What is substance use disorder?

Substance use happens when we use things like alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs to help us cope with something in our lives.  When that use gets out of control, has a negative impact on other parts of your life, or becomes less effective, causing you to use more, that’s called substance use disorder.  Substance use disorder, often referred to as SUD or addiction, is common and treatable.

What does substance use treatment mean?

Many people think of rehabilitation, or rehab, when they hear the word “treatment,” but in reality, that is just one of many kinds of substance use treatments.  You might hear some of the following treatment terms: outpatient, intensive outpatient, community-based, partial hospitalization, inpatient, residential, rehab, co-occurring, evidence-based, and individualized.  Sounds like a lot, right?  Here’s a breakdown:

Outpatient—is a term used to describe services that take place at an office location.  That’s it!

Intensive outpatient—these services also take place at an office location, but for anywhere from 9-15 hours per week.

Community-based—these services occur in your community.  Yup, this one is straightforward too.

Partial hospitalization—these services usually take place at a structured environment during the day only. Participants typically go home at night.

Inpatient—these services take place in a structured, hospital environment, and participants spend the night there.  These programs are usually 3-30 days long.

Residential—these services take place in a structured environment that is less medical in nature than a hospital.  These programs are usually 1-6 months long.

Rehab—short for rehabilitation, this term usually refers to either inpatient or residential programs.

Co-occurring—these are services that involve both substance use and mental health treatments.  Co-occurring treatments are often where the “why we use” stuff comes in.

Evidence-based— this term means that the treatment approaches used by a program have been studied and proven to be effective in treating the identified problem.

Individualized— this term means that treatment goals and programs are designed to focus on the unique needs of each participant.

Whew!  That’s a lot of vocabulary.  So, what does The Center for Mental Health offer for substance use treatment?

The Center offers a range of services in the different communities we serve.  All of our offices offer individual counseling; most locations offer group counseling as well.  At the Montrose office, we offer a co-occurring treatment program with different tracks for different stages of recovery; we also offer individualized treatments made up of individual and group counseling for substance use, mental health, and co-occurring specific goals.  Our team uses evidence-based approaches to help our clients meet their unique goals. Finally, the recovery community offers many types of support, from peer groups to sober activities and more.

I have questions… a LOT of questions.

That’s great!  Questions are welcome.  Feel free to reach out to The Center at 970.252.3200, or drop by a local meeting if that’s more your speed.  The recovery community is waiting to welcome you.

If you’re looking for more information before you reach out, you can also check out findtreatment.gov or nami.org. Also, check out our Peer Support Programs as well.