When you have an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it can be hard to know how to get help to get clean. There are many addicts who try to get clean on their own and end up failing simply because the withdrawal symptoms are more intense than they thought they would be. When your body detox from drugs, you can feel very lethargic, nauseous, have a hard time sleeping and just feel overwhelmingly poor overall. Getting professional help to overcome drug addiction can make the process much easier.

There are so many different options for drug addiction recovery that is can be hard to know which one is right for you. Taking the time to consider all of the options that are available ensuring that you are able to get the treatment that you really need. The following guide walks you through the difference between the most common forms of addiction recovery available today.

Inpatient Addiction Treatment

If you are someone who has tried to get clean from drugs without success, it may be time for you to turn to an inpatient drug addiction treatment option. When you seek inpatient treatment, you stay in a facility for an extended period of time to get clean. You could be given medications that help minimize the withdrawal symptoms that you experience. You are in a safe environment so that you don’t become susceptible to the temptations that are available to you in everyday life.

You don’t have to worry about anything when you are in the inpatient treatment facility except getting clean and sober. There is food available for you to eat, a roof over your head and others around you who can relate to what you are going through because they are going through it too. Within the inpatient treatment facility, treatment focuses on both the physical and the mental side of addiction. The mental addiction to drugs is often much stronger than the physical addiction because people often have so many emotional scars they try to self-medicate with the drugs.

You get to meet with counselors confidentially when you are in the facility. They can help you to determine if you have any mental conditions that need to be treated and determine what caused you to turn to drugs in the first place. For many people, in-patient treatment is a great option because it provides them with the opportunity to focus on their own recovery in a very conscientious way.

When you stay at an inpatient treatment facility, you aren’t exposed to the outside world. You often do not have contact with friends or family for an extended period of time. You also cannot go to work or participate in extracurricular activities that you may have enjoyed when you were outside of the facility. Taking time out from life for a few weeks or even months is well worth it if it provides you with the opportunity to live the rest of your life drug-free.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient drug addiction treatment is ideal for anyone who somewhat has a grasp on their addiction. If you know that you need to stop using and really want to give up the drugs, outpatient addiction treatment may be able to help. You have to go to the facility on a daily basis at first to get medications to help minimize your withdrawal symptoms and your urge to use drugs. Some people are eventually able to take multiple doses of the medications with them so that they don’t have to come to the facility on a daily basis anymore.

It’s important to know that outpatient treatment needs to be used in conjunction with counseling, as well. You need to be able to learn what your triggers are so that you aren’t tempted to do drugs again in the future. You also need to learn how to handle your emotions in a positive way, without the use of drugs.

Outpatient treatment is commonly sought after by people who are functioning alcoholics or drug addicts. They can often hold a full-time job, take care of their family and often have many people fooled into thinking that they aren’t using drugs. The treatment allows you to still be able to maintain your normal life without having drugs or alcohol in the way.

Sober Living House

A sober living house is a home that you can live in after you finish in-patient recovery treatment. The sober living house will have specific rules in place that you have to follow in order to stay in the house. If you fail to follow the rules, you are kicked out right away because they don’t want to put other people’s sobriety at risk by you staying there.

The sober living house is often a great transition for people to use as they are trying to get back on their feet in the real world. Drugs and alcohol use is strongly prohibited in the houses which means that you won’t have temptations in front of you as you try to get a job or go back to school. You want to be able to focus on rebuilding your life and being able to stay with other recovering addicts in the sober living house and learn how to live on your own can be a great way to do it.

Being able to determine which treatment is right for you isn’t always easy to do. You can go to a treatment facility and have an evaluation done to determine if you need inpatient or outpatient treatment and later on down the road an assessment can be made to determine if you should go to a sober living home. It’s important to take steps to regain control of your life as soon as possible if you want to be able to have the best future that you can in the end.




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