The purpose of an intervention is to educate and guide the family, the circumstances, and the addict to make their own personal choice to enter a drug treatment program, without force, humiliation, or intimidation. It should be a family approach that is designed to reach the part of the addict that wants help, while simultaneously shutting off resources so that the person is essentially left with only one way out, entering treatment for their substance abuse.

An experienced intervention professional can bring a wealth of knowledge and help to diffuse foreseeable problems typically encountered during the process. They are often the only one able to provide the voice of reason since they maintain neutrality when family members cannot. Without an experienced interventionist, an intervention can be extremely difficult and hard-fought, and is much less likely to end with the desired result. At the core of an Intervention is a team of concerned family members and friends. A typical intervention calls for at least three participants, but up to seven or more can be involved if each has something to contribute. Members of the clergy, doctors, employers, friends and family members are all common participants of the intervention team; one person is selected to function as a team leader. This person is usually a professional interventionist who is able to guide the team during the planning of the intervention and make sure the intervention event goes smoothly according to plan. The team typically meets multiple times during preparation for the intervention event, and all members must commit to participating in all practice sessions as well as the intervention event itself. Each person on the team is asked to write an intervention letter which when compiled, form the core of the delivery of the intervention plan. The letters have multiple areas that must be addressed to be effective, and should start with a recap of the relationship between the addict and the writer. Here, the writer might mention how they met, the special moments they’ve shared, specific challenges they’ve been through together and how much they care about the addict. Second is a list of specific instances within the last 12 months when the addiction caused the writer embarrassment, or created an uncomfortable scenario; this might be a public event, such as a drunken brawl or an arrest, or it might be a private event, such as a damaged conversation or ruined dinner.

Third thing to address is a statement of concern. Here, the writer encourages the addict to look at the consequences of the addiction, and to enter treatment. These statements typically focus on the health consequences of addiction or the wellbeing of their children. They do not contain threats. Lastly the letter comes to a conclusion and presents the bottom line. The writer outlines specific consequences that will occur if the addict’s behavior doesn’t change. The writer might take custody of children for example, or the writer might cut off all contact with the addict. Once the letters have been written, and prior to the intervention event, team readers read them aloud to one another and help edit the letters for maximum impact. Phrases that seem hostile should be removed and replaced with softer statements of encouragement. These letters are incredibly important, and the team might spend several sessions editing and refining these letters to make sure they’re perfect. The team should also spend a significant amount of time thinking about the impact of the letters and determining the order in which the letters will be read. Letters with the most emotional impact or leverage might be read last, when the addict’s resolve is at its lowest point. At the end of each letter, the addict is encouraged to enter a treatment facility immediately. Rather than simply suggesting that the addict get help and stop the behavior, a deadline for participation is attached and the team does everything it can to make that plan easy to carry out. It is imperative that the team ensures that all of the small details are taken care of before the actual event, so when the addict agrees to enter treatment they can immediately be whisked away. The team thinks of answers to any and all excuses the addict might provide to put-off entering treatment, then makes plans to address all potential problems and concerns that may arise during the intervention event. To make sure the addict can enter the program immediately following the intervention, with no excuses. The team might make an admissions appointment for the addict at a particular facility, verify insurance benefits coverage for the addicts treatment, pay the admission copayment to the facility, pack and bring a bag to the intervention for the addict to take to treatment that includes clothing, phone chargers, pictures of family members and other necessary items to survive, arrange transportation to the treatment facility, and arrange childcare for the addict’s children if applicable.

On the day of the intervention, the addict is asked to come to a neutral meeting place, and the intervention begins. The team leader provides a small introduction, telling the addict why everyone is gathering together, and the real work of the intervention begins. One by one, each member stands up and reads their letter. At this point, the “bottom line” portion of the letter is not read. If at any point the addict agrees to enter into a treatment program, the intervention is immediately concluded and the addict is taken away. If the addict refuses to enter a treatment program, the family moves on to read the bottom line statements. Here, the family tells the addict directly all the things he or she will lose if the behavior doesn’t stop. The family must be prepared to keep these promises if the addict is not willing to change. If you are struggling with someone who needs treatment for substance abuse, an intervention may be your best solution. However, it is in your best interest to consult with a specialist prior to making any decisions. We can help you find the right interventionist to meet your needs.

