open with you about treatment options, expectations for care and long-term recovery. You should feel comfortable asking questions about your care.   

Source: National Council for Behavioral Health, [email protected]

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