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intervention, intervention services, mental health interventionsIntervention 180 is proud to have working relationships with the nations leading treatment providers. Regardless of the intervention services administered (addiction interventions, mental health interventions or behavioral interventions) we can find the most effective treatment provider for them. We can access health insurance benefits and financing if necessary.

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In the past 5-years, medical support and post treatment monitoring have greatly increased the success rates among those completing treatment.  The field of Addiction Medicine has also made considerable progress creating medications to help reduce craving amongst addicts.  With all we know now about addiction and the brain, addicts have a far greater chance at living happy and productive lives.  At Intervention 180 we believe the success of our clients is based on a few key factors:

  1. Statistics have shown that an individuals chance to succeed is greatly increased when family; parents, siblings, loved ones, spouses and children are involved in the process.  So why not be involved from the beginning?

  2. Length of stay in treatment greatly influences the chance of success.

  3. Involvement in a 12-step group makes the difference between surviving recovery and enjoying recovery.

  4. Treating any co-occurring psychological or psychiatric complications at the same time as the chemical dependency is vital to a clients well being and success.

  5. Once a client is ready to return home they have enough stress leaving the treatment setting.  A smooth transition back into the living and work environments is essential to an individual’s success.  At Intervention 180 we feel so strongly about this, that we help facilitate a re-entry session with the addict and the family.  We will even transport the client from treatment home if necessary and provide a year-long monitoring program. Please visit our recovery management page for more details. Intervention, Intervention Services and Mental Health Intervention

Drug addiction is a complex but treatable brain disease. It is characterized by compulsive drug craving, seeking, and use that persist even in the face of severe adverse consequences. For many people, drug addiction becomes chronic, with relapses possible even after long periods of abstinence. In fact, relapse to drug abuse occurs at rates similar to those for other well-characterized, chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. As a chronic, recurring illness, addiction may require repeated treatments to increase the intervals between relapses and diminish their intensity, until abstinence is achieved. Through treatment tailored to individual needs, people with drug addiction can recover and lead productive lives.

The ultimate goal of drug addiction treatment is to enable an individual to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate goals are to reduce drug abuse, improve the patient's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse and addiction. Like people with diabetes or heart disease, people in treatment for drug addiction will need to change behavior to adopt a more healthful lifestyle.

In 2004, approximately 22.5 million Americans aged 12 or older needed treatment for substance (alcohol or illicit drug) abuse and addiction. Of these, only 3.8 million people received it. (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2004)

Untreated substance abuse and addiction add significant costs to families and communities, including those related to violence and property crimes, prison expenses, court and criminal costs, emergency room visits, healthcare utilization, child abuse and neglect, lost child support, foster care and welfare costs, reduced productivity, and unemployment.

The latest estimate for the costs to society of illicit drug abuse alone is $181 billion (2002). When combined with alcohol and tobacco costs, they exceed $500 billion including healthcare, criminal justice, and lost productivity. Successful drug abuse treatment can help reduce this cost; crime; and the spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases. It is estimated that for every dollar spent on addiction treatment programs, there is a $4 to $7 reduction in the cost of drug-related crimes. With some outpatient programs, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12:1.

Basis for Effective Treatment

Scientific research since the mid-1970s shows that treatment can help many people change destructive behaviors, avoid relapse, and successfully remove themselves from a life of substance abuse and addiction. Recovery from drug addiction is a long-term process and frequently requires multiple episodes of treatment. Based on this research, key principles have been identified that should form the basis of any effective treatment program:

  • No single treatment is appropriate for all individuals.

  • Treatment needs to be readily available.

  • Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug addiction.

  • An individual's treatment and services plan must be assessed often and modified to meet the person's changing needs.

  • Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical for treatment effectiveness.

  • Counseling and other behavioral therapies are critical components of virtually all effective treatments for addiction.

  • For certain types of disorders, medications are an important element of treatment, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies.

  • Addicted or drug-abusing individuals with coexisting mental disorders should have both disorders treated in an integrated way.

  • Medical management of withdrawal syndrome is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug use.

  • Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.

