Drug Addiction Treatment FAQ
Drug Addiction Treatment FAQ
If you’re considering a drug addiction treatment center in Los Angeles county to aid your recovery, you should be proud of yourself, as we know how difficult the decision can be.
We also know that it can be tough to take that next step when you begin accepting help.
You probably have a lot of questions about what drug addiction treatment entails.
This section answers the most common questions we get from people before they begin treatment.
If you have any questions not answered below, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with additional information.
While this FAQ covers drug addiction treatment, we also have a general FAQ page covering general topics about the Inspire Malibu Facility.
1. Do You Offer Drug Detox Programs?
The initial step in most patients’ drug addiction treatment plan is detox.
At Inspire Malibu, we offer detox for the following substances:
- Benzodiazepines (Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, Xanax)
- Opiates and Opioids (Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet)
- Methadone and Suboxone
- Alcohol, GHB
Each type of drug requires something different in terms of detox, and you’ll be monitored by experienced detox professionals who will continually oversee your progress.
2. What if I Decide to Detox on My Own?
Under no circumstances is it wise to attempt to detox on your own.
Some of the most common symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Profuse sweating
- Severe trembling
Many people who try to detox on their own quickly give up and return to their addiction. The discomfort and pain can be too much without professional guidance and support.
In some cases, people have even died from detoxing without medical assistance.
At Inspire Malibu, we take pride in our safe and comfortable process. If necessary, our staff can prescribe medication to ease the symptoms.
After detox is complete, you’ll be ready to take the next step in your drug addiction treatment plan.
3. How Long Does Your Drug Addiction Treatment Take?
Most of our patients stay with us for 30 days and continue with the outpatient program after leaving.
We always conduct an initial assessment before recommending a residential drug addiction treatment program.
After the first 30 days, we’ll do a second assessment and provide you with another recommendation.
It may be best for you to stay with us for 30, 60, or more days. Our facility can accommodate stays of any length.
How long you stay with us depends on how much progress you make during that first month. The most important thing is that you stay with us for as long as possible.
4. What Is an Evidence-Based Approach to Drug Addiction Treatment?
Evidence-based treatment consists of multiple approaches that have proven to be successful at helping patients overcome addiction.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This skill-oriented therapy is designed to show patients how their thoughts and behaviors are related. This includes looking at past experiences that may be causing problems and learning adaptive ways of thinking, leading to healthier behavior.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET): Patients collaborate with a therapist as a problem-solving unit to find the ideal solution. One of the main focuses of MET is showing the patient they are capable of recovery and other positive achievements.
Prescribing Medications That Reduce Cravings: Medications like Suboxone are one of many that can help curtail the temptation to use drugs, giving therapy enough time to begin taking effect on the hidden causes behind a patient’s addiction.
We’re incredibly proud to offer an evidence-based approach to our patients. Many facilities still rely on 12-step principles roots in organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous. These require embracing certain spiritual concepts as a means of treating addiction. Our secular approach doesn’t require adherence to religious or spiritual beliefs, yet any are welcome to be practiced.
Our evidence-based approach is more inclusive and considers underlying medical issues that often complicate addiction treatment and recovery.
5. Do You Use Medication in Your Drug Addiction Treatment?
Yes, we offer Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) when necessary for detox or addiction to certain substances. Our medical director was the first doctor in CA to be licensed to use Suboxone for treating heroin and opioid addiction.
Our clinical staff uses Medication-Assisted Treatment combined with behavioral therapy and counseling to help patients with their recovery.
No two people are the same, and no two addictions are the same. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean medication for everyone in our drug addiction program. We use a variety of treatment modalities that are individualized to suit each person’s unique needs. Before beginning any treatment plan, a board-certified addiction specialist performs a complete assessment.
6. Do I Have to Participate in Group Sessions?
Yes, group meetings are a part of every drug addiction treatment plan here at Inspire Malibu. While we understand it can be intimidating or uncomfortable to discuss addiction in front of others, we can assure you that these sessions work. Most patients also discover that they become pretty comfortable after the initial meeting.
Of course, you will also spend time in one-on-one therapy with an experienced counselor. Although group sessions are beneficial, we know that person requires individual attention. We appreciate that some topics are easier to discuss in private.
One-on-one sessions also allow our counselors to regularly assess how each person progresses with treatment, including listening to feedback. Our clinicians can make changes to ensure everyone is headed in the right direction.
Finally, the National Institute on Drug Abuse research has proven that individual therapy and group sessions are ideal for effectively treating addiction.
7. Do You Treat People Who Are Addicted to Marijuana?
One of the biggest misconceptions about drugs is that marijuana isn’t addictive.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a harmless misunderstanding. Far too often, it keeps people from entering drug addiction treatment and getting the help they need.
Marijuana has several adverse side effects, and addiction is one of them. While it might not be as common or as harmful as other drugs, it’s possible to become psychologically and physically addicted to marijuana.
At Inspire Malibu, we take a psychological, social perspective, and clinical approach to treating patients addicted to marijuana and other drugs.
Research suggests people addicted to marijuana respond incredibly well to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy, both available at our facility. We also use a non-12-step program and individual and group therapy sessions, among other things.
8. Can You Accommodate My Unique Health Requirements?
At Inspire Malibu, we know that each of our patients is unique from all the others. This is why we take an equally unique approach to drug or alcohol addiction treatment for each of them. Our programs always incorporate one-on-one sessions, where counselors can focus on individual patient’s needs, concerns, and questions.
This approach is how we’re able to adapt to unique health requirements. Our staff includes a team of doctors and trained addiction and mental health specialists, which allows us to accommodate any health requirements that need to be considered for treatment to be successful.
Let us know any requirements before or during intake, and we’ll prepare accordingly.
9. What if I Have a Co-Occurring Disorder?
Many of our patients come to us with dual diagnoses or co-occurring disorders. Because we have board-certified doctors in addiction medicine and psychiatry, we can treat people’s addictions and mental health issues.
Because addiction and mental health issues are often related, we understand that treating both problems at the same time offers the most successful outcome.
10. What Happens When I Complete Drug Addiction Treatment?
Despite what many people think, drug addiction treatment isn’t a magic cure for addiction. Recovery is an ongoing process that requires time to heal and return to a normal life.
During your time with us, our goal is to help you achieve sobriety, understand the underlying causes of your addiction, and provide you with the tools you’ll need to continue living clean for the rest of your life.
We offer outpatient options so you can continue connecting with your therapist and receiving whatever help you need to support your progress.
We even help many of our patients find therapists who specialize in the best care for them during their stays with us, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, SMART Recovery, outside groups, AA, and any therapies that offer the most success.
Patients are always welcome to return for further inpatient care if needed. Everyone person’s path to sobriety is different, and our door is always open.
Your family should also feel comfortable treating Inspire Malibu as a resource. We are available to help them better understand what they can do to help.
11. Can I Use Insurance to Pay for My Drug Addiction Treatment?
Inspire Malibu accepts several PPO insurance plans and is in-network with Magellan / Blue Shield of CA MHSA. Insurance can be verified on our website, or one of our intake specialists can review coverage over the phone for a definitive answer.
12. Do You Accept Medicaid/Medical or Medicare?
While we do not accept those forms of coverage, we offer financing plans which last for 18 months and come with zero interest.
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