Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Counseling Services
Substance abuse is on the rise, and the percentage of people who reported trying an illicit drug in the last month rose from 8.3 percent in 2002 to 9.4 percent in 2013. Drug abuse and addiction can affect people of any age. Most drug users start in their teen years, but drug use among those over the age of 50 has increased in recent years as well.
Fortunately, help is available for drug users who want to take back control of their lives. A detox program along with a comprehensive rehab plan can help you overcome addiction.
Understanding Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Drug and alcohol addiction can take control of your life and destroy relationships. Drugs can change the way your brain responds to pleasure, making it harder to feel joy about things you once loved. Different illicit substances cause different side effects, and some drugs can be deadly. Long-term use of alcohol may cause permanent nerve, heart and liver damage. Extended drug use might cause memory loss, appetite changes and organ damage.
For some, underlying medical or mental health issues make it harder to quit. People who started taking drugs or drinking to ease physical pain might worry about how to handle that pain once the drugs and alcohol are gone. Failed attempts to quit can exacerbate depression or anxiety.
A comprehensive drug and alcohol rehab program addresses all of the underlying issues and potential problems during detox and recovery. You can also detox from multiple substances at once.
Whether you've been trying to quit for a while or just coming to the realization that you need to stop, The Treatment Center Outpatient Services can provide you with the tools you need to get through withdrawal and move into a drug-free life.
Signs of Drug and Alcohol Addiction or Abuse
How can you tell the difference between having a few drinks with your friends – or experimenting one time with recreational drugs – and an addiction? One big clue that you might be addicted is that you can't say no to drugs or alcohol. If you're a social drinker, you can usually walk away from an offered drink if it's simply not the right time for you to have one. Other signs that you or someone you love might be addicted to or abusing alcohol or drugs include:
- Loss of interest in activities, hobbies, people or items that used to be favorites
- Spending increasing amounts of time alone
- Sudden changes in social structures, such as dropping old friends for new friends without obvious reasons
- Poor self-care, which might include not bathing or brushing teeth
- Mood swings
- Feelings of extended sadness or depression
- Feeling fatigued and tired
- Increased nervousness or anxiety
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Irresponsible behavior that might include spending too much money, losing money, not paying bills, missing appointments or not handling school or professional work responsibilities
- Changes in appetite
Any one of these symptoms – or even several of these symptoms – doesn't necessarily mean you're addicted to a substance. If you're feeling these symptoms, though, it's important to reach out and talk to someone, as they could be related to serious physical health concerns. If you're feeling these symptoms and you know you've had your fair share of alcohol or drugs lately, that raises the chances you're developing a dependence. It's never too early – and never too late – to make a phone call and ask for help to stop the cycle.
We Help You Step Away from Addiction to a Variety of Substances
At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we work with individuals who have become addicted or dependent to a variety of substances. Whether you're unable to stop using prescription pain pills or you have ventured into illegal drugs such as heroin or cocaine, we're here to help you find a safe path to sobriety.
We know that many times, our potential patients compare themselves to others. Someone who is struggling with drinking might not think he has as much need for treatment as someone who is stealing things to pay for a heroin habit. Someone who was prescribed prescription painkillers by her doctor and is now suffering from withdrawal symptoms might not believe she has a place in the same facility as a long-time drug user who has experimented with almost everything on the market – and the long-time drug user might feel the same way about the woman struggling with pills.
We understand the truth that drug addictions are just like the people they afflict: they are unique problems that can't be solved with a one-size-fits-all approach. That's why we take time to stay educated about all types of drugs and addictive substances, along with recognized and proven treatment methods for them. No matter what type of drug you're abusing, know that we have the knowledge and understanding that can help you – and you might be surprised what you can learn from others who are going through the addiction cycle too. That's one reason group therapy is such a critical part of many successful treatment programs.
If you are addicted to or struggling with any of the following substances, we can help:
Each of those substances comes with its own struggle, but one thing that all our patients have in common is that they are seeking a better, sober life.
Long-Term Addiction Treatment Options and Why You Should Take Them
Addiction therapy isn't a one-and-done treatment or a fast-track to sobriety. We're not going to tell you it will be easy, but we can ensure that caring professionals will be by your side helping you every step of the way. If you have the option to take a long-term path to addiction treatment, consider doing so. Long-term paths don't mean you're in a facility forever. It means you make a commitment to long-term treatment, starting with inpatient and ultimately ending up in aftercare with individual or group therapy.
