One of the hardest things that an alcohol and drug addict can do is seek treatment. Many addicts feel guilty about their addiction and do not know where to seek treatment. The addict continues living with his or her addiction, further compounding the problem. As is the case with many other states in the US, alcohol and drug abuse cases are rising in Mississippi because of the availability of illegal drugs there, including cocaine, meth, crack, and heroin.
The state is further faced with a growing problem of alcoholism. Alcohol addiction affects all age groups in the state.
However, in order to try and curb alcohol and drug abuse and addiction, there are numerous facilities in the state that provide treatment to addicts. These treatment facilities treat addicts of all ages. Treatment centers can be classified into public, state-funded treatment facilities and private facilities. There are also outpatient and inpatient rehab facilities.
Some of these outpatient treatment facilities include South Regional Medical Center, East Mississippi State Hospital, and Marian Hill Chemical Dependency Center. Examples of inpatient facilities include North Mississippi Medical Center, Parkwood Behavioral Health system, Alliance Health Center, Extra Mile Sober Living Residence Program, and Saint Dominic Behavioral Health Services.
There are numerous hotlines through which alcohol and drug abusers can contact counselors and get help. Inpatient rehab treatment encompasses a number of programs aimed at helping addicts overcome addiction.
These treatment programs are holistic. One of the main aspects of these programs is detox. Detox marks the first step in alcohol treatment. There are various types of detox programs. The type of detox program that a patient undergoes depends on the level of his or her addiction. Another aspect of inpatient treatment programs involves the use of medication to treat addiction.
This method of addiction is referred to as replacement drug therapy. In this therapy, medications are used to counter addiction. This therapy is rarely used because it is dangerous. The patient may become dependent on the medication being used.
Thirdly, inpatient programs entail short and long-term residential substance abuse treatment. Short-term programs take about a month, while long-term programs take six to twelve. In these residential treatments, addicts undergo intensive therapies. Addicts are helped to overcome relapses that may occur during the course of treatment.