Join Dr. Harold C. Urschel III, addiction psychiatrist and Enterhealth chief medical strategist, in a discussion about the many questions that arise when it is time to leave the safety and security of the residential addiction treatment center. Even though there are tremendous positive effects resulting from inpatient treatment, is the patient, their family and friends aware that the disease of addiction has not been cured?
Because of negative environmental factors, will your loved one need transitional sober living? How has their health been impacted by prolonged substance abuse? Has the decision been made to enroll in an outpatient program for Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) immediately upon discharge? How about individual therapy? And maybe one of the most important factors in your loved one's continued health and wellness – family therapy. Everyone involved in their care can then be evaluated and educated on how their interactions will support or derail recovery efforts.
Residential treatment for alcohol and drug addiction can be a lifesaver, but it is only the first step in maintaining control of this chronic disease of the brain.
*1-hour CE credit available for the following licenses: LPC, LMFT, LMSW, LCSW, LCDC