Category Archives: Addiction Treatment

What is a Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment?

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Addiction is a complex disease that requires more than just detox. For a complete recovery, psychiatric care is often necessary.

The River Source assesses each individual before they start treatment at our inpatient or outpatient facility. This helps us better understand the nature of the addiction and co-occurring conditions that may be present. Using this information, our doctors and counselors can build an individualized treatment and recovery plan for each patient.

Let’s learn more about what an evaluation consists of so that you or a loved one knows what to expect.

Link Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse

There is a strong link between mental health and addiction. More than half of people who suffer from mental illness also deal with a substance abuse disorder. With such a strong connection, it’s important for addicts to be screened for a dual diagnosis when first entering treatment. If depression, anxiety or PTSD is not addressed during treatment, it will only end up complicating the recovery process later on.

An evaluation is one of the best ways to determine if a patient needs help with a mental illness, a previous diagnosis or a medical health condition. The River Source does an over-the-phone evaluation before accepting someone into our treatment center. The reason for this is to make sure we are equipped to help the individual. If we feel that we don’t have the proper support services in place, we will let you know and guide you toward other resources.

Topics Discussed in a Psychological Assessment

Fortunately, we are able to help the majority of people who come to us. Before starting treatment, we conduct a bio-psycho-social assessment. Here are some of the topics that are discussed during this informational, Q&A process.

  • Type/amount of substance abused

  • Vulnerability for developing substance abuse

  • Severity of the disorder

  • Readiness for change

  • Fears/concerns over the recovery process

  • Medical/psychiatric conditions

  • Individual strengths

  • Social and environmental context

  • Emotional health of the family

Building Personalized Treatment Plans

All evaluations are done in a comfortable, intimate setting. Our patients always receive respect and compassion. We are not here to judge. The more we learn about the person, the more effective we can be at developing a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan that includes the right balance of:

  • Family support

  • Education courses

  • Group therapy

  • Individual addiction counseling

  • Cognitive behavioral support

If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, call The River Source. Our integrative treatment options are effective at treating both substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Should I Travel for Addiction Treatment?

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When choosing a treatment center, you want as few barriers as possible. That is why many people assume that a nearby drug treatment facility is the best choice. You don’t have to arrange for transportation. Family members can keep in touch. It can also be more affordable. However, a local treatment facility isn’t always the best option.

At The River Source, we recommend assessing your unique situation and then making a decision. The right fit could be in your state, or it could be on the other side of the country. Let’s discuss the pros and cons to in-state and out-of-state addiction treatment centers and why traveling may be the right move.

What Does Your Insurance Cover?

Usually, the first step is to speak with your insurance provider and find out which treatment facilities they cover. Insurance policies are all different, so it’s important to get the specifics on your plan. It’s possible that your insurance covers a portion of treatment, all of treatment or up to a certain limit. After the phone call, you should have a firm idea of which drug rehabs are in-network and how much care is covered.

Pros and Cons to Traveling for Treatment

In some cases, it’s effective to travel to a new city or state to get the professional attention you need. Also, by opening yourself up to out-of-state treatment, you have hundreds to thousands of accredited rehabs to choose from. Finding quality care won’t be a challenge.

The advantages to traveling for rehab are:

  • Distance yourself from your triggers

  • Less temptation to walk away from treatment

  • Higher chance of completing the program

  • New environment/climate to recharge the mind

  • More private and confidential

The disadvantages to traveling are:

  • Must arrange for transportation

  • More difficult to set up an aftercare plan

  • Support system is further away  

Pros and Cons to Seeking Local Treatment

If you live near a large city, you may have a lot of treatment options open to you. Staying local can make sense, especially if you’ve found the right fit and can commit yourself to a full recovery.

The benefits to choosing a local rehab are:

  • Usually more affordable

  • Remain close to loved ones

  • Friends and family can be involved in the recovery process

  • Familiarity with the local resources and community

The drawbacks to receiving treatment locally are:

  • More temptation to leave the facility

  • Distraction from friends and family

  • Less distance from your triggers

  • May be settling for a lower level of care

Finding the Right Fit

When it comes to selecting an in-state or out-of-state treatment center, there is no right or wrong answer. Getting some type of help is most important. That said, the best treatment center will set you up for a successful recovery. Keep an open mind as you review your choices for treatment.

The River Source is pleased to be a top choice for both in-state and out-of-state patients. We have affordable rates and accept most major insurance plans. To accommodate out-of-town patients, we have a travel reimbursement. To learn more about our services, please call us today!

