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First Steps in Addiction Treatment

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Of 23.5 million people only 2.6 million in 2009 received treatment who abused drugs and alcohol. Only 11.2% who needed treatment actually received it. 

People fear the unknown, which is one of the reasons why they do not seek addiction treatment among several other reasons. Not knowing what treatment consists of and what to expect treatment to be like can be overwhelming and even frightening. Especially for those who may need inpatient treatment within a rehab facility for potentially severe addiction or long-term addictions.

Educate Yourself

It is important to take the time to educate yourself about the several treatment options on treating addiction. Therefore, you will know what exactly to expect during the first initial steps of drug and alcohol treatment depending on what treatment option is best for you in order to receive the help you need. Eliminating the fear of not knowing makes it much easier to seek the treatment you need. This is true regardless of whether you need an inpatient or outpatient rehab facility. Palm Beach Interventions would like to assist you in choosing the best treatment options for you. We will help you with your long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol addictions. You can contact us today to get started in learning more about our treatment and therapy options available to you. That way, you can see which may suit you best in your circumstance. 

The First Steps Are Different For Everyone

The patient’s needs are what take center stage in determining the first steps of what treatment is needed. A detox may be required for some patients and even with detox, some patients may require a medical detox depending on the severity and longevity of their addiction. Although, for others, an intensive outpatient rehab detox might be sufficient enough.


In determining which addiction treatment is the best for you, you can expect to participate in an intake screening prior to arrival. This process allows a medical professional to determine the proper course of treatment that would be the most beneficial for your specific needs. Most of the time, the most favorable course of drug and/or alcohol treatment is determined after an intake phone call. 


The Intake Phone Call

Speaking with an intake coordinator over the phone is your first step in the screening process. It’s normal to feel nervous at first, many people are. Your coordinator will help to put you at ease as much as possible. By being transparent about explaining the next steps in the intake screening process.


The coordinator will begin to bring up and discuss your drug and/or alcohol use with you. They do this to try and determine the level of severity of your addiction. It is important to be as honest as you can about your history with your substance abuse history. You should also be honest about your current usage with the coordinator so they can accurately determine your addiction severity. This will help determine what treatment options will be the most beneficial for you. In this discussion, you will talk about your substance of choice, how much you use, and the length of time you have used. Your family’s history of addiction will also be discussed which will help incorporate a clearer picture of your overall needs. The coordinator will also ask about any physical and mental health issues you may have in addition to your substance abuse addictions. 

Having a Substance Abuse Disorder and Mental Health Disorder

It is quite normal for many people to have co-occurring disorders or concurrent disorders. This basically means that a person suffers from a substance abuse disorder along with a mental health disorder. These mental health disorders or illnesses can be anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. If you knowingly have been diagnosed with any of these mental illnesses or disorders it is very important to let the coordinator know during intake.

The coordinator needs to let the treatment team know right away so it can be incorporated into the treatment for your recovery path. This will help begin the recovery towards your successful sobriety, and ultimately a happier life, being both co-occurring disorders must be treated simultaneously. 

When your coordinator determines the best course of treatment, and you agree with the treatment plan then admission will be scheduled. The intake call and admission process actually look very similar to one another. You will receive a physical by a nurse or a physician. The medical professional will look for additional conditions, for example, high blood pressure. They will also take notes and check your vitals. They will also ask for further information about your drug and alcohol use and additional medical history.

You will also be expected to give a drug test, which you have no reason to worry about passing or failing. The drug test is for informational purposes only and it is not to incriminate you or get you into any legal trouble. The data gathered will be used by your treatment team in deciding how to properly begin your treatment towards a drug-free life. 

If you are struggling with drug and alcohol dependency, call us today at (561) 556-1979. Here at Palm Beach Interventions, we care about your future being drug and alcohol-free!

Drug Detoxing 

For those who are physically dependent on drugs and have been for a long time and/or severely dependent on drugs, we highly recommend they receive medical supervision when they go through detox. It is much safer for them to go under a medically supervised detox because otherwise, it is too dangerous and also life-threatening otherwise.

Those who have not been on drugs or alcohol long-term and may have a mild or even moderate addiction may need to detox through outpatient or PHP-supported detox. 

Whichever way, when it comes to detox it is wise to have proper support medically through some specialized team. In fact, when trying to detox completely on your own without proper support you are more than likely to fail. Many people end up returning to drugs when they try to detox by themselves with no outside support. 

When detoxing you can expect it to take between 5 to 10 days, though it can depend on several factors such as the type of drug that was used. It also can depend on the severity of the dependence as well. During the detox, the body will go through many psychological and physical changes as it withdrawals from the substance or substances. Luckily, there are some medications doctors will prescribe that can help with the withdrawal symptoms as your body goes through this rigorous process. 

