Crisis Text Line has been serving young people in any type of crisis, providing them access to free, 24/7, emotional support and information they need via the medium they already use and trust: text.
Here’s how it works:
- A Stark County teen texts 4hope to 741-741 anywhere, anytime
- A live, trained specialist receives the text and responds quickly
- The specialist helps the teen stay safe and healthy with effective, secure counseling and referrals through text message using Crisis Text Line’s plat form
- If you or a family member are in crisis, please call the Crisis help line anytime at 330-452-6000 or the Domestic Violence help line anytime at 330-453-SAFE (7233)
or the Homeless Prevention help line at 330-452-4363
Are you currently struggling with a drug or alcohol abuse problem?
You do not have to face this on your own.
Addiction doesn’t discriminate! It doesn’t matter whether you are rich, poor, black, white, fat, or thin.
There are many different types of addiction. Understanding the addictive process and the danger signs can help you to tell the difference between addictive behavior, problematic behavior that is not an addiction, and normal behavior that is non-problematic or healthy. When asking yourself, “Am I addicted?” remember that substance use, although risky, isn’t always addiction, and many addictive behaviors, in moderation, are normal everyday or recreational activities for many people.
If you are on this page you are in need of help, or someone you know is. Either way we are here to give you all the tools necessary for you to be on your way to a better life without drugs or Alcohol.
Michelle, I know you struggle and want to be clean, but just have so many fears getting in the way. Just do your best to do one thing at a time. The drug has your brain and body right now. Know this it is not your fault at this point. Once you take that first hit, you are hooked and the drug takes complete control. Most people who do not have an “Addictive” personality do not understand that you have no control. The only control you had was not to do it the first time. Most of us with this type of personality do not realize we cannot have one drink and be okay. With drugs like Heroin, even someone that does not have an “Addictive” personality have no choice. Depending on your addiction, and the severity of it there are a few options listed below. Remember: Before you take that first drink or hit, it is the only time you will ever make a choice again. Your only choice should never be let me try it just this once.
AM I ADDICTED?
Take these easy test questions.
What are the differences between Residential Rehabs and Outpatient Rehabs?
For patients needing drug and alcohol treatment, outpatient and residential (inpatient) treatment programs can provide an essential level of care to achieve long-term recovery.
But how do you know which type of program you or a loved one would best benefit from? Both types of treatment have distinctions which make them more or less appropriate for a patient’s needs, depending on the patient’s level and length of addiction.
Note that this is a general overview of the major differences between residential and outpatient treatment programs. To truly understand which type of program is most appropriate for you, a friend, or a family member, an in-person diagnostic assessment with a qualified professional is needed.
Residential Treatment Programs
Residential treatment programs last a minimum of 28 days. Patients voluntarily enter a safe, secure facility in which intensive drug and alcohol treatment programs are the cornerstone of the patient’s daily activities. Often, patients who have attempted outpatient treatment programs but have ultimately relapsed back into drug and alcohol use, or have found outpatient programs difficult to complete, achieve success in a residential program.
Patients who require detoxification services due to concerns about withdrawal also benefit from residential programs, as detox services can be included as a part of residential treatment programs. After detox (if necessary), patients undergo an intensive, daily drug or alcohol treatment regimen to learn about the disease of addiction in a supportive, immersive environment.
Residential programs are safe, structured environments in which patients are removed from stressful circumstances that promote or fuel the urge to use. Because negatively influencing factors are removed from a patient’s daily experience, participants in residential treatment programs can begin to work on building life skills that had been interfered with due to addiction. Because of this intensive level of care, residential treatment programs are ideal for people who have unsuccessfully attempted to overcome addiction in outpatient programs, or for people who have identified that they need drug or alcohol treatment and want to “do it right” the first time. As previously stated, the level of care necessary for a patient should be determined by an in-person assessment with a qualified medical or counseling professional. Most often, patients who have attempted outpatient programs without success do require residential care, but some patients who have not yet undergone outpatient treatment may not require this high level of care.
Some patients are wary about voluntarily beginning a residential drug or alcohol treatment program because of the intensity, but residential programs are highly emotionally supportive and focus on helping the whole body and mind through treatment. For this reason, many residential centers encourage family participation, including evening family education programs and weekend programs. In addition to immediate family, patients benefit from having a “therapeutic community” in residential treatment programs – a community of patients who support one another through treatment by encouraging others to stay on task. In addition to the other differentiators of long-term residential care, it is this camaraderie gained through empathy and shared experience that often helps patients overcome addiction while completing drug or alcohol treatment.
Outpatient Treatment Programs
Outpatient programs provide patients with more freedom of movement.
Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs share many similarities with residential treatment programs, but in a differently structured environment. Outpatient programs provide patients with more freedom of movement which allows them to maintain a regular commitment to family, work, and educational responsibilities. Because of the ability to go home after a daily or evening program, patients are able to have a greater level of privacy and anonymity. They often do not need to explain a prolonged absence to friends, coworkers, or family members.
Unlike residential treatment programs, patients are not provided with the safe, secure environment that isolates them from negatively influencing factors. Patients return to their own environments after outpatient drug or alcohol treatment, and must voluntarily abstain from drug or alcohol use, which requires a greater amount of diligence. However, the benefit of this is that outpatient programs (like residential programs) provide a support network for patients in the form of official support groups, individual counseling, and family counseling so that patients are never alone in their recovery. Patients are provided with a strong support network of non-using peers and sponsors. Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment requires a component of group therapy and support groups like NA and AA, which provide a new, positive element of social change in a patient’s life and facilitates long-term recovery.
Like residential treatment programs, outpatient programs also focus on family support and involvement, and an immediately positive element of outpatient treatment is that patients can automatically apply the lessons learned from outpatient treatment programs to their daily experiences.
Which Type of Treatment Program Is for You?
You and your medical or counseling professional are best equipped to know which type of treatment is ideal for your situation. Be honest with yourself about how independently dedicated you can be in an outpatient program. Do you feel like the temptations to use based on daily stresses, friends and acquaintances, or lack of social support would be an issue in successfully completing outpatient treatment? Have you tried and been unsuccessful time and time again at stopping your drug or alcohol use by yourself or in outpatient treatment? Are you physically addicted to drugs or alcohol and absolutely require a medical detox prior to receiving treatment services? When you speak with a specialist about voluntarily entering drug and alcohol treatment, talk about your personal circumstances in order to figure out which aspects of outpatient or residential treatment programs would best suit you. Outpatient and residential drug and alcohol treatment programs both have life-changing benefits, and understanding which program will best help you achieve long-term recovery is one of the first steps toward becoming sober.
You should always combine, and follow up with the following two programs.
Support Groups, and Sober Living houses.
What is sober living? Also know as transitional housing.
Michelle, When you have graduated from residential treatment, it is highly recommended that you do not return your old environment if it is not indicative with your treatment. A sober house is where you transition from a residential to a “Safe House” that guides you back into a new daily routine one without substance abuse. Some offer job services, daily meetings and group services, case managers and councilors can also be made available to you. You will learn how to take care of yourself in your new sober life.
Does this story sound like you, or someone you know?
This is Anita Davis, and her story of her son Zach whom lost his battle with heroin in November of 2005