Specialized Treatment Programs that provide preventive, diagnostic and inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment services as well as transitional support for people who have a physical and/or psychological dependency on one or a combination of addictive substances including tobacco, alcohol and/or other drugs; or whose use of these substances has impaired their physical or mental health or their personal, social or occupational functioning.

 

 

Programs that administer tests which substantiate an individual's use of drugs or alcohol, assess the risk factors for the person's involvement in substance abuse and/or determine whether the person has a clinical substance abuse disorder and the nature and extent of the problem. Some programs may also formulate treatment recommendations and/or refer individuals to the inpatient, outpatient or residential treatment services they need.

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Programs that provide assistance and support for individuals who are physically dependent on substances of any kind during the withdrawal period. Detoxification is a medical regimen aimed at managing acute intoxication and withdrawal by systematically reducing the amount of the addictive substance in a patient’s body, providing reasonable control of active withdrawal symptoms and/or averting a life-threatening medical crisis related to the substance. Detoxification in generally conducted under the supervision of a physician, can take place in a wide variety of settings and at a number of levels of intensity within these settings and has three stages: evaluation, stabilization and fostering patient readiness for and entry into treatment.

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Programs that provide information about substance abuse (including the substances most commonly abused and their effects, the symptoms of abuse/addiction, screening and diagnostic procedures and methods of treatment) and/or which offer any of a variety of services that focus on substance abuse prevention for people of all ages who are at risk. Included may be printed materials or videos that address the subject; psycho-educational and skill building activities; structured groups which focus on family dynamics, problem-solving, self-esteem and similar issues; and presentations in schools and agencies and to family groups regarding the dangers of alcoholism, drug abuse and smoking, the signs of substance abuse and addiction, the legal consequences of substance abuse and how to get help.

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Health care facilities that provide structured treatment programs and support services in the context of a 24-hour, supervised environment for individuals who have problems related to substance abuse. Included are hospitals that are totally devoted to treatment for chemical dependency and chemical dependency recovery programs that are within general inpatient health care facilities.

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Programs that utilize one or a variety of techniques including aversion therapy, hypnosis, acupuncture, acupressure, and individual and/or group therapy or mutual support groups to help people who wish to control their dependence on nicotine and give up cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff or other substances containing nicotine. Included are smoking "quitlines" which provide information and counseling about tobacco use for people who prefer a telephone-based service.

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Programs that provide supervised, structured, full-day daytime activities which may include individual and group counseling, 12-step meetings, social and recreational activities, educational and vocational services, a program for family members, relapse prevention services and a continuing care program for individuals who have problems related to substance abuse, who need treatment that is more intensive than an outpatient program but do not require 24-hour hospital care and are currently drug and/or alcohol free. Most participants attend day treatment programs eight hours per day Monday through Friday with part-day sessions on the weekends though some programs are available as little as five hours per day or as long as 12 hours per day.

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Programs that provide individual, group or family therapy for individuals who abuse substances of any kind and/or for their families to help them better understand the nature of their physical and/or psychological dependency or impairment and to support their efforts to recover.

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