By Robert Lien, MHA
Finding help for alcohol use or drug addiction can be overwhelming. If you have never spoken to a professional about treatment for alcohol addiction it can be challenging to know where to start searching for help. Like many other services today, people will begin searching for alcohol treatment with an online search. Looking for help online by searching “How do I find a rehab center near me?” will yield millions of results in the blink of an eye. These results may only add to the confusion, as terminology for treatment centers will vary. For example, you may see the word Rehabilitation and Rehab used interchangeably. At its core, the word Rehabilitation is referring to helping people to recover from whatever condition they suffer from and to help them get on with living a healthy and productive lifestyle.
It is important to keep in mind that a facility advertising for alcohol rehab may also provide drug rehab that treats various substances. A rehab center may offer detoxification from alcohol and drugs, while other facilities may provide group therapy and individual therapy to help people better understand their condition. Determining if someone needs a rehab for detox requires an evaluation which takes into consideration any medical and psychiatric needs. It can be very dangerous (even deadly) to stop using substances such as alcohol cold turkey, so it is very important to make sure someone will get safe and comfortable care under the supervision of a medical professional.
It is not hard to find a rehab center in Los Angeles. The challenge can be making sure that it provides the right services for each individual person. Many people suffer from mental health conditions in combination with alcohol or drug addiction. The type of rehab center that treats both addiction and mental health is commonly referred to as a “dual diagnosis” center or co-occurring rehabilitation center. Typically, at this type of rehab there will be groups and therapy sessions that treat both mental health and addiction to make sure the person is getting treatment for both. These dual diagnosis rehab centers will offer a variety of services that include seeing a psychiatrist, medical doctor, therapist and other essential providers.
With all of this in mind it is important to ask questions about medical attention, psychiatric care as well as utilizing insurance to pay for the rehab center. If you have questions about what kind of rehab you or someone else could benefit from, call CAST Centers today, we are here to help you find the freedom to be your best self.