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Substance Abuse Treatment Options

For many, the first step of getting sober is having the courage to accept substance use disorder treatment. Often times people avoid seeking treatment for a variety of reasons, typically the addiction will keep the addict convinced that they do not need rehab.

Only when someone starts to walk the path towards sobriety can they truly comprehend the destruction that their drug and alcohol use has caused. Going to drug or alcohol rehab can be scary for someone who has never been.

The fear of not knowing what to expect at the facility keeps many people away from even the best substance use disorder treatment centers. Luckily, there is a standard process that most rehab facilities follow, and can be easily broken down into four major steps: pre-assessment, detoxification, therapy, and aftercare.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Trust the Process


The first thing to expect when going to rehab is the pre-assessment. This is when you meet with an addiction counselor, and usually a nurse and psychiatrist as well. It is important to be completely honest at this stage as the information you provide is used to guide your individual treatment plan.

During the pre-assessment you will be assessed for the severity of your drug use, what drugs you use, and if there are any underlying mental disorders that the patient may not be aware of, like depression or anxiety for example. The information will be evaluated to determine your detox and treatment plan moving forward.


The detox process when not administered by medical professionals can be extremely difficult to get through. In fact, withdrawal symptoms and physical dependence from detoxing as a main reason why people fail to get sober.

Drug or alcohol withdrawal and detox can be potentially life threatening depending on the type of drug or amount of alcohol you use.When a doctor has your blood work and information on your drug use they can plan a medical detox that will keep you safe and comfortable. The therapy portion of your rehab visit will begin when you are medically cleared from detox.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment

At Willow Springs Recovery patients have an option of choosing the type of substance use disorder treatment they want to incorporate during rehab. Treatment options can include a faith-based approach, the 12 step method, SMART Recovery or other non 12 step substance use disorder treatment options.

There are standard therapies that are proven to work such as; cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, individual counseling sessions, working with a psychologists for any dual diagnosis clients, and even going to the gym for physical fitness. Treatment for substance use disordertypically lasts 30 days.

Patients have the chance to learn strategies for coping with past trauma, and how to deal with emotions that can lead people to substance use disorder such as; stress, depression, anxiety and anger. Patients will also have the chance to meet other people in your shoes, which helps many addicts with accepting their addiction.

These are just some recovery tools offered that can keep you sober for a lifetime if you truly desire a new way of life.


Aftercare is a vital part of the recovery process. Some substance use disorder treatment programs do not care about patients enough to follow through with aftercare. We believe in seeing our patients through the whole process.

We put our patients in the best position to stay sober by offering them local resources to help them in their recovery process after rehab. Support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meet regularly so people who are in recovery can discuss life and what is working for them to stay sober.

Support group meetings besides AA or NA can also be held in churches where people use their faith to discuss their recovery.

Other options for aftercare are setting clients up with a counselor or psych doctor to meet with after they leave. Most importantly there is typically an outpatient substance use disorder program that addicts can attend after rehab.

These programs are ran by substance use disorder counselors and meet daily but the patients are able to go home at night. Outpatient substance use disorder programs help addicts transition into being productive members of society.

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Outpatient vs Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Inpatient Rehab

A safe and structured environment is an important aspect of drug or alcohol recovery. Addicts seeking recovery need the chance to devote time and attention to learning new coping skills and building a strong sense of self-worth.

One of the main benefits of inpatient drug rehab is the time away from the addictive substance. Therapy is provided on a daily basis as are support groups, which encourage people to share advice and foster trust.

Detoxification and withdrawal are more comfortable under 24-hour supervision. Because withdrawal symptoms are a main reason addicts struggle to stay sober, being in an inpatient facility removes all chances of a relapse for as long as they stay in treatment.

Building that month or more of clean time can be a great building block for a lifetime of sobriety. Medications might be prescribed to relieve symptoms of mental illness or reduce cravings for drugs and alcohol.

At Willow Springs Recovery in Texas, everything you or your loved one needs, such as recovery resources and an experienced staff, are available in a single setting where you or your loved one can focus exclusively on your rehabilitation.

Inpatient substance abuse help can be a life changing experience for those who desire a new way of life.

Outpatient Rehab

Sure, outpatient programs allow you or your loved one to maintain work, school, and home obligations.  Someone with a dual diagnosis, for example, is less motivated and compliant when it comes to following rules such as keeping counseling appointments or attending group meetings.

Outpatient programs are geared toward people who are cognizant of the fact that they have a substance abuse problem and want to change. Many times, people with drug or alcohol dependencies have trouble with denial and need specialized attention and encouragement without distractions or temptations.

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Remembering who you were prior to your drug or alcohol addiction might produce mixed emotions. Maybe you enjoyed your life before you started abusing drugs or alcohol, but you are afraid to return to old habits that triggered your addiction in the first place.

It’s okay to be scared of changing, this is common for many people seeking sobriety. Take the first step toward recovery by calling us. We are here to help you a long the way. We will verify your insurance and get you into treatment for little to no cost! At Willow Springs, our treatment programs can help you regain your sense of self and help you get back to being who you really are.

Medical disclaimer:

Sunshine Behavioral Health strives to help people who are facing substance use disorder, addiction, mental health disorders, or a combination of these conditions. It does this by providing compassionate care and evidence-based content that addresses health, treatment, and recovery.

Licensed medical professionals review material we publish on our site. The material is not a substitute for qualified medical diagnoses, treatment, or advice. It should not be used to replace the suggestions of your personal physician or other health care professionals.

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