The Link Between Substance Abuse and Premature Aging

the link between substance abuse and premature aging

Premature aging is a side effect related to a number of poor habits. Still, many don’t seem to realize just how much it can be exacerbated by the abuse of drugs or alcohol. However, what most people don’t know about premature aging is that it can more than a skin-deep issue. Addiction-based premature aging has more to do with longevity and quality of life than it does with appearances. Here are just a few examples of the effects that substance abuse and addiction can have on the normal aging process.

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Can I Still Hang Out With My ‘Old Friends’ During Recovery?

Can I hang out with my old friends after rehab?

The changes that come with life after rehabilitation are often the hardest to face and the hardest to adapt to for recovering addicts. The shift from a drug-fueled life to one focused on sobriety can seem stark and even a little sad— especially for those who found great pleasure in the world of drugs.

Recovery targets and addresses these kinds of feelings to help you move on, but it’s not always easy. If you’ve spent months or even years using drugs, spending time with other drug users, and enjoying locations frequently preferred in the drug community, recovery will be an uphill battle. Plus, being aware that you need to make a change and actually making that change are two very different things. And it can be especially challenging when you have to sacrifice things like time with your friends in order to make that change possible. Now, it’s good to still remain in contact with friends during and after recovery, but spending time with the people who enabled you during your life of addiction should involve extreme caution.

Rehabilitation and “The Reset Button”

Rehabilitation is designed to be a fresh start, providing a separation between one stage of your life and the next. In rehabilitation, you have the chance to focus on yourself and your well-being for a few weeks. This process is critical to breaking the cycle of addiction and introducing you to a new way of life without the toxic habits that contributed to your addiction. It’s like pressing a reset button.

The rehabilitative reset button offers both physical and psychological healing. In addition to learning how to abstain from drugs, you and your fellow patients will also learn how to cope with cravings, how to resist temptation, and how to better cope with the kinds of ideas, stressors, and feelings that led to drug abuse in the first place.

Still, resetting your life isn’t the same as resetting a phone or a computer. Rehabilitation doesn’t erase your memories or wipe out your emotions. Whatever trauma you may have of your addiction is something that you’ll have to learn how to cope with. This includes cutting ties in your social circle where you need to. Remember, when you leave to start your new substance-free lifestyle, you’ll still be the same person, and the feelings and memories of your addiction will still be fresh in your mind— but you’ll be sober.

Adapting to Daily Life after Addiction

Those who reenter society after only a few weeks in rehab tend to struggle, especially if they reunite with old friends right away. A premature return to daily life – and older ways of life – can be a fast path to relapse. This is why it’s important for you to build new, sober relationships instead of sticking to the ones you’ve built with other users. By focusing on others who are similarly committed to sobriety, you’ll stay determined to meet your goals.

Friends and Relationships

When you return from rehab, the first thing you’ll want to do is reconnect with friends and family. It’s natural to want to catch up on what you missed, rekindle close relationships, and spend time with your loved ones, but it’s always a good idea to exercise some caution. While your family will likely continue to be a good support system, the friends you made through the course of your addiction will not. The friends that did not make the choice to get clean – like you did – may not be as supportive or as understanding of your commitment to your new lifestyle.

In fact, it’s entirely likely that the friends you had in connection to drug abuse may not have been real friends. You’re likely to find out for sure during your recovery. It may be difficult at first to distinguish drug-fueled connections from true, deep bonds. But, throughout recovery, the real friends will remain by your side. If anyone in your social circle does not support your decision to lead a sober life, then they simply should not be part of it.

Setting Boundaries

How to meet with old friends in recoveryWhile it’s important to build a strong support system with individuals who can support you through sobriety, you do not necessarily have to cut out the rest of your social circle for good. It’s entirely possible that some friends who still actively use substances may actually support your decision to get sober. Still, reconnecting with those friends immediately after leaving rehabilitation isn’t the best idea. The good news is, though, that once you’re several months out and have a handle on your sobriety, it might be okay to allow those old friends back into your life again.

