What sets North Jersey Recovery Center apart is our utilization and understanding of evidence-based addiction treatment. At NJRC, we recognize that each addict has a complex and different set of pathologies and underlying reasons for their addictions. By exploring each individual’s needs through personal and group therapy, NJRC will create a customized treatment plan for you or your loved one. These plans are intended to help each patient identify their goals, as well as to create a foundation for independent, sober living.

Substance use disorder is one that plagues millions of individuals in the United States alone. If one doesn’t understand the proper way to combat such illness, the road to recovery can be quite treacherous. Luckily, treatment facilities like North Jersey Recovery Center aim to make rehab that much more accessible to those that are suffering. Finding the right treatment program should never be impossible. Instead, it should be more accessible to those who so desperately need help.

What Are The Options?

Some general substance abuse recovery options include the following:

  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Partial-Care
  • Outpatient
  • Inpatient
  • Detox
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Therapy

When it comes to choosing the right kind of treatment, the list of different options seems endless. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, there is a method to the madness; there are so many different options because there are so many unique individuals with their own set of difficulties who struggle with substance abuse. No one person is exactly like the other; each individual has a different path to recovery. It’s because of this that so many different recovery options exist.

Partial-Care Program

NJRC provides a partial-care program that helps individuals suffering from substance abuse escape the temptations of the outside world and allows them to navigate early recovery. North Jersey Recovery Center provides a premier Partial-Care program that boasts a low staff-to-client ratio, with highly-trained addiction professionals who can keep addicts safe and comfortable.

Partial-Care patients will receive daily clinical care that reflects each individualized treatment plan. This clinical care, whether individual or group therapy, helps addicts deal with the root of their problems and embrace sobriety.

These programs are great recovery options for those who are either transitioning from inpatient to outpatient treatment. Similar to IOPs, they are somewhat of a step between the two. In fact, these programs have proven themselves to be successful in the realm of substance abuse treatment. 

As far as specifics are concerned, those involved in one of these programs are typically treated 5 times a week, anywhere between 4-6 hours a day. Also, upon completing a partial-care program, patients may need to begin an outpatient program immediately so that they have the best chance of recovering in the best way possible. Again, this all depends on each patient’s unique needs. 

Who is it for?

These programs work well for patients in recovery who require to following:

  • Support that traditional outpatient programs lack
  • Close medical attention
  • A transition period between inpatient and outpatient rehab

Partial-care programs are immensely successful when done with a full treatment plan. For the best chance at recovering to one’s full potential, a complete recovery plan will help patients seeking a life of sobriety and stability. This is because the more time that someone spends being treated, the more exposure they have to recovery tools; the more exposure they have to recovery tools, the chances of them being restored to their full potential are very high. 

Understanding the complexities of treatments like these and the differences between them and others is a bit intimidating and can oftentimes become confusing. Understanding one’s unique necessities as far as recovery is concerned is the best place to start. Once that has been figured out, it becomes that much easier to understand what kind of rehab will work well for you specifically. For those who still need the intensive nature of inpatient treatment but aren’t quite ready for the responsibility of outpatient rehab, a partial-care program is a great choice to make.

Intensive Outpatient Program

North Jersey Recovery Center also offers IOP, or intensive outpatient programming. IOP is intended for those who are able to have more involvement with the real world, or as a continuum of care for those who have previously been in inpatient settings. IOP helps addicts reintegrate into all aspects of daily life, including career assistance, information on healthy relationships, and continued monitoring/therapy.

Furthermore, in the IOP level of care at North Jersey Recovery Center, individuals learn about strategies beyond just sobriety, including resume work, budgeting, social skills, scheduling interviews and more.

More About IOPs

In a nutshell, intensive outpatient programs treat patients who have illnesses that don’t fall under the umbrella of residential treatment, and don’t require the amount of surveillance that an inpatient program would; that’s not to say their illness is not more serious though. IOPs are somewhat of a step between inpatient and outpatient treatment. 

Those involved in this particular method of treatment, similarly to outpatient programs, can reside in the comfort of their own homes whilst recovering. The purpose of this is to help those involved make a smooth transition to the world surrounding the treatment facility. These programs, though they are quite similar to outpatient treatment, work in conjunction with inpatient programs. They primarily serve the functions of building a support system, providing coping mechanisms, and helping patients who struggle with relapse. 