Levels Of Care
Acute inpatient detoxification, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient are the established and accepted levels of care within the drug and alcohol addiction treatment industry, descriptions for each of the levels of care are described in detail below.

Acute Patient Detoxification
Acute inpatient detoxification is the highest level of intensity available. Patients admitted at this level of care are severely addicted to drugs or alcohol and have recently, usually within the last 24 hours, used the substance to which they are addicted. They are commonly still under the influence of the substance upon intake to the facility. It is also common for patients to begin experiencing severe withdraw symptoms prior to intake. A medically managed program is the safest approach. Patients in this first phase of recovery need access to the full continuum of behavioral health care, and often need 24 hour monitoring to properly address acute withdrawal symptoms as well as to administer prescribed medications in order to detoxify the body of the substance.

Residential treatment is considered an upper intermediate level of care. These patients require a 24 hour monitored environment. Access to the full spectrum of behavioral and medical interventions is more limited to specific hours during the day, and only provided on an as-needed basis after hours. This level of care provides individual, group and family counseling as well as psycho-social rehabilitation and medication routines.

Partial Hospitalization
Partial Hospitalization is considered an intermediate level of care. Patients at this level of care need daily structure. Partial Hospitalization programs typically operate 4-8 hours per day, 5-7 days per week. This level of care provides individual, group and family counseling as well as psycho-social rehabilitation and medication routines.

Intensive Outpatient
Intensive Outpatient is considered a lower intermediate level of care. Patients at this level of care need frequent interventions to improve behavioral symptoms. Intensive Outpatient programs typically operate 3-5 hours per day, 3-5 days per week. Minimum requirements are 9 hours total, meeting three times each week. This level of care primarily provides group counseling, but should also include individual and family counseling as well as psycho-social rehabilitation to be effective.

Outpatient treatment is the least restrictive level of professional care. Patients in this level of care have functional deficits based on their symptoms or behaviors. Treatment must be provided by a mental health professional licensed to practice independently in the state in which services are rendered. Treatment at this level of care should be primarily focused on relieving specific symptoms, resolving specific issues/crises and/or restoring functional abilities/maintenance of stability persistent or recurrent chronic behavioral health diagnosis. Individual, group and family counseling are the primary modalities used at this level of care.

Aftercare is an essential component of any treatment program and begins on the day of admission to treatment for addiction. Prior to discharge, an individualized plan for follow-up care is completed for each patient by the treatment team. Residents that require intermediate transition into a sober living environment can be provided with continued structure and support easing the process of reintegration into the community. Individual therapy, family therapy, attending 12-step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, private addiction counseling, urine testing or screening for drug use, maintenance medications such as methadone or buprenorphine, and transitional living, such as sober living communities and attending church functions are all part of an effective aftercare plan. A family may spend a significant amount of time talking about the addict’s treatment program. Here, the addict will receive intensive therapy of a short period anywhere from 30 – 90 days of time to help begin the process of recovery. As important as this phase of recovery is, conquering addiction usually requires more than simply completing a detox program. In fact, most addicts need a significant amount of help for months or even years in order to truly recover. According to a study published in the Journal of Addiction Disease, relapse rates among addicts vary from 75% – 90%. In order to ensure that the addict indeed remains abstinent, an aftercare program that begins when inpatient programs end is imperative. The addict will play a key role in developing an aftercare plan. In fact, most treatment programs require the addict to begin work with a counselor to develop a specific plan to put into place upon admission to treatment. Family members may also be asked to provide input.

Successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs are designed for maximum therapeutic effectiveness and typically include multiple modalities of treatment for the patient as appropriate. It is important that the treatment center’s environment is such that it enhances the positive self-image of the patient and preserves dignity throughout the process. Common treatment modalities include: Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Relapse Prevention Training, Family Sessions, Group Discussions, Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, Exercise & Nutrition Programs, Community Meetings, AA and NA Meetings, and Off Site Recreational Activities.Click through the available programs for a detailed description of each.