If you decide to do this, it’s important to maintain complete control over the situation. Make sure you meet at a neutral location (preferably during the day) where there is no risk of running into triggers. Let your friends know in advance that substance use is off the table, and ask that they respect your sobriety by not imbibing in front of you. Substance abuse shouldn’t even be a topic of conversation around you, so make it clear that you are not going to entertain even the slightest mention. This policy needs to be zero tolerance; make it clear that any casual mention or presence of substances is a deal breaker. Your commitment to change should be respected. If it’s not, then your friends shouldn’t be a part of your sober life.

The Importance of Aftercare during Addiction Recovery

Adjusting to life after rehabilitation can be a challenge. Not only are you faced with setting boundaries with your old friends, but you’re also switching mental gears from “rehab mode” to “life mode” to establish a new, natural daily rhythm. It can be a sharp shift, which is why utilizing aftercare is such an important part of life after rehab.

Aftercare, or the intensive outpatient services that are available beyond rehab, is a key component of staying committed to recovery. Sessions with counselors and other recovering addicts will serve as a reminder of all your hard work so far. This will help you stay committed to your overall mission of recovery, giving you even more of the support you need to stay strong against temptation.

Get Help with The Treatment Center’s Outpatient Services

Addiction recovery is a long and challenging road, but the journey can be that much harder if you’re blocked by people who don’t support your sobriety. With support from true friends and the new ones you make along the way, you won’t have to walk this path alone. If you are struggling with addiction and looking to get sober, the hard-working team at The Treatment Center’s Outpatient Services is here to help. As a full-service rehabilitation center, we will offer the support you need to get sober and stay sober.

Please contact us at (844) 211-7944 to learn more! All consultations are confidential.

Why Choose Outpatient Rehab Programs? 

Why choose an outpatient rehab program

Finding sobriety can feel like an uphill battle. But, it’s not a battle you have to fight all alone. At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we are helping people from all walks of life find their sobriety. We offer a variety of treatment paths, including outpatient rehab programs which are geared to patient success. For many in treatment, the outpatient path offers effective healing in a comfortable setting. If you are searching for your best fit in treatment, we invite you to contact our professionals at The Treatment Center Outpatient Services to get started.  

Are outpatient rehab programs right for me?

When it comes to finding sobriety, many people are considering outpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment is often ideal for continuing care after more intensive detox or inpatient treatment. Depending on the severity or type of addiction, standalone outpatient care may prove successful. Finding your fit for care starts by contacting our team at The Treatment Center Outpatient Services. We’ll assess your specific needs in treatment, taking these factors into consideration: 

  • Relapse Risk 
  • Potential Dangers of Withdrawal 
  • Substance Type 
  • Addiction Duration  
  • Patient Support Networks  
  • Care Needs 
  • & More 

With these and other factors taken into consideration, we can determine the efficacy and duration of your outpatient treatment. Studies have proven that long-term care is ideal for solidifying sobriety, and our outpatient rehab program offers long-term care opportunities to help with continuing rehab needs.  

What types of treatment are available at outpatient rehab programs?

At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we think that successful outpatient treatment programs are about more than just meetings. Our programs are designed for your success, incorporating a wide variety of treatment opportunities. We provide many components of care in an outpatient setting, including: 

  • Faith-Based Therapy 
  • Group Therapy 
  • Life Skills Training  
  • Individual Therapy 
  • Partial Hospitalization Therapy 
  • Advanced Recovery 
  • Creative Arts Therapy 
  • & More 

In addition to these treatment paths, our team at The Treatment Center Outpatient Services also offers therapies pinpointed to the needs of Baby Boomers in recovery. We offer day and night programs for all patients, giving you the flexible treatment schedule you need for your success.  

How can I find the outpatient treatment program that’s right for me?

Are you ready to change your life? Are you ready to reclaim your health, happiness and sobriety? It starts by calling our team at The Treatment Center Outpatient Services to determine which outpatient treatment programs are your best fit. You don’t have to struggle with addiction, alcoholism or other challenges any longer. Call today to learn how we can help you heal with our personalized outpatient treatment programs.  

Which Outpatient Rehab Facility Offers Personalized Care? 

