Quick Guide To Finding Quality Alcohol & Drug Treatment Services
Pathways is a comprehensive guide to regional resources for alcohol and drug abuse programs in Knoxville and the surrounding counties and communities.
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- Detox Programs
- Dual Diagnosis
- Services for Pregnant Women
- Services for Veterans
- Mental Health
If you or someone you care for is dependent on alcohol or drugs and needs treatment, it is important to know that no single treatment approach is appropriate for all individuals. Finding the right treatment programs involves careful consideration of such things as setting, length of care, philosophical approach to your needs or the needs of your loved one.
Selecting a Treatment Program
- Does the program accept your insurance? If not, will they work with you on a payment plan or find other means of support for you?
- Is the program run by state-accredited, licensed and/or trained professionals?
- Is the facility clean, organized and well run?
- Does the program encompass the full range of needs of the individual (medical: including infectious diseases; psychological: including co-occurring mental illness; social; vocational; legal; etc.)?
- Does the treatment program also address sexual orientation and physical disabilities as well as provide age, gender and culturally appropriate treatment services?
- Are long-term aftercare support and/or guidance encouraged, provided and maintained?
- Is there ongoing assessment of an individual’s treatment plan to ensure it meets changing needs?
- Does the program employ strategies to engage and keep individuals in longer-term treatment, increasing the likelihood of success?
- Does the program offer counseling (individual or group) and other behavioral therapies to enhance the individual’s ability to function in the family/community?
- Does the program offer medication as part of the treatment regimen, if appropriate?
- Is there ongoing monitoring of possible relapse to help guide patients back to abstinence?
- Are services or referrals offered to family members to ensure they understand addiction and the recovery process to help them support the recovering individual?
Why do people use drugs?
Many people drink or use drugs recreationally with few problems. Others, at some time in their lives, use alcohol and/or drugs more and more to help them cope with everyday problems. The misuse of alcohol or drugs often develops slowly. Problem drinking and/or drug use can develop into addiction without one’s awareness. Experiencing a problem with alcohol or drugs does not mean that a person is bad, has no morals and is irresponsible.
Families sometimes wonder about a loved one whom they think drinks too much or is using drugs. Doesn’t he/she care for us anymore? Why does he drink so much? Why do you say those hurtful things after you have been drinking/using drugs?
These are some of the questions family members of problem drinkers and problem drug users ask.
When family members ask these questions about a loved one, it may be an indication that there is a developing problem.
What is Addiction?
Addiction is a primary, progressive and sometimes fatal disease that can affect anyone.
- Primary – Addiction is not a symptom of another disease; it is not caused by another disease. Other illnesses can have an influence on a person’s misuse or dependence on alcohol/drugs, however.
- Progressive – Addiction becomes worse as the user continues to drink/use drugs. The longer the person uses, the worse the consequences of the use, and the harder it is for the person to stop using. This is why it is so important to detect and treat problem drinking/problem drug use before it overwhelms the user and his/her family.
- Potentially fatal – Addiction to alcohol or other drugs takes its toll on the mind, body and spirit. Death from cirrhosis of the liver, suicide from depression as a result of the consequences of drinking/drug use and fatal traffic accidents while under the influence of alcohol or another drug are common causes of death among those addicted. Knox County has one of the highest per person rates of alcohol-related deaths in East Tennessee.
Many people think that alcohol is not a drug. It is a psychoactive drug in the same class as other depressants such as barbiturates, Xanax, Tranxene, and Valium.