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The AAC Program

Types of Drug Addiction Programs

AAC offers a full spectrum of substance abuse treatment services for adult men and women, based upon individual needs as assessed through comprehensive evaluations at admission and throughout participation in our program.

All Clients are Unique

Your individualized addiction plan is customized according to the addiction severity, presence of a co-occurring mental health disorder, and your unique needs.

Medical Detox

Depending on the drugs in your system, you may need to go through a detoxification process, or “detox.” Medical Detox is our highest level of care and involves round-the-clock medical monitoring of the withdrawal process to ensure your body safely heals from chemical dependency.

Safe Withdrawal

During this process, which typically lasts 5-7 days, our medical team provides 24/7 supervision for safe withdrawal as substances slowly exit the body. We also address any medical issues and administer the appropriate medications if clinically necessary.

Residential Detox

Our treatment facilities work with local healthcare providers to assess the unique detox needs of all clients. Once clients are medically cleared, our staff transports them to their specified residential treatment setting that is staffed 24/7 for medical monitoring.

Client Medications

For the safety of you or your loved one, all medications are kept in a secure location that remains locked at all times. At the appropriate dosing times, clients administer their own medications with one of our behavioral health staff present. In case of non-life threatening emergencies or to report changes in a client’s mental, physical, or emotional status, we have physicians and providers on-call to assist.

“Without professional supervision and medication to mitigate withdrawal symptoms, the risks of detox health complications and relapse substantially increase.”

Residential Treatment (RT)

Clients enter residential treatment, (sometimes known as inpatient treatment), once they are medically cleared and physical withdrawal symptoms have stabilized. Residential clients at our facilities are monitored 24/7 for their safety.

Structured Treatment

Our staff ensures that residential clients are actively involved in treatment. This includes consistent attendance at groups, individual sessions, and 12-Step meetings. Along with addiction care, our co-occurring focus addresses mental health issues as part of our integrated treatment. Co-occurring issues commonly treated are depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and other trauma conditions.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our PHP level of care provides you or your loved one with structured addiction treatment at least five days a week for a minimum of six treatment hours each day. Clients participate in customized treatment according to their needs consisting of daily programming, regular group therapy, and weekly individual therapy sessions.

Real-life Experiences

Clients enjoy greater access to the surrounding sober community with the opportunity to attend outside 12-Step meetings, while learning to have fun in recovery through recreational activities and experiential therapies. The purpose of PHP is to move clients away from around-the-clock supervision to gain more real-life experience in the community.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

IOP addiction treatment is the least restrictive of our programs, and provides you or your loved one with care three days per week, with a minimum of three treatment hours each day.

Community Access

Clients in IOP have greater access to the community and if scheduling permits, are able to continue their employment and other personal obligations. The focus of our IOP is to reintegrate individuals into society while we further collaborate with them on developing aftercare plans, exploring employment opportunities, and preparing them for the next step in their recovery.

Medical Detox at American Addiction Centers

Detoxification is an essential step in the addiction treatment process. A Medical Detox program helps you or your loved one safely stop using the substance(s) of abuse by removing residual toxins caused by the body’s physiological dependence on the drug(s) in a safe, medically-supervised setting. While both drug or alcohol detox can be physically unpleasant at times, without this process toxins may remain in the body and continue to cause cravings, psychological and emotional distress, medical issues, or other complications. Since substance use causes changes in the body’s biochemistry, it takes time, professional supervision, and individualized treatment to recover and restore equilibrium.

This biochemistry component of the addiction disease is why professionals and medical research strongly recommend that individuals seek supervised detox services instead of quitting cold turkey. Without professional supervision and medications to mitigate withdrawal symptoms, the risks of health complications and relapse substantially increase.

Furthermore, studies by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)show an there is an increased risk of fatal overdose when individuals relapse during this period just after detox due to the body’s shift in lowered drug tolerance levels.

How Detox Works at AAC

Step 1: On-Site Assessment

When clients walk through our doors, they are greeted by staff and escorted to a private area for discussion, assessment, and completion of paperwork. This initial on-site assessment helps determine the needed intensity of treatment services and level of care based on their presenting symptoms and conditions.

