I’m Seeking Treatment for Myself
Common Questions and Answers for People Seeking Addiction Treatment
How do I know if I’m addicted?
If you believe you may be addicted to drugs or alcohol, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I drink or use drugs in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than I intended to?
- Do I want to quit but am unable to?
- Do I continue to use drugs or alcohol despite the harmful physical, social, and interpersonal consequences it causes?
- Do I experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when the effects of drugs or alcohol wear off?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of the questions above, you may be suffering from addiction. It’s never easy to admit that you have a problem, but recognizing that you have a substance abuse problem is a very important first step to beginning your new life in sobriety. Although you may feel like you are alone in this, you should know that many other people struggle with addiction and there are many individuals who are ready to help you.
Can I overcome addiction on my own?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as a chronic, relapsing disease of the brain, similar to other chronic diseases such as diabetes, and it will require more than just willpower to overcome it. Just as a person with diabetes cannot overcome their disease simply by willing it, you will need assistance to overcome your addiction.
A long-term drug and alcohol rehab program at Nova Recovery Center will provide the time you need to practice being sober while addressing the root causes of your substance abuse, learning how to cope with stressors and cravings, and healing from past or recent trauma. Our addiction treatment program blends evidence-based treatment with a variety of therapies and modalities to provide an individualized rehab experience that will give you the best opportunity for long-term sobriety.
What are my treatment options?
At Nova Recovery Center, we provide a full continuum of care to bridge the gaps between various stages of addiction treatment. We can help you determine which treatment option(s) is best for you based on your needs, circumstances, and financial ability.
Drug and alcohol detox – Detox is a short period of time (usually between five and seven days) in which a person completes the withdrawal process. Nova Recovery Center has two detox facilities that provide medically assisted detox programs to help individuals overcome their physical and psychological dependence on addictive substances. During this time, our staff will provide medicated assistance to relieve any uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, treat co-occurring medical or psychiatric conditions, and achieve a stable state of sobriety. Our individualized detox programs provide a safe, comfortable, and monitored environment where clients can heal while they prepare for entry into rehab.
Inpatient drug and alcohol rehab – Nova Recovery Center offers a long-term 90-day rehab program at a gender-specific addiction treatment center near Austin, Texas. Our luxury facility houses clients throughout the duration of their program, which consists of evidence-based treatments, 12-step group work, family involvement, and individual and group counseling. When compared to other 30 or 60-day rehab programs, 90 days may seem like a long time, but trusted research clearly states that addiction treatment lasting 90 days or longer is associated with more positive treatment outcomes.
IOP – At Nova, our Intensive Outpatient Program (or IOP) lasts about eight weeks and consists of three group sessions per week. If an individual cannot commit to a 90-day inpatient rehab program, IOP may be another comparable option, although completing both inpatient rehab and IOP can also provide great benefits for those in recovery. Each IOP session is facilitated in a comfortable, clinical setting and is provided at both our Austin and Houston locations. Group discussions cover a wide variety of topics including coping with triggers, social skills, modifying thoughts and behaviors, the science of addiction and more.
Sober living – Eudaimonia Recovery Homes, the sister company of Nova Recovery Center, offers sober living homes for adult men, women, and LGBTQ individuals in several different cities across the country. These transitional living programs help people transition from a life of addiction to an independent life of sobriety by providing support, structure, and a stable substance-free living environment. Clients who are enrolled in a sober living program may spend weeks or months living at a sober home and they will receive varying levels of recovery support services based on their needs. Eudaimonia sober living programs provide peer-led tiered recovery programming that helps each client develop and achieve their own recovery goals along with personal monitoring, regular drug and alcohol testing, and employment, education, and volunteer assistance to help clients stay accountable to their sobriety.
Aftercare – Once a person has completed rehab and a sober living program, he or she may still want to continue receiving support for their ongoing sobriety. Aftercare programs are perfect for alumni who need a regular recovery check-in to stay accountable. Nova’s aftercare program is designed specifically for this purpose. Aftercare group sessions meet once a week in a comfortable, safe setting and discussions are typically centered around current personal issues that clients are facing in their recovery.