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With over 23 million Americans facing the challenges of addiction, there is an overwhelming number of people who are seeking help for their struggles. At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we don’t think that you should feel like another number in line as you work your way to sobriety. At our outpatient rehab facility, we’re providing personalized, one-on-one care to support your success. When you work with our outpatient services, you’ll receive so much more than group therapy. You’ll receive the support, guidance and growth you need to walk the road of recovery. If you are ready to heal, if you are ready to finally find and stick to sobriety, it starts by seeing how our outpatient rehab facility can help you.  

What makes a good outpatient rehab facility?

There are many features to consider when it comes to finding your best treatment fit. Patients and loved ones of those struggling with addiction are concerned with finding a “good” treatment program. But, what makes one program better than the next? At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we know it’s one quality- dedication. To truly help patients heal, it is important to provide them with dedicated services. When dedication is the cornerstone of everything you do, your operations will focus on client success. We are dedicated to our clients, from the moment they call our facility to their continuing care and beyond. 

It is our dedication to our clients that drives us to continue providing top quality care for people from all walks of life. We have developed comprehensive treatment paths which offer true healing for many. Our outpatient rehab facility offers day and night programs which can include treatments such as: 

  • Partial Hospitalization Program 
  • 12 Step Programs 
  • Creative Arts Therapy 
  • Mindfulness Programs  
  • Court Liaison Services 
  • Faith-Based Programs 
  • Life Skills Training 
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy  
  • & More 

When you seek treatment at our outpatient rehab facility, you can find healing through these and many other approaches to treatment. Our professionals at The Treatment Center Outpatient Services are dedicated to your success. We can tailor your treatment path to your specific needs, working to give you the resources you need to build strong foundations of sobriety.  

At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we are not your average outpatient rehab facility. With our dedicated care, we are offering the hope, help and caring that people need to truly heal from their challenges. No matter how long you have been struggling, you can get sober. Call us today to learn how we can help.  

Why Are Meetings Important?

Are meetings important?

For the estimated 10 percent of Americans in an addiction rehab program at any given time, meetings are some of the most important continuing factors that play a key role in sobriety.

Since Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) began in 1935 in Akron, Ohio, group meetings — where peers suffering from the same addiction could share their experiences and provide support to the other members — became one of the most effective ways of maintaining strength and sobriety through all the trials of a lifelong addiction. These days, there are many different types of meetings for addicts, with different missions, focuses, and forms, which means that if you’re seeking a support group for your addiction or even a loved one’s addiction, they are very easy to find.

Outpatient care represents some of the most important lifelong continuing support for addicts after inpatient rehab. If you or a loved one is in rehab or struggling with addiction, give Outpatient Services a call at (844)211-7944 today!

The Benefits of Lifelong Attendance at Meetings

Addiction is a disease with unique challenges associated with it. Although the medical community is starting to look at it similarly to other chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, neither of these conditions come with the same physical and mental compulsion to use drugs and alcohol as addiction does, and because of this, it’s a much harder condition to treat and recover from.

Addicts go to group meetings long after detox and treatment are over because, like the other mentioned diseases, addiction is not curable. Similar to the way a diabetic person will have complications if they stop regulating their blood sugar levels, an addict can relapse with a single exposure to a given substance. Meetings are a great way to prevent and overcome these obstacles because they are a constant within the chaos that daily life often presents. People who are recovering from addiction are given strength when they know they aren’t alone. Here are some of the reasons why meetings of all kinds are important to recovering substance abusers.

Meetings Help Fight the Loneliness that Comes With Stigma

The medical community has come a long way in the past decade with educating the public about the causes of addiction, and how addicts aren’t addicts because they are morally ill, or weak-willed. With that said, addiction still isn’t something that people feel comfortable talking about, especially when an addict is in the company of non-addicts.

This can contribute to a feeling of being alone in the struggle to fight addiction, and group meetings can fight that by showing a recovering addict that there are many like them out there, fighting the same fight every day.

Strength In Numbers

Outpatient Services - Why meetings?Along the same lines, success in recovery gets a major boost from group meetings because of the fellowship that’s born there. When an addict relapses without support from a group, they may have sympathy from their friends and family, but empathy can only come from a group of people in a similar situation.

