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Does Treatment Even Work?
Addiction can be devastating and the thought of recovering can seem out of reach. But no matter how powerless you feel, change is possible with the right treatment and support.
It’s important to accept that treatment will take time. Most individuals need at least 3 months of treatment to significantly reduce or stop drug use.
Don’t believe that treatment works? Check out this success story!
By the time he was 16, Eric was regularly using drugs with his parents. At 22, he decided it was time to get clean. Today, he’s eight years sober and works as a life coach with CareSource Life Services where he helps others overcome their addiction and rebuild their lives. Read more about his journey in the Springfield News Sun.
What Can I Expect?
Recognizing you need treatment takes courage and strength. And it’s important that you don’t try to do it alone. Treatment is more than addressing your addiction. It includes addressing your day-to-day challenges, such as medical needs, mental and social challenges, family history and more.
Treatment is different for everyone. It’s not a one-size-fits all solution. A health care professional can help you determine which combination of support services will work best for you.
Here are the Things You can Expect from Most Treatment Programs
Detoxification, or detox, is the phase in which your body physically withdraws from drugs. It’s good to go through this process at an inpatient treatment facility or through an outpatient program so you can be monitored by a health care professional.
Counseling and Behavioral Therapy
Therapy is a critical part to recovery. Recovery will be hard physically, mentally and emotionally, so having a professional support you through this journey is so important. They will give you tools and techniques to help you stick to your treatment and they will address additional day-to-day challenges, such as mental and social challenges, family history and more.
Your doctor may prescribe you medications that help with withdrawal symptoms. Some common examples include buprenorphine/naloxone, Vivitrol, or methadone. Taking medication AND therapy can be a highly effective way to treat addiction.
Addiction can make you feel like you are alone. But many people battle addiction. Support groups allow you to connect with people who are on the same recovery journey. And more often than not, these people become your trusted friends for the long-haul.
I’m Ready. Where Do I Start?
When you are ready for treatment it’s important to start right away.
- Contact CareSource Member Services for assistance with finding a provider and scheduling an appointment. You can reach our Care Advocates through the dedicated addiction treatment phone number at 1-833-674-6437.
- Access on our website to find doctors who treat addiction in your area.
- Talk with your doctor about your addiction.
- Contact your Care Manager with CareSource.
- Principles of Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition) National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Shatterproof: Substance Use Disorder Treatment