Like diabetes or obesity, addiction is a medical illness – but with proper care and attention, it can be managed. Countless clients have regained control over their future with the help of American Addiction Centers. Call us today at 877-640-1943.
How does substance abuse treatment work?
If you or a loved one needs help for drug or alcohol abuse, contact us today to speak with one of our caring and experienced Treatment Consultants. We can answer any questions regarding the information on this site, and work with you to develop individualized plans for treatment provided by American Addiction Centers.
Once enrolled in one of our substance abuse treatment programs, clients may take the following steps, if applicable to their needs:
- Be diagnosed by trained specialists during a comprehensive intake process. This intake will identify any other issues, such as eating disorders or mental health/dual diagnosis, that must be addressed during treatment.
- After the intake is complete, detox will begin. The length of the detox period, as well as the severity of withdrawal symptoms, varies depending upon the drug being abused and how long the addiction has existed. Detox at our high-quality rehabs is much easier and safer than out on the streets, because rehab clients are medically-supervised and administered medications to ease withdrawal symptoms.
- Once the client is physically clean, the emotional and spiritual healing can begin. Both individual and group counseling sessions will be used to help the addict confront and conquer the root causes of their addiction. For example, female addicts are more likely to have developed their addiction as a way of coping with trauma or emotional pain, and women’s drug rehabs specialize in treating such cases.
- After the client’s rehab stay is complete (all of our facilities offer a minimum 30-day substance abuse treatment program), he or she will typically be referred to support groups and other outpatient care. Attending these support groups, and asking for help when you need it, are essential ingredients in a successful, long-term relapse prevention strategy.
Yes, substance abuse treatment costs money. But doing nothing is far more expensive.
Studies have shown that treating addiction can be considerably less costly than letting things snowball and get worse. To satisfy their cravings, addicts often turn to theft, drug-dealing or other crimes, only to wind up behind bars. Overdoses, meanwhile, send many addicts to local emergency rooms.
For families and society in general, substance abuse treatment is a life-saving choice that also saves money. In California, where the voter-approved Proposition 36 requires many nonviolent drug offenders be offered treatment instead of jail, a UCLA study found that every $1 spent on treatment resulted in a $2 savings in government spending, mainly from reduced prison costs.
In Alabama, a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that addiction costs ate up 13% of the state’s budget. Only a tiny fraction of that money went to prevention or treatment efforts, and it was expenses like prisons, welfare and courts that strained Alabama’s budget.
Ultimately, saving a life is worth it. Call American Addiction Centers today.
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can find you substance abuse treatment. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury substance abuse treatment.