Substance abuse is a broad term that can describe a wide range of dangerous and harmful behaviors involving both legal and illegal substances. Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription medications are among the most commonly abused substances in the United States, while the abuse of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs remains problematic in communities throughout the nation. Depending upon the specific substance being abused, the amount and frequency of that abuse, and certain other factors, individuals who engage in substance abuse are at risk for myriad negative outcomes, including significant physical and psychological damage and the development of a substance use disorder.
Commonly referred to as addiction or chemical dependency, substance use disorders are characterized by a variety of unpleasant symptoms that include prioritizing substance abuse over important issues such as relationships, career, and academic progress, continuing to abuse substances even after experiencing negative repercussions, and experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop or limit one’s substance abuse.
At Acadia Healthcare, we are familiar with the many ways that substance abuse can devastate individuals and families. Perhaps more importantly, we are also dedicated to developing innovative and effective programming that can help adolescents and adults overcome their dependence upon alcohol and/or other drugs and learn to live healthier and more satisfying lives, free from the limitations of addiction. At programs throughout the Acadia Healthcare network, experienced and dedicated professionals provide the life-changing therapeutic interventions and other clinical services that help individuals emerge from the darkness of substance abuse and addiction and take their first steps along the path toward a brighter, drug-free future.
Why Consider Treatment for Substance Abuse
It is difficult to overstate the degree of devastation that can occur in the lives of individuals who do not receive effective care for substance abuse and chemical dependency. The potential impact of a single experience with substance abuse can range from temporary incapacitation to irreversible damage, including death. As an individual continues to engage in a pattern of substance abuse, both the likelihood and the possible severity of these negative outcomes continues to increase. The physical damage of substance abuse can include, but is not limited to, heart problems, breathing impairments, vision trouble, liver and kidney damage, tics and tremors, and increased risk for certain cancers. Psychological effects may include diminished cognition, anxiety, depression, paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions. An individual whose mind and body has been weakened by substance abuse is at increased risk for academic failures, diminished occupational performance, and deteriorating interpersonal relationships. Other negative outcomes that have been associated with chronic substance abuse and addiction include unemployment, financial setbacks, arrest and incarceration, homelessness, social ostracization, hopelessness, and suicide.
The good news is that the effective professional treatment that is provided at programs within the Acadia Healthcare network has helped countless adolescents and adults heal from the damage that substance abuse had inflicted on their lives, avoid future harm, and live more hopeful lives. At Acadia programs, individuals in crisis work in active collaboration with professionals who are committed to providing world-class care in a manner that is best suited to meeting their unique strengths, needs, and personal goals. Each person who heals at an Acadia program can expect to receive the focused care that will not only eliminate the distressing symptoms of their substance use disorder, but that will address the underlying issues that may have contributed to or been worsened by their substance abuse and addiction. With a wide range of therapeutic interventions and treatment modalities provided at several levels of care, Acadia programs are uniquely prepared to provide the intensely personalized treatment experience that prepares individuals not only for sobriety, but for the successful pursuit of a healthier, more productive, and more satisfying future.
Levels of Care Offered Through Acadia Healthcare
As indicated in the previous section, one of the many strengths of the Acadia Healthcare network is that our programs incorporate a variety of treatment techniques into several levels of care. As a result, individuals who enroll in an Acadia program can expect to receive the type and level of care that is best suited to his or her specific strengths and needs. Depending upon these unique factors, a person’s time in treatment at an Acadia treatment center may include the following elements:
Detoxification services: The distress and potential danger of withdrawal often precludes individuals from ending their substance abuse on their own. At Acadia programs, medically monitored detox provides a safe and comfortable environment in which individuals can rid their bodies of their substances of abuse under the care and supervision of experienced professionals.
Inpatient treatment: As the most intensive level of care, inpatient treatment typically features a medical and/or psychiatric component as well as around-the-clock supervision. For those who have been struggling with substance abuse, inpatient treatment is most commonly appropriate when the substance use disorder co-occurs with another serious mental health disorder.
Residential treatment: Slightly less intensive than inpatient care, residential treatment still features comprehensive services and around-the-clock supervision. Residential care in the Acadia network typically features a variety of therapeutic activities, including individual, group, family, and experiential therapies. A residential treatment environment may be best suited to individuals who are not experiencing profound mental health disorders in addition to their problems with substance abuse, as well as for those who have already completed an inpatient program.
Day Treatment with educational services: As its name implies, day treatment does not include a residential component, which means that participants will return home or to a sober living environment or other residence at the end of the treatment day. Most commonly designed for adolescents, day treatment with educational services provides both the therapeutic component of addiction recovery along with the academic instruction and support that will allow participants to stay current with their school work while healing from their substance use disorder.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): PHP is ideal for individuals whose needs do not rise to the level of requiring inpatient or residential care, as well as for those who have completed a more intensive level of care but who can benefit from structured step-down support. PHP services are usually provided on weekday mornings and afternoons, though schedules may vary by program and participant. Group therapy is typically the primary intervention in PHP, with individual and family options often offered on an as-needed basis. PHP participants will return home or to another supportive residence at the end of the treatment day.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): This level of outpatient care is usually the least intensive option, and is designed to facilitate and support an individual’s transition out of the treatment environment. Many IOP centers provide morning and evening hours, so that participants can schedule care around their work or school schedules. Depending upon an individual’s needs, he or she may have the option of participating in IOP from one to four days per week. Group therapy is the primary type of intervention used in IOP, though individual and family support may also be available. As with day treatment and PHP, IOP does not include a residential component.
Medication assisted treatment: Adults who have been struggling with opioid use disorders involving such substances as heroin, morphine, and other prescription painkillers may benefit from medication assisted treatment. This form of care involves the use of medications such as methadone, Suboxone, Subutex, and Vivitrol that eliminate the drug cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms that typically occur when an opioid-dependent individual stops using his or her substance of abuse. Medication assisted treatment also includes a therapeutic component to help the individual achieve long-term recovery, and may include additional services as needed.
Traditional outpatient services: Many of the programs within the Acadia Healthcare network offer a variety of traditional outpatient services, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and support, discharge planning, and related services.
Each program in the Acadia Healthcare network provides a unique opportunity for individuals to receive superior personalized care in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. No two Acadia-affiliated programs are identical, but all of our programs are unified by our commitment to providing individualized treatment that is based upon a thorough assessment to determine the strengths, needs, and treatment objectives of each person who chooses to heal with us. At Acadia programs, adolescents and adults can expect to work with experienced professionals who are dedicated to providing evidence-based, research-supported services that are designed to meet each individual’s specific needs.
To learn more about treatment within the Acadia Healthcare network, or to get answers to any specific questions that you may have about any individual program or service, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to providing you with the information you need to make the best decisions for yourself or for a loved one.