Group Therapy
Among the benefits of group therapy is the recognition of shared experiences, feelings and issues among the participants, and the realization that these may be universal concepts, which serves to lessen a member’s sense of isolation, validate their feelings, and raise confidence. Learning to take responsibility for, and accept the consequences of decisions made, are crucial steps towards attaining insight into the origin of the unconscious motivations to existing behavior patterns. Group therapy is a setting in which participants help other participants; the experience of being able to give something to another person can elevate a member’s sense of self worth as well as promote the development of more competent coping and interpersonal skills. In a typical group session, there are patients in different phases of recovery. A member can be inspired by another who is currently dealing with, or has made significant progress towards, overcoming the problems with which they are currently struggling. The therapist’s interpretations and suggestions can also help participants gain an understanding of the impact of previous life experiences on their current behavior patterns, and they learn to avoid unconsciously repeating destructive behavior that put them in their current situation. The group setting also provides a safe and supportive environment for members to take risks by demonstrating and practicing their interpersonal relationships and improving their social skills. One way in which some participants can improve social skills is through a process of observing and interacting with the therapist and other participants, such as sharing personal feelings, showing concern, and supporting others. Humans have an instinctive need to belong to groups, and personal development is more likely to take place in a group context. A successful group is one in which all members feel a sense of belonging, acceptance, and validation. The experience of liberation from emotional distress through the free and uninhibited expression of emotion is a valuable experience and is not uncommon during group therapy sessions. When members tell their story to a supportive audience, they can obtain relief from chronic feelings of shame and guilt. Group members gain a greater level of knowledge through the process of interacting with others, who provide feedback on the member’s behavior and impact on the world around them.

Individual Therapy
Individual or “one-on-one” therapy refers to specific and therapeutic interaction between a trained therapist and a patient. It provides a safe and non-threatening environment, where, in the case of an addiction, underlying issues to addiction and root-causes of past behaviors are identified and examined. Most one-on-one sessions take a casual conversational approach. Some also use various other forms of communication such as written essays or questionnaires to draw out specific information and responses from the patient. Individual therapy sessions are commonly integrated into treatment for substance abuse especially with those patients presenting with dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. The issues addressed are usually psychological in description and can vary in terms of their causes, influences and severity. Assessment is dependent upon the therapist’s approach, and usually evolves as the therapist acquires greater knowledge and insight into the mind and thoughts of the patient through recurring sessions. One-on-one therapy aims to increase the individual’s sense of well-being. Therapists use a variety of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue and behavioral change that are designed to improve the mental condition of the patient. As sensitive and personal matters are often discussed during individual therapy sessions, therapists are expected, and usually legally bound, to respect patient confidentiality pursuant to codes of ethical practice. This type of therapy has proven to create positive results in dealing with the issues surrounding substance abuse.

Relapse Prevention Training
Relapse prevention training is a multidimensional approach to abstinence and further reduces the likelihood of drug relapse. These methods can include pharmacotherapy, cognitive behavioral techniques and contingency planning and education. The main goals of preventing relapse are to identify the needs that were previously met by use of the substance and to develop skills to meet those needs in an alternate way. Various medications are used to stabilize an addicted person, reduce the initial drug use, and prevent further abuse of the drug. Although many patients may initially reject medications as contradictory to substance abuse recovery, they have proven to be useful in reducing the paranoia, anxiety, and cravings associated with withdrawal, as well as to minimize the risk of relapse or even fatality in some instances. Medications can normalize the long-term changes that occur in the brain and nervous system as a result of substance abuse. The various behavioral approaches to treating relapse focus on the precursors and consequences of drug taking behavior. Cognitive behavioral techniques incorporate conditioning by use of positive and negative reinforcement, in order to alter the thoughts and emotions associated with drug taking behavior. A main component of this approach is cue exposure, during which the abstinent user is repeatedly exposed to triggers without exposure to the substance in hopes that the substance will gradually lose the ability to induce drug-seeking behavior. Relapse prevention teaches addicts to anticipate relapse by recognizing and coping with various immediate determinants and covert antecedents. Immediate determinants are the environmental and emotional situations that are associated with relapse, including high-risk situations that threaten an individual’s sense of control, along with coping strategies and outcome expectancies. Covert antecedents, which are less obvious factors influencing relapse, include lifestyle factors such as stress levels, urges and cravings. Studies have concluded that relapse prevention training is successful for reducing the chance of relapse into past substance use behavior and improving psychosocial adjustment.

