On any given day, over 700,000 Americans seek treatment for the addiction to drugs or alcohol, so having a multitude of recovery resources available is key to helping combat these addictions. Addictions are not all the same, nor are people, so finding the right recovery resource that will work for the addict is just as important as admitted they need help. Thankfully there are plenty of recovery resources out there.
Twelve Step Programs:
Traditional “Step” programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are abundant and easy to find for all sorts of addictions, not just drugs addictions. It offers a set of principles and a course of action to help overcome an addiction, with the first step being the admission that the addict cannot control their addiction. The group relies on unity and will often rely on “sponsorships,” which is where a more experienced person in recovery will help guide a less than experienced person in recovery. These programs also rely heavily on faith in a higher power, which may not be for everybody.
Twelve Step Program Alternatives:
There are also groups that have ditched the twelve step programs in favor of more scientific based knowledge and evidence-based programs or positive social reinforcement. For those that find comfort in the group setting but would rather leave religion out of their recovery, these programs may be perfect. These programs often have “steps” themselves, however, they are often much less but still provide structure an addict might feel is necessary for recovery.
Recovery Programs For Specific Drugs:
Maybe an addict will feel more comfortable speaking with other people in recovery for their addiction to a specific drug. There are tons of programs out there that specialize in recovery for a specific addiction, such as Alcohol, Marijuana, Crystal Meth, Cocaine, MDMA, and LSD. Finding help from people who are recovering from the exact same things as you may be the best way to go.
Faith Based Fellowships:
If an addict’s faith is very important to them, there are programs for that too! No matter what faith an addict may practice, there are often fellowships based around a certain faith that will allow someone to keep their faith in mind while treating their chemical dependencies. The traditional “Twelve-Step Programs” are centered around “God.” If you practice a different faith finding a fellowship based in your own beliefs might be more beneficial.
Online Support Groups:
These days everything is online, that includes recovery resources that are incredibly helpful. For those that might not feel comfortable in a traditional group setting, there are online groups of support that can be available anywhere you have an internet connection at any time of the day or night.
Family and Friends:
Sometimes all you need is the strong support group you may already have. Asking and admitting that there is a problem may be the hardest step for an addict which a group may be able to help with, but family and friends you have been deeply invested in your life already might be even more comforting and willing to help. There are also support groups out there for friend and family to help them deal with helping an addict.
Inpatient Treatment Facilities:
Inpatient facilities are 24 hour facilities where the addict will live for the duration of their treatment. It allows for the addict to completely remove themselves from their negative environment while being able to participate in group or individual counseling sessions. Lengths of programs vary.
Outpatient Treatment Facilities:
In Outpatient Treatment Facilities you are free to come and go as you please, these programs are good for patients who are unable to leave work or family for the full length of a program in an inpatient facility.
Luxury and Executive Treatment Programs:
These programs are pricy, but if money is not an option they provide a high level of customer service and amenities not available at other facilities. They also may cater to those executives that may need to continue to work by providing meeting rooms and offices.
Dual Diagnosis Facilities:
Sometimes addiction may be accompanied by mental heath disorders. These recovery centers may be able to help with both, and it is important for addicts suffering from both to find a treatment center that can address both issues at the same time.