How to Decide Which Recovery Option is Best for Your Child

How to Decide Which Recovery Option is Best for Your Child

If you have decided to seek addiction treatment for your child, chances are you’re familiar with some of the options that are available to you. However, you may not be aware of the differences of approach to each method and if you are not familiar with the system, it can be difficult to tell which kind of treatment will be best for your loved one.

If that is the case for you, we would love to help you decide what will work best for your family. Please call us at 888-357-7577 or email us at [email protected] and we will do all that we can to assist you!

In the media, addiction treatment has typically been displayed as talking in circles in group therapy, or as sitting in a house in Malibu attending acupuncture appointments. While this representation is not wholesale false, there are many different styles and approaches to treatment that can sometimes be overlooked.

Here are three main types of addiction treatment and recovery, and how they differ.


Inpatient Rehab

The most common form of treatment for addiction is inpatient rehab. Essentially this method of recovery entails that the client will live in a house or facility for a specified time (usually 30 to 90 days) and there is usually a medical detox directly associated with or owned by the rehab.

There are several benefits of inpatient rehab, ranging from mandatory individual or group therapy to acupuncture, yoga, chef-prepared meals, and many more. A potential downside to this method can be that there are some programs that fall in this category that could be considered less-than legitimate and may not deliver on what they promise. By no means is that to say that ALL inpatient rehab programs are that way. In fact, most of these facilities are well-managed and maintained in order to best assist their clientele. As with anything else in the realm of recovery, knowledge is power. The day-to-day structure and methods of treatment in these rehabs can vary wildly, so if you decide that this is the right direction for your family to go, we urge you to be thorough in your search and pick one that truly has your loved one’s best interests in mind.

New Life House does not offer inpatient facilities. We do not have medical personnel on staff, and any detox done on-site is not medically assisted. Many people choose to come to New Life House after undergoing medically assisted detox at another facility.


Sober Living

Another addiction treatment option is sober living houses like New Life House. These homes are another treatment option in which an addict will live at a house or facility for a specific amount of time dependant on the individual. These are usually a little more long-term, (90 days to 2 years) but it can be very different depending on the terms of the facility.

Most of the time, there will not be a medical detox associated with sober livings: they’re intended as a form of aftercare after being discharged from an inpatient rehab program. They act as a transitional period between rehab and a sober life outside of treatment. Again, the structure and methods can vary from place to place, so research is key when looking into sober living facilities.

A potential downside to sober living is that they may be too highly structured for some addicts who may not be ready to commit to long-term sobriety, or not structured enough for those who truly do want to recover and could be struggling.

New Life House offers long-term residential treatment solutions for men between the ages of 18 and 32, but we do not provide any medical services. We do not require attendance to a treatment program beforehand in order to come to New Life, which may be a prerequisite for some sober living facilities.


Outpatient Programs

These are usually highly therapy-focused programs in which a patient will continue to live in their own home and regularly attend a facility for individual and group therapy. There can be benefits like group outings added on to this, but it is usually geared toward intensive therapy, and some facilities also offer drug testing services.

This treatment method can be extremely helpful for those who cannot commit to dropping everything in their lives for months at a time and are often the first introduction to recovery that adolescent addicts experience.

A possible downfall of this type of program is that while continuing in their lives almost as normal, it can be somewhat easy for a person to continue to use drugs. These types of programs are usually recommended to be paired with AA or other recovery groups of the like.


Choosing What’s Best for Your Loved One

To sum it up, there are pros and cons to all of the different forms of treatment. There is no magic cure or one-size-fits-all solution for addiction, and it does not happen overnight.

However, it is possible to achieve recovery, and we want to be here to help you and your family find your way to it. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-357-7577 or email us at [email protected], and we will help to set you on the path to freedom from addiction.

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