Your Treatment Options + State Drug Abuse Facts
When people are facing addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, they have difficulty cutting down on the substance use on their own. A mark of addiction is that the person is unable to stop even though the use of a substance is creating problem’s in the person’s life. Since it’s so hard to stop using a substance once dependent on it, this is why treatment is so essential. It gives professional support and tools to help the person stop current behaviors and create new ones.
Treatment programs can vary, but the commonality between most types is that they focus on changing the person’s thoughts and behaviors so they can move from a life focused on addiction to a focus on other aspects of life. Most provide counseling and medication, while some offer detox support during the withdrawal period, nutrition programs and other services.
Men make up the majority of drug-related fatalities in Vermont. Although the state hasn’t experienced a statistically significant change in the number of drug-related deaths over the past seven years, there were 108 deaths attributed to drug use within the state during 2015. Beginning in 2013, the number of deaths related to prescription opioid use began to decrease; on the other hand, the number of fatalities associated with heroin and fentanyl use increased.
Addicted people in Vermont can find various types of treatment programs within the state and throughout the nation.
Type & Length of Care:
Long Term Treatment Programs (90-Day)
It’s hard to undo negative patterns and create new ones. That’s why staying in treatment for a long-term period of 90 days or longer can be beneficial. Since these programs are generally in inpatient facilities, they also remove the influences that can sabotage recovery. A person who enters this type of treatment will usually receive full-coverage care that focuses on multiple aspects of the addiction.
Short Term Treatment Programs (28 / 30 Day)
Some people find themselves unable to commit to long-term programs or don’t have as serious of an addiction, in which case they could enter a shorter program of about a month. These programs help stop the current behaviors and get the person started on a new long-term way of living.
Outpatient / Inpatient
People struggling with addiction can choose whether to live in facilities during treatment or to go to an outpatient program that works around the rest of their lives. Residential facilities have intensive programs, while outpatient ones can vary between intensive treatment and more casual options. Outpatient care offers more independence but introduces more influences that could lead to relapse, while inpatient care takes influences out of the equation and puts the sole focus on recovery.
Residential Treatment Services:
When they need supervision and medication to help with the withdrawal from a substance, people can start the treatment process with a medical detoxification. It helps the body safely and comfortably get rid of the drug and start fresh.
Being at home can provide stresses and triggers that encourage addiction, so some people benefit from a transition period of living in a sober-living house. This environment gives a routine and restrictions, along with a safe and sober environment, that help the person ease back into normal life.
Many people have both a substance use disorder and a mental health problem at the same time, known as a dual diagnosis. Facilities tend to check for this to make sure the person gets tailored treatment.
Commonly Abused & Treated Drugs:
Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug by Vermont residents. High-purity heroin and cocaine abuse are also readily available throughout the state, particularly in urban areas. Unlike in much of the country, however, law enforcement sees very little trafficking of methamphetamine in Vermont.
Getting treatment quickly can stop the destructive path of addiction and start a healthier life. Having a customized treatment plan is most effective, and it’s worth considering that the right facility might not be in your area. Allow us to guide you in finding a program that will cater to your situation.
NARROW BY CITY
- Bellows Falls (2)
- Bennington (1)
- Berlin (2)
- Bradford (2)
- Brattleboro (6)
- Burlington (6)
- Hartford (1)
- Middlebury (1)
- Montpelier (1)
- Morrisville (1)
- Newport (1)
- Randolph (1)
- Rutland (2)
- Saint Albans (1)
- Saint Johnsbury (1)
- South Burlington (2)
- Springfield (1)
- Underhill (1)
- Wallingford (1)
- White River Junction (1)
- Wilder (1)