Addiction Treatment & Rehab Guide For Addiction

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There are thousands of programs and drug rehabs to choose from which can make it challenging to assess which addiction treatment programs will provide the highest quality of care.

Many times individuals struggling with substance use disorder only have one chance and going to rehab requires time, money, and energy not only from the individual attending rehab but from the entire family. There are numerous resources available, whether you are seeking treatment for yourself, a friend, a family member, or someone you know. While the process of finding the right addiction treatment center can be overwhelming and confusing, this article seeks to walk you through the basics, providing an overview of evidence-based treatment practices.


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There are different phases of addiction. Generally, the phases of addiction are broken into 4 categories that all have different levels of willingness to accept help.  When an individual enters treatment it’s very important that they are at a point in their addiction process where they are motivated enough to get the help that they are willing to leave behind friends family and old habits.

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The Phases of Addiction

When an individual frequently uses drugs or alcohol, it alters their brain chemistry. As they continue to abuse substances, their body develops a dependency on the substance. This means they need more and more of the substance to function properly. When an individual develops a dependency or addiction to drugs or alcohol, they must use the substance to avoid the intense discomfort and pain that comes with withdrawal symptoms. Thus, our substance abuse treatment programs offer a medically-supervised detox program in conjunction with our therapeutic services. Addiction is a disease. And, like any disease, it requires professional attention. Without proper treatment, an individual may be able to minimize the effects of this disease, but they will never be able to overcome it. In the next steps of this article we detail the different phases of addiction.

Stage 1: Initial Use

There are many reasons that the individual who ends up struggling with an addiction might try the substance to start with. It can be as seemingly benign as getting a prescription to manage pain or a mental health issue, as culturally typical as trying a first drink at the age of 21, or as insidious as being pressured by friends or family to try illicit drugs. Regardless of how the initial use occurs, it is the first step toward addiction.

Stage 2: Abuse

The next stage of the addiction cycle is substance abuse. This is the point at which the person is using the substance on a recurring, improper basis; more simply, the World Health Organization simply defines substance abuse as using a substance in a way that is harmful. Perhaps the individual who is taking a prescription painkiller decides to take higher doses or use the medication more frequently. Another example is the person who engages in regular binge drinking or who occasionally uses cocaine. Whether or not a substance is being abused often depends on the substance itself and how it acts on the body.


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Stage 3: Tolerance

When a person has been using a prescription drug or abusing other substances over a long period of time, the substance can cause changes in the brain that result in tolerance. The person using the substance may increase the dosage or frequency of use to try to recapture the original result. For a while, this might work. Then, over time, tolerance to this new dosage occurs, and the person increases again, creating a progression into heavy substance abuse.

Stage 4: Dependence

At a certain point, the body or brain becomes dependent on having the substance to be able to function properly. As an example, a person who has been using cocaine or meth for a long time may find it impossible to feel pleasure without the drug.

Not all drug dependence is addiction, as explained by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. For example, a person with chronic asthma may be dependent on a daily medication in order for that person to be able to breathe properly. However, this is not addiction. In this case, the body was not working properly before the drug was introduced, and the individual is using the medication to correct that function; the drug does not cause the dysfunction.

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However, if the person has been using a drug to treat another condition, and becomes dependent on that drug to feel good separate from the condition being treated, it may be a type of dependence that leads to addiction.

Stage 5: Addiction

Addiction is a specific, chronic mental health disorder where an individual is not able to stop using substances. The (DSM-5) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, as described by Psych Central, the 11 signs and symptoms of substance use disorders include the following symptoms:

  • Using more of the substance than the person originally planned
  • Being unable to stop using the substance
  • Experiencing relationship problems based on substance use
  • Spending large amounts of time seeking or using the substance, or recovering from use
  • Reducing participation in favorite activities in favor of substance use
  • Being unable to keep up with daily responsibilities due to substance use

When an individual, experiences 2-3 of these symptoms it is considered a mild substance use disorder. Reporting 4-5 of them leads to a diagnosis of a moderate substance use disorder. If the person is experiencing 6 or more of the symptoms, it is indicative of a severe substance use disorder, or addiction and it is advisable to seek help immediately.



Stage 6: Relapse

Relapse is when a person has had some time free of their addiction and then reverts back to old habits. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • lack of support system
  • lots of high stress
  • loss of family member/job/home
  • pressure from “friends” or even loved ones


Finding Help For Addiction

Each individual’s experience with substance use disorder is unique. The severity of the stage of addiction will affect the type of treatment they need. What may be effective for one person may not work for another. This is why Ethan Crossing Recovery offers several treatment programs. We provide a progress spectrum of care. This means that individuals can find a program that will meet their needs. Then, as they recover, they can move to other programs.



Types Of Rehab Programs:

Within The Ethan Crossing Recovery system we offer all of the main levels of care individuals may need to recover.

  • Medical Detox Program: Detox is an essential first step of recovery, but studies have shown that detox alone is not sufficient for overcoming addiction.
  • Residential Treatment Program: This level of care allows patients to begin on the path to recovery in a  healing environment. Residential drug and alcohol rehab is ideal for patients who will benefit from a long structured care setting to focus on their individual recovery.
  • Partial Hospitalization Program: Also referred to as PHP, a partial hospitalization program involves 20 hours a week of outpatient treatment. Patients participate in therapy and various activities throughout the day but return home or to a sober living residence in the evenings.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program: As a form of primary treatment, an intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP), as it is often called, provides more flexibility to the patient. Treatment is built around the patient’s schedule, allowing them to meet work commitments and family obligations.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment Program: For some substance use disorders, medication is necessary to help manage cravings, deal with withdrawal symptoms, and stabilize a patient’s mental state. We offer a medication-assisted detox program using a variety of medications to assist patients in gradually overcoming the physical symptoms of addiction.

Our expert staff does a full evaluation when an individual comes to Ethan Crossing Recovery to determine the best fit level of care. Also, should a patient first need to complete medically-supervised detox at a drug detox center, we provide it for them and devise a treatment program for them.

There are 4 broad categories of clinical care outlined by the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Each level of care refers to a broad category of medical services and treatment models, increasing in intensity from level one to level four.

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Long-term recovery is the goal of Ethan Crossing Recovery. We know we can help you or a loved one overcome substance abuse and get on the road to recovery. Further, we understand dealing with addiction means treating the whole person. Drug and alcohol addiction takes a toll not just on the individual but on those around them. This includes their family, friends, loved ones, and coworkers. Finding the right treatment program does not just benefit the individual but everyone around that person. Therefore, we provide thorough medically-supervised detoxification and residential treatment where patients can heal their bodies and minds. Start the admissions process today to see how we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Drug treatment is individualized so the length of stay and level of care is based upon medical necessity. However, rehab typically lasts anywhere from 6 days to 90 days and longer. Medical detox can last anywhere between 5-10 days, while inpatient and residential programs 15-30 days followed by lower levels of care like partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient therapy, and outpatient treatment.

We accept most insurance plans both private and government-sponsored. It is our mission to make treatment accessible so that everyone can seek help. As part of this mission, we partner with insurance payors to secure in-network contracts. Here are some of the insurances that we accept but there is a good chance we will still be able to work with you to find help even if your insurance isn’t listed below. We are in-network with the following insurance providers: Aetna Better Health Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield AultCare Buckeye Insurance Care Source Cigna Humana Magellan MMO Molina Multiplan Paramount Valor Health Plan UHC.

George Kocher

George Kocher

George is a content creator with 7 years of experience working with substance use disorder patients. He has held positions as an admissions director, marketing manager, and Chief Marketing Officer within chemical dependency.

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