The Path to Recovery
In Ross County, the Paint Valley ADAMH Board acts as a sort of clearing house for the treatment of addiction and mental illness; they guide individuals through the process, and manage the payment of services to ensure there is little or no cost to the participant or their family. Care Coordinators help recovery participants secure resources they need - such as medical coverage, transportation, food, shelter, employment, and social support – to successfully overcome addiction.
Except in emergency cases, treatment typically starts with an assessment – an examination of a person’s mental state, chemical dependency, and other factors that can impact treatment. Assessments are obtained by a Treatment Provider.
Those seeking treatment can contact a nearby Treatment Provider themselves, or get a list of Treatment Providers from Paint Valley ADAMH by calling 740-773-2283. Successful treatment starts with a personal desire and commitment to change, so only the person seeking help can request this assessment; it cannot be requested by a friend or family member.
Once the Assessment is done, the Treatment Provider will create a Treatment Plan that is tailored to the needs of the individual.
Because everyone’s situation is different, every person’s treatment process is also unique. So while a basic set of treatment approaches can be listed here, not everyone will follow the exact same path or receive all of these services.
The removal of chemicals from the body – detoxification – can take anywhere from 3 to 7 days to complete. Because it is accompanied by often severe symptoms of withdrawal, it is monitored in a medical facility by trained health care professionals. This can be a hopsital, or a Detox Center. (The frequent unavailability of medical beds is one of the gaps that has been identified by the HPP and is an area in which considerable improvement is needed).
One of the most crucial parts of a successful treatment plan is counseling. At the beginning of treatment, a participant undergoes Intensive Outpatient Care where they attend multiple counseling sessions in a short period time. This Counseling is conducted through a Treatment Provider.
As treatment progresses, Individual and Group Counseling provides additional support. These sessions can take place at a variety of times and locations. While the length of time a person spends in counseling varies, the average is nine months to two years.
In some cases, a treatment plan will include a prescribed medication to assist with recovery from drug dependence. The two most common medications are Vivitrol and Suboxone.
Vivitrol is a once a month injection administered by a doctor in a medical office.
Suboxone is available at a pharmacy by prescription only, and comes in the form of a strip or tablet to be taken as directed.
Different from counseling, psychiatric services address any underlying mental health conditions that can impact recovery.
Many people mistakenly believe that once treatment is concluded a person is “cured” of addiction. In reality, treatment is only the beginning, and recovery is not a process, but a new way of life. Far too often, people make it through treatment, but then struggle with (and eventually give up on) recovery. This enacts a cycle of addiction and treatment that can seem never-ending.
While some treatment methods like counseling and psychiatric services may continue, the addition of good support groups, finding stable employment, and securing a safe place to live is essential to successful recovery. A variety of services and resources are available during both Treatment and Recovery that a Care Coordinator can help an individual access based on their specific needs.
Nobody gets through recovery alone. Support groups provide a space where people can share their stories, frustrations, successes, and encouragement for one another. Meetings take place at various times and locations throughout the community. (See our Support Group page for a list!)
Care Coordinators can help arrange transportation to ensure that appointments can be kept and counseling and support group sessions are regularly attended.
Rebuilding a life after addiction takes work, and a job. Care Coordinators can help participants address employment needs. Services may include resume writing, career exploration, interviewing skills, job coaching, and short-term vocation training.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to focus on treatment and recovery without a secure place to live. For participants facing this hurdle, a referral can be made by a Care Coordinator to an agency that can assist with housing.
If a legal issue such as disability, custody, or visitation is impeding recovery, an attorney may be available to assist and provide guidance.
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