Per week, patients can visit a treatment center anywhere from 3 to 4 times weekly, or anywhere between 9-20 hours. Each individual is different, and because of this, what each patient needs will vary from case to case. The number in question may also depend on what the recovery center has to offer. Regardless, this is the biggest difference between IOPs, outpatient, and inpatient programs. 

As far as what IOPs offer, in a very general sense it will usually involve some sort of 12-step program, and 10-12 hours of weekly therapy (whether it be with a group or an individual). It is worth mentioning however that each treatment center is unique in what they offer in terms of care. Regardless, even though specifics may vary, the general framework remains the same.

Outpatient Program

North Jersey Recovery Center’s outpatient program allows you to start rebuilding your personal life and mending your important family ties right away when you live at home and participate in intensive outpatient treatment.

With the Outpatient Treatment program, you are able to establish a foundation for long term recovery support in your local community right from the start of your treatment, instead of waiting until you return from living away in a rehab center.

Clients are able to continue their lives as sober individuals, while also managing the stress of everyday life with continued services and addiction programming in North Jersey. NJRC provides sober living homes where addicts can continue learning life skills, pursuing healthy relationships, and sustaining their sobriety.

There are certain requirements for our sober living program, including attending a weekly 12-step meeting, regularly checking in with a recovery coach and more. This mix of accountability and real life is the safest bet at a happy, healthy life in sobriety for you or a loved one.

More About Outpatient Programs

Outpatient treatment could be as extensive as weekly therapy, or even as simple as a primary care checkup. In some cases, people who are admitted to the hospital could be discharged the same day and their level of treatment could be considered outpatient. It allows individuals to recover with minimal disruption to their daily lives. The more convenient among the others, outpatient recovery does not require the intensive nature that inpatient treatment does. 

Recovery options such as this allow one to be treated for their substance abuse with minimal disruption to their daily lives. In addition to this, it is worth mentioning that outpatient treatment allows patients to recover while residing in the comfort of their own homes. This works well for people who find inpatient or residential treatment inconvenient. 

Some examples of different outpatient treatment methods include the following:

  • Therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Physical exams
  • Primary care check-ups

Outpatient treatment, in the realm of substance abuse specifically, is designed to treat milder cases of addiction. That being said, the time frame in which one completes this method of treatment could span anywhere from three months to over a year. All in all, this kind of rehab is meant to be either an initial method used for those who suffer from mild substance abuse or it is for those who are coming off of inpatient treatment and need to cross the bridge between professional care and the real world. 

Inpatient Treatment 

Inpatient treatment is a treatment option that allows patients to stay in a treatment center overnight. This classification is very general, however, as in the realm of substance abuse treatment it refers to someone who attends treatment and stays in the care of a recovery facility 24/7. The purpose is primarily so that medical professionals can monitor patients closely for a more consistent amount of time. Designed to treat more serious cases of addiction, it could last anywhere from 28 days to six months. 

Some examples of this particular method of rehab include the following: 

  • Surgery
  • Residential treatment
  • Mental illness rehab

This recovery method is successful among those who require residential treatment to recover to their full potential. This allows those being treated to truly focus on what they’re at the facility to do: recover. Inpatient treatment allows individuals to do this with minimal distractions because no outward circumstances are affecting their growth. Inpatient recovery is used to give more attention to those who have more intensive illnesses. These require more hours per week than that of outpatient treatment. 

Detox

Also referred to as medically assisted treatment (MAT), drug and alcohol detox has the potential to be very difficult. Cutting someone off of drugs is a very dangerous process, and if done so the wrong way can lead to serious withdrawal. This is due in large part to the fact that drug and alcohol cravings are extremely difficult to overcome. Anybody who tries detoxing on their own could be putting themselves at risk, and this is why MAT is so important for those who need it. When done in the supervision of professionals, this method has proven itself to be quite successful. 

Some symptoms of drug or alcohol withdrawal could include the following:

  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations

Although detox has the potential to be dangerous, if done in a professionally controlled environment, it could set those in a recovery program up for success. Its purpose is to help safely manage withdrawal. This method of treatment provides many patients with the potential for a successful recovery.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis refers to someone who is suffering from both a mental health disorder and substance abuse simultaneously. This is more frequent than some are led to believe and could result in worsening both illnesses. In fact, according to some studies, in 2018 more than nine million people suffered from both substance abuse and mental illness.