What type of addiction treatment is best for me?
With so many different types of addiction treatment options available, it can be difficult to determine which type of treatment is best suited to your needs. Before deciding on any treatment program, you should make sure you are comfortable with the location, payment options, and amenities the program provides. You should also make sure the program provides:
- Individualized treatment plans
- Evidence-based treatment
- An adaptable care plan that is modified as your needs change
- Self-help group participation (AA, NA or something similar)
- At least 90 days of continued treatment
Nova addiction treatment programs meet all of the standards listed above. If you are just beginning your addiction recovery journey, you may need to start treatment with a drug and alcohol detox program at one of Nova’s detox centers. This will help you get sober and prepare for entry into an inpatient or outpatient rehab program.
Depending on your circumstances, Nova’s outpatient drug rehab program may provide the best care for you, with a flexible schedule and multiple meetings every week. However, you may need more structure and guidance to successfully maintain your sobriety during rehab, which may mean inpatient drug rehab is a better fit for you.
If you’ve already completed a drug and alcohol rehab program, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and/or sober living program may be most appropriate for your next stage of treatment. These programs are designed to provide the appropriate level of support for individuals who have little to no experience living an independent sober lifestyle or who have recently relapsed.
Although no one can make the decision for you, a Nova representative can help you determine which type of treatment will suit you based on an evaluation of your current situation, drug abuse history, and current needs.
How long will I be in rehab?
The duration of your treatment solely depends on your individual situation. Drug detox typically lasts five to seven days (or more) and our inpatient rehab program is a 90-day program. Nova also provides an affordable 15-month continuum of care plan that is designed to carry clients all the way through their treatment program for the best results possible. This care plan can be completely customized to meet your needs.
To determine an appropriate length of treatment, the professionals at Nova will take many factors into consideration, including your addiction and substance abuse history, any co-occurring conditions you have, and your overall wellness needs. Although these factors do play a major role in the duration of your treatment, we also highly recommend that clients spend at least three months in treatment because studies show that individuals who participate in treatment lasting at least 90 have better rates of long-term sobriety.
It is also helpful to remember that addiction recovery is a lifelong process and many people spend the majority of their lives participating in some form of treatment, whether that be attending 12-step group meetings, going to Aftercare program meetings, or sponsoring someone else in their recovery. Recovery from addiction is a very personal process and every individual’s journey will be different.
When should I enroll in addiction treatment?
The earlier you enroll in addiction treatment, the better. It is frequently said that an addicted individual has to hit “rock bottom” before they will seek treatment, but this is entirely untrue. In fact, you are doing yourself a favor by seeking help as soon as you realize you have a substance abuse problem. In doing so, you may be able to reduce the severity of your withdrawal symptoms and the overall duration of your treatment. Long-term rehab and a life of sobriety may also be an easier adjustment for those who have been addicted for a shorter amount of time.
At Nova Recovery Center, we recognize the importance of receiving treatment right away and our admissions specialists can help you start your addiction treatment program as early as tomorrow.
Will my family be involved in my recovery program?
Yes. Addiction is often referred to as a “family disease” because it not only affects you, the substance user, but also everyone else in the family unit. In family situations involving addiction, spouses, children, parents, and siblings often take on unhealthy roles and develop harmful enabling behaviors that contribute to their loved one’s addictive behaviors.
While enrolled in a drug and alcohol rehab program at Nova, your counselor and recovery specialist will communicate weekly with your family members to provide updates on your progress and answer any questions they have. You and your family will also be invited to participate in our three-day Family Program. This event is facilitated by counselors and recovery specialists in a private, intimate setting of small groups at our addiction treatment center.
Throughout the program, you and your family will be asked to participate in group therapy sessions and experiential work, such as role-playing, mirroring, and modeling exercises to reveal unique perspectives that will help break the barriers that are preventing healing. The program will also consist of educational lectures and homework assignments that are designed to explore family roles, address family conflict, develop healthy communication skills and boundaries, and begin the healing process.
During the family program, your family members will also be asked to travel off-campus with a Nova representative to attend a family support group meeting and begin establishing a recovery support network.