In most 12-step meetings formats, every new member has a veteran sponsor to help them through tough times, and everyone who hits a bump in the road to recovery has a whole group of people there to lift them back up before addiction can get its grip on a person fully.

Responsibility as a Mentor

There can be an urge to stop going to meetings as time gets farther and farther from the initial period of rehab and recovery, but think of it this way: when new addicts walk through the doors of a group meeting, the reception that they get has to potential to mean everything to their recovery.

If you went to your first meeting and was greeted by an empty room, how would you feel? The power of a group only helps everyone when everyone is accepted fully in the group.

For Addicts, Reason to Keep up the Fight is Felt at Meetings

Not all addicts try to gain strength from a higher power, but many 12-step programs tend to have an element of faith embedded in them. This is because faith can help a person find strength when things seem bleak. For a person who is sick and tired of the urge to use drugs or abuse alcohol, it’s pretty normal to feel frustrated and hopeless.

This doesn’t mean that finding God or a higher power is the only way to use meetings and fellowship to gain strength. Sometimes it’s easier in a group setting to really reflect on your reasons to keep fighting your inner demons. Groups can rally behind a common cause, even if different people within the group have different and unique motivations.

Sharing Experiences Can Be Cathartic

Most 12-step programs are free, which means that you can absolutely afford to keep going over the entire course of your life, more than can be said about costly therapy sessions. If given the opportunity to engage in a group of people similar to you to overcome challenges, it can be extremely beneficial emotionally to share what you’re going through with a group of people who likely have felt the same way.

If sharing isn’t your thing, many attendees of meetings find comfort in the ability to listen to others’ experiences and reflect on their own lives. One of the main advantages of meetings after inpatient rehab is that they can serve any purpose you need, as long as you maintain your commitment to be there and be sober.

Different Types of Meetings

With the different choices in group meetings available today, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be able to find one that fits your needs. This allows addicts the ability to find a niche and a group who will accept them while offering support in their shared journey of recovery.

Here are some different types of meetings for support during addiction recovery

  • 12-Step “Anonymous” Meetings: There are 12-step meetings that aren’t AA or NA, but these are by far the most common, especially for alcoholism.
  • Faith-Based Meetings: Groups that use Christian themes in recovery. Commonly, these groups also study the scripture as part of their process.
  • Book Meetings: During book meetings, addicts find strength in the passages of various books. Sometimes this crosses over with faith-based groups, as a common book to study in recovery is the Bible.

There are many other outpatient meeting formats, so feel free to find one where you feel comfortable. Here is a short guide detailing how to find different meetings.

Call Us Today

Outpatient addiction treatment can be what you need to recover successfully. At Outpatient Services, we understand your needs, and we commit fully to helping you meet your recovery goals. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, call us at (844)211-7944.

How to Balance Work, Life and Recovery

Balancing Work, life, and recovery

Schedules, appointments, tasks, groups and sobriety — how do you manage it all? Whether you’re currently in recovery or just beginning to overcome addiction, it can be difficult to find the right balance between work, life and recovery. For the approximately 10% of American adults currently in recovery, juggling responsibilities while trying to remain positive and sober proves to be challenging. Learn what you can do to effectively manage your life while in recovery.

4 Factors that Contribute to Successful Recovery

According to SAMHSA, there are four dimensions that contribute to a healthy, well-balanced life in recovery: community, purpose, home and health. Focusing on these four areas during recovery can promote success, improve your health and benefit others. Explore some practical ways to work on each of these dimensions.