  • Possible drug use during treatment must be monitored continuously.

  • Treatment programs should provide assessment for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases, and should provide counseling to help patients modify or change behaviors that place themselves or others at risk of infection.

  • As is the case with other chronic, relapsing diseases, recovery from drug addiction can be a long-term process and typically requires multiple episodes of treatment, including "booster" sessions and other forms of continuing care.

Effective Treatment Approaches

Treatment including: individual and group counseling, education, psychiatric, psychological and medical evaluation, possible medications, 12-step support and ongoing structure, are aspects of an overall therapeutic process that often begins with detoxification, followed by treatment and relapse prevention. Easing withdrawal symptoms can be important in the initiation of treatment; preventing relapse is necessary for maintaining its effects. And sometimes, as with other chronic conditions, episodes of relapse may require a return to prior treatment components. A continuum of care that includes a customized treatment regimen, addressing all aspects of an individual's life, including medical and mental health services, and follow up options (e.g., 12-step, community- or family-based recovery support systems) can be crucial to a person's success in achieving and maintaining a drug-free lifestyle.

Residential treatment programs are shown to be highly effective, especially for those with more severe problems. Intervention 180 works with some highly structured programs in which patients remain at a residence, varied lengths of stay. This allows individuals to be removed from their problem environment and focus on recovery. We work with programs specifically tailored for specialty groups such as, adolescents, seniors, those with severe mental health disorders, eating disorders, programs for professionals and other specialized groups.

For more information about which programs would best meet your needs or the needs of your loved one, please contact us at 888-435-7960. We do not charge to help you find the right treatment program.

Medications can be used to help with different aspects of the treatment process.

Withdrawal : Medications offer help in suppressing withdrawal symptoms during detoxification. However, medically assisted withdrawal is not in itself "treatment"it is only the first step in the treatment process. Patients who go through medically assisted withdrawal but do not receive any further treatment show drug abuse patterns similar to those who were never treated.

Treatment : Medications can be used to help re-establish normal brain function and to prevent relapse and diminish cravings throughout the treatment process. Currently, we have medications for opioid (heroin, morphine) and tobacco (nicotine) addiction, and are developing others for treating stimulant (cocaine, methamphetamine) and cannabis (marijuana) addiction.

Methadone and buprenorphine, for example, are effective medications for the treatment of opiate addiction. Acting on the same targets in the brain as heroin and morphine, these medications block the drug's effects, suppress withdrawal symptoms, and relieve craving for the drug. This helps patients to disengage from drug-seeking and related criminal behavior and be more receptive to behavioral treatments.

Buprenorphine : This is a relatively new and important treatment medication. NIDA-supported basic and clinical research led to the development of buprenorphine (Subutex or, in combination with naloxone, Suboxone), and demonstrated it to be a safe and acceptable addiction treatment. While these products were being developed in concert with industry partners, Congress passed the Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA 2000), permitting qualified physicians to prescribe narcotic medications (Schedules III to V) for the treatment of opioid addiction. This legislation created a major paradigm shift by allowing access to opiate treatment in a medical setting rather than limiting it to specialized drug treatment clinics. To date, nearly 10,000 physicians have taken the training needed to prescribe these two medications, and nearly 7,000 have registered as potential providers.

Behavioral Treatments help patients engage in the treatment process, modify their attitudes and behaviors related to drug abuse, and increase healthy life skills. Behavioral treatments can also enhance the effectiveness of medications and help people stay in treatment longer.

Outpatient behavioral treatment encompasses a wide variety of programs for patients who visit a clinic at regular intervals. Most of the programs involve individual or group drug counseling. Some programs also offer other forms of behavioral treatment such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , which seeks to help patients recognize, avoid, and cope with the situations in which they are most likely to abuse drugs.

  • Multidimensional Family Therapy , which addresses a range of influences on the drug abuse patterns of adolescents and is designed for them and their families.

  • Motivational Interviewing , which capitalizes on the readiness of individuals to change their behavior and enter treatment.

  • Motivational Incentives (contingency management), which uses positive reinforcement to encourage abstinence from drugs.