Over 5,500 people die every year in the state of Illinois. Of those 5,500 deaths, over 5% of them are either directly or indirectly related to the use of drugs and alcohol.
While that number might not seem like a lot when you consider how many people live in Illinois, if you or anyone you know has been affected by an alcohol or drug-related death, then that number can hit close to home.
Areas such as Evanston have been greatly affected by the increase of drug and alcohol abuse cases throughout the country. That’s why treatment centers are so vital. While we can’t necessarily prevent drug and alcohol addiction, providing the services needed for those who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction in and around the Evanston area can go a long way in lowering the number of drug and alcohol-related deaths a year.
If you, or someone you know, is suffering and lives in the Evanston area, keep reading to learn more about how you, or they, can get the help needed to fight addiction.
In 2017 alone, there were 2,202 drug overdose deaths involving opioids in Illinois. That’s a rate of 17.2 deaths per 100,000 people, which is higher than the national average. Luckily the state of Illinois and the city of Evanston offers many different types of treatment services and options for those that find themselves addicted to drugs and alcohol and are looking to get help.
Many different treatment facilities and options are available in and around Evanston IL, including detox, inpatient rehab, as well as outpatient facilities. Here is a breakdown of what each offers:
Before beginning treatment for your addiction, your body needs to rid itself of the toxins associated with the substance of abuse. This is known as the detox process. When going through detox, it is important to do so at either a hospital or a designated detox facility.
The detox process can be very dangerous if done without proper medical care and supervision. The detox process can take up to 7 days to complete depending on the substances and the patient. After the detox process is complete, the next step is addiction treatment.
Inpatient treatment is just like it sounds. It is a facility in which a person lives at for the duration of their addiction treatment. Inpatient treatment centers revolve largely around both group and individual therapy and most residential treatment programs last from 28 to 90 days depending on the specific needs and preferences of the participant.
Inpatient facilities provide doctors, nurses, and therapists who all work together to help the patients not only fight addiction but learn how to live a sober life once they leave treatment. In some cases, inpatient treatment will be court-ordered. Inpatient treatment is ideal for someone who wants to get clean and sober but doesn’t feel that they can do so while continuing to go about their daily lives.
Outpatient treatment allows participants to live at home outside of treatment hours. This allows them to continue to go about their normal daily routine without much interruption. Those who choose outpatient treatment attend group and individual therapy sessions each week just like they would if they were in an inpatient center, They can even meet with a psychiatrist for medication to manage withdrawal, cravings, and any existing mental health issues.
However, since a person who chooses outpatient treatment is not living in a treatment facility during the addiction treatment process, it can be considered less intensive. Outpatient treatment also costs significantly less, however many insurance companies will help cover the cost for both inpatient and outpatient treatment.
Just like everything else in life, when it comes to picking the right treatment facility there are several factors to keep in mind.
The first thing to consider is the type of treatment you need. Each treatment center specializes in treating different types of addictions, such as alcoholism or even people that suffer from multiple addictions.
Even treatment facilities that handle all types of addiction treatment will have a better success rate at treating some addictions than others. That’s why when it comes to picking the right facility for you, it’s important to make sure that you pick one that has the best track record of taking care of your needs.
The next thing to decide is whether you want to go to an inpatient or outpatient facility. While historically inpatient treatment has the higher success rate, it is not for everyone. Outpatient treatment is typically more cost effective and less disruptive to your everyday life. However, because you aren’t being monitored around the clock, the chances of relapse are greater since you don’t have anyone making sure that you are staying clean and sober.
It is important to consult with a treatment professional as well as being honest with yourself before deciding between inpatient and outpatient treatment. While the lack of disrupting your everyday life might sound appealing, you have to be honest with yourself and decide if you can go through successful treatment while still living at home and having temptations constantly surrounding you.
If you have chosen the inpatient treatment route, then another important thing to consider when choosing a facility is both the location of the facility and the amenities that the facility offers.
When it comes to amenities, there are a wide range of options to choose from. Some facilities offer amenities that rival or even exceed some of the nicest five-star hotels in the world.
Some facilities are much more modest though and offer just the basics needed to live comfortably while completing the treatment program. The best way to go about choosing a facility based on amenities is deciding what you need and what you don’t need as well as what you can afford. The more luxurious the facility the higher the cost will be.
Also important is the location of the facility. While finding a facility close to home might be ideal for some people, it’s not the right fit for everyone. Some people might like the comfort of knowing they are close to home. They might also only have the means to travel to the facility that is nearest to them. For others, they might want to be as far from home and temptation as possible and will want to go to a facility that is in another city or even another state.
After determining what type of facility you want to go to and where you want it to be located, the final factor is the length of the treatment program. While most treatment professionals recommend 60 to 90 day treatment, the length of treatment can vary based on the individual. It is important to consult with a doctor or other treatment professional to find out the best length of time for you.
For many people, substance abuse and addiction isn’t the only problem. Many people who suffer from substance use also suffer from a co-occurring mental health or behavioral disorder. This is known as a dual diagnosis. Individuals with a dual diagnosis require an integrated treatment plan that addresses both disorders as interconnected mental health issues.
When it comes to mental health and it’s connection to addiction, there are several mental health and behavioral disorders that repeatedly present themselves alongside addiction. Those include:
In Evanston and all of Illinois, the government has created laws in order to protect those that might suffer from co-occurring disorders and provide them adequate treatment options. In fact, Illinois law goes beyond Federal parity by extending applicability to more plans and by requiring certain mental health and substance use disorder benefits for certain plans.
Together, Federal and Illinois laws apply to most health plans for consumers in Illinois. Furthermore, for employers with more than 50 employees, Illinois law further mandates certain minimum benefits be covered for serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Public Act 99-480 extends that mandate to the state employee health insurance program, county, and municipal plans, as well as Medicaid and CHIP plans.
We touched earlier on detoxing before treatment and the differences between inpatient and outpatient treatment, but what exactly does addiction treatment in Evanston IL entail? Whether you choose inpatient or outpatient treatment, a major component of your treatment revolves around both individual and group therapy.
In order to fight addiction, you essentially have to reprogram your brain to not want whatever substance you got addicted to. In addition, you will need to learn effective ways to avoid the temptations that will be presented to you when you leave treatment and return to your daily life. Therapy is a key component in making that happen.
If you are thinking about going into treatment, it is important to remember that you are not alone in this journey. In addition to your friends, family, and loved ones, you will have the support of the team of treatment professionals at the facility you go to.
At Footprints recovery we want you to live a clean and sober life that you can enjoy living. We will work with both you and your insurance company to make sure you get the treatment you need at a price you can afford. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment options and what programs we offer.