Alcohol and/or drug addiction is a primary, chronic disease, characterized by the inability to change drug use behaviors despite adverse consequences. Impaired control over drug use includes all drugs that are addicting, with both psychological and physical withdrawal characteristics. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and leads to adverse consequences. Untreated, addiction is often associated with teen pregnancy, poor school performance/dropping out, job loss, family disruption, domestic violence, crime, illness, disability and death.
Addiction treatment programs can help people of all ages withdraw safely from the physical and psychological effects of drugs, learning to manage their substance use disorder. Individuals can establish, maintain and enhance skills to cope with the associations of addiction. Services are identified in the Addictive Diseases Resource Toolkit and can be accessed by direct contact and/or referral. Services vary by region and may include:
Crisis Services: Available 24/7 and includes toll-free telephone triage, mobile crisis services, crisis stabilization units and medically monitored detoxification units.
Detoxification: Short term stay for the treatment or rehabilitation of a psychiatric and/or substance related disorder, providing services to safely withdraw from the physical effects of alcohol and drug use.
DUI Schools: Risk reduction programs for people who have been arrested for driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, or for possession of illegal drugs.
Outpatient Services: Weekly individual, group and/or family counseling in a structured clinical environment.
Recovery Support: Provides hope, health, healing and wellness to individuals with substance abuse problems within a safe and comfortable environment.
Residential Programs: Structured, safe and drug free environments, which help individuals to successfully establish, maintain and enhance their recovery.
"Ready For Work" Program: Provides treatment for women to eliminate substance abuse as a barrier to employment for pregnant and parenting women. Program includes intensive outpatient treatment, residential treatment with a therapeutic childcare component and transitional housing.
Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral & Treatment (SBIRT): A medical residency program that develops and implements training programs that teach medical residents how to provide evidence-based screening, brief intervention, brief treatment and referral to specialty treatment for patients who have, or are at risk for, a substance use disorder. The program also trains local and statewide medical communities for wider dissemination of SBIRT practices.