Addiction

What is Addiction?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life. People with a substance use disorder have distorted thinking, behavior and body functions.

Addiction can also have milder forms that still have negative impacts upon a person’s life and relationships. For some, substance use can have a negative impact on their lives, but they may not necessarily be chemically dependent. These milder forms of addiction may not be diagnosed as substance use disorder, but people with substance use issues, or with substance abuse as it was formally known, can benefit from ceasing their substance use in order to live a happier, more fulfilled life.

I Don’t Think I’m Addicted, But I Want to Stop. Is Resource Connect Right For Me?

Yes! While our program frames the process of healing in light of addiction, the resources and steps we provide can help anyone looking to quit their substance use. We have several levels of programs from early intervention, to outpatient support and care, to intensive outpatient care.

Does the Resource Connect Program Follow a 12-Step Program?

Resource Connect follows a group-based healing and recovery curriculum based on the Nine Dimensions of Wellness including:

  1. Mental Health
  2. Relapse Prevention
  3. Social Skills
  4. Spirituality
  5. Neurobiology of Addiction
  6. Family Disease
  7. Leisure & Harnessing Creativity
  8. Physical Health
  9. Relationships

In addition to following the therapeutic recovery process offered with our Resource Connect program, traditional support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART), and Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS), are recommended additions to your healing journey. We believe utilizing multiple resources will serve to assist you in your recovery.

My Loved One is Addicted. What Can I Do?

One of the hardest parts about recovery is waiting for the desire to truly get better. If you don’t think your loved one is ready to admit their dependence on substances, or to get help, then the best thing you can do is show support for their eventual healing journey. Believing in their ability to change and giving them the support they need so that they eventually believe it, is a great first step. This article by American Addiction Centers is a wonderful resource to learn how you can help a loved one struggling with addiction, and ways to end any codependent tendencies and show thoughtful, helpful support.

Our Resource Connect Programs offer free Family Therapy for anyone enrolled in the program.

For more information, call our admissions team, who will guide you through your concerns.

How Can Family and Friends Make a Difference in the Life of Someone in Treatment?

Involvement in the treatment program can make a world of difference to someone in treatment. Attending family therapy together, and experiencing the healing process and treatment together, can make the patient feel less isolated and alone in their journey.

At Resource Group/Resource Connect, we offer free family therapy to those enrolled in our IOP and OP programs.

What is Intensive Outpatient Care and How is it Different from Outpatient?

Both Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) care do not require you to be admitted into a rehabilitation center. IOP is ideal for someone transitioning from an inpatient treatment center, can’t afford an inpatient center, or doesn’t necessarily need inpatient treatment but still requires a higher level of care. IOP requires more hours spent in group and individual therapy sessions than OP. Intensive Outpatient care takes up the time of the individual struggling with addiction so that they can learn to avoid triggers at home, work, and in life in general. By spending more time in therapy, the patient is in essence having their former routine disrupted so that they can remove themselves more and more from harmful, triggering events and circumstances until they can learn what those triggers are and how to avoid them.

OP is often a transition from IOP, but that’s not always necessarily the case. For some individuals, they may be aware that their addiction is just starting or that substance use has negatively affected their life and realize they no longer wish to use. For that, our OP or our Early Intervention program can be beneficial. OP still requires a time commitment, but less so than IOP.

Our intake assessment will be able to determine whether you would benefit from being referred to an inpatient center, or if IOP is the logical path for you. The intake assessment will also determine if OP is a viable option.

Therapy

I Don’t Like to Bother People With My Problems. Could I Just Wait and Work Things Out By Myself?

Mental health is just as important as your physical health. Similar to having a toothache and not going to the dentist, the result will be the same–you’ll keep hurting and the problem will probably get worse. Making an appointment with a clinician to begin building a healthy mind will give you a foundation to have an overall healthier you. 

How Can Talking Make My Problems Go Away?

Our professional, Master’s level clinicians have been trained to help people with problems similar to yours and can recognize patterns in your life that have led to your mental unwellness. Clinicians give you evidence-proven resources, tools, and tactics to help manage unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. A clinician may also recommend medication or refer you to a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication. Sometimes medication can help that can help if talk therapy alone doesn’t feel like it’s enough, or if you have a unique mental disorder that is effectively helped by taking medication.

What if After Trying I Still Can’t Feel Comfortable With the Therapist?

It should be a good fit between your personality and your therapist. It could be that someone else, or another method, maybe be more suitable for you. This is something your therapist knows and understands and what’s most important to them is that you’re getting the help you need, even if that means you need to move on to another therapist. You can ask your current therapist for a recommendation, or our admissions team can guide you based on the feedback about your experience with the former therapist to find a better fit.

Just like sometimes people seek out other physical doctors for second opinions or for a better fit, the same is true of finding your right therapist.

What if I’m Receiving Medication and I Don’t Think It’s Helping?

If there is little or no change to your symptoms after six weeks, your therapist will work with you to prescribe a new medication or combination of medications. Some people respond better to one medication than another, so it can be a process to figure out what works best for you. What’s most important to remember is that building your healthy mind will take time. You will not always start off with the exact right rolls, but as you learn what you want to build for yourself, the tools you need for that will become clearer.

