What To Expect During Drug & Alcohol Treatment

Drug & Alcohol Treatment

Understanding that you need help is the first step toward successful drug and alcohol treatment – it’s not a small one, either. You may reach it through personal reflection, input from close friends and family, or you may realize it when you start treatment following a court order. However you reach it, drug and alcohol treatment is there to help you take control of your life. Here’s what to expect from Fifth Street Counseling Center’s intensive outpatient drug and alcohol program (IOP).

Initiating The Process

When you call our center, a friendly staff member is on hand to guide you through the intake process. They’ll explain what is needed of you, and schedule you for an intake interview. The interview is a confidential and relaxed session where you can learn more about the treatment offered. The counselor will discuss detox, therapy session rules, and your treatment plan, along with answering any questions you may have about the center or the treatment process.

All of our treatment plans are created with you in mind. While there are some constants in drug and alcohol treatment, to a large extent, individuals will face individual issues. There’s no one-size-fits-all, and personalized treatment will see you on the road to recovery faster.

The intake interview is also used to assess if the program is the best fit for your situation. Based on your past treatments, drug and alcohol use, and social support system, we can make sure that you’re in a program that benefits you the most.

The Typical Structure Of A Session

Those in the IOP meet three times a week in the evenings. These sessions are informal, private, and done either one-on-one with a counselor or in small groups. You will be expected to attend all of these sessions, but doors are not locked, and you have the choice to leave if that’s what you wish. We use these sessions to focus on the following key areas.

  • Education

    Knowledge leads to informed decisions. In drug and alcohol treatment, you’ll learn about the effects substances have on your body and the things to expect during withdrawal and detox. It’s also important to take the time to look at your situation realistically in light of this knowledge, as this will help you move forward.

  • The Reason For Peers

    Group counseling sessions offer a vital piece of reinforcement: you’re not alone in your situation, and there are others who will be working toward recovery alongside you.

    In a time where it’s easy to feel isolated, we aim to keep a social focus on recovery. Facilitated by a counselor, group discussions are open and informal, letting you share what you need to.

  • Individual Counseling

    There might be some things you don’t want to speak about in a group setting. Individual counseling sessions still play a large role in any treatment plan, as one-on-one sessions with a counselor can help you pinpoint the specific areas on which you need to work.

  • The Skills To Move Forward

    This makes up the bulk of drug and alcohol treatment. In both group and private sessions, you’ll learn how to manage yourself and your addictions. You’ll learn about relapse prevention, how to make sure you work on your emotional well-being, and how to deal with stress without abusing alcohol or drugs.

Ending The Drug & Alcohol Treatment

As you’ll learn in your intake interview, the first treatment phase lasts six weeks. In your individual counseling sessions, we work with you to make sure that the treatment plan is suited to your needs. Near the end of the treatment phase, your counselor will discuss the next steps that you can take. You may wish to stay on for the second phase of treatment, or you might be ready to leave the program and apply your newfound skills going forward.

Call us at 954-797-5222, and discover how one of Fifth Street Counseling Center’s three Broward County locations can help you, today.

Garry Smith

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