SUBSTANCE ABUSE INDUSTRY NEWS #13
STEPS TOWARD FULFILLING A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION OF SOBRIETY
(Or any time of the year, really)
The arrival of a new year brings out the optimist in most people. While a cynic may object—declaring it to be “just another day,” the prospect of a clean slate or fresh start is nevertheless tempting. New Year’s Day offers the opportunity to reflect on the past and identify potential areas of improvement. And while growth and progress can apply across most aspects of every person’s life (whether they are willing to admit it or not), these efforts may be especially beneficial for some—even life-saving.
This symbolic new beginning can be the bridge to treatment for those suffering from substance use disorder. A new, renewed, or even just a slight interest in seeking professional help indicates progress and can eventually be harnessed to bring about significant change in one’s life. On the other hand, the New Year may conjure up negative feelings related to previous failed attempts to maintain sobriety or accentuate feelings of loneliness or despair brought on by the holiday season. While family members and friends seeking to take a more active role in getting a loved one help should approach these feelings with compassion and understanding, this kind of support can still be accompanied by encouragement and hopefulness.
BEGINNING THE SEARCH FOR A TREATMENT CENTER
So, whether a resolution to seek SUD treatment in the New Year is established for oneself or originating from support for a loved one, the next step is beginning the search for a treatment center. Fortunately, TreatmentMagazine.com has published a six-part guide to assist in doing just that. A page with links to all six parts can be found here. However, below is a short summary of part 1 of their guide to help get you started.
Step 1: Acknowledge – Pause a moment to understand the importance of this undertaking (whether it is for oneself or a loved one); arriving at this point of recognition is often no easy task.
Step 2: Gathering Initial Information – To help narrow down treatment options, the guide advises taking three important steps.
a. Talk to your doctor. A primary care physician or a healthcare professional who knows a person’s medical history will often help point you in the right direction.
b. Call your insurance provider (if you have one). Insurance providers may be able to provide a list of “in-network” facilities. If you don’t have insurance, research government aid in your state or region. Additionally, conduct an internet search for reduced-free and no-fee programs in your area; TreatmentMagazine.com’s search tool can also help you with this.
c. Verify facility accreditation. Any treatment centers being considered should be accredited either by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) or The Joint Commission (JCOH).
Step 3: Select a Level of Care – Some treatment centers are licensed for everything from medical detoxification services to outpatient treatment. Your primary care physician, or alternatively, an intake professional at a treatment center can help determine what level of care is necessary.
Step 4: Review Insurance Coverage – According to the executive director for the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADC), make sure your insurance carrier’s addiction treatment coverage is on par with other types of specialized care, and if it isn’t: “[C]onfront them on that. And if they don’t give a satisfactory answer, go to the state insurance commissioner.”
Step 5: Choose an Addiction Therapy Approach – Although the 12-step approach has been around for decades and is incorporated into many programs, different centers offer varied approaches that may be suitable for some and not for others. Some types to consider: Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Family Systems Therapy.
Step 6: Evaluate a Center’s Success Outcomes – Although a nationwide resource for measuring industry success rates is currently available, most treatment centers keep their own data. These questions may not lead to a response giving a definitive number, but it may give insight into how a treatment center measures success and its organizational philosophy.
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Rainer earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Florida and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
While attending law school, Rainer served as a judicial extern at Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal and a legal intern for ADT Security Services at its corporate headquarters in Boca Raton. He graduated with multiple Dean’s List honors and was a Pro Bono Award recipient in recognition for completing 150+ hours of community service. Currently, he is assisting with the Pro Bono work on behalf of the Florida Association of Recovery Residences.
Rainer is active in several community organizations, having served as a volunteer for the 15th Judicial Circuit’s Guardian ad Litem Program, a tutor at the Mandel Public Library’s homework center, and a mentor for several local non-profit organizations.
Susan Ramsey is both an attorney and an RN. Ms. Ramsey’s professional experience began as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree, she was a counselor with the New Haven Rape Crisis Program. During her time with the Program, Ms. Ramsey counseled sexual assault survivors and performed seminars for local police departments, universities, and high schools. During her time working as a registered nurse, Ms. Ramsey decided to attend law school. Ms. Ramsey graduated from CUNY Law School, and has practiced law in several different State and Federal Courts. She is a Florida Heath Care Risk Manager and a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force. Susan is Pro Bono Counsel for the Florida Association of Recovery Residences.
Ms. Ramsey actively litigates cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death on behalf of survivors, cases include injuries suffered by victims of professional product liability and medical negligence.