Take Care of Your Physical and Emotional Needs

When you’re in recovery and trying to find a good balance in life, it’s impossible to achieve your goals if neglecting your physical and emotional needs. Some ways you can support your emotional and physical health include:

  • Get plenty of rest. Lack of sleep contributes to irritability, poor concentration and an inability to function throughout the day. Additionally, poor sleep can have a negative impact on recovery. Getting plenty of rest is essential to maintaining the energy you need to balance work, recovery and life.
  • Recovery Tips - Healthy DietEat a balanced diet. A busy schedule can be the enemy of a balanced diet. It’s easy to rely on fast food, microwavable dinners and foods that contain high amounts of fat, salt or sugar to get you through the day. However, doing so can deplete your energy levels and affect your ability to concentrate. Try keeping fruit or vegetables with you throughout the day to satisfy your snacking needs and focus on lean protein, whole grains, vegetables and healthy starches for larger meals.
  • Exercise regularly. You don’t need a fancy gym membership or equipment to keep your body in shape. Carve out 15 or 30 minutes a day to walk, swim, lift weights (or gallons of water) or ride a bike to keep your body’s metabolism regulated and improve focus. If you have physical limitations that prevent exercise, talk to your doctor to explore your options. There is always something you can do to keep your body healthy.
  • See your doctor. Whether you have existing health issues or not, it’s a good idea to maintain regular contact with your doctor to ensure your physical health is appropriately managed. For example, issues like uncontrolled high blood pressure, chronic pain or diabetes can have a negative effect on your quality of life and progress in recovery.
  • Participate in counseling. Going through the process of recovery and finding the right balance in life is easier when you have personal support. Engage in individual counseling to focus on your personal emotional needs and gain positive feedback about your progress. Staying proactive when it comes to your emotional well-being is a proven way to support a balanced lifestyle.

Spend Time on You

It’s easy to neglect yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed with responsibility, but taking time out to do something you enjoy alleviates stress and increases life satisfaction. Consider adding one or more of the following activities to your weekly routine:

  • Yoga or meditation. For thousands of years, yoga and meditation have been thought to improve mood and enhance overall health. Yoga ranges from beginner to advanced levels, which is exciting if you’re someone who likes to improve upon a skill. Alternatively, meditation can be done anywhere for varying lengths of time and requires little skill.
  • Creative hobbies. Painting, drawing, singing, dancing, scrapbooking, photography – the list goes on and on. Spending an hour or more a week engaging in a creative activity helps calm your mind, keep you busy and, over time, sharpen your skills in that area.
  • Team Sports - Recovery TipsTeam sports. Whether playing sports with friends or a community group, engaging in physical activity is a good way to have fun while staying in shape. Indoor facilities, like those at the YMCA, make it possible to get involved in a sport regardless of the weather outside.
  • Journaling. An easy and nearly cost-free way to spend time on yourself is to journal. Whether you do it daily, weekly or whenever you feel like it, journaling helps release both positive and negative thoughts, provides an outlet to express yourself and serves as a road map of your progress. In addition to writing out your thoughts, journaling can be used with the purpose of setting and tracking goals.

Invest in Others

Sometimes the best way to improve balance in your own life is by becoming a blessing to someone else’s. If you and your treatment team agree that you’re ready for this step, create space in your schedule to offer support to others or volunteer your time. A few options to invest time in others include:

  • Be a resource for someone else. If you’re at a point in recovery where you can be a resource to others just starting their journey to sobriety, being a resource for them is a great way to provide practical support, empathy and advice.
  • Volunteer for your favorite cause. Are you passionate about animals, underserved populations or a particular organization? Reach out to the organization and schedule an hour every one or two weeks (or more, if you have time) to assist with the charity’s immediate needs.
  • Participate in a charitable event. Life can get busy, so you may not have time to dedicate to regular volunteer work. Special charitable events, like cause-related walks or donation drives, provide a great opportunity to support your community without making an ongoing commitment.
  • Spend time with a loved one in need. Investing in others doesn’t always require a formal organization or charity. Sometimes, simply spending time to help a family member or friend in need can make all the difference in the world.

