If you’ve thought about treatment for a substance use disorder or are feeling ready to enter a treatment program, know that you are courageous and should be applauded for the experience you are about to endure.
When battling with a disease like addiction, treatment is the only means to an end. A little anxiety before treatment is understandable, and you may have second thoughts that you “aren’t like other users,” but keep in mind that abusing drugs and alcohol will eventually catch up with you.
If you are thinking about getting help, it means you’ve reached a fork in the road to overcoming this obstacle. Addiction treatment is a unique process because no two cases are similar. With that said, we’ve received several questions from our clients who expressed they wanted clarification before making their final decision.
Our admissions department is set on making sure that you understand what to expect moving forward, and it has provided you with information that will make your decision much easier to make. Hopefully, this will help make this step a little less stressful.
What is the Science Behind Addiction?
We’ve always understood addiction to be one way based on films and television, but as it becomes more prevalent in our society, we need to clarify some of these misrepresentations.
While it’s good that the topic has become more routine in conversation because it removes the stigma, it’s terrible to witness the sheer volume of individuals who are struggling with substance abuse. Scientists have determined that addiction is a disease that affects our reward centers, causing intense cravings that change our pathways.
In a majority of cases related to addiction, those who are struggling to keep balance in their lives are not aware that drugs or alcohol has become a problem. Others, however, will notice an increase in their substance intake but feel powerless when it comes to stopping.
As we’ve come to learn, addiction will continue to progress over time, and if it’s left untreated, it could be fatal. If you treat the underlying issues, however, you will avoid these potentially dire consequences. A few of these may be health issues, losing your job, or causing rifts in relationships.
What to Expect in Addiction Treatment
Addiction treatment has evolved over time to utilize resources that can help clients overcome their physical symptoms while treating their chemical dependency. Treatment also dispenses resources to help clients with psychological and social issues that potentially strain their lives due to addiction. Even if you are not in dire straits yet because of addiction, it will eventually cause legal, social, and financial problems.
Treatment will involve various combinations of medical professionals to help address all needs.
You also may work alongside case managers to help you with your daily responsibilities, such as managing finances, looking for housing, or hunting for jobs.
Addiction treatment is broken up into four specific categories:
Medically Managed Inpatient Services (Medical Detox):
Detox consists of around-the-clock care during the withdrawal phase. It is the most intensive level of treatment, and it involves the use of medication to help clients overcome their uncomfortable or deadly symptoms of withdrawal. Medication may also be used to help you taper off drugs or alcohol. The process usually lasts three to seven days, depending on the severity of your addiction, but it could last longer in some cases.
This level of treatment is for clients who did not attend a formal detox but still require intensive 24-hour monitoring.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP):
Intensive outpatient treatment consists of more than nine hours of treatment each week and allows you to go home once it concludes. A partial hospitalization program (PHP) also falls under this category but requires 20 or more hours of treatment every week.
Outpatient treatment is the least intensive of this model. It requires that you attend fewer than nine hours of therapy every week. It is ideal for those who want to maintain their education or career while receiving help for a substance use disorder.
What Levels of Care Does the Palm Beach Institute Offer?
The Palm Beach Institute offers all levels of care. The facility has been around for 50 years, providing the best level of care. Our objective is to give the highest level of care and work closely with our clients to create tailor-made plans to fit their specific needs.
What Type of Therapy is Offered at the Palm Beach Institute?
The Palm Beach Institute will provide our clients with a hands-on and evidence-based approach, depending on your specific needs. These therapies include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Family Systems
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Solution-Focused Therapy
- Experiential Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Gender-Specific Group Therapy
- Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
- Sober Activity Process Groups
- Family Programming
- Relapse Prevention
- Psychoeducational Group
- Client Care Coordination
Although we offer many different therapy types, it’s not likely you will participate in all of these. We take pride in being able to treat multiple needs.
Is Treatment Affordable?
Cost is the most significant concern when treatment is brought up. It’s fair to say that addiction treatment is not cheap, but at The Palm Beach Institute, we will work with you to overcome this barrier. We work with major insurance companies to make treatment as affordable as possible. We accept coverage from many providers, some of which include:
- Blue Shield
Your coverage will depend on the provider and plan that you have. You are more than welcome to reach out to an intake specialist at The Palm Beach Institute today to determine your coverage. You can also reach out to your insurance company directly to find out your eligibility.
Is Treatment Worth the Cost?
Addiction is going to cost you more financially in the long-term than treatment will. For some, it may not make sense if their lives have not spiraled downward, but it will eventually catch you as well. You are prone to losing your job and draining your bank account to afford your habit. You will also cause costly legal problems and issues with your health.
Are Your Facilities Comfortable?
We aim to ensure you are comfortable for the duration of your stay, and we do this by paying attention to small details that add to your experience. We are considered a luxury rehab, which means you will find similar amenities during your stay as you would in a resort. We have thousands of previous clients that are part of our alumni willing to vouch for how comfortable they were during their stay with us.
What Should I Bring to Treatment?
While our facility will provide most of the items you need, we still need you to bring some information, which includes:
- A picture ID card
- A valid insurance card
- A prescription card for their medication
- A credit or debit card
- Over-the-counter medication
- Contact information
- A cell phone to use while en route to our facility
If you have any other questions, please contact our intake specialists who can guide you in the right direction.