Frequently Asked Questions
Considering drug and alcohol treatment is a frightening and overwhelming prospect. Not only are you or a loved one struggling with the life-threatening illness of addiction, but now there are things like insurance benefits, travel arrangements, and levels of care to sort through.
Well fear not! Here at Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we’d like to offer a helping hand. Find some of the most frequently asked questions about substance abuse treatment below. We hope that by answering some common questions, your mind will be put at ease.
What is Addiction Treatment/Rehab?
Addiction treatment, more commonly known as rehab, is an umbrella term used to describe the many different types of therapy, treatment, counseling, and support offered to addicts and alcoholics.
There are hundreds of different types of treatment. We’ll touch on the most common below. For now, though, know that any quality rehab will offer their services under the banner of Comprehensive Addiction Treatment.
Comprehensive Addiction Treatment is a three-part model of substance abuse care. There’s a medical component, which covers medication assessment and monitoring. There’s a psychotherapeutic component, which covers crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, relapse prevention, and many more therapeutic modalities. Finally, there’s a social services component, which covers family dynamics, life skills, and vocational training, among other areas.
When Does Someone Need Treatment?
This question can best be answered by each individual in the light of their own circumstances. However, there are some general guidelines we can offer.
Someone needs treatment if their drug or alcohol use is interfering with their life. This can take many different forms. For example, an individual may be able to work and support their family, while also drinking and drugging to excess. Do they need treatment? Absolutely.
On the other hand, it may be glaringly obvious that an individual needs some sort of addiction treatment. If that’s the case, don’t wait. Call a rehab today!
What are the Different Types of Rehab?
As mentioned above, there are many types of addiction treatment. Find the most common here.
There’s individual drug counseling. This is when someone sees a therapist one-on-one to address their substance abuse.
There’s outpatient. This is when an individual goes to addiction counseling groups once or twice per week. They also see a primary therapist for individual sessions weekly.
There’s intensive outpatient. This is similar to outpatient, but a bit more comprehensive. Here, the individual goes to numerous groups per week and sees a primary therapist.
There’s partial hospitalization. This is when an individual attends addiction treatment during the day, usually for five or more hours. They also see a primary therapist a minimum of once per week.
Finally, there’s inpatient, or residential, rehab. This is when someone lives at a treatment center, attends groups and individual counseling, and makes use of tertiary support services in the evening.
How Long is Treatment?
While rehab is typically thought of as a twenty-eight day process, this isn’t always the case. In fact, an individual’s length of treatment is best answered in light of their specific circumstances and the type of treatment they receive.
Some people go to long-term residential rehab, which last an average of ninety days. They then attend a step-down model, consisting of outpatient and aftercare. Others attend a partial hospitalization program for a month. Still others attend outpatient for several months.
A general rule of thumb is the longer someone can be in treatment, the better. There’s an old saying that goes something like – the best predictor of time off a drug, is time off a drug. For this reason, long-term treatment is often considered best.
What Happens to the Family During Rehab?
Here we come to the question of family members everywhere. What does the family do, or not do, during treatment? Do they talk to their loved one? Do they cut contact during rehab? Do they seek help of their own?
That’s a lot of questions! First and foremost, if a loved one is in drug rehab, help yourself! You’re probably exhausted, scared, and in need of some therapy of your own. Living with an active addict or alcoholic has been compared to living in a war zone – you never know what’s going to happen next.
So, seek help for yourself and your family first. It’s also incredibly beneficial to be involved in your loved one’s treatment process. Most rehabs have family programs. These are programs aimed at engaging and changing unhealthy family dynamics. After all, addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Rather, it’s a process and, for the addict to fully heal, the family needs to heal as well.
Isn’t Treatment Expensive?
With the explosion of “rehab reality television,” many people think treatment is incredibly expensive. In some cases it is. In many cases, though, rehab is affordable. Most treatment centers also offer financing and various payment options to make help available to everyone who needs it.
Will My Insurance Cover Rehab?
While we can’t answer this question with 100% certainty, we can say that treatment centers accept many different insurance plans. However, rehab is a medical service. Like all medical services, insurance coverage depends on an individual or family’s policy.
Call your insurance company for an answer. You can also call the treatment center. They’ll be able to review your policy and let you know if it will cover treatment.
Why Does South Florida Have So Many Treatment Centers?
South Florida is known as the recovery capital of the world. And for good reason! There are more treatment centers, from outpatient to residential, than anywhere else on the globe. There’s also a thriving recovery community.
It doesn’t hurt that south Florida is known for its beautiful weather and relaxing atmosphere. These, combined with the many options for rehab and sober living, make it a recovery hotspot.