Struggling from a substance abuse problem may be debilitating. Not only does it affect individuals, but also their loved ones. Addiction may isolate people and damage many aspects of their lives.
Once an addiction develops and persists, it takes control of the individual. This is why it is important to know the signs of a developing substance use disorder and to seek help right away.
Battling substance is difficult but not impossible. Multiple studies indicate that addictions may be managed by applying evidence-based techniques. Individuals suffering from addiction have different life circumstances, so treatment programs should be custom-tailored to suit each client’s needs.
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Why the 90-Day Program?
According to experts such as the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), substance use disorders are illnesses. Addictions and other mental health issues may be addressed when individuals go through therapy and seek other professional assistance.
Rehabilitation centers frequently offer treatment programs in 30-day increments. In Mountain Springs Recovery, we have 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day programs. Inpatient treatment plans may be necessary for some individuals to focus on their recovery and remove themselves from life’s distractions. Such inpatient programs typically require people to stay at treatment centers for the length of their treatment.
Additionally, inpatient treatment may be necessary to monitor the potentially dangerous effects produced by substance withdrawal. By having the right facilities, staff, and environment, there is an increased chance of successful recovery.
The 90-day program is one of the longest treatment plans, and it offers several benefits for those who are seeking recovery. It may help those who are battling severe addictions and want to participate in a relatively long inpatient process. It may be a good choice for those who have the commitment and resources to stop their addictions altogether.
Benefits of a 90-Day Inpatient Rehab Program
In a 90-day inpatient rehab program, clients are encouraged to stay at facilities for ninety days. While inpatients will be able to meet with their loved ones during visitation periods, they will stay within the confines of their rehab center during treatment. This arrangement helps people avoid triggers that may prompt them to use drugs or alcohol during the rehabilitation process.
What are the benefits of inpatient care? What happens when a person decides to stay within a rehab facility? Below are some advantages of participating in a 90-day rehab program:
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A 90-day rehab program offers longer periods of assistance and additional care that are not available with 30-day and 60-day programs.The program may connect clients to additional care after treatment (such as intensive outpatient programs) to ensure the success of recovery. Some treatment options available in a 90-day program are:
- Detox medication and medication-assisted therapy (MAT)
- 12-step programs
- Non 12-step programs
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Family therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Holistic treatments
- Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
Signs That Indicate You May Need Professional Help
While trying to treat substance use disorders on their own, some people may attempt to self-medicate or avoid certain substances. Such tactics are often not successful. They may pose a threat to one’s health because addiction changes the brain and the body. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5) discusses various characteristics of substance abuse disorders. They are signs that may indicate that an individual has a substance use disorder and needs professional help:
- Continued use of drugs and alcohol despite knowing the risks: People who are aware of the dangers of substance abuse but cannot stop using drugs or alcohol may show signs of alcohol or drug dependence.
- Inability to function: Another possible sign of dependence or addiction is an inability to function. Some individuals suffer from withdrawal symptoms that prevent them from living their daily lives if they do not have drugs or alcohol.
- Inability to quit: Individuals may have the desire to quit but are unable to do so because drugs and alcohol have affected their brains and bodies.
- Relationship problems: Individuals suffering from substance use disorders may find themselves in conflict with family members, friends, or co-workers.
- Isolation: Substance use disorders may people to become reclusive. This may be due to negative stigmas that surround addiction. A loss of interest in daily activities may also cause individuals to isolate themselves.
- Withdrawal: Another sign of alcohol or drug dependence occurs when individuals experience intense cravings or use substances to find relief from withdrawal symptoms.
- Tolerance: Drug tolerance occurs when individuals suffering from substance use disorder gradually use higher doses of drugs and alcohol to achieve the same effects as before.
- Elevation of substance use: Substance abuse may control individuals’ lives. People may find it difficult to focus on other aspects of life, only going to places, talking to people, or engaging in activities that relate to their drug or alcohol use.
- Excessive use of drugs and alcohol: With increased tolerance and dependence, individuals may find themselves using alcohol or drugs in excessive amounts. They may engage in binge drinking (drinking a lot in a brief period) and other harmful practices.
- Mental disorders: Some people are diagnosed with other mental health problems that are often associated with substance use. Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders also need to be addressed professionally along with substance abuse.
- Physical harm: Whether self-inflicted or inflicted upon others, physical harm may pose a risk to one’s life and a risk to other people. While under the influence of drugs or alcohol, people may be more likely to inflict harm.
This is a guideline that may help professionals as well as those who may be suffering from substance use problems. If you recognize these signs and symptoms, seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Talk to an Intake Coordinator
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Tolerance, Dependence, and Addiction
As we gain more understanding about substance use disorders, it is important to define some terms. This knowledge may help individuals assess their conditions objectively and seek help when they need it. Tolerance, dependence, and addiction are often terms that people use interchangeably. Some of the key differences describe the degree of substance use or the severity of the substance use disorder.
