What is Addiction?
According to the American Psychiatric Association, addiction is a complex disease that affects the brain. It’s identified by compulsive drug use despite significant harmful consequences. For instance, addiction can cause you to continue to use a drug even if that drug has caused you to get a DUI or lose your job. Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease, which means that it can last for a long time, and it may get worse if it’s ignored. Addiction is diagnosed as a severe substance use disorder, and there are treatments available that can help you reach sobriety. If you are addicted to one particular substance, you will be diagnosed with a severe substance use disorder.
However, people often don’t seek treatment because they don’t realize they have a problem or because they believe they’re powerless to stop their addiction. Other barriers to sobriety may include your fear of the discomfort of withdrawal or the cost of treatment. However, seeking treatment as early as possible can help you avoid some of the most severe consequences of addiction, like long-lasting health issues.
How Does Addiction Treatment Work?
Addiction treatment is a process through which substance use issues and its underlying causes are addressed through a combination of medical and clinical treatment options. Since addiction is complex, addiction treatment needs to be adaptable and tailored to your specific needs. People are different and come to treatment with various problems that may have contributed to their addiction. Effective addiction treatment will address multiple issues, including medical, psychological, and social problems.
Addiction treatment includes several levels of care, depending on your specific needs. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has developed a list of important factors that help addiction treatment professionals determine the best level of care for each client. There are four major levels of care in addiction treatment, and you may go through more than one before your treatment plan is completed. Here’s a breakdown of each one:
Also called medically managed inpatient services, medical detox is the highest level of care in formal addiction treatment. Detox involves 24-hour care from medical and clinical professionals with the goal of getting you safely through withdrawal. Detox is reserved for people with severe withdrawal symptoms or other medical complications. It typically lasts for five to ten days, depending on your needs.
Inpatient or residential treatment is a lower level of care than medical detox, but it still involves 24-hour medically monitored or clinically managed treatment. Inpatient treatment is ideal for people with high-level medical or psychological needs.
Intensive outpatient treatment
Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) allows you to attend treatment during the day while you live independently in the evening. IOP involves nine or more hours per week. Partial hospitalization falls in this category and involves more than 20 hours of treatment per week.
Outpatient treatment is the lowest level of care in addiction treatment and the last step between formal treatment and complete independence. It involves fewer than nine hours of treatment per week.
What Level of Care is Offered at Maryland House Detox?
Maryland House Detox offers medical detox in a comfortable setting with experienced medical and clinical staff. Our detox program is ideal for people that may go through severe withdrawal symptoms after developing a chemical dependency. Many of our clients have come through the program seeking sobriety after developing an alcohol use disorder. Alcohol and other depressants can cause potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. If you don’t have an alcohol use disorder, but you are dependent on other drugs, and you have a medical condition that makes withdrawal potentially dangerous, you may need medical detox.
What Therapies are Offered at Maryland House Detox?
The focus of medical detox will be to get through withdrawal safely while managing uncomfortable symptoms. You may be treated with medication to help ease the discomfort and to avoid medical complications. However, there are a variety of other therapies and treatment options that can help get you through withdrawal and direct you to the next level of care after you complete detox. When you enter treatment, you will meet with doctors and clinicians that will help you formulate a personalized treatment plan. Here are some of the therapy options that may be a part of that plan:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Meditation groups
- Motivational enhancement
- Continuing care groups
- SMART recovery
- 12-step programming
- Dual diagnosis
- Process Groups
- Recovery Program Placement Assurance
- Coping Skills Groups
- Addiction Education
- Medication Education
- Individual Counselling
You may not go through all of these treatment options as part of your personal treatment plan, but your plan may include any number of these options. Individual and group counseling sessions are a staple of addiction treatment and can be instrumental in helping you through detox. Recovery program placement assurance can help you find the next level of care that’s appropriate for your needs after detox.
Is Treatment Affordable?
Treatment can be expensive, like other healthcare services. However, it can be affordable, especially with insurance coverage. Maryland House detox works with several private insurance providers to help make sure as much of your treatment services are covered as possible. The specific amount of coverage you receive may depend on your provider and plan, but we can help determine your eligibility and coverage. You can also speak with your insurance provider and ask about medical detox. Our in-network providers include Aetna, Beacon, Cigna, and CompPsych.
Is Treatment Worth the Cost?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction treatment is worth the cost. It has been proven to help people avoid health, financial, and legal issues that can be extremely costly. Addiction often leads to legal problems, accidents, health decline, and the inability to maintain employment. Addiction treatment can help you avoid employment and other issues that might lead to financial ruin. On top of that, it can help you avoid issues that may threaten priceless aspects of your life, like your relationships and long-term health.
Are the Facilities Comfortable?
Yes. Maryland House Detox seeks to provide a clean and comfortable environment.
Withdrawal can be uncomfortable, so we provide an environment that promotes healing so you can focus on recovery.
Our facility is a quiet and intimate setting with a limited number of clients sharing the facility at any one time.
We also provide housekeeping and laundry services for your comfort. A chef is on-staff seven days a week to provide quality meals each day.
While medical detox involves doctors and a high degree of medical treatment, our facility isn’t a stuffy hospital setting.
Instead, we provide modern decor and homey living spaces.
Is Maryland House Detox Accredited?
Maryland House Detox is accredited by the Joint Commission, which has awarded us the Gold Seal of Approval. The Joint Commission examines facilities for the quality and safety of the care they provide. They also examine the facility itself for comfort and safety.
What Should I Bring to Treatment?
When you decide to enter the detox program at Maryland House Detox, you can work with your intake coordinator to make sure you are prepared on your first day of treatment. They will go over everything you might need to bring. Many of your day-to-day needs will be taken care of, but there are a few essential and comfort items that it might be good to prepare before you get ready to leave. Some important things might include:
- A picture I.D.
- Your insurance card
- Any over-the-counter drugs you need
- A prescription card for medications you’re taking
- A credit or debit card
- Contact information for doctors, emergency contacts, or attorneys if needed
- A cell phone
- A week’s worth of comfortable/casual clothing
- Season/ weather appropriate clothing
- Reading material
- A journal
Avoid bringing any items that can connect to the internet, except your cell phone, which you may need to coordinate travel. Other prohibited items include weapons, drugs without a prescription, alcohol, products that contain alcohol like mouthwash, and any lewd materials like pornography.