Substance abuse and drug addiction are unfortunately common problems in modern society. Substance abuse can begin as a means of self-medication or as a recreational pursuit. Regardless of why a person starts to abuse alcohol or other drugs, though, the impact can be devastating.
Substance abuse can cause considerable immediate and long-term harm. When substance abuse leads to addiction, the potential problems can become exponentially more severe. Addiction robs a person of the ability to control his or her behavior. The compulsion to abuse drugs can impact virtually all aspects of a person’s life. It is not an overstatement to note that addiction can be devastating.
The good news is that drug addiction is a treatable condition. With the right type and level of care, you can overcome addiction. Sonora Behavioral Health can help you take your first steps on the path toward a drug-free future.
At our 140-bed acute crisis stabilization hospital in Tucson, we provide an effective outpatient treatment program for adult men and women who have been struggling with drug addiction.
The experienced and compassionate professionals who provide outpatient treatment at Sonora understand the challenges of addiction. We know the degree to which this disease can take over your life. Most importantly, we know how to help.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
People who are addicted to drugs often go to great lengths in order to keep their addiction a secret. However, certain warning signs may indicate that a person has developed a problem with substance use:
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in eating patterns
- Noticeable changes in one’s physical appearance
- No longer participating in activities once enjoyed
- Frequent absences from work or school
- Drop in academic or occupational performance
- Sudden changes in the company one keeps
- Random, dramatic mood swings
If you have a family member or loved one who you suspect is abusing substances and you have noticed any, or all, of these warning signs, then it is time to step in and help him or her get the help that he or she needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Talking to your loved one about your concerns can be intimidating. You may be met with defensiveness, denial, and possibly even anger. But remain calm and compassionate.
- Remember that your loved on is in crisis and needs professional help.
- Educate yourself about the disease of addiction.
- Explore treatment options and have them ready to present to your loved one.
- Offer to provide tangible support. Make appointments. Arrange childcare. Provide transportation. Remove obstacles that may prevent your loved one from getting help.
- Don’t ignore your own needs. Recruit a small group of trusted friends or family members to help you. This can be a heavy burden. Ideally, you should not attempt to carry it all on your own.
Finally, remember that recovery from substance abuse and addiction is a long process. There will be successes and setbacks along the way. Manage your expectations, and prepare to be a source of long-term support.
Why Consider Treatment at Sonora Behavioral Health
The symptoms and effects of chemical dependency can vary widely based upon a number of personal factors. In general, though, substance abuse and addiction can have a significant negative impact on a person’s physical, behavioral, psychological, and social wellbeing.
Ongoing substance abuse and untreated drug addiction can impair your ability to make progress in school or at work. This can lead to job loss and chronic unemployment. Drug abuse can erode your ability to think clearly, make good decisions, and act in a safe and productive manner. When substance abuse turns into addiction, the loss of control can push you into a devastating downward spiral.
However, it is important for you to know that addiction is a treatable condition. With proper professional care, you can overcome the compulsion to abuse addictive substances. You can regain your health and resume control over your thoughts and actions.
Depending upon the nature and severity of your struggles with substance abuse and drug addiction, outpatient treatment at Sonora Behavioral Health may be the best option for you. Outpatient services allow you to receive professional care while also maintaining a degree of independence. You can practice your new skills in a real-world environment, and get feedback, support, and guidance from our experts.
Outpatient Rehab Philosophy and Benefits
Sonora Behavioral Health is dedicated to providing comprehensive services, personalized according to the unique needs of each person who heals with us, and provided in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. At every level of care, our goal is to ensure that all patients receive the guidance and support that will empower them to achieve and maintain improved quality of life.
This focus on superior service is reflected in our outpatient treatment program for men and women who are struggling with drug abuse and addiction. We provide thorough admissions assessments, employ evidence-based treatment protocols, and help patients develop effective coping skills.
The outpatient addiction treatment program at Sonora Behavioral Health is designed to ensure that every many and woman who completes our program is prepared to achieve and maintain long-term recovery.
Outpatient Treatment at Sonora Behavioral Health
When you arrive at our outpatient treatment center, you will complete a detailed admissions assessment. This process will include a physical examination, a psychiatric evaluation, and a psychological assessment. We will also collect information about your treatment history.
All of this information will provide us with essential insights into the issues that have been preventing you from living a healthier and more satisfying life. This assessment will also allow us to develop a personalized plan to ensure that your outpatient treatment experience best meets your specific needs.
Depending upon the results of your admissions assessment, your personalized outpatient addiction treatment plan may include the following elements:
Detox: We provide medically monitored detox in our hospital. If you have been incapable of ending your substance abuse prior to treatment, or if doing so would endanger your health, our medically monitored detox program may be necessary. Detox is a short-term inpatient experience during which you can rid your body of addictive substances. After you complete detox, you can transition directly into outpatient treatment for addiction.
Medication management: If you are struggling with symptoms that can be treated with certain prescription medications, you may be eligible for medication management services while in outpatient treatment for drug addiction.
Group therapy: Groups are the main form of treatment in our outpatient program. During your time in outpatient care for substance abuse and drug addiction you will participate in solution-focused groups. These groups are designed to help you develop specific skills that will support long-term recovery. Common group topics include the following:
- Early recovery
- Self-help skills
- Stress management
- Coping skills
- Triggers for relapse
- Relapse prevention
- Barriers to recovery
- Family support: Your loved ones can play an essential role in your continued recovery. To support their efforts, we are happy to provide a variety of educational opportunities for family members and close friends. For specifics about our family support services, please contact us at your convenience.
At Sonora Behavioral Health, we understand that outpatient treatment is just one step on your path toward long-term recovery from addiction. Thus, we start a thorough discharge planning process the day you join our outpatient treatment program. The goal of this process is to ensure that you are connected to the professional resources and community-based support services that will enable you to continue your progress after you have completed your time in our care.
For detailed information about outpatient treatment for drug addiction at Sonora Behavioral Health, or for answers to any questions that you may have about any aspect of our programming, please feel free to call us at your conveniences. A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team is available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We look forward to helping you decide if our center is the perfect place for you or your loved one.
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