What is an Addiction Treatment Facility or Substance Abuse Treatment Center?

An addiction treatment facility or a substance abuse treatment center is a place where men, women or adolescents seek to overcome addictive behaviors and thinking. Clients in need of treatment need to rebuild self-esteem, their physical and mental health and regain the potential of living a healthy life.

A credible addiction treatment facility will always be licensed. While many places claim to offer treatment for addictions, they remain unregulated by the state and do not have licensed medical staff such as therapists or physicians attending clients. These places do not design addiction treatment programs based upon scientific evidence. Addiction treatment can be complex; it may require appropriately prescribed medication, and behavioral therapies.

Your health, your mental, and physical well-being are too important to trust to a facility that isnot licensed. Such a facility has not gone through a rigorous accreditation process by the state followed by another comprehensive accreditation process of applying to a national organization such as the Joint Commission. The National Institute of Mental Health, The American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and the National Institute of Drug Addiction all promote guidelines and best practices for facilities offering substance abuse treatment. These best practices are based upon serious scientific data and analysis and should be incorporated into the structure of the addiction treatment program.

The only purpose for an addiction treatment facility is to provide a client with tools to live addiction free. This requires the development of a comprehensive treatment plan that is continually re-evaluated and updated.Based upon every client’s needs, a multidisciplinary team works closely providing him or her with:

  • Therapeutic help (individual and group and alternative therapies)
  • Drug and alcohol education
  • Relapse prevention(coping with triggers and cravings)
  • Life skills (coping with stress and strong feelings, healthy recreational activities)
  • A fully developed aftercare plan
  • Sober Living Houses if needed

These are the foundation for long-term recovery.This enables each client to live life without drugs, alcohol or other destructive addictive behaviors.

Addiction destroys life, destroys families, and destroys the health of the abuser and the family associated with the abuser. Addiction devastates neighborhoods and the economy. But, addiction can be arrested and controlled. Substance abuse, like other diseases such as diabetes, requires ongoing work and regular check-ups. Given the right combination of treatment elements the chances of staying clean and sober for the long-term are greatly increased.

Treatment Alternatives is proud to be the recipient of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal. We continually strive to provide clients with innovative, comprehensive treatment protocols based upon the latest scientific data. Our staff of physicians with a specialty in addiction medicine, our Master Level therapists and alternative treatment clinicians, work closely as a team to provide every client with the building blocks for a strong recovery foundation.

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