- Tolerance: Tolerance occurs when continued drug or alcohol use affects the brain’s chemical composition. Because of these changes, people may need to use more drugs or alcohol to feel the same effects they once felt. This increased tolerance often leads to dependence.
- Dependence: Drug or alcohol dependence occurs when people attempt to stop using drugs but find themselves physically and mentally unable to do so. Quitting drugs or alcohol may be difficult because individuals may experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, tremors, flu-like ailments, and psychological disturbances.
- Addiction: People who are addicted to substances are already past tolerance and dependence. Avoiding substances becomes a challenge and people find it extremely difficult to focus on other areas of their lives. If they try to stop using substances, people with addictions may experience withdrawal symptoms.
It is important to assess the level of substance use in order to find the right treatment plan. When people enter 90-day rehab programs, designated health care professionals evaluate them to determine if they are suffering from tolerance, dependence, or addiction.
Additionally, there are substances that may cause potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Individuals should not suddenly quit using these substances because of the risks, especially if they do not have professional assistance. Some complications may occur when people stop using certain substances abruptly:
- Alcohol: Withdrawal from alcohol may pose risks, especially if the addiction is severe. For example, people with binge drinking disorder may experience delirium tremens (DT) upon withdrawal. This is a condition that may cause seizures and be fatal without medical assistance.
- Benzodiazepines: Also called benzos, these drugs are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and panic attacks. Benzos are depressants, and people who attempt to quit using them on their own may experience nausea, heart palpitations, panic attacks, and muscle stiffness. When people use alcohol with benzos, they may experience overdoses that may be fatal.
- Methadone: Used to treat addiction, this drug may be addictive itself and may stay in the body for up to six weeks. As a result, it may be difficult to determine if symptoms are from the withdrawal from methadone or other physical issues. Signs of methadone withdrawal include tremors, headaches, muscle pain, and thoughts of suicide.
- Barbiturates: Another type of depressant drugs, barbiturates are less common but people still use them. For those who have barbiturate addictions, withdrawal symptoms may include delirium, heart problems, seizures, and tremors. Using alcohol with barbiturates also creates a risk of overdose and may be life-threatening.
Undergoing a 90-day rehab program is a big commitment. Some people may wonder whether they want to seek inpatient treatment. At Mountain Springs Recovery, we want to familiarize you with the steps of a typical rehab program.Some things you may encounter when you sign up for a 90-day rehab program include:
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Before being admitted as an inpatient, you may be required to complete forms and answer questions. You may be required to undergo physical and psychological evaluations that will help determine the course of treatment.
These procedures may mark the beginning of your 90-day rehab program. Health care professionals, therapists, and other staff members will encourage you to stay within the center for the whole period. Although completing the entire ninety days is recommended, you will not be held against your will. When committing to the entirety of the program, the decision is entirely up to you.
Medical detoxification (detox) is one of the initial steps of the treatment process. Depending on the recommendations of professionals, clients may have prescription medications, bed rest, and therapy to help people remove toxins from their bodies.
On-call staff members will work to manage complications to help lessen the effects of withdrawal. This assistance helps make withdrawal symptoms safer and more comfortable.
Evidence-based therapies may be effective methods to manage substance use disorders. By incorporating one or more behavioral therapies, clients may successfully change their thought patterns and reactions to triggers.
Behavioral therapy assistance may help manage other mental health disorders. Some clients may have other issues aside from substance abuse, so behavioral therapy is an integrated approach to treatment. Some evidence-based therapies include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Family therapy
- Relaxation training
- Emotionally focused therapy (EFT)
After a person completes a 90-day rehab program within a treatment facility, health care professionals may refer the client to participate in an intensive outpatient program (IOP) to help reduce relapse risk. Examples of aftercare options within IOPs include one-on-one or group counseling, sobriety support groups, and lifestyle checklists.
Paying for Rehab
A 90-day rehab program may be expensive, but this does not mean that you cannot undergo this much-needed treatment. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) requires insurers to cover substance use disorders. This coverage may help you seek treatment and pay little to no out-of-pocket costs.
At Mountain Springs Recovery, we accept most major insurance providers and will work with you to find a way to fund your treatment. Whether you decide to pay through insurance, savings, loans, sponsorships, or other means, reach out to us to discuss your options.
Ways to cover the costs of a rehabilitation program include:
- Health insurance
- Personal loans
- Sponsorship by employers, loved ones, or religious or community groups
By using these options or a combination of these options, it is possible to cover the cost of treatment. Remember that rehab programs are investments for health. The earlier you take the first step, the better your chances of recovery.
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If you want to regain control of your life, reach out to us to learn how we may help. Change starts with a single step. An addiction may appear to be a deep pit that you cannot leave, but committing to a rehabilitation program may help you rise from the pit and recover.
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