Where to Start

There are many different services offered for the treatment of addiction disorders. If addiction is new to you, it is very difficult to determine where to start. Below is a representation of the continuum of care. Hopefully you will be able to identify a good fit within the continuum, then click on the image to the left to start your search.

Step 1 Intervention An interventionist is helpful in bringing family and friends together, in a cohesive and well educated unit, in order to communicate with the addict the importance of agreeing to accept treatment. If your loved one is not willing to accept treatment, an interventionist may be able to assist.
Step 2 Co-Occurring Disorder Treatement Co-Occurring Disorders exist when the Patient has a significant mental illness combined with substance dependence. If your loved one has mental illness that is preventing them from staying sober for any reasonable length of time, a co-occurring disorders treatment program may be the place to begin treatment.
Residential Treatment Residential Treatement (aka Rehab) is designed for Patients with a primary diagnoses of substance abuse, and sometimes a secondary diagnoses of a minor mental illness. If your loved one is not able to stay sober for a reasonable length of time, and is ambivalent about staying sober, residential treatment may be the place to start.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment Intensive Outpatient Treatement is designed for Patients with a primary diagnoses of substance abuse, and sometimes a secondary diagnoses of a minor mental illness. If your loved one is not able to stay sober for a reasonable length of time and has willingness to be sober, intensive outpatient treatment may be the place to start.
Step 3 Transitional Sober Living Transitional Sober Living is a highly structured aftercare model designed to transition the Patient from a primary treatment environment into sober living. If your loved one is exiting a primary treatment program and is expressing willingness to continue care, transitional sober living may be the most appropriate next step.
Assisted Living Assisted Living is a long-term aftercare maintenance model designed to assist the Patient who is not able to take care of themselves without a highly structured environment.If your loved one has chronic and significant mental illness, severe physical impairments, or other debilitation, assisted living may be the appropriate next step.
Step 4 Sober Living Sober Living is a loosely structured supportive housing model that enables the Patient to practice the tools learned while in primary and transitional treatment. If your loved one has successfully completed primary treatment and transitional treatment, this is the appropriate next step.
Step 5 Housing After following the continuum of care from primary treatment through transitional treatment and then sober living, the Patient is ready to try independent livving. If your loved one has completed the continuum of care, living independently is the next step.

 

General Drug Testing Drug Testing and Monitoring programs are effective in supporting the Patient in early recovery and throughout the continuum of care. Regular drug testing and monitoring is recommended until the Patient is well into independent living.
Self-Help Programs Self-Help Programs are supportive peer groups that assist the Patient and Family Members of the Patient in self-awareness, personal growth, and accountability with their recovery programs. Self-Help is recommended for all Patients and Family Members throughout the effort to abstain from drinking, drugging and acting out.