Step 2: Clinical Assessment

Based on the assessments’ findings, within 24 hours of admission clients undergo additional assessments that include a medical history, psychological evaluation, and physical. At this time, if there is a need for medications to help reduce or eliminate any withdrawal symptoms, our nurses obtain orders from licensed physicians.

Step 3: Tapering Programs

Tapering protocols signify approximately how long the drug detox or alcohol detox program will last, and the pace at which daily dosages of detox medications will be reduced. Detox tapering protocols are started according to physician’s orders. Withdrawal Experiences are Unique It is important to emphasize that each person’s withdrawal experience is unique based on:

  • Substances used – Amount, frequency, and method
  • Tolerance level – Increased or decreased
  • Addiction severity – History and progression
  • Co-occurring conditions – Mental health, medical, and chronic disease

Step 4: Transition to Treatment

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that the longer the time between an individual’s detox and admission into a residential treatment program, the greater the risk of relapse. It is for this reason that following completion of our detox program, clients immediately transition to one of our addiction treatment programs.

Detox FAQs

I’m afraid to enter treatment because I don’t want to go through withdrawal. What should I do?

There’s no reason to be afraid of treatment. Detox and withdrawal can be challenging but our facilities that provide on-site detox are staffed with licensed medical teams that will closely monitor you for signs and symptoms of withdrawal. By progressing through the detox progress, withdrawal symptoms tremendously diminish.

What is the detox environment at American Addiction Centers like?

For the sake of clients going through detox at AAC facilities, we’ve located our detox rooms away from the main client activity areas. This promotes a quiet environment that helps clients – especially during peak days of their withdrawal. However, theses detox rooms are close to staff offices for frequent monitoring and easy access to staff. Because American Addiction Centers specializes in dual diagnosis—simultaneously treating substance abuse and behavioral health issues—our licensed psychiatrists are available during the detox process to address high levels of stress or anxiety.

Finding Help for Addiction

Addiction is a medical disorder that is chronic in nature and defined by the inability to manage the impulse to drink and/or get high no matter how negatively the use of these substances impacts the person’s life. Physical dependence characterized by withdrawal symptoms when without the drug of choice, plus psychological dependence upon the drug or drugs defined by cravings, add up to an addiction disorder diagnosis. Even a genuine desire to stop using drugs or drinking is not enough to manage the disorder; rather, once addiction has set in, medical treatment including detox, medication, and a range of long-term therapies as well as aftercare support are recommended for long-term healing.
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Unfortunately, addiction can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. Though some people can safely use alcohol and even experiment with certain drugs recreationally without developing an addiction disorder, others cannot. An estimated one in 10 Americans aged 12 and older is living with a drug problem, including addiction, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also notes that the number of Americans living with an addiction adds up to about 2.6 million people, yet report that only about 11 percent of that number get the addiction treatment they need to heal.

If you, or someone you love, are struggling with addiction, the time to seek addiction treatment is right now.

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What is Addiction?

What Is the Difference between Substance Abuse And Addiction?

SAMHSA defines use, abuse, and addiction to any illicit substance very specifically. “Use”of drugs and alcohol includes any alcohol or drug ingestion by any means with the intent to socialize and relax with others on a recreational level. Though the amount used may not seem to be harmful and may not ultimately lead to dependence upon the substance of choice, it may still put the individual in harm’s way if recreational drug or alcohol use leads to unsafe choices or situations while the person is under the influence. “Abuse”of drugs and alcohol is defined as chronic use of any illicit substance that results in at least one of the following issues in the past year:

  • An inability to maintain commitments or fulfill obligations in one’s career, at school, or in the home.
  • Physically dangerous situations that could lead to accident.
  • Legal problems related to use of any substance or choices made while under the influence.
  • Relationship difficulties at home, with neighbors, and/or in the workplace.

