In the beginning, you were thrilled that your loved one started attending 12-step meetings to get a handle on his or her drug issues. And at first, it felt like things were finally turning around, but lately you are seeing the signs of relapse. Whether the relapse has already happened or appears to be imminent, it is now obvious that meetings are not enough. For those who need more treatment than meetings alone can provide, the following options are available.
Intensive outpatient treatment: Though outpatient treatments are not residential, there are several differences between them and 12-step meetings. An outpatient rehab has required attendance during its strict scheduling time. While meetings are one hour long, the typical outpatient group lasts from 90 minutes to three hours each, four days per week. Most meetings have open discussion formats. Outpatient rehab has scheduled topics and exercises that often include homework. The participants run meetings. Trained professionals run outpatient treatments.
Residential rehab: As the name implies, your addict will live at the facility for the duration of his or her treatment. From early morning until bedtime, your addict will have activities to participate in, including group sessions, individual counseling and physical exercise periods.
Psychotherapy: A therapist with experience treating addiction will work with your addict on his or her underlying issues. These problems may be what are driving him or her toward relapse. Treatment will usually require that the addict continue to attend meetings in conjunction with seeing a therapist.
Halfway Houses: These are group living situations with roommates who are also working the program. Rent is usually low and meetings, drug tests and counseling are required. The belief is that living with others who are on the same path helps the individual stay strong in his or her recovery.