How long will I or my loved one need to stay in treatment?
Creative Care requires a minimum stay of thirty days. Most people recovering from dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders require more time in a residential setting due to the complexity of the issues being addressed. Each individual is unique. They will be assessed and given their own treatment plan. An optimal recommended minimum stay is sixty to ninety days for the following reasons:
Objectives in the first thirty days of residential treatment:
- Detoxification from alcohol and drugs
- Stabilization of mood and psychological symptoms
- Begin to improve self-care: sleep, nutrition, exercise
- Full psychiatric, psychological assessments and diagnosis
- Family history, education and initial family sessions
- Establish therapeutic relationship to create safety for deep work
- Assess psychosocial stressors: employment, school, legal, etc.
- Complete step 1 of a 12 step program
Objectives in the second month of residential treatment:
- To complete the detoxification process
- Mood stabilization and affect regulation
- Improved self care and establish regimen
- Understanding of diagnosis and symptoms
- Increased insight in to interpersonal and family dynamics.
- Understanding of underlying causes of addictive behavior
- Intensive family and/or couple therapy
- Deeper therapeutic work dealing with core issues
- Development and implementation of an action plan to address psychosocial stressors
- Complete steps 2 and 3 of a 12 step program
- Time away from Creative Care with a sponsor or family
Objectives in the third month of residential treatment:
- Maintenance of detoxification and self-administered medication management
- Stabilization of mood and affect, no self harm behaviors
- Independent and self initiated self care regimen
- Understanding and actively engaged in core work
- Have establish a recovery plan, a relapse prevention plan
- Be entrenched in a 12 step process and working with a sponsor in the community
- Intensive family therapy and improved relationships/communication
- Transitioning back into the community, work, school, daily life
When the above objectives are reached, a client is fully prepared to transition from the residential program to a less structured setting which may include a sober living home, outpatient therapy or other options depending on each person’s individual needs. Creative Care will provide continuity of care to safeguard the gains made in treatment.
How do I know what level of care I need – can I do this as an outpatient?
The level of treatment will be determined by the admissions coordinator based on discussions with the client and family. But here are some signs that indicate the client needs to spend time in residence:
- The person has tried to stop addictive behavior on his/her own and cannot.
- The person requires detoxification in a safe setting.
- The person needs therapy more than once a week to sustain stability.
- The person needs psychiatric assessment, stabilization and a structured environment.
Call one of our intake counselors at (800) 832-3280 and let us help you figure out your level of need and your next move.