Family Sessions
Chemical dependency is not the condition of an individual, but more often describes the condition of an entire family unit. Substance abuse affects not only the addict but also the addicted person’s relationships with others with whom they live and love. Those who care the most, are often those most affected by the addiction. Relationships with family members and other loved ones are often collateral damage as a result of the addict’s behavior. Communication within the family is usually dysfunctional and sometimes even non-existent. Feelings of anger, fear, sadness, shame, guilt, betrayal and abandonment run high in the affected family unit. It is believed that the family needs to be involved and actively participate in the process of treating the addiction. This is not to say that treatment cannot be afforded to those whose loved-ones are unable or unwilling to participate, however, it has been shown that those suffering from addiction and working through it with loved ones are much more likely to succeed in their efforts, and more easily reintegrate back into the home afterwards. The purpose of family sessions within treatment for drug addiction is to nurture change and development, and analyses the interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in the overall psychological health of the family unit as a whole. This involvement of families is commonly accomplished by their direct participation in the therapy session. The skills of the family therapist include the ability to influence conversations in a way that pools the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system. The number of sessions depends on the situation, but the average is 5-20 sessions. A family therapist usually meets with several members of the family at the same time. This has the advantage of making differences between the ways family members perceive mutual relations as well as interaction patterns in the session apparent both for the therapist and the family. These patterns frequently mirror habitual interaction patterns at home, even though the therapist is now incorporated into the family system. The distinctive feature of family therapy is its perspective and analytical framework rather than the number of people present at a therapy session. Specifically, family therapists are relational therapists: They are generally more interested in what goes on between individuals rather than within one or more individuals, Depending on the conflicts at issue and the progress of therapy to date, a therapist may focus on analyzing specific previous instances of conflict, as by reviewing a past incident and suggesting alternative ways family members might have responded to one another during the event, or instead proceed directly to addressing the sources of conflict at a more abstract level, by pointing out unhealthy patterns of interaction that the family might have not otherwise noticed.

Exercise & Nutrition
Exercise and nutrition play an important part in the overall health of an individual in both a physical as well as a mental capacity. In the treatment of chemical dependency, exercise and nutrition also serve?the purpose of an adjunct therapy in that they are forms of stress reduction and relaxation. Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall wellness. It is performed for various reasons including strengthening muscles cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, and weight loss, as well as for enjoyment. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent the diseases of affluence such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity. It also helps improve mental health, helps prevent depression, and helps to promote or maintain positive self-esteem. The basic exercise plan in treatment for substance abuse is comprised of 3-5 days per week of planned activity consisting of weights, yoga, pilates, cardio and swimming, and is augmented by extracurricular activities such as kickboxing and running or jogging. Nutrition is the provision to the body of the vital materials necessary to support life. Many common health problems can be prevented or alleviated with a proper diet. Nutritionists are professionals who specialize in meal planning, and preparation. They are trained to provide safe, evidence-based dietary advice and management to individuals as well as to institutions. A nutritionist is an integral component of every addiction treatment facility. Healthy meals are prepared by knowledgeable staff to encourage overall better health of the addicted person. Much has been written about exercise and nutrition, and it has been said that “we are what we eat,” diet and exercise play an important role in the overall heath of everyone including those suffering from dependency to drugs or alcohol.

Art Therapy
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. Qualified therapists who work with patients across a wide range of conditions practice art therapy. People who may benefit from art therapy may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include, for example, emotional, behavioral or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, substance abuse disorders, brain-injury or neurological conditions and physical illness. Art therapy may be provided for groups, or for individuals, depending on the specific needs of the patient. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art. This type of therapy is used to develop creative expression, foster pride in accomplishments, and work through interpersonal conflict through the creative process.