The Substance Abuse Detox Process
Substance abuse detox is the first step on the road to recovery. During detox, your body will rid itself of drugs and alcohol. As the drug leaves your brain and body, you might experience withdrawal symptoms. The actual detox process is fairly short, lasting just a few hours or days. Withdrawal symptoms can last much longer. Depending on what you're addicted to and how long you've been using drugs and alcohol, withdrawal symptoms range from mild to severe.
Potential withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Concentration problems
- Appetite changes
- Strong cravings
Because alcohol and drugs actually change your brain, recovery from substance abuse takes time. Not only do you need to stop using drugs and alcohol, but you also need to give your system the opportunity to return to normal functioning. Medical detox helps you do this safely and comfortably.
If you're trying to escape the grip of addiction, you need drug and alcohol detox. You can't start the rest of your recovery until you get through that first step. If drug or alcohol use has driven away loved ones and caused you financial or legal trouble, getting into a detox program quickly is essential. You might be able to salvage some of the most important parts of your life if you dedicate yourself to getting through withdrawal and recovery.
While detox and withdrawal can seem scary, the dangers of continued drug and alcohol use are much more frightening. Addiction can destroy your career, family, friendships and health. In 2014, over 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Most drug overdoses occur in people abusing opioid prescription drugs, but you can also overdose on benzodiazepines, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines. Drinking too much alcohol can also be dangerous, and about 6 people die each day from alcohol poisoning caused by binge drinking.
The longer you've been using drugs and alcohol, the harder it is to quit. Long-term drug and alcohol users often develop tolerance to the substances they use. Tolerance builds up when you start needing more and more of the drug to get the same effects as before. Tolerance can intensify your addiction and put you at higher risk for an overdose.
Residential Detox Vs Self Detox
Detoxing at home might seem like a potential solution to ending your drug or alcohol use, but it can actually be dangerous. Detoxing from some drugs can lead to potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms. Severe alcoholics might experience delirium tremens during alcohol detox, which can cause seizures, hallucinations and irregular heartbeat.
Even when withdrawal symptoms aren't life-threatening, they are often extremely uncomfortable or painful. Strong cravings can make it difficult to maintain your sobriety, and it can be hard to resist using drugs or alcohol to ease the pain and discomfort. Symptoms are typically strongest within the first few days after quitting drugs or alcohol, but you might continue to experience symptoms for years to come. Learning how to deal with recurrent symptoms can make the difference between long-term success and relapses, but these skills are hard to figure out on your own.
A medical detox facility makes the process much easier and more comfortable. Because all of your daily needs are taken care of, you can concentrate on detox, withdrawal and recovery at a dedicated rehab facility instead of worrying about where you'll sleep or what you'll eat. Access to emotional support, our meditation garden and drug-free activities help you cope with your symptoms.
When you're at a dedicated detox center, you can call on staff for help anytime, day or night. Managed substance abuse detox ensures that every aspect of your recovery is controlled and supervised. Having someone on call for problems ensures that you never need to go through any part of detox or recovery alone. Working through detox and withdrawal at a dedicated rehab center also keeps you away from temptations that could undermine your recovery.
The Treatment Center Outpatient Services offers many programs, groups and holistic therapies to care for and educate each of our patients.
- Drug, Alcohol & Addiction Counseling
- Comprehensive Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs
- Holistic Therapies to Treat Chronic Pain, Anxiety and Depression
- Individual and Group Counseling Sessions
- Relapse Prevention
- Road to Freedom - Christian Treatment Program
- Introduction to 12 Step Programs
- Family Workshops
- Case Management Services
- Life Skills Support
- Sober Social Activities
Our individualized treatment programs educate and prepare our patients for a life of freedom from addiction.
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Our outpatient drug and alcohol counseling services can accelerate your recovery because we develop a plan that specifically addresses your unique circumstances. We understand that “one-size-fits-all” treatment may be beneficial for the short term, but in reality, recovery is a lifelong process. That’s why we place great emphasis on customizing our outpatient addiction services to meet your specific goals for recovery.
Whether you are still actively drinking or using drugs, or you are abstinent from drugs and alcohol and you are looking for additional help, we can customize a program that meets you on your terms. There are a variety of scheduling options to choose from, including mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
We invite you to explore the drug and alcohol counseling services we provide. Then, give us a call and we can design a plan especially for you.