Control Your Environment

As anyone in recovery will attest, the type of environment you’re in at any point in time can either support or hinder your recovery goals. Part of achieving balance between work, life and recovery is controlling the environments in which you find yourself. Do your best to:

  • Avoid stressful situations. Stress can be a trigger for anyone and if you’re in recovery, avoiding triggers that might lead to a relapse should be a priority. Additionally, experiencing stress can have a physical effect on your body and exacerbate mental health issues.
  • Engage in positive social relationships. Choose to be around people who offer support, provide encouragement and respect your goal of maintaining sobriety. Positive social relationships help remind you that life is not simply about work and responsibilities; it is also meant to be enjoyed.
  • Create a peaceful, safe home environment. The size of your home doesn’t matter. What does matter is whether you feel safe and serene within it. Since you will spend the majority of your downtime at home, make it somewhere you actually want to be. This means something different for everyone, but you can add a personal touch to your home by decorating, using soft lighting or adding comfortable pillows to your seating area — anything that makes you more comfortable and turns your home into a safe haven.

Get Support Today

Balancing work, life and recovery can be overwhelming, but there’s help available for you now. Contact Outpatient Services at (844) 211-7944 if you or someone you love needs assistance. Our trained substance abuse professionals are available 24/7 to provide complimentary, confidential consultations.

Will Intensive Outpatient Treatment Work for Me?

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Drugs and alcohol are controlling substances that create many systems of power in a person’s life. Getting sober is about getting help, and the programs that work for one person may not be the best fit for the next. While some people succeed through inpatient treatment, others prefer the features of an outpatient program. Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) is an increasingly popular treatment path that offers comprehensive treatment to those who prefer living elsewhere while receiving care.  

What is intensive outpatient treatment like?

Our intensive outpatient treatment programs are personalized to the needs of each patient in treatment. For some people needing more intensive therapies, our partial hospitalization program (PHP) offers a different spin on outpatient care. In addition to partial hospitalization care, we also offer services such as: 

  • 12 Step Meetings 
  • Faith-Based Treatment 
  • Family Programs 
  • Creative Arts Therapy 
  • Court Liaison Services  
  • Group Therapy 
  • Life Skills Training 
  • Mindfulness Programs  
  • Individual Therapy  
  • Relapse Prevention Programs 

At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we believe comprehensive care is key when it comes to the success of your intensive outpatient treatment. This is why we’re focused on providing outpatient treatment that is personalized to your needs. Upon admission to our program, our treatment professionals will assess your treatment needs. Then, we’ll help formulate your intensive outpatient treatment path that best addresses your challenges.  

Most individuals involved in intensive outpatient treatment visit our facility for treatment six days a week. Sessions are available during day or night sessions, helping to provide the flexible scheduling our patients need. Our programs also include one-on-one therapy sessions to help set foundations of successful sobriety. 

How can I get started?

Taking the first step along the road of recovery can often be the hardest. At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we are proud of you for exploring your opportunities in recovery. We offer the personalized care you need to start on the road to a better tomorrow. With our comprehensive outpatient services, you can focus on your healing while living in an outpatient setting that supports your recovery.  

Our intensive outpatient services offer the support, guidance and freedom that many patients need to start building their better tomorrow. If you are interested in learning about intensive outpatient treatment or your other recovery options, please call our admissions line today. We look forward to hearing from you.  

How to Find a Meeting Near You

It’s not always easy to make the choice to reach out to others. For many people struggling with addiction, there is a natural desire to withdraw from family, friends, and the general public. Unfortunately, staying withdrawn only keeps you trapped in the cycle of addiction.

Connecting with others in the safe, comfortable environment provided in a group setting can help you build alliances, lean on one another, and start on the path to recovery. Learn about the types of meetings available to you, what to expect from meetings, and how to find them.

Alcohol and Drug Addiction in the U.S.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 10% of individuals ages 12 and older needed treatment for a drug or alcohol problem. While the type of treatment can vary from inpatient rehabilitation programs to outpatient services, many choose to either start or continue their journey to recovery by attending supportive groups. Meetings can help you gain support, bond with peers, and develop a strategy for sobriety.

How Meetings Can Help You

Stats of Finding MeetingsFeelings of hopelessness can go hand in hand with addiction, but there are many positive reasons to attend meetings when your goal is recovery.

Acknowledge Your Addiction

Many people struggling with addiction have a problem admitting it. Excuses for addiction can include anything from boredom to loneliness, and everything in between. Attending a meeting is beneficial because it sheds light on your addiction while helping you connect with others experiencing similar roadblocks to recovery.