Occupational Therapy
The role of occupational therapy is to work with a client to help them achieve a fulfilled and satisfied state in life through the use of purposeful activity or interventions designed to achieve functional outcomes which promote health, and which develop, improve, sustain or restore the highest possible level of independence. The ability to perceive, desire, recall, plan and carry out roles, routines, tasks and sub-tasks for the purpose of self-maintenance, productivity or leisure in response to the internal or external environment. Occupational therapy is about helping people do the day-to-day tasks that occupy their time, sustain themselves, and enable them to contribute to the community. Occupational therapy also helps people to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and career skills. Occupational therapists assist clients in performing activities of all types, ranging from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking, and eating. Physical exercises may be used to increase and dexterity while other activities may be chosen to improve visual acuity and the ability to discern patterns. For example, a client with short-term memory loss might be encouraged to make lists to aid recall, and a person with coordination problems might be assigned exercises to improve hand-eye coordination. Occupational therapists also use computers programs to help clients improve decision-making, abstract-reasoning, problem-solving, and perceptual skills, as well as memory, sequencing, and coordination, all of which are important for independent living. Occupational therapists are often skilled in psychological strategies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and play an important role in the recovery process of individuals suffering from addiction, with the ultimate goal being to successfully reenter the workforce as a productive, responsible and contributing member of society.

Opioid dependence is a challenging and complicated condition, but it can be treated. If you’re working to overcome opioid dependence, you know the experience can sometimes be overwhelming. That’s why the formulation of your medication should help make your experience convenient. SUBOXONE® is a narcotic medication indicated for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence, available only by prescription, it must be taken under a doctor’s care as prescribed. SUBOXONE® Film, the next generation formulation of SUBOXONE®, may improve your daily treatment experience. Clinical trial patients have reported that they preferred SUBOXONE® Film to the SUBOXONE® Tablet. SUBOXONE® Film is indicated for long-term treatment of opioid dependence and should be used as part of a complete treatment plan that includes counseling and support. SUBUTEX® and SUBOXONE® are medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opiate dependence. Both medicines contain the active ingredient, buprenorphine hydrochloride, which works to reduce the symptoms of opiate dependence. SUBOXONE® treatment programs have shown to be successful in the treatment of opioid addiction, however, SUBOXONE® may not work for everyone. Ask about treatment plans that use SUBOXONE®.

Opioid dependence is a chronic condition, which means that remaining opioid-free is a challenge. Research has shown that long-term drug abuse results in changes in the brain long after a person stops using drugs. For this reason, relapse is always possible. Deciding to commit to treatment for alcohol or opioid dependence is not an easy choice, but realizing that it has to be done is the first step in the recovery process. Relapse can happen at any time, even long after detoxification. If you relapse, it does not mean that you have failed. However, treatment with VIVITROL® along with counseling after detox means that you may be less likely to relapse. People who are dependent on alcohol or opioids are more likely to recover and less likely to relapse when treated with medication and counseling together. Professional groups like the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association say that adding medication to a counseling program for dependence can help increase the chances for successful recovery. While VIVITROL® has shown to be effective in the treatment of opioid addiction, it may not work for everyone. Ask about treatment plans that use VIVITROL®.

According to numbers made available by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there were more than 23 million people who are in need of substance abuse treatment at the time of the survey. Of those 23 million, less than 13% actually received treatment. One possible reason for this is that people don’t know how to find drug treatment facilities that cater to their special and unique needs. ?The U.S. is made up of extremely diverse populations, and members of particular groups or orientations often have trouble finding addiction treatment facilities that offer treatment programs designed with their needs in mind. In fact, many don’t even know that such specialty programs exist and would be surprised to learn that there are drug treatment centers ?that offer special programs that are designed to meet the unique needs of a particular population. Differences between distinctive populations can be significant, and drug treatment programs that don’t acknowledge these differences risk isolating members of these populations. Most people are more comfortable receiving treatment from professionals who understand their culture, language, behavior patterns and customs. People who closely identify with a particular culture or group may have a better chance of success when treated at a facility whose employees and treatment methods reflect the values of their own. Specialized treatment programs include:

Substance abuse problems for adolescents come with a variety of unique concerns that make typical adult addiction treatment programs inappropriate for those under 18. One issue that drug treatment centers for teens must deal with is legal restrictions based on age of consent and mandatory reporting requirements. Other concerns have to do with the patient’s stage of mental and emotional development; teens are at a high risk for suicide and overdose, and can be very resistant to receiving treatment. Certain treatment methods are also particularly effective for teens, such as group and family therapy. Many treatment centers offer specialized services for adolescents. If you have an adolescent whose suffering from substance abuse, call Step One Recovery today.