Detoxing in an Inpatient Facility

If you are detoxing within an inpatient facility you will have around-the-clock care by medical personnel. You will also have therapists who will help you emotionally and psychologically help you deal with issues you may have as the drug leaves your body physically. Team members have training to help make you feel as comfortable as they can while you go through this detox process. Once you complete detox, you will officially be ready to begin rehab to start focusing on your therapy for recovery.

If you have any questions about the detox process feel free to contact us at Palm Beach Interventions today! We will be happy to explain this process in further detail to you.

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Inpatient Rehab

For some patients, they don’t need detox, but they would still benefit from an inpatient rehab, which would make it their first step in their drug rehab addiction treatment. If you need detox prior to this, then inpatient would be your second step on your road to recovery from your addiction treatment.

Inpatient rehab is an intensive program, especially since you stay overnight in a rehab facility. Professionals monitor you df24/7 in a controlled environment. It focuses on ensuring that you completely have freed yourself from the hold drugs have over you and your life. You spend six hours a day in intensive treatment and therapy each day working through your addiction problems. You also spend more time focusing more time on yourself and your needs and finding ways to develop new healthier habits and problem solving to live a life supportive of sobriety. 

Each person will have a unique individualized treatment plan when they enter rehab. Being that each plan is unique to each person it is nearly impossible to know exactly what will occur for each person. Though, you can still get a generalized idea of what to expect during treatment overall. 

What Happens During Treatment

During treatment, you can expect your day to begin by eating a nutritious healthy breakfast. This breakfast will help fuel your body and mind which will help ensure you have the strength to take on the issues you face. You can expect to eat with other patients within the facility and then afterward go to the morning meetings. The attendance of group meetings could seem overwhelming but the groups are relatively small. Therefore, you will get better attention. You might even make some friends too! 

In a group, the group leader will start with an individualized topic for discussion, and everyone is able to participate together. It’s normal for everyone to feel shy, especially at first. Soon you will come to realize that groups do provide a warm and welcoming environment for everyone to participate. We encourage you to use the space to talk about life stressors and roadblocks that stand in your way during recovery. Other members, including your group leader, will offer insight and support and you will all learn from one another in a positive way. 

Everyone will break for lunch and then continue with possibly more groups or individualized therapies in between. There are many programs available that confront everything from spirituality to trauma. There is even a stress reduction group you are able to attend that is mindful-ness based. When you feel an urge to use substances these techniques can come to be very helpful in abstaining. 

Palm Beach Interventions, has many additional therapies and activities available to help with maintaining sobriety. It helps reduce stress which helps our patients focus on their successful recovery. At the end of each day, our patients can look forward to a nutritious and healthy dinner that is satisfying. Afterward, they are able to return to their rooms and relax for the evening. We separate rooms by gender. This way, you can feel comfortable knowing you will spend the evening with those who share the same gender as you. You will feel safe and secure as you process what you have learned throughout the day in your meetings.

Outpatient Rehab

After the screening process with the intake coordinator, they may determine that an outpatient rehab may be best for your recovery. People who have a mild to moderate addiction to drugs usually can begin with an outpatient rehab program. It is also applicable for those who have left an inpatient treatment facility and need to transition to an outpatient.

Outpatient treatment rehab lasts for about three hours a day. You can also complete it during the day or even in the evenings as well. You will expect to receive group therapy and also group therapy with outpatient rehab. 

Professional rehab specialists will tailor outpatient therapy to meet your specific needs just the same as inpatient treatment rehab. The groups patients attend will be specific to the support they need. You will also have staff for when you need additional support. Although it is not as intensive as inpatient rehab, it is still very effective for many individuals. Do you have a good support system at home? Do you have work and family responsibilities you cannot leave? If so, you may favor this option. Especially being they also don’t experience as many external triggers to their addictions as well.

This enables them to get the rehab treatment they need to combat their addiction and work towards their sobriety. All the while not completely disrupting their livelihood. For certain individuals, outpatient rehab is a great way to recover. Especially since for many maintaining one’s employment through treatment in itself ensures their confidence and sense of purpose.

What Is Your First Step?

There is no singular answer as to what your first step can be. The first step will be the screening by an intake coordinator. Then, you can see what is the best treatment plan is best for you in your circumstance. There are several options as to what your plan may come about to be. There’s no doubt that professionals want the best for you during your recovery. We want to determine the best treatment plan for you, especially with you in agreement. As long as you are willing to go through the intake process, you can express yourself and help your intake coordinator determine the right appropriate plan for you. For more information or to speak with an intake coordinator contact us at Palm Beach Interventions at, (561) 556-1979 today!


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