“Addiction” or dependence upon a drug or drugs, including alcohol, is defined by experiencing three or more of the following problems within the past year as a direct consequence of chronic use of the substances of choice:

  • The individual builds a tolerance to the drug of choice (e.g., requiring higher and higher doses in order to experience the “high” associated with use).
  • Money designated for survival (e.g., rent, food, utilities) is instead used to buy drugs and alcohol.
  • Care of dependent family members or regard for the safety of others in general, including in the workplace and on the road, becomes negligent.
  • The individual experiences physical withdrawal symptoms when without the drug of choice that will vary depending on the specific substance but may include nausea, shaking, chills, sweating, vomiting, body pains, and more.
  • The individual takes the substance of choice more often or in larger amounts than originally intended.
  • Despite a genuine desire to stop using or drinking, the individual is unable to moderate or stop use of all substances for any length of time.
  • The major focus of almost every day is getting high or drunk, recovering from the effects of drugs or alcohol, obtaining more drugs and alcohol, or doing things that will in general enable the ability to get and stay high.
  • Individuals may no longer take part in hobbies or social events that were once important to them due to substance abuse.
  • Despite the fact that negative consequences of using drugs and alcohol continue to pile up, the individual is unable to quit.

How does”use” become “addiction”?

No one takes their first drink or tries a new drug with the intent to develop a dependence upon the substance. However, regular use of addictive substances can lead to a tolerance, or the need to take more and more in order to experience the original effects. This tolerance coupled with regular use can lead to physical dependence, which in turn may translate into withdrawal symptoms when without the drug. This experience is often also characterized by cravings for the substance and, when combined with the tolerance and withdrawal symptoms, individuals may suddenly find themselves living with an addiction despite their original intention to only use the drug or drink occasionally.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

There is a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms that can indicate a drug addiction problem. These will vary depending upon the specific drug and its mechanism in the brain and body as well the dose used daily, whether or not other drugs including alcohol are also being abused, underlying medical or mental health issues experienced by the individual, and how long the person has been abusing the drug of choice. However, there are numerous signs and symptoms of drug abuse and addiction that can help family members to recognize the need for treatment when it arises. These include:

  • Increased physical illness (e.g., cold and flu symptoms) or low energy and complaints of fatigue.
  • Extreme changes in eating patterns (e.g., eating far more than usual or in binges, eating far less than usual, and avoiding food completely for long stretches of time).
  • Extreme changes in sleeping patterns (e.g., spending more time in bed than usual, sleeping at odd hours, or not sleeping for days on end).
  • Development of chronic health disorders related to drug use (e.g., asthma and breathing complications when the drug is smoked, liver damage due to drinking, or heart problems due to heroin or stimulant abuse), including mental health disorders.
  • Exacerbation of symptoms of underlying medical or mental health disorders.
  • Extreme mood swings that vary with use of different drugs.
  • Extreme physical illness (e.g., withdrawal symptoms) that come on quickly and/or disappear quickly with use of the drug of choice.
  • Refusal to spend time with family or old friends, manage work and other commitments, manage finances effectively, or prioritize general health and wellness.

Whether or not an individual’s use of drugs and alcohol is defined as “abuse”or “addiction,”if the person is unable to stop drinking and getting high without support, it’s a problem that requires treatment.

Common Drugs of Addiction

There is a range of substances ” legal and illegal ” that are used recreationally to get high or in the maintenance of an ongoing addiction. Some commonly abused drugs include the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Prescription opiates (e.g., oxycodone and hydrocodone)
  • Prescription benzodiazepines (e.g., lorazepam and diazepam)
  • Prescription stimulants (e.g., amphetamine/dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate)
  • Synthetic cannabinoidshttps://americanaddictioncenters.org/synthetic(e.g., synthetic marijuana and Spice)
  • Synthetic cathinones (e.g., bath salts)
  • Steroids and performance-enhancing drugs
  • Inhalants (e.g., cleaners, aerosols, and sprays)
  • Over-the-counter medications (e.g., certain cold medications and weight loss supplements)
  • Club drugs (e.g., ecstasy and Molly)
  • Hallucinogens (e.g., LSD, peyote, and mushrooms)
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Crystal meth
  • PCP
Last updated on October 11, 20182018-10-11T14:05:58
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