Christian Track
For many Christians, addiction to drugs and alcohol can seem devastating and counter to their beliefs. Effective treatment and recovery from addiction is greatly enriched when it is based on spiritual principles. Instead of turning to drugs or alcohol for fulfillment, genuine acceptance and love help guide the Christian whose suffering from addiction by receiving treatment and at the same time growing in their relationship with God. In Christian drug rehab, clients draw on the strength of their relationship with God to find their sense of purpose and learn to resist the temptation to return to drug or alcohol use. Through prayer and scripture, clients work to fill the spiritual void that contributes to and perpetuates addictive thinking patterns and behaviors – first by experiencing the love and acceptance of God, and then allowing that love to touch every area of their lives until they can share those blessings with others. Treatment in a Christian drug rehab is guided by Christian counselors and spiritual leaders who specialize in biblical studies and multiple models of addiction treatment. In addition to individual, group and family therapy, relapse prevention planning and 12-Step meetings, clients in Christian drug rehab programs participate in therapy led by a Christian drug counselor, Recovery support groups, 12-Step meetings, Bible study sessions and attend local churches. Clients learn about the scriptures through educational lectures, group sessions and private study, and find comfort and consolation in the word of God. By combining traditional addiction treatments with biblical teachings, clients learn to embrace the will of God and enjoy lasting recovery through their relationship with the Lord.

Dual Diagnosis Co-occurring Disorders
Dual diagnosis, also known as a co-occurring disorder, is the condition of simultaneously suffering from a mental illness in conjunction with a substance abuse problem. This broad term describes individuals with intricate needs and a wide-ranging scope of problems. An individual might be suffering from the effects of both depression and alcoholism, or it could indicate severe mental illness such as schizophrenia accompanied by cocaine abuse, or someone who has a milder mental illness along with a challenging drug dependency, such as panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder and a dependency on opioids. Diagnosing the underlying primary psychiatric illness in those with a co-occurring disorder is challenging as drug abuse unaccompanied often presents with psychiatric symptoms, making it necessary to differentiate between the two. Those with co-occurring disorders face complex challenges, and treatment must address both the underlying mental condition as well as the addiction if treatment for either is to be fruitful. There are multiple approaches to treating co-occurring disorders. Partial treatment involves treating only the disorder that is considered primary. Sequential treatment involves treating the primary disorder first, and then treating the secondary disorder after the primary disorder has been stabilized. Parallel treatment involves the client receiving mental health services from one provider, and substance abuse services from another in tandem. Integrated treatment involves a unification of interventions into a single consistent treatment dispensed with a consistent philosophy. With this method, both disorders are considered primary. Integrated treatment can encourage a higher level of engagement in treatment, and the overall efficacy of the program. Ask us about programs that treat those with a dual-diagnosis.

Gender Specific
Some treatment centers offer programs specially designed for women or men with drug or alcohol addictions. It is only in recent years that substance abuse researchers have made a point of including female populations in studies, and drug treatment centers are beginning to offer programs that focus on the unique needs of either male or female addicts. Women often delay substance abuse treatment because of childcare responsibilities, a limited income and dependency on partners who are also drug users. Drug treatment programs designed for women reflect these common concerns by offering support and services relating to abuse, co-dependency, childcare and emotional trauma. If you think you could benefit from gender specific treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, call Step One Recovery today.