Identify Your Triggers

Triggers are psychological, physical, or environmental stimuli that lead to drinking or drug use. Over time, triggers help create a pattern of use that becomes addiction. In other words, you’re unable to experience a trigger without using substances to cope. Discussing patterns of behavior and addiction within a group setting helps uncover your individual triggers and learn to recognize your urge to use prior to using.

Cope with Negative Thoughts

Both a common trigger and a result of substance use, negative thoughts about yourself or others has a damaging impact on your well-being. Negativity can contribute to the destruction of relationships, hinder the formation of new friendships, and affect productivity. Meetings provide a safe space in which you can identify negative thoughts and create positive coping skills to effectively manage them.

Find a Sponsor

Attendees at meetings come from all walks of life, backgrounds, and socioeconomic statuses. All are welcome regardless of income, marital status, race, or personal history. Furthermore, meetings are comprised of both individuals who are just starting their journey to recovery and those who have been on the path to wellness for years. Stable, sober individuals often provide support to those in the early stages of recovery through sponsorship. A sponsor can provide additional support outside of a group setting when you need help coping with life and are trying to remain sober.

Create a Plan

Although recovery planning should occur with a trained professional, you can start to draft a plan of what may help you stay sober by learning what has worked for others. Because meetings are confidential, participants are free to discuss issues that resulted in relapse and the steps taken to get back on the journey to recovery safely.

Meetings are confidential

Types of Addiction Support Meetings

Once you’ve determined you’d like to try a meeting, it can be overwhelming to review your options. Keep it simple by reviewing the three basic types of meetings available in most communities:

  • Traditional 12-Step Meetings. The first thought most people have when thinking about meetings are 12-step programs. These include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Marijuana Anonymous (MA) and Gambler’s Anonymous (GA). Though there are other 12-step programs available, these four are the most popular and widely known. At the core of these programs is the idea that one must have a desire to stop using and begin working the 12 steps to achieve and maintain sobriety. Meetings can be co-ed, male only, or female only to ensure attendees feel comfortable to discuss their personal lives.
  • Faith Based Meetings. Faith is a strong motivator to stay on the narrow path of recovery, which is why many people choose Christian meetings instead of traditional 12-step programs. Biblically based meetings typically have at least one Christian counselor or pastor who ensures that steps to recovery are Christ-centered and provides support while fostering group fellowship.
  • Peer Support Groups. Available in both secular and faith based versions, peer support groups differ somewhat from traditional 12-step programs. Often there is a core group of members who perform activities together, complete projects, and conduct outreach. Many times, members of a peer support group were introduced during an inpatient or outpatient program and participation in the group is part of their recovery plan.

It’s okay if you don’t know which meeting would be best for you immediately, but you will never discover your preference until you attend one.

How to Find a Meeting Near You

The truth is, choosing to attend a meeting is the hard part; finding one is easy. There are many resources available in print, in person, and online, including:

  • 12-Step Websites. Each website dedicated to AANA, MA, and GA has a meeting location function on the first page. Simply enter your zip code and find meetings near you.
  • Local Newspaper. Typically located in the classified section, local meetings can be found in your area’s newspaper along with the time, date, and location of the group.
  • Local Church. Churches and faith based organizations are great community resources and often host meetings on-site. At the very least, members of leadership can provide contact information or a referral. Discuss your interest in a substance abuse meeting with a pastor and they will likely be able to lead you in the right direction.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers. A great resource for everything from group meetings to targeted treatment options, local substance abuse treatment centers can offer a wealth of information about the services available in your area. Specializing in drug and alcohol abuse, treatment providers have the latest, most up-to-date information about support groups and can help you choose the best option for your individual needs.
  • Friends and Family. Reach out to friends or family members you trust who may have, or know someone who has, a struggle with substance abuse. They may know where meetings are held and might attend meetings themselves. Going to your first few meetings with someone you know and trust will enhance your experience and encourage participation.