If you decide to enroll in a sober living or personal monitoring program after completing your rehab, our staff will continue to include your family in the recovery process and your designated family member(s) will receive regular phone calls and progress reports from your program coordinator as you progress through your program.
How can I pay for my addiction treatment?
We provide a number of different payment options to help make your addiction treatment at Nova more affordable.
- Medical insurance – Nova works with most insurance providers in the U.S. to help lower your out-of-pocket cost for treatment. If you have medical insurance, a Nova admissions specialist can verify your insurance benefits over the phone today.
- Third-party loans – You may also qualify for a private loan through a third-party provider, which will allow you to make financed payments on your loan. Please contact our admissions team for more information on how to apply.
- Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) – Your employer may provide an Employee Assistance Program to help you pay for substance abuse treatment. Many EAP plans also extend to family members who are covered by your medical insurance. To find out if you can use your EAP to help cover the cost of addiction treatment at Nova, please speak to your Human Resources department and contact an admissions specialist at Nova.
- Out-of-pocket payment – If you do not have medical insurance, choose not to use it, or do not want to take out a loan, you may also pay for your addiction treatment services with a discounted out-of-pocket payment.
How can I protect my personal privacy while I’m in drug and alcohol rehab?
Upon admission, you will be asked to complete a consent form to release information and list any and all parties that you will allow to seek information about your addiction treatment. You may edit this list at any time. While you are enrolled in a drug and alcohol rehab program at Nova, you have complete control over your personal information, which will remain completely confidential. Our staff will not tell anyone about your stay at our rehab facility unless you give us explicit consent.
If you do not want to tell certain family members, friends, or co-workers that you are going to drug rehab but feel like you need to explain your absence, you may simply choose to tell them that you’re taking leave for personal reasons and are looking forward to returning to work or coming back home in several weeks.
What can I do to protect my employment status while I’m in rehab?
Many people do not get the treatment they need because they are fearful of losing their job. While this is a legitimate concern, there are several federal laws that are designed to protect your employment status while you are enrolled in treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits your employer from discriminating against you if you are suffering from addiction. It also protects your employment status while you take a leave of absence to complete your drug rehab program. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is also a U.S. labor law that requires covered employers to provide their employees with job protection and unpaid leave for certain medical and family reasons, including seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.
Although most employers cannot force you to disclose the exact reason you’re taking a medical leave, the decision to tell your employer about your addiction treatment is completely up to you.
How can I prepare to enter treatment?
There are several things you can do to prepare for your time away in rehab. If you have a close friend or family member who is willing to help you with these things, some assistance may help relieve any stress or anxiety you have associated with preparing for treatment.
- Take care of any bills and financial obligations – You won’t want to have to worry about paying bills or fulfilling financial obligations while you’re in rehab, so take care of those things before you arrive at our treatment center if possible.
- Arrange for childcare and/or pet care – If you have children or a pet, you’ll need to arrange for a trusted loved one to care for them in your absence.
- Give loved one’s contact information – If you choose to tell your loved ones and friends that you are going to drug and alcohol rehab, you may want to give some of them the contact information for our rehab center so they know where you are and how to reach you if necessary.
Prepare mentally and emotionally – Take a deep breath and remember that however scary or overwhelming going to rehab might be, you are investing in your long-term health, wellness, and happiness—and it’s worth it. Try to stay focused on the positives and ask your loved ones for help if you need assistance preparing.
What will my life look like after drug and alcohol rehab?
Life in sobriety is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling adventure. Every person’s journey is different, so it’s impossible to say what your life will look like after rehab, but we can tell you that our program will give you all the tools you need to be healthy, happy, and substance-free.
Many people find that after rehab, they are able to restore some relationships that were damaged and build new, healthy relationships with others. A lot of individuals also find fulfillment in helping others who are addicted find the same freedom that they found in sobriety.
Your life will likely be very different after treatment but it’s important to remember that recovery is a lifelong process. You will need continued support even after completing rehab. Staying active in your recovery, establishing a peer support system, and maintaining that support are all essential to long-term sobriety.
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