Don’t be discouraged. It takes time! Your doctor and clinician is here to help you, so be open and communicative about what you’re feeling is and isn’t working for you.

What Are The Different Types of Therapists?

Psychiatrists:

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in mental disorders, is licensed to practice medicine, and has completed a year of internship and three years of specialty training. Additionally, a board-certified psychiatrist has practiced for at least two years and passed the written and oral examinations of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Psychiatrists can evaluate and diagnose all types of mental disorders, carry out biomedical treatments and psychotherapy, and work with psychological problems associated with medical disorders. Like other medical doctors, they can prescribe medication.

Psychologists:

Psychologists who conduct psychotherapy and work with individuals, groups, or families to resolve problems generally are called clinical or counseling psychologists. They work in many settings – for example, mental health centers, hospitals and clinics, schools, employee assistance programs, and private practice. In most states, a licensed clinical psychologist has completed a doctoral degree from an university program with specialized training and experience requirements and has successfully completed a professional licensure examination.

Clinical Social Workers:

Clinical social workers have master’s or doctoral degrees in social work, at least two years of post-graduate experience in a supervised clinical setting, and have passed an examination required for state licensure. In addition to individual, family, and group counseling and psychotherapy, they are trained in client-centered advocacy. This includes information, referral, direct intervention with governmental and civic agencies, and expansion of community resources.

Marriage and Family Therapists:

Marriage and Family Therapist are state licensed as counselors to provide psychotherapy and counseling for families, couples, groups, and individuals. They have at least a master’s degree, two years of supervised post-degree experience, and have passed a state comprehensive examination. Therapists with other licenses may also be qualified to conduct marriage and family therapy.

Professional Counselors:

Professional Counselors have at least a master’s degree, two years of supervised clinical experience, and have passed an examination required for state licensure. In states without licensure or certification laws, professional counselors are certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). They provide quality mental health and substance abuse care to individuals, families, groups and organizations. They may be trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques and approaches.

Psychiatric Nurses:

Psychiatric nursing is a specialized area of professional nursing practice that is concerned with prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental-health-related problems. These nurses are registered professional nurses, and those who have advanced academic degrees at the master’s degree level or above can become advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs are qualified to practice independently and provide the full range of primary mental health care services to individuals, families, groups and communities. In most states, psychiatric nurses in advanced practice have the authority to prescribe medication.

DBT

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy works to identify and change negative thinking patterns while striving for positive behavioral changes.

According to WebMd the term “dialectical” comes from the idea that bringing together two opposites in therapy — acceptance and change — brings better results than either one alone. A unique aspect of DBT is its focus on acceptance of a patient’s experience — and then balance that with the work needed to change negative behaviors.

What Does DBT Treat?

DBT was originally designed to help treat patients with suicidal thoughts and borderline personality disorder. As it’s grown in effectiveness and popularity, it has been adapted to treat a wide variety of mental health matters, especially ones that cause increased emotional distress such as anxiety and depression.

What Are the Goals of DBT?

The ultimate goal is to teach you how to live a life worth living. DBT teaches you the skills needed to cope with negative life events in a way that doesn’t further harm you or those around you. DBT skills teach you how to deal with a bad situation and how to not make them worse. We hope that DBT makes the situation better, but as with anything in life, that won’t always be the case. However, how you react to a situation can change, even as you recognize and accept how lousy a situation is.

DBT will help you live a life worth living by teaching you how to change behavioral, emotional, and thinking patterns associated with the everyday problems associated with life.

What Do I Bring To My First Appointment?

All of our programs and sessions are available through Zoom for patients in Maryland.

Reach out for an expert, personalized assessment from our admissions team.

What Do I Bring to My First Appointment?
  1. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
  2. Be sure to bring:
    1. Your DRIVER’S LICENSE and current INSURANCE CARD.
    2. All your MEDICATIONS, or a detailed list of your medications, for your clinician to review.
  3. PAPERWORK can either be printed and completed at home to bring to your first appointment. Or, you can choose to complete paperwork in our office, which our front desk staff will give you. Some clinicians may require additional paperwork. Here are the forms you can print and fill out:
    1. New Client Paperwork (PDF 1 MB)
    2. Notice of Privacy Practices booklet (PDF 432 KB)

All appointments, including Telehealth, are subject to a strict late arrival, late cancellation, and no show policy. To avoid paying a $100 fee, please arrive early, and cancellations should be made at least 24-hours ahead of your appointment time. Our cancellation policy ensures we’re able to schedule patients in need of assistance and would benefit from your appointment time, while the fee protects our clinician’s valuable time. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

Clients will be charged a $100 fee for no shows, cancellations, or rescheduling with fewer than 24 hours’ notification. This is standard practice and reflects the need to schedule our clinicians’ time efficiently.  A 24-hours notice ensures we’re able to schedule patients in need of assistance and would benefit from your appointment time. The fee protects our clinician’s valuable time. Thank you for your understanding!

What Insurance Do You Accept?

Resource Group accepts most major insurances, including Carefirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, and Maryland Medicaid.  Self-pay rates are available for most clinicians and groups.

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