Substance Abuse Intervention – Community Based Services vs. Inpatient Rehab

For decades the Juvenile Court Services throughout this country have relied primarily on two methods of drug intervention.  Incarceration (to ensure abstinence) and residential drug placement (a hope for treatment).  One of the many reasons we have lost our war against drugs is because neither option has effectively fulfilled its promise.  This is not to say that jail or rehab never work but current data tells us that by limiting ourselves to these two options, only 1 in 10 individuals have been receiving the treatment appropriate for their substance abuse treatment needs.

This is why progressive Health and Court Services are now looking at community based treatment as a better alternative for lasting drug abstention.  We now know that being proactive and addressing the issue of substance abuse in a multitude of ways is the best path of ensuring success.

When a child is taken out of their community/home and placed into rehab, they are now in a drug-free, alcohol-free, artificial environment and taught how to deal with their thoughts, emotions and triggers, and maintain sobriety, when they return to their “real world”.  In groups they may role play and create fictional scenarios in order  to practice sober actions and reactions when they get back to their “real world”.   Sometimes, when a child enters rehab, their first goal is not necessarily to eliminate drugs from their life but to learn what to say and what to do in order to return to their world as soon as possible.  This is called the Fake It to Make It road to successful completion of treatment.  However, once the child returns home they are unprepared as they now face real emotions, real triggers and real issues, and parents are left feeling helpless because, while they may have received an occasional phone call from the rehab counselor regarding treatment strategies and discharge plans, they have been largely left out of the loop of the recovery plan for their child.  And this is when relapse and failure emerge.

Community based, wrap-around services provide everything a child would receive in a drug rehabilitation facility, however it is done in a setting that is much more supportive, loving and real – at home.  Home Based, Community Based and School Based treatment helps the child deal with issues and problems as they happen, in real time, in the real world, with the help of family, friends and providers by their side.  This type of treatment allows the parents to be active and influential in the type of case plan that is designated for their child and their individual needs.  No one knows a child better than the parents and that is why their participation in the recovery process is essential.

The why behind drug use varies as much as anything else in life.  A common thread may run through many personal stories and similarities appear, but everyone is different and their drug use is based on different thoughts, genetics, history and events.  Just as reasons for use vary, so do the pathways to sobriety.  

At Anchorpoint, we offer answers to teen substance abuse and addiction in the form of cognitive behavior modification with interventions such as drug testing, GPS tracking and social media supervision.  While doing this to maintain the maximum level of health and safety for the family and child, we then provide treatment solutions through child and family counseling, psychiatric services and other community based partnerships.  

We are currently serving families in the Chicago and outlying areas.

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