When is Long-Term Rehab the Best Treatment Option?

When is Long-Term Rehab the Best Treatment Option?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than 19 million adults experienced significant substance use problems in 2011. That means millions of American families are struggling to find the right recovery. Outpatient counseling or free-standing support group therapy? Inpatient treatment? How can a family know which is best and how long treatment is needed?

When it comes to long-term residential care there are three telltale clues which could help a family realize that this is their best option:

  1. Inability to perform daily routines
    If your loved one is failing to get up for work or school it’s a sign that longer, more focused treatment is needed. Losing a job or being asked to leave school are also signs that more help, not less, is needed.
  2. Relationship changes
    If healthy friendships are being ignored in favor of questionable ones, it could mean the family needs to step in. This is especially true if the family itself is on the list of ignored relationships.
  3. Problems with the law
    Loved ones who have gotten into legal trouble because of drugs probably need the family to step in and take corrective action. It could be a DUI or a matter of drug possession, but when the abuse has created legal problems then extensive help is called for.

SAMHSA reports that substance abuse is most often connected to one of the following: marijuana, heroin, cocaine, non-medical use of prescription drugs, inhalants or hallucinogens. Statistically speaking, just one tenth of those who abuse these substances ever receive treatment.

If a family member meets the three above-mentioned criteria but still feels unsure about committing to long-term treatment, it’s a great idea to seek the advice of a counselor who can assess the level of treatment needed.

Families should look for facilities staffed by qualified professionals using evidence-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapy.

Recovery will take an investment of time. But for those who’ve carefully considered the needs of their loved one against the benefits of long-term care, the wait will be worth it.

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