What is Addiction?
Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease that affects the part of your brain that’s tied to reward and motivation. Addiction can be identified by continued, compulsive use of a drug, even despite the consequences that the drug has caused. For instance, someone with an addiction may lose their job because the drug was causing poor performance at work, and they may continue to use the drug. Compulsions to use may be unconscious or difficult to resist, even if you recognize you have a problem. Many people don’t realize they have a problem with addiction until it’s already started to cause consequences in their lives.
Addiction has an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) as a severe substance use disorder. Milder substance use disorders may involve abuse or dependency without compulsive use of the drug. Because addiction is progressive, it may get worse over time. If left untreated, addiction can start to affect multiple parts of your life, including your mental and physical health. Addiction also has a close relationship with mental health issues, and they often need to be treated together.
How Does Addiction Treatment Work?
Addiction treatment is a process that involves multidisciplinary interventions. That means it treats and addresses many different types of problems that may be related to addiction, including physical, psychological, and social issues. Addiction can be extremely complex, and a person may come to treatment with a variety of underlying causes and consequences of addiction that need to be treated.
For that reason, treatment is tailored to your individual needs. When you first enter treatment, you’ll go through an intake and assessment to determine the right level of care for you. You’ll also sit down with a therapist to create a personalized treatment plan.
There are four main levels of care in addiction treatment, as outlined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Here’s a breakdown of each one:
Medically managed inpatient services (medical detox)
Medical detox is a level of care in addiction treatment that focuses on addressing high-level medical needs, especially related to withdrawal symptoms. Some drugs, like depressants, can cause potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms that need to be treated medically. Detox involves 24-hour medically managed treatment.
Inpatient treatment refers to a level of care that’s less intensive than detox but still provides 24-hour care. Inpatient and residential services involve 24-hour medical monitored or clinically managed care for people with significant medical or psychological needs.
Intensive outpatient treatment
Intensive outpatient treatment, or IOP, allows you to live at home while you attend nine or more hours of treatment services throughout the week. IOP also includes partial hospitalization programs that involve 20 hours of treatment or more each week.
Outpatient treatment involves fewer than nine hours of therapy each week. It offers an important step between higher levels of care and independent life.
What Levels Of Care Are Offered At Delphi?
Delphi Behavioral Health Group offers each of the four major levels of care in our network of facilities across Florida, California, and the Northeast. If you have high-level medical needs, you may attend one of our medical detox or inpatient facilities. When you’re ready to live at home, you may continue through one of our IOP or outpatient facilities. When you enter an addiction treatment program at Delphi, you will be connected to a treatment program based on your needs, no matter the level of care.
What Therapies Are Offered At Delphi?
Delphi facilities offer a wide range of therapy options but remain grounded in evidence-based approaches. Evidence-based treatment refers to the use of therapies that have been tested in scientific studies and found to be effective. Evidence-based therapies that you can find at any one of our facilities may include cognitive-behavioral therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy. Some of our facilities offer more specific therapy options like EMDR, which is used to address past traumas. We also provide practical interventions to help people with day-to-day needs like life-skill development.
Here are some of the therapy option we offer:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- EMDR therapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Targeted group therapy
- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
- Emotion Regulation Techniques
- Christian Programming
- Gender-Specific Group Therapy
- Client Care Coordination
- Family Programming
- 12-step programming
- Dual diagnosis
- Life-skill development
- Relapse prevention education
In addition to evidence-based approaches, we also offer alternative therapies as supplemental therapy options. For instance, yoga and medication can help some people ease anxieties and increase their motivation in recovery.
Is Treatment Affordable?
Like other forms of healthcare, addiction treatment can be costly. However, Delphi strives to make it as affordable as possible by working with healthcare insurance providers. We can help you find out if you’re eligible for treatment coverage, and we’ll work with your insurer to get as much coverage as possible for the treatments you need. Our in-network insurance providers include Aetna, Beacon, Cigna, and CompPsych.
Is Treatment Worth The Cost?
Treatment is worth the cost because untreated addiction not only impacts your health and relationships; it also affects your finances. The impact of addiction on your money is an often overlooked consequence of the disease. Untreated addiction often leads to expensive problems like accidents, health care costs, legal issues, and job loss. Before long, it can lead to financial ruin. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), treatment can help address or avoid some of these costly issues.
Are the Facilities Comfortable?
Comfort and cleanliness are top priorities at each of our facilities.
Our goal is to provide a warm and comfortable environment that allows you to relax and focus on your recovery.
The specific amenities we provide (like on-staff chefs, laundry service, nutritionists, etc.) depend on the facility and level of care.
However, each facility is decorated with homey, modern decor, and includes comfortable spaces to work through your treatment objectives.
Is Delphi Accredited?
Yes. Each one of the facilities in the Delphi Behavioral Health Group network has received the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is tasked with assessing the quality of facilities and programs for patient safety and comfort. A Gold Seal of Approval indicates a commitment to quality at each facility.
What Should I Bring To Treatment?
What you need to bring to treatment will depend on the level of care you are going for. If you are in an outpatient program, you will need to bring items that you might need for a doctor’s appointment like I.D. and insurance information. If you’re going into a detox, inpatient, or residential treatment program, you’ll need to pack for a longer stay. Here are some common items you may need to bring to treatment:
- A picture I.D.
- Your insurance card
- Any over-the-counter drugs you need
- A prescription card for medications you’re taking
- A credit or debit card
- Contact information for doctors, emergency contacts, or attorneys if needed
- A week’s worth of clothing
- Clothing for the season and weather
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc.)
- A cell phone
- A notebook
There are also a few items you shouldn’t bring, including weapons, drugs, alcohol, and products that contain alcohol or chemicals that can be abused. You should also avoid bringing internet-connected devices. You will need a cellphone to coordinate travel, but once you arrive in treatment, it will go into secure safekeeping until you are done with treatment. Your intake specialists can also go over the specifics of what you need to bring so you will arrive at treatment ready to focus on your recovery.