5 Ways Family Therapy Strengthens the Family

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The parents and loved ones of addicts are often unsure of how to help. While there are more resources available today than in the past, support for families is still limited. It’s imperative that friends and family members understand how important their roles are. That’s where family therapy is helpful. It creates time each week for families to come together in a safe, supportive environment to discuss sensitive issues, work through problems and bring the family closer together.

Here are five ways that family therapy can help your family heal.

1. Better Understand the Impact of Addiction

Let’s be honest. Until you were faced with addiction in your family, you probably didn’t spend much time thinking about it. No one intends to be an addict, and no family is prepared to have one. This is why education is crucial.

During family therapy, a therapist will work with your family to better understand addiction, its symptoms and your role in helping with healing. This is also a time to share your experiences as a family, as your loved one needs to know how their actions have affected others.

2. Improve Emotional Health of the Family

While there is no one cause of addiction (and certainly no one to blame), it’s not uncommon for addicts to come from households where things are going on such as financial troubles, divorce or depression. A family therapist will assess each person and gain insight into the family dynamics. If there are issues that need to be addressed, this can be done during therapy. This benefits everyone involved.

3. Identify Codependent Behavior

Codependency is common in the families of addicts. It starts innocently, usually a parent trying to protect their teen. Over time, this behavior turns into enablement. If you don’t break this cycle, it can make it easier for your loved one to return to their bad habits. Family therapy brings these types of relationships to light so that they can be corrected for the better.

4. Work on Communication

Communication is key to every healthy relationship. Unfortunately, communicating with an addict isn’t exactly easy. Family therapy encourages everyone to work on their communication skills. Parents and siblings learn how to stay calm, and addicts are taught how to express themselves. Time outs can also be helpful in times of stress, something that you can practice in the meeting.

5. Discover Fun Ways to Bond

So much of your recent life has been consumed by the addiction, so it’s common to feel disconnected as a family. Family therapy is the start of spending positive time together. As you re-establish your bonds, you will discover new ways to have fun together whether it’s going to the drive-in, participating in a softball league or taking a cooking class.

In early sobriety, it might seem like meetings and counseling take up your family’s time. Each type of therapy has an important role, and family therapy is no exception. By working with a family therapist, your family can grow closer together and stop the cycle of substance abuse.

Why Interventions Don’t Always Go As Planned

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A properly planned intervention can be highly beneficial in getting someone to acknowledge their addiction and agree to treatment. The key to planning a successful intervention is to work with a professional mediator who will help you learn what to say and not to say. It’s also important to plan the meeting, include the right people and have a treatment plan in place.

Let’s look at some of the main reasons why interventions sometimes don’t go as planned.

Inadequate Planning

Interventions are not to be done a whim. Before holding an intervention, the group needs to meet and discuss what they are going to say. This practice allows you to speak factually and without placing blame on the addict.

The group also needs to agree on an end goal. Do you have an Arizona drug rehab picked out? What happens if your loved one refuses help? What will the consequences be? Always work with an interventionist who can help you organize and execute the intervention.

Dwelling on the Problem

Everyone is already aware that the addiction is the problem. Rather than spending the intervention dwelling on the past, focus on the solution. By giving attention toward treatment, the atmosphere becomes more positive and encouraging. Rehashing the past can lead to placing blame, making accusations or ambushing the addict with questions. This might just push them further away from treatment.

Offering Too Many Choices

Giving your loved one options may seem to be the best approach, but it’s not. An addict is too deep in their addiction to make reasonable decisions. The purpose of an intervention is to emphasize that treatment is needed right away – not next week or next month. Also, having several rehabs in Arizona to choose from can be too overwhelming for your loved one. It might actually cause them not to make a decision.

Not Committing to Consequences

Your loved one’s addiction is serious. They need treatment immediately otherwise they can suffer serious consequences. You and your family must be prepared to act on some of these consequences, which are usually related to relationships and cutting off the addict financially.

Interventions are powerful tools that help addicts enter treatment and get the professional help they need. If your loved one is struggling with addiction, speak with a professional and call The River Source for information on our treatment programs. We’re happy to work with you on the day of the intervention.

How to Choose a Treatment Center in 7 Steps

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Has a loved one asked you to help them find a treatment center? Researching all of the options may be too much for an addict to handle, so your assistance can make all the difference. But, what if you know very little about the drug rehab process? Can you still be of help? Absolutely.

Below are seven steps to choosing a treatment center.

Step 1: Is the treatment center licensed and accredited?

