• Dani La Barrie, LCSW, CAP

Deciding To Make a Change and Treatment Options

Updated: Oct 28, 2018

Admitting and being aware of an addiction is the very first step to moving forward and healing. Deciding to make a change is one of the hardest steps along this process. In order to change habits, one must start by changing the way they think as well as their behavioral patterns. Some ways to start include:

  • Spending more time with others who do not use substances or alcohol.

  • Changing the way you feel about yourself through positive affirmation and creating self worth.

  • Learning healthy new ways to cope with feelings of anger, stress, and sadness.

  • Finding new activities to be involved in and new ways to spend free time.

Once you have decided to make a change, the next step is to start exploring treatment and/or recovery options. There are several different types of treatment options out there. To name a few:

  • Inpatient: In this treatment, clients live at the facility. It’s also sometimes referred to as ‘residential’ treatment. The purpose of living at the facility is to remove distractions and remove the individual from the environment and surroundings that encouraged substance use.

  • Outpatient: this treatment involves meeting with a therapist or counselor a few times per week. It can be on a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient level of care. These treatments involve regular visits to a treatment center or hospital for more formal care. This care, most of the time, includes psychiatric treatment and access to medical resources.

  • Dual Diagnosis: In this treatment, clients receive inpatient or outpatient care to treat substance abuse issues and mental health issues at the same time.

Keep in mind, what works for one doesn’t work for all. Treatment must be tailored and individualized to the specific needs of the person. Therefore, it is important to appropriately assess and determine what is best for you or your loved one.

As you learn more about treatment options and the recovery process, you may come across 12-step recovery. Many treatment centers and recovery programs use the 12-step model as a part of their treatment approach. 12-step programs are social support groups that help people with their recovery from addiction. Some of the most popular 12-step groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous.

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