Jail Diversion
Jail diversion, or alternative sentencing, is a program for drug and alcohol offenders. To be eligible for this program, the case must be within the scope of non-violent drug and alcohol offenses. A judge may or may not grant the request depending on the facts presented in the case and the offender’s current circumstances. Jail diversion is the preferred approach for non-violent offenders because it enables them the chance to keep their job, continue to earn a living, support their family, and become a productive member of society. Studies suggest that jail diversion programs have the potential to achieve positive results. Findings suggest that jail diversion reduces time spent incarcerated without increasing risk to public safety and linking participants with much needed community based services for the treatment of their condition. Though not a new concept, jail diversion has gained popularity as an alternative sentencing option due to several key factors; it has proven to be more effective in providing rehabilitation; there is reduced recidivism among participants; it ensures treatment for drug and alcohol abuse for addicted individuals; it has the potential to provide relief to over-crowded jails and offers budgetary savings when compared to housing non-violent offenders. Any successful program needs to offer strong and consistent support. With this in mind, the program’s design necessitates a thorough evaluation and assessment, presentation of options for diversion to the court, intensive case management services, individual and group therapy, medication management, and referral to treatment programs when appropriate. Certain clients are better candidates for alternative sentencing than others. Those who acknowledge that previous methods of behavior were self-destructive and nonproductive; have the ability and determination to commit to sobriety and an ongoing recovery program, and the capacity to adopt new skills and coping mechanisms to deal with and express feelings are all contributing factors to the success of alternative sentencing in any given case. Individuals eligible for jail diversion services will receive timely treatment for their mental health and substance abuse condition and will either avoid incarceration altogether or receive a shorter jail term. Alternative sentencing services can be accessed on a pre-booking basis by contacting Step One Recovery who will complete a pre-admission screening, and determine eligibility for admission into the program. Ask us about alternative sentencing options.

A famous quote hangs on the walls of almost every veterinary clinic in the United States. It reads, “A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself.” To people who don’t have pets, the quote may seem ludicrous or extreme. People who do have a connection with pets however, may find that the quote speaks to the deeper connection between humans and animals. These animal lovers may have a point. Studies suggest that the mere presence of an animal can have a deep and profound impact on the way people feel about their situation, their abilities and other people in the room. In short, animals may help people come to a deeper understanding. For this reason pets have been incorporated into some aspects of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and facilities that leverage pets are usually called “pet friendly .” Understanding why animals are included in these programs, and what their presence is designed to do, can help families decide if pet friendly drug rehab is appropriate for a specific situation. People who adore their animals may provide long dissertations about how their animals help them deal with stress and move though their lives with a sense of ease. In order to break these down into physical or chemical changes that can be measured objectively, instead of feelings that can only be experienced subjectively, scientists have performed a series of experiments on the human/animal bond, looking for measurable outcomes that can be directly attributed to the work of an animal. The results of these experiments have been striking. Animals may be able to help people acquire higher levels of relaxation, which may manifest itself in the behavior of the addict. Pets may also help people to feel more communicative, especially if these people are diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder that includes depression, anxiety or other similar condition. In the end, this helps an addict open up and can make therapeutic sessions more effective. Research has determined that people who were allowed to play with a dog during therapy were more focused and aware of their environment than people who were not given the opportunity to play with a dog. Having access to a dog seems to provide these people with the ability to open up, speak out and participate in therapy in ways they were not able to when animals were not present. While studies suggest that animals can help people whether they interact with the animals or not, there are some people who actively dislike animals. They may have severe allergies, a history of poor interactions with animals or just a basic distrust of furry creatures all together. Obviously, these people will not benefit from the inclusion of an animal into the treatment program. In fact, it’s best to ensure that no animals are included in the care these people receive for their addiction, as they may find the presence of animals distracting or distressing. Pet friendly treatment Programs that include animals in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction should be able to answer specific questions before treatment begins: How are animals included in this program? How are the animals trained? How were you trained to handle the animal? Is the animal a certified therapy animal? Have you used animals in this way in the past? Does the use of the animal add to the cost of the program? In the end, it’s a personal decision whether a pet-friendly drug rehab is the right program for you. While bringing your dog or cat to treatment for drug or alcohol addiction might be beneficial to some, others may find more success in more traditional programs. By asking questions, and truly thinking about what’s best for the addict, families can make the right decision. If you’d like more information on pet-friendly addiction treatment programs, Step One Recovery can help.

Group therapy is a type of therapy in which members inadvertently help other members. The experience of being able to share your personal story and have it inspire another member can elevate an individual’s sense of self-worth. This can also promote the development of more competent coping and interpersonal skills. In a typical group therapy session the members are usually in different stages of recovery. It can be inspirational for a member who is currently struggling to hear of other members who are also currently dealing with or have overcome the same problem they have. It also helps to put things into perspective and let the member know that they are not alone and will get through this.