The easiest way to check for licensing and accreditation is to look up the facility on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). These accreditation agencies require their programs to meet high standards of care.

Step 2: Does the program accept your insurance?

Many rehab centers in Arizona are happy to check your insurance benefits so that you know what will be covered. All insurance carriers and programs are different. Some insurance plans will cover all of your treatment, while others will only cover a certain portion. It’s also common for plans to “run out” which means treatment after this point will have to be paid out of pocket.

Step 3: What credentials does the staff have?

The counselors and staff will be working closely with your loved one. Many have personal recovery stories to share, and while these are helpful, the proper credentials are important. Look for treatment teams that include licensed alcohol and drug counselors, masters-level social workers, naturopathic doctors and around-the-clock staff.

Step 4: Does the rehab center treat mental health conditions?

Many people who struggle with addiction also struggle with mental illness. These issues require medical treatment that includes 24-hour nursing staff, psychiatrists, social workers and addiction counselors. Research shows that integrated treatment is best because it treats both conditions at the same time.

Step 5: What is the facility’s environment like?

Many addiction treatment centers in Arizona post pictures and videos of their facilities. Each treatment center is unique. Some are like luxury spas that have swimming pools, exercise facilities and private rooms. Others are more modest. No one is better than the other. Choose what feels right to you.

Step 6: What therapies are offered?

What happens inside the doors at each treatment center is also unique. Most programs offer detox and counseling but there are other treatments that may be offered as well. For example, The River Source provides holistic therapies such as biofeedback, infrared sauna, acupuncture, vitamin therapy and more. These treatments help patients recover from their addiction and find ways to release tension without using drugs.

Step 7: What happens after treatment?

Treatment is only on a short-term basis, so it’s important that you know what’s going to happen after your loved one leaves. Ask the facility about a relapse prevention plan and continuing care support. Keeping your loved one active in 12-step meetings and connected to their support team will be crucial.

To learn more about the options offered at The River Source, please call us today! We accept most insurance plans and treat both substance abuse and mental illness.

Why Delaying Treatment Costs More

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Not everyone comes to the conclusion that they need help for their addiction. Some people deny the extent of their problem and say that treatment is too expensive, too difficult or doesn’t work. Unfortunately, these misconceptions can encourage addicts to keep on using. Even family members who aren’t sure of their options may delay treatment.

No matter the person, the addiction or the circumstances, delaying treatment is never a good idea. It allows the addiction to worsen, which means it will be more complex to treat. It also creates destruction in its path, such as family arguments, lost jobs, custody battles and problems with the law.

Let’s explore some of the ways that delaying treatment will end up costing more in the long run.

Strained Relationships

It’s hard to be the friends or family of an addict. You’re subjected to the effects of the addiction, whether it’s lying, stealing or acting out. You may lose sleep at night worrying if your loved one will come home. You may even be paying the addict’s bills or babysitting their children.

Relationships don’t work when they are one-sided. And, relationships with addicts are very one-sided. Eventually, anger and frustration arise, which can then turn into resentment and bitterness. Things worsen if there is a domestic dispute or legal issue.

To avoid losing relationships with the people that matter most, treatment is essential. It can help get the addict on the right track sooner than later. Otherwise, an addict can lose much of his or her support system.

Lost Money

Some people are afraid to lose their job if they seek treatment, but there are laws to protect those with mental illness or substance abuse. Addicts can save a lot of time and money by getting the help they need and returning to work where a position will be open for them. By delaying treatment, it’s possible that the addict will lose their job permanently.

Additional expenses that can result from an addiction are:

  • Lost job/lost income

  • Inability to find a new position

  • Medical costs related to work injuries

  • Higher deductibles on insurance

  • Legal costs associated with DUIs, arrests, etc.

  • Court fines related to drug or alcohol convictions

Poor Physical Health

Long-term drug and alcohol use has effects on the body. Alcohol abuse can lead to liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver or hepatitis. Alcohol damages other organs in the body, too, and raises the risk of certain cancers.

Drugs are no better. They have long-term effects on the body such as elevated blood pressure and heart rate. The lifestyle of an addict can also pose a threat. Heroin addicts, for example, often share needles and are at risk for infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis.

Delaying treatment allows the physical effects to worsen, to the point that they could be permanent. For those that seek recovery sooner, many of the physical problems can be reversed.

Addiction doesn’t get better on its own. By delaying treatment, the problem can fester and wreak havoc on the addict’s life and those around them. Call The River Source to learn about our treatment options.