Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

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How do I get help for myself?

It starts with a call for a consultation.  We’ll talk about what is currently happening and determine the next steps regarding treatment options that fit your individual needs and goals.

What treatment options are available for addiction and mental health?

Treatment options vary in length, frequency, and intensity.  As with most illnesses, we try to match the best course of treatment to the progression of the illness. Prescreening and assessments help to determine the best level of care to best address the level of progression. 

Will my insurance pay for addiction treatment?

Yes, No, Maybe - Insurance coverage depends on the insurance policy benefits and stipulations.  There are treatment providers who take insurance and treatment providers who don’t take insurance.  If using insurance to help cover treatment costs, it’s important to get some help in understanding exactly what will be covered and what you will need to supplement financially.

What’s the best places for addiction treatment?

The best treatment options will be the places that fit your needs specifically.  That is different for each person.  Fortunately, there are many quality treatment options that offer multiple modalities to address mental health, substance abuse, and process addictions.  Unfortunately, there are just as many or more not so great treatment facilities and it’s not always easy to discern the good from the bad.  This is a moving target that I try to keep abreast of frequently so I can be confident in the recommendations I make.

I have a problem with cocaine, not alcohol. Do i have to stop drinking too?

To achieve the best possible recovery from addiction , yes, it’s important to abstain from any mood altering drug.  Alcohol is a mood altering drug.  The brain doesn’t know the difference btw cocaine or alcohol – it just knows it’s getting something that is changing the way it functions.  The concept of cross addiction is sneaky but very real. It’s best to be abstinent from all mood altering substances to safeguard against relapse.

How do i get help for someone who doesn’t want help?

Ironically, just asking the question is already a step in the right direction.  Family members and support systems have more influence that often given credit.  Each situation is unique so the best way to get started is to reach out for a consultation to discuss options and strategies.  We’ll talk about the strengths of the family system and the conversations necessary to bring about awareness and change within the family unit and ultimately move your loved one closer to wanting help.

how long does addiction treatment last?

Length of treatment is relative to the level of care and the progression of addiction.  Some intensive outpatient programs can be 6-8 weeks.  Detox programs can be 3-14 days depending on the DOC and medical conditions. Residential programs can be 30-90 days.  Structured Sober Supportive Living can be 6-18 months. The common tendency of people seeking treatment is focus more on the time/length of treatment rather than the need for personal change, healing, and growth.  It’s important to note that effective treatment is based on what is going to give you the best chances of quality recovery – not necessarily what is going to be the shortest or cheapest. 

I’ve heard about interventions. What is that?

Intervention is a professionally led approach to helping a family address any forms of dysfunction or disruption to bring about individual and familial change.  Interventions usually have an ultimate goal of getting the identified person(s) within the family system the help they need to address their mental health or addiction.  In my opinion, interventions when done in a professional manner, lay the foundation to not only set the identified client up for successful recovery but also the whole family system for family recovery and healing as well.