Understanding the significance of a co-occurring disorder and recognizing the signs of such can be a life-saver for those who are suffering. It is worth mentioning however that while mental illness and addiction can occur at the same time, it does not suggest that one occurred because of the other. This is a common misconception. Just because one occurs it does not mean that the other will follow. It is often difficult to make sense of which one came first. 

A substance abuse disorder could have little relation to one’s depression, but the most significant thing to note about co-occurring disorders is that both an addiction and mental illness are happening simultaneously. Someone who is struggling with anxiety or depression could have been suffering their whole life before an addiction even occurred.

Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

As far as mental illnesses are concerned, some can come as a result of abusing substances. Some of those include the following:

  • Delusional behavior
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia 

Even though co-occurring disorders exist, it doesn’t necessarily mean that an addiction issue couldn’t trigger a mental illness. Those who deal with a substance abuse issue are twice as likely to develop a mental illness than those who do not have an addiction problem. Similarly, the shoe also fits on the other foot; those who deal with a mental health disorder are twice as likely to develop a substance abuse issue than that of someone who doesn’t have one. 

The majority of people who struggle with substance use disorder are suffering because of their mental illnesses, and vice versa. The two possess massive potential to intertwine and sometimes work harmoniously with one another to create an even bigger problem. To support this, some studies have shown that half of the adolescents attending substance abuse treatment are also suffering from a mental illness. 

As far as the science of all this is concerned, when one uses drugs, the pleasure center is triggered, which in turn compromises the integrity of one’s perception of their needs. This is why so many people turn back to drugs even though they are well aware that drugs are not beneficial to their health. This causes people to become dangerously impulsive when it comes to drug use. It is because of this that the chemical signals in one’s brain change, resulting in a chemical imbalance, which then results in mental illness. 

Therapy

Therapy is a very influential part of treatment, regardless of whether or not it’s done with a group or is solely individual. They’ve proven themselves to be quite beneficial when it comes to combating substance abuse issues. Therapy provides patients with the tools they need to fight their addiction. That being said, it is also worth mentioning that different kinds of therapy, whether they be group or individually based, provide different functions in the recovery journey. 

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is usually not a primary form of treatment, but rather it is used to supplement that of an inpatient or outpatient program. This kind of therapy does an excellent job of empowering individuals and increasing their positive outlook on life. After someone leaves an individual session, they leave more encouraged because they have been able to focus on their own unique needs and problems. 

The confidence one gains as a result of this form of therapy is immense. Not only that, but this particular method of therapy allows those who practice it to be equipped with skills that will help their specific recovery journey. All of these aspects and more combine to make a very successful practice in treatment.

Individual therapy sessions occur weekly at least in most treatment programs. Often, meeting on more than just a weekly basis sets one up for the success they need to recover to their complete potential. Regardless, it should be noted that whatever the frequency of one’s therapy, it still helps individuals grow into a life of stability and sobriety.

Individual therapy serves the purpose of evaluating one’s life circumstances. Sometimes one’s circumstances concerning substance abuse could have been supplemented by the environment that surrounded them. This can often be done adjacent to group settings when one becomes more vulnerable.

Group Therapy

People tend to be empowered by those that surround them. Because of this, it may be much easier to break down the walls of vulnerability in a group setting. This is mostly because people are more likely to commit when they feel a vast amount of support from those around them. In settings like this, all anybody wants is to be validated. They want to know they’re not crazy, and that those surrounding them share a common bond. Group therapy allows people to do this.

Group therapy is often rendered so effective because those involved all have one goal in common: to move past their substance abuse. When people are united by a common threat, they are often motivated more so than they would be individual. Humans are relational, and so making for strength in large groups. 

North Jersey Recovery Center is Here to Help

At North Jersey Recovery Center, helping those suffering from substance abuse find the best treatment for them is of the utmost significance. Our vision is quite simple: evaluating the needs of each patient-specific to their unique life circumstances. If you or a loved one would like to learn more concerning your recovery options, you can contact us here today.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brian Ostertag

brian-ostertag-150x150Brian Ostertag, BA, MA, LCADC, CCS, is the Clinical Director for North Jersey Recovery Center. Brian is a compassionate leader with a desire to see others exceed, and who believes that people want to work hard at something they find meaningful and believe in. He is a strong addiction services professional with degrees in Psychology Addiction Studies, and Pastoral Counseling.