If you’re seeking help with substance abuse, you can visit several places for support and advice. While the best places to go for help are inpatient or outpatient rehab centers, which you can find by doing a Google search or going through SAMHSA’s National Helpline, there are other resources, too. These resources include organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, Sober Living homes, medication-assisted facilities, and Faith based-rehabs. Let’s take a closer look at these other options.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is a 12-step program that can help you get and stay sober. You can find a meeting close to you by checking your local phone book or online. These meetings are held almost everywhere, including at home, work, or church
. There are many different types of meetings. The most basic one is where people gather to discuss their addictions, which can be a great way to reconnect with others who have suffered from substance abuse. The meeting may include reading recovery literature or a speaker giving a brief overview of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The first step in AA is to admit to yourself that you have a problem, which can save you from years of heartache. Finding a sponsor is the next step. A sponsor is someone willing to guide you through the twelve steps. They can answer your questions about relapse and offer phone support outside of the meeting.
Sober Living Homes
Whether you are a recovering addict or want to get away from the temptations of your hometown, a sober living home can provide invaluable support. A sober living house is a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment where you can develop positive relationships and take steps toward recovery. Sober living homes are different from other residential treatment programs.
The rules and regulations vary from home to home, but many sober living homes require residents to complete a rehab program and sign a contract committing to their recovery. Sober living homes are typically a structured environment with strict rules for alcohol and drug use, and residents are not allowed to have pets. These rules help residents develop healthy habits and protect the recovery of other residents. Some sober homes may have curfews and other restrictions, while others may require random drug testing. Each sober-living facility has its rules, so it’s essential to find out what they are before applying.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
MAT is a comprehensive, clinically proven treatment for substance use disorders. It combines medication with counseling and other behavioral health therapies to address addiction. It is used primarily for opioid and alcohol use disorders. MAT reduces the risk of relapse and overdose and increases retention in treatment. It can also reduce infectious disease transmission and criminal activity associated with drug-seeking behaviors.
MAT uses medications, including buprenorphine and methadone, to treat substance abuse. It also uses counseling and cognitive-behavioral therapy to help people overcome their addictions and prevent relapse. These programs also reduce the risk of HIV infection. Patients may experience reduced pain associated with withdrawal, and their cravings for opioids and alcohol decrease. They are also less likely to relapse if they are under medical supervision. MAT also reduces the likelihood of overdose and can provide a lasting solution for those unable to stop using. Narcan is a type of opioid antagonist that can reverse an overdose.
Several studies have found that people with strong religious faith recover more quickly from addiction. They are more likely to be less anxious and feel more supported, and they are also more likely to be abstinent at one-year follow-up. Some religious rehab centers specialize in treating those struggling with alcohol or drug abuse. These centers often feature cognitive behavioral therapy, which changes harmful behaviors and beliefs. They may also include 12-Step facilitation groups.
These groups bring together addicts and recovery partners who share a common goal. These programs provide spiritual support for people in recovery. This support helps addicts strengthen their faith and overcome guilt and shame. It can also give them renewed confidence. In a faith-based rehab, many other people in the program have similar beliefs. Some of these people may be Christians, while others are not.
You can find out what type of religion each center believes in before you start. For more information on how to find an inpatient or outpatient rehab facility for substance abuse or more about the other programs mentioned here, please call us at 833-610-1174. Our counselors look forward to helping you on your recovery journey.