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Frequently Asked Questions
The Detox Center of L.A. accepts most major insurance providers and private healthcare policies. We offer free insurance verification as well as eligibility and benefits for both behavioral and mental health treatment services. Please fill out our insurance verification form here to verify your insurance.
How do I know if I need addiction treatment?

When it comes to alcohol and drug addiction, it’s challenging to admit that you have a problem and need help. In truth, if you are asking yourself this question, it is likely that your substance abuse is disrupting your daily life. Some of the signs that you need addiction treatment would be:

-Desire to quit but are unable to do so
-Loss of interest in things that once brought joy
-Lack of control
-Intense cravings
-Increased tolerance
-Withdrawal symptoms
-Lack of responsibility
-Relationship trouble
-Financial difficulties

In addition, if those around you have expressed concern about your substance use, chances are that they have your best interest at heart. Battling drug or alcohol addiction doesn’t make you a bad person. Admitting you need help is difficult, but with the right treatment, and the willingness to take the first step, you can have a successful and healthy life in recovery.

What happens in addiction treatment?

Effective addiction treatment programs are tailored to each individual. Because of this, it will be a different experience for everyone. However, it generally involves a combination of detoxification, group and individual therapy, educational presentations, and aftercare planning in order to ensure long-term recovery. Upon arrival at The Detox Center of L.A., you can expect our professionally trained staff to create an individualized treatment plan based on your needs and treatment goals.

Should I enter an inpatient or outpatient treatment program?

Although inpatient and outpatient treatment programs offer many of the same therapy options, the structure differs greatly. For this reason, it’s best to consult a treatment professional when deciding which type of treatment program to enter.

Inpatient treatment is designed for individuals struggling with severe addictions. At these facilities, clients reside full-time in a highly structured environment. Staff is available 24/7 to help guide clients at any time. This type of treatment allows individuals to focus solely on overcoming their addiction and achieving recovery.

In an outpatient facility, patients are offered a flexible schedule that allows them to maintain work, school, or family responsibilities. Outpatient programs tend to work more effectively for those who experience mild to moderate addiction symptoms.

What should I bring to treatment?

For Outpatient Treatment: All necessary supplies needed for aid in the treatment process will be provided by The Detox Center of L.A..
For Residential Treatment: Other than great attitude and willingness, Los Angeles is home to always comforting weather, however, the weather on some days may surprise you. We recommend that you bring several comfortable t-shirts and sweatpants, athletic and regular shoes, a sweater, a heavy jacket, shorts, and jeans. We do the laundry
for you upon intake and the laundry room is always stocked and ready for use as you complete your stay with us.

What are the benefits of traveling away from home for addiction treatment?

Many individuals who seek addiction treatment travel away from home to do so. This is beneficial in many cases because it removes the individual from the environment where they abused drugs or alcohol. It also distances them from negative influences, distractions, and temptations. In a different location, clients are able to fully focus on their recovery goals. For many people, a new location signifies a fresh start on the journey to recovery.

Should my family members be involved in the treatment process?

We encourage a certain level of family involvement in the treatment process because it can be beneficial for both clients and their families. Many times, family members are unaware of the destructive behaviors that play a role in their loved one’s addiction, including enabling. Family therapy methods provide family members with the tools they need to support their loved one going through addiction treatment. Family involvement in the treatment process also aids in breaking the “cycle of addiction” that has helped maintain their loved one’s addiction.

How long will addiction treatment take?

Every individual’s situation is different. Therefore, there isn’t a set period of time for addiction treatment. The length of stay in addiction treatment will vary depending on unique factors, such as:

-Addiction severity
-Type of substance abused
-Method of use
-Medical complications
-Co-occurring mental health disorders
-Level of motivation
-Length of addiction

Usually, the longer an individual remains in the safe, supportive environment of treatment, the greater the chances of them maintaining long-term sobriety. A treatment team will determine the most effective recommended length of stay for each individual.

Do I need to enter a detox program before treatment?

Detoxification, or detox, is the first essential step towards a successful recovery because it removes harmful toxins from the body caused by addiction. A successful detox increases the chances of a successful recovery. Our medically-supervised detox center allows clients to detox in the safest environment possible.

If an individual chooses to cut off substances “cold turkey” without detox treatment, they will most likely experience withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable and even unbearable for some, with individuals then turning back to substances in an effort to tame these symptoms. When an individual enters a medically-supervised detox program, they are reducing their risk of relapse.

What is co-occurring disorder treatment?

Addiction and mental health issues often go hand-in-hand. In many cases, an individual with an addictive disorder is also suffering from a mental or mood disorder (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, etc.). This is classified as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. Someone suffering from a co-occurring disorder has two separate conditions, and while they are separate, they are related. There is no standard for co-occurring disorders. A mental health disorder can precede addiction and vice versa. However, both disorders can influence one another.

A co-occurring disorder treatment center like The Detox Center of L.A. takes a holistic approach to healing the entire mind and body. If one disorder is left untreated, it greatly reduces the chance of recovery. These treatment centers take both disorders into account and treat them simultaneously for the best possible result.

Will my insurance cover treatment for addiction?

The Detox Center of L.A. accepts most major insurance providers and private healthcare policies. We offer free insurance verification as well as eligibility and benefits for both behavioral and mental health treatment services. Please fill out our insurance verification form here to verify your insurance.

What happens if I relapse?

Before entering treatment, it’s important to understand that recovery is a lifelong journey. It requires strength, determination, and dedication. Treatment provides clients with the tools needed to cope with living in recovery. Many times, relapse is a part of recovery. It is best not to get discouraged if you do relapse, but instead, use it as motivation to get back on track. Take it one day at a time, and don’t let the fear of a potential relapse discourage you from treatment.

A majority of the time, individuals struggling with addiction will return to addiction treatment more than once before they are able to find their footing in recovery. This is not considered failure, rather a lesson to learn from on the way to healing.

What happens after addiction treatment?

Completing an addiction treatment program is a huge accomplishment, but it’s just the beginning of an ongoing process. Facing the daily challenges of life after treatment is key in recovery. You will return to daily life that most likely includes work, family, friends, and free time. All of these situations have the potential to trigger cravings or temptations. This is where a treatment discharge plan comes into play.

When you enter addiction treatment, staff will help create a treatment plan that includes continued care once inpatient treatment is completed. Some of the programs, organizations, and resources used as part of an aftercare plan include:
-Sober living homes
-Therapy and counseling
-12-Step programs
-Support groups

Building a daily routine and utilizing the tools and skills learned from treatment is critical in maintaining recovery. The most important thing to remember is that recovery is a lifelong process, and the best way to approach it is one day at a time.

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