What is an intervention / interruption? 

With regards to addiction, an intervention is the confrontation of one person by others to address his or her addiction with the goal of moving the addict into treatment.

Years ago, interventions were typically aggressive and confrontational. That approach has proven to be detrimental to the desired goal. Today, there are several types of interventions, including professional and nonprofessional. Depending on the circumstances, the people involved and the temperament of the addict, the style of the intervention needed can differ. For more information, contact Denise. 


What are the components of a comprehensive substance addiction treatment program? 

Based upon several decades of scientific research, comprehensive drug rehab programs should at minimum include the following: 

  • Medication management (detox) 

  • Individualized treatment plans (rehab) 

  • Individual and group therapy (rehab) 

  • Regular evaluations 

  • Addiction workshops 

  • Relapse prevention 

  • Mental health disorder workshops (if needed) 

  • Aftercare plans 

  • Life skills training 


Why do I have to go to treatment if I have successfully completed detox? 

There is a serious misconception among both addicts and family members that detox is alcohol or drug treatment. It is not. The purpose of detox is to rid the body of the drug or alcohol’s toxins. It is a complex process that can be life threatening depending on a person’s age, amount of substance used, how long use has occurred, physical health, and emotional and psychological health. 


Detox does not address the underlying reasons for substance abuse or the mental health problems that may accompany substance abuse. Addiction treatment is the next phase in the recovery process, but it can only occur after one’s body has been cleansed of drugs and alcohol in detox. Successful long-term recovery can only be achieved through addiction treatment; it cannot be achieved by undergoing detox alone. 


What is the difference between individual and group therapy? 

When someone enters a quality drug or alcohol rehab program, they should receive a variety of different therapeutic modalities in addiction treatment. 


In individual therapy, the patient works one-on-one with a therapist trained in addiction and mental health issues. Group therapy is also a vital aspect of treatment, which involves a carefully comprised group of addicts who meet together with a trained therapist to work through personal issues. The group dynamic can be empowering as one learns that his or her issues are not unique while simultaneously receiving support and challenges from peers. 


Why do some people need ‘long-term’ treatment program? 

For a variety of reasons, a person may not have the capacity to go through a short-term treatment program and remain abstinent from drug or alcohol use in their daily life. There can be emotional problems, environmental problems, physical problems or a combination of these that make recovery harder to maintain. In these cases, after several tries at treatment, a patient may need to go to a long-term treatment program to achieve the best results. These programs can be 3 to 24 months in duration. 


Why do people leave treatment early? 

It takes a good deal of work, commitment and serious desire to go through treatment. Sometimes, an addict is challenged to look inward and take responsibility for what they’ve done with their life. One must be willing to do this self-reflective work in order to build the foundation for recovery. An unwillingness to self-reflect may lead a person to leave treatment early. Also, if a patient suffers from an un-diagnosed mental health disorder, the emotional turmoil can lead the person to leave treatment. 


Why do people choose residential treatment away from home rather than outpatient treatment near home? 

Outpatient treatment is best used as an aftercare approach to recovery once an inpatient or residential treatment program has been completed. Residential treatment or inpatient drug/alcohol rehab centres that are away from one’s home, allow the addict time to focus solely upon themselves.


In quality residential treatment, the therapists, physicians and other healthcare professionals can observe the client’s behaviours and emotional status, providing an accurate and current evaluation of the client’s progress with the ability to respond to emergencies as they arise. 


If I have gone through treatment before, does it make sense to go again? 

There is always hope for anyone suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. Treatment will work if you are willing to face your addiction with complete honesty, personal responsibility, and willingness to make the changes necessary to grow. Scientific studies have frequently demonstrated that if clients truly use the tools provided to them, treatment and aftercare works. 


How long does residential addiction treatment last? 

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment is very important to the long-term recovery of an addict. In general, the longer one can stay in residential treatment, the better the outcome. Generally, residential treatment can range from a few days to 28 days. 


Long term residential treatment is exclusively for those with several disorders and a history of unsuccessful treatment attempts that require extended treatment for a minimum of 3 months to a year. 


How successful are addiction treatment programs? 

Studies indicate that addiction treatment increases the chances of maintaining sobriety for longer periods of time. The success rate is dependent upon the gender, the drug of choice, the age, and the type of treatment received. Medically based treatment programs that combine 12 Step programs tend to have greater success rates than other types of treatment.