Drug Addiction Treatment Program Options in California

Those seeking drug addiction treatment have numerous options to help them along the way. California is home to some of the largest recovery communities in the world and offers a plethora of treatment options for those struggling with the disease of addiction.

When considering addiction treatment programs, it is very important to consider the severity of the patient’s condition, and their or their family’s financial situation. Attending an inpatient treatment program is the most expensive of the options, but may be needed in very serious cases when the patient is in a terrible place with their addiction where they can’t stop drinking or using without help.

Here is a list of a few options one can consider if they or someone they care about is in need of serious help.

Detox Facilities

Detox facilities are specifically for patients who have yet to get rid of the chemicals in their body from drugs or alcohol. They are used primarily to assist patients through medically-assisted detox programs where patients are administered certain medications to ease the withdrawal associated with such drugs as alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines. An individual’s stay at these facilities usually last no longer than two weeks. Some inpatient treatment facilities also offer medically-assisted detox as part of their programs.

Inpatient Treatment Centers

Inpatient addiction treatment programs generally are done in month-long increments. They can run anywhere from one month to 6 months or more depending on the program structure. Some require patients to be detoxed off of drugs prior to their admission. These programs are structured to keep the clients in a clean, controlled and safe environment during their stay. Patients are subject to frequent drug screenings to hold them accountable. They are provided a place to stay for their time in treatment and can regularly attend groups to learn about relapse prevention, effective coping skills and therapy sessions.

Inpatient treatment centers often will also provide access and exposure to recovery support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Many treatment centers are 12-step based and run parallel with the principles taught in these groups. Others may be religiously-based and some incorporate both in their treatment structure. An inpatient treatment program is often the best option when considering treatment options for someone who has been released from a detox facility.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment programs offer patients more freedom and provide some of the same group structure as inpatient treatment centers. These are often referred to as intensive outpatient programs (IOP). They are sometimes included in a comprehensive treatment program which starts with the patient attending an inpatient treatment facility and then moves into either a transitional living or sober living, where they attend the IOP groups.

Transitional Living

Transitional living is similar to sober living. The difference is that transitional living gives the patient a little bit less freedom and usually requires them to attend IOP groups. Transitional living will also often incorporate protocols such as reward systems that allow patients certain privileges based on their progress and/or behavior. However, patients are still monitored through regular drug screenings at these facilities.

This is usually the next step for someone who has just finished their stay at an inpatient facility and could be hesitant to move back into a place of their own right out of treatment.

Sober Living

Sober living provides clients with a safe and drug-free place to live and get back on their feet while they get back into the workforce. They sometimes may work with IOP programs where clients can attend groups and live at the sober living house. Clients who live in these homes have the option to stay in these places as long as they are willing to.

Recovery Support Groups

Recovery support groups serve as priceless resource for those seeking long term sobriety. They require no dues or fees for membership. The only requirement is the desire to stop doing drugs are drinking. Many who managed to achieve long term sobriety in programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) which are 12-step based and provide members with a healthy support groups made up of others who are looking to recovery from addiction. There are many other 12-step programs that are derived from the same principles as these two groups and California offers a large variety. There are also groups which specifically cater to the families of drug addicts and strive to help those who are dealing with the consequences of a loved one’s addiction.

California is home to thousands of meetings and offers help to drug addicts from all backgrounds. Recovery is a way of life and drug addiction treatment alone is seldom enough to ensure sobriety and these options can be used separately or together to allow the addict a slow progression back into society and work their way towards a life free of the issues of drug addiction.

For more information on drug addiction treatment options that are available in California, please contact the California Drug Addiction Hotline at 855-980-1946.