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Substance Use Disorder Treatment

9% of people aged 12 or older in Houston have been classified as having substance use disorder, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That’s almost 200,000 people. Substance use disorder covers a variety of substances, from alcohol to drugs. Two of the biggest barriers to lowering that number are a better understanding of how substance use disorders come about, as well as access to reliable care.

At SUN Behavioral Health Houston, our goal is to not only provide effective treatment to our patients but to also help provide education to our community about the recovery process. 

How Effective is Drug Addiction Therapy

One of the most important steps to drug addiction recovery is learning more about the process. So what does the journey look like and does it work? What do the statistics look like? 

The recovery process involves a few things depending on your personal journey. The most important thing to know is that 75% of people who report having substance use disorder are in recovery. 

Another thing to note is that, even after treatment and recovery, relapses can still happen but that doesn’t mean the recovery hasn’t worked. The treatment process involves a lot of learning, from skills to help you in the future to relearning behaviors and patterns that might’ve been formed because of your substance use. A good treatment facility will be with you even after your treatment and give you the life skills you need to continue on your healing journey even outside of their doors.

Signs of an Effective Drug Addiction Treatment Program

When looking for places to eat, you might keep in mind the reviews of the restaurant to make sure you’re going to have a good experience there. The same thing should apply to your research process when looking for a place to go for recovery. There are certain criteria that any good drug addiction treatment program should meet.

  • Keeping you informed - During your treatment process, you shouldn’t be left in the dark. Having a staff that helps you understand what’s going on and what steps should be taken can help you feel more secure in the journey. It builds trust, knowing that they’re not hiding things from you. 
  • Giving you options - Everyone’s journey is different, which means no singular treatment plan fits every person. Knowing what options your facility offers and how they differ from each other can help you make an informed decision about your recovery. 
  • Being there for you in the long run - Treatment is not a one-and-done process. Everyone’s treatment journey takes a different amount of time. Having a program that will be there for you after your leave, whether in the skills they taught you or the lifelines they give you, is key to recovery.

What Medications Are Used in Drug Addiction Treatment?

The use of medication in the process of drug addiction treatment is fairly common. Most common of all is the use of medication as part of the detox process to help the patient successfully manage withdrawal symptoms. 

Withdrawal from certain substances, such as opioids and alcohol, can be incredibly painful, or even fatal. This is where medication and medical assistance come into play. There are many medications that have been developed specifically to help people through withdrawal. 

Some of the medications most commonly used in drug addiction treatment are:

  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone
  • Bupropion
  • Buprenorphine 

Medication is used as a tool to help you or your loved one get to a place where they don’t have to worry about their symptoms and can instead focus on their recovery. 

How is Behavioral Therapy Used to Treat Drug Addiction?

Behavioral therapy is an important component in helping those in recovery from substance use disorder. Just a drug addiction doesn’t appear out of thin air, it also doesn’t disappear without leaving a trace. Behavioral therapy helps teach skills to learn how to deal with potential future triggers, as well as helps start the process of unlearning certain behaviors as well.

In addition, many times mental health issues can arise from substance use, just as they can be the cause of it. Addressing these concerns at once, or treating the whole person instead of a particular condition, helps ensure a better recovery.

Different Causes and Risk Factors for Drug Addiction

It’s important to note that not everyone who falls under the “risks” for drug addiction will end up developing a substance use disorder. There are, statistically, certain factors that can lead to a higher risk of substance use. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Mental Health - Untreated depression, anxiety, trauma, or other mental illnesses can lead to a person relying on substances to help them better deal with the symptoms of their conditions. 
  • Social Factors - Peer pressure can play a part in substance use, but other social factors can play into it as well. Loneliness is a large known factor behind substance use. 
  • History - Growing up in a household where there might’ve been substance use, or experiencing a traumatic event or childhood has been shown to be a cause of substance use. 
  • Stress - From economic status, to work, or anything else that can cause stress in life, substance use can be a way that someone copes with this. If they’re unable to escape from their stressors, substance use could lead to a substance use disorder. 
  • Biology - There are genetic links to addiction. This does not mean, however, that everyone with a genetic link will inevitably develop a substance addiction.
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Different Types and Levels of Rehab Treatment Available

Here at SUN Behavioral Houston, we have options for our patients and their recovery journey. Every person’s journey to recovery is different and we believe that knowing and understanding what options you have is an important part of the process.

If you’re looking to be able to step away from your life for a bit, to find some stability and safety in a new environment, inpatient rehab might be the best option for you. Inpatient rehab is when you stay at a facility long-term. The length of your stay will be determined by both you and the medical professionals on staff. During your stay, you will get to experience many types of treatment, from individual therapy to group therapy, to different activity-based classes to help you in your recovery. 

If you’re seeking a way to recover from drug addiction, but have a family at home that needs you, or that you want to be with along the way, you should consider our outpatient options. Outpatient offers a lot of the same variety of treatment options that inpatient does while allowing our patients the comfort of going home at night, or not coming in every day of the week, depending on your treatment plan. We are also proud to offer co-occurring treatment to our patients. Co-occurring treatment is used to address both substance use disorders and mental health issues at the same time. We understand that people are complex, and more than one condition can be contributing to a person’s current situation. Addressing both problems together can help lead to a better outcome.


What to Expect at SUN Behavioral Health Houston 

Here at SUN Behavioral Houston, we want to see our patients and their families thrive. We believe in offering life-saving and enhancing services to our community. 

If you or a loved one are living with substance use and want to start on the road to recovery, reach out to us now to learn more about how we can help. You can call us at 713-796-2273 or schedule a no-cost telehealth consultation today.


FAQs About Substance Use Disorder Treatment

What are the treatment options for Substance Use Disorder?

There are many options to help treat substance use disorder. The most common are inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, detox, or medically assisted treatment. 

Are there drugs that lead to substance use disorder?

While many drugs are associated with substance use disorders, such as opioids or benzodiazepines, these drugs are also used daily for other medical needs. Most substance use disorders develop in combination with other factors, not just because of one specific drug. 

Who is at risk of substance use disorder?

While not all who are at risk for substance use disorder will inevitably get it, there are some things to look out for. Untreated mental illness, social pressures, home life, or economic stressors can all contribute to substance use. 

Houston Substance Use Disorder Treatment

At SUN, we’ve created a caring, healing environment and will be there for every step of your journey to recovery. Please call us today to help you, your family and your loved one.


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