Find a Meeting Today

Addiction can have many components, and you may benefit from a variety of treatment and supportive groups depending on your needs. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, contact Outpatient Services for a confidential consultation at (844) 211-7944. We can help you find a meeting that is right for you and also discuss other treatment options. You don’t need to face addiction alone; support is waiting just a phone call away.

Can I Attend Rehab After Work?

Can I attend rehab after work?

Many people who are finally ready to find sobriety are concerned with finding treatment programs that fit into their everyday life. At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we offer a wide variety of treatment programs to help fit every need. Outpatient addiction treatment programs have proven successful for many individuals in recovery. Many patients are looking to attend rehab after work, building the tools of sobriety as they continue with their employment. While every situation is different, our outpatient services may allow for patients to participate in their rehab program on an outpatient basis, with day and night programs to help support recovery. If you are interested in our rehab after work opportunities, we invite you discover The Treatment Center Outpatient Services difference.  

Can I attend rehab after work?

Our outpatient program offers many resources for those who are interested in receiving treatment. While outpatient treatment is not every person’s best fit, it does provide ample opportunities for successful sobriety to many. Our professionals at The Treatment Center Outpatient Services will assess your specific treatment needs, taking these factors into consideration: 

  • Detox Needs 
  • Substances Abused 
  • Finances 
  • Danger of Your Addiction 
  • Bad Influences At Home 
  • Personal Willpower  
  • Socialization 

These and many other factors can influence the efficacy of outpatient rehab for your recovery. At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we offer day and night outpatient programs that allow qualified patients to receive comprehensive care that fits into their schedule. Our outpatient programs are run by licensed therapists and our professional, caring and dedicated treatment professionals.  

How can rehab after work help me?

Getting sober is not a journey you can take all on your own. At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we know it is crucial to work through a professional treatment program. We offer rehab after work for qualified patients who are serious about finding their sobriety. This program provides one-on-one care, alongside 12 step programs, creative arts therapy and group therapy as well.  

If you are interested in day or night outpatient treatment programs which allow you to attend rehab after work, we invite you to consult with our team at The Treatment Center Outpatient Services. We offer personalized approaches to treatment which have been designed to support your success. You don’t have to fight for sobriety all alone. Call on our team at The Treatment Center Outpatient Services today for your personalized treatment solutions 

Is PHP Drug Rehab Right for Me?

Is PHP drug rehab the right option for me?

The opioid epidemic is sweeping the country, and sadly, many people are in its path. Drugs and alcohol are causing monumental challenges for people from all walks life. Getting sober starts with getting help, and for some, outpatient PHP programs may be ideal. At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we understand the importance of finding your best fit for recovery. PHP, which stands for Partial Hospitalization Program, incorporates many aspects of treatment. If you’re ready to change your story to one of sobriety, it’s time to see how our treatment professionals at The Treatment Center Outpatient Services can help.  

How does PHP drug rehab work?

PHP drug rehab, also known as a day and night substance abuse program, offers comprehensive support for individuals in recovery. It is a popular choice for patients who are seeking an alternative to residential treatment. PHP drug rehab is ideal for individuals who need a more structured setting for their recovery. Depending on individualized treatment plans, patients will attend treatment for up to six days a week. Treatment includes one-on-one therapy, along with treatments such as: 

  • Psychiatric consultation 
  • Group therapy 
  • Creative arts  
  • Family therapy  
  • Faith-based healing  
  • 12 step meetings 
  • & More 

Our treatment professionals offer these and many other services as a part of our PHP drug rehab. The goal of PHP care is to connect patients with the resources they need to develop their tools of sobriety. Outpatient treatment allows for patients to focus on their recovery while residing in a setting familiar to what they will experience upon completion of treatment. This allows for easier transition following the completion of the PHP program. 

Is PHP drug rehab right for me?

At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we know that PHP drug rehab can help many people heal from addiction. But, the program is not always the best fit for every patient. When you contact our treatment professionals at The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we can assess your treatment needs. We’ll analyze the challenges you’re facing and learn which of our treatment paths offers your best opportunities for success. The severity of your addiction, the substances you’re struggling with and your financial preferences all influence your best fit for treatment. Contact our team at The Treatment Center Outpatient Services today to learn which service is your best fit.