Home » Blogs » Maybe the first time you experimented with drugs was because of peer pressure or the need to blend with the crowd and look “cool.” Little did you realize that your life would be turned on its head. Before too long, you become addicted and takes its toll on your career, relationships, health and finances.
You realize that you are in dire need of help but are hesitant to seek help because you know from your friends’ experiences that you will likely be sent away from your living environment for treatment – sometimes to another state. Find out how outpatient drug treatment could make accessing treatment less daunting by scheduling a substance abuse evaluation, if you are looking at options for drug rehabilitation or alcohol rehabilitation in New Jersey.
Outpatient addiction treatment allows you to access high quality treatment while living at home. As treatment integrates your home living environment, the learning that happens in therapy and counseling sessions can be applied to the activities that make up your daily routine and tested. The duration of treatment depends on your individual needs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA recommends up to 30 hours a week of programming. In case you experience a crisis at home, outpatient detox treatment providers are reachable 24X7.
Substance Abuse Evaluation
A substance abuse evaluation helps assess the degree of addiction as well as the psycho-social factors around it. This allows the development of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes addressing psychological issues through medication and therapy, and teaching of coping and relapse prevention skills that incorporate one’ individual living environment.
Some commonly-used screening tools during the assessment include:
- CAGE Questionnaire: Four questions are asked in a pithy yet sensitive manner and are especially effective when a person is trying to camouflage the extent of alcohol abuse.
- Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory: This determines whether a person has a history of recreational drug use or social drinking, along with the extent of the addiction.
- COWS/CIWA: these are withdrawal scales that indicate the acuteness of withdrawal.
Individual counseling is an integral part of rehabilitation. SAMHSA lists various types of therapy to achieve long-term sobriety and may include the following: cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, contingency management, motivational enhancement therapy, group counseling, medication, case management services, lectures and educational programs and, most importantly, family support. Some specialized forms of treatment:
- Partial Hospitalization Programs: This is suitable for individuals with severe medical conditions or psychological issues. Usually, people enrolled in these programs meet for 3-5 days each week for periods of four hours or more in a hospital or clinic but can go home at night.
- Intensive Outpatient Programs: Patients receive intensive treatment for a minimum of nine hours a week and typically meet 3-5 days a week. The frequency of the sessions decreases as one progresses and achieves milestones in the rehab program. Such programs are suitable for individuals with severe issues, co-occurring or dual disorders, or those who have multiple relapses but do not require round-the-clock supervision.
Outpatient Drug Rehab in NJ
Outpatient drug rehab is gaining popularity due to a number of factors. The advent of new medications over the past few years that address withdrawal symptoms from drugs and alcohol more effectively has played a major role. The second most important factor, in our view, is that science has proven that addiction is a chronic disease as it causes changes in the brain. Other chronic diseases such as diabetes HIV or hypertension hardly ever call for inpatient treatment, let alone being carted off to far off locales.
Inpatient treatment is based on the belief that addiction is a behavioral problem and the individual involved needs to be isolated from his/her living environment in order to learn modified behaviors. Outpatient detoxification, on the other hand, reduces the stigma associated with addiction as it normalizes the disease. Ambulatory detoxification also increases access to treatment as individuals afflicted by the disease of addiction often find it difficult to “drop” their lives and go away for treatment. This is especially true for especially homemakers with school going children or individuals with high pressure jobs such as lawyers.
“Reach NJ” is an initiative launched by Gov. Christie (now getting an overhaul by the Murphy administration with a $5 million budget) to help find facilities that provide treatment for addiction. It is generally preferable to find facilities that are in-network with your health insurance provider as costs to you are likely to be the lowest possible. One such facility is Center for Network Therapy (RecoveryCNT.com) that is in-network with all major private health insurance providers in the NorthEast.
Find a center close to you and avail of addiction treatment tailored to your needs and personal circumstances. Call us now and we can help!
Dr. Cidambi is a leader in addiction treatment and innovator of safe and effective ambulatory (outpatient) detoxification level of care for alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates, and suboxone. Prior to founding the Center for Network Therapy, she completed her residency in Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and an Addiction Medicine Fellowship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital in New York. Due to the successful detoxification program, Dr. Cidambi was featured frequently by media outlets, including NPR, CBS, NY Times, and Wall Street Journal.