Substance Abuse Treatment

It is never too late to take back your life with substance abuse treatment. There are many reasons why a person succumbs to substance abuse: being exposed to substance use at a young age, sustaining an injury and unintentionally becoming addicted to pain medications, as a way to cope with trauma or painful emotions, or mental health issues, just to name a few. Regardless of why, it takes careful work to recover and heal, but recovery is possible with Stepping Stones. Their CARF accredited, person-centered substance abuse treatment in Lincoln, NE is ready for you.

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Let me guess, you heard substance abuse treatment has high relapse rates?

For some, recovery does not occur. But determining the success of substance abuse treatment programs is tricky. Guaranteed recovery without relapse is difficult to predict because most program data does not follow patients beyond one-year of recovery and substance abuse treatment is a life-long commitment. Also, research neglects to include patients who drop out and recover or drop out and relapse. The New York Times reports that the state and federal government spends 15 billion dollars on treatment programs with little data to support their effectiveness. Which suggests that despite the lack of a 100 percent guarantee, substance abuse treatment is worth the investment.  Times also states that almost anyone can open a treatment facility, which is why it is extremely important to find one that receives CARF accreditation, like the effective substance abuse treatment offered at Stepping Stones.

What types of Substance Abuse treatment exists?

There are several types of treatment for substance abuse:

  • Long and Short-term Residential

  • Intensive Outpatient

  • Outpatient / Aftercare

  • Individual, Group and Family Counseling,

  • Medication Assisted Treatment (Suboxone, Naltrexone, Methadone, etc.)

Our drug and alcohol counselors will help find the right treatment option for you or for your loved one.

What signifies effective substance abuse treatment?

It is complex because each individual is unique and have different experiences that contribute to their substance abuse. Recovery is a lifelong process requiring commitment. In order for treatment to be effective, the patient must stop using drugs, stay drug-free, and be productive in family, work, and society. It also requires several steps including detoxification, behavioral counseling, medication (for opioid, tobacco, or alcohol), evaluation and treatment for co-occurring mental health issues (i.e. depression and anxiety), and a long-term follow-up plan to prevent relapse.

According to the National Institute for Drug Addiction, and based on scientific research dating back to the mid-1970s, an effective substance abuse treatment program follows these principles:

  • Addiction affects brain function and behavior.

  • No single treatment is right for everyone.

  • People need to have quick access to treatment.

  • Effective treatment addresses all of the patient’s needs, not just his or her drug use.

  • Staying in treatment long enough is critical.

  • Counseling and other behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of treatment.

  • Medications are often an important part of treatment, especially when combined with behavioral therapies.

  • Treatment plans must be reviewed often and modified to fit the patient’s changing needs.

  • Treatment should address other possible mental disorders.

  • Medically assisted detoxification is only the first stage of treatment.

  • Treatment doesn't need to be voluntary to be effective.

  • Drug use during treatment must be monitored continuously.

  • Treatment programs should test patients for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases as well as teach them about steps they can take to reduce their risk of these illnesses.

Make the call.

You are worth investing in yourself with substance abuse treatment. If you are located in Lincoln, NE or surrounding areas, Stepping Stones offers comprehensive evaluations, counseling, and outpatient substance abuse treatment for adults and youth. Call today 402-448-6511 to begin your recovery. If you or someone you love needs additional substance abuse treatment services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) makes it as easy as knowing your zip code to access behavioral health facilities that provide substance abuse treatment in your area. Just search