The group setting also provides a safe and supportive environment where members feel comfortable taking risks by demonstrating and practicing their interpersonal relationship skills and improving their social skills. A way in which the members can improve social skills is through the process of simply observing and interacting with the therapist and other participants. Other ways that members improve those skills are by sharing personal feelings and showing concern and support for others. Instinctively humans have a need to belong to groups and personal development is more likely to take place in a group setting.

There are many benefits of group therapy and among the more important are the recognition of shared experiences, feelings and issues among the participants. Also for the members to realize that these may be common concepts; which serves to lessen their sense of isolation, validates their feelings and raises confidence. Learning to take responsibility for, and accept the consequences of previous decisions made, are crucial steps towards identifying unconscious motivations to existing behavior patterns.

A successful group is one in which all members feel a sense of belonging, acceptance and validation. Often members feel liberated from emotional distress by being able to freely express emotion in a group setting. When members tell their story to a supportive audience, they often feel relief from continued feelings of shame and guilt. Group members gain a lot through the process of interacting with others. They are provided feedback from the other participants about their behavior and impact on the world around them.

The therapist also plays an important role by helping the members understand the impact of their previous life choices on their current behavior patterns. Through the therapist’s interpretations and suggestions the member can learn to avoid subconsciously repeating the destructive behavior that led them to addiction in the first place.

Family Sessions

Family therapy is conducted by a therapist who is licensed specifically for helping families. Special training and skills are required since family therapy is so much different than individual therapy. Addiction truly is a family disease; everyone is affected when an individual struggles with substance abuse. The family has a key role in helping an individual achieve sobriety. Although it doesn’t end there, they are also a very important component to helping the individual adjust to their new found sobriety as well as maintaining it. There are two main goals when it comes to family therapy and dealing with substance abuse. One is to make sure that everyone can participate in giving the right kind of support to the family member in treatment. This is an important part of making sure that recovery sticks and relapse is avoided. The other goal is to strengthen the family’s emotional health and well-being so that everyone can thrive.

Since addiction is a family disease and affects everyone involved, the pain and confusion experienced don’t just go away when the individual enters treatment. Many times a family remains stuck in unhealthy routines even after the individual with the substance abuse problem goes to recovery. Even under the best circumstance of sobriety, families can struggle to adjust to the newly sober individual who is recovering because they are behaving differently and require support. Family therapy can help the family recover and heal as a whole. It can help strengthen the ties that hold the family together and help everyone heal from the trauma of addiction. Family therapy can help all members of the family make specific, positive changes along with the person who is changing in recovery.

Exercise and nutrition play a key role in the in the overall health of an individual in both a physical and mental capacity. In substance abuse treatment, exercise and nutrition also serve as a form of therapy since they provide stress reduction and relaxation techniques. When an individual is eating right and taking care of themselves it gives them a sense of self-worth and a chance to heal their body. This is especially important for an individual who is currently recovering from substance abuse because it gives them a sense of control over their body and actions. There is a lot of literature about diet and exercise and it has been said that “we are what we eat.” This is why they play such an important role in the overall health of everyone including those suffering from addiction.

Exercise is any physical activity that enhances or maintains fitness and overall wellness. Individuals may exercise for many different reasons including; to strengthen the muscles, improve cardiovascular system health, build athletic skills, weight loss and simply for enjoyment. Frequent and regular exercise has been shown to boost the immune system and help in the prevention of disease such a heart and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Exercise also helps to improve mental health by helping to ward off depression and by promoting and maintaining positive self-esteem. A standard exercise plan while in treatment for substance abuse is usually three to five days a week of planned physical activity. This usually consists of activities like weight training, yoga, Pilates, cardio, swimming, kickboxing, running or jogging.

Nutrition is the process of providing our body the food and nutrients needed for growth and health. It is a known fact that many common health problems can be prevented or even alleviated with a healthy diet. Nutritionists are professionals who specialize in meal planning and preparation. They are trained to provide evidence-based dietary information to individuals, as well as institutions. A nutritionist is an important part of an addiction treatment facility. They can make sure that healthy meals are prepared by knowledgeable staff that will ensure better overall health of the patients.