Women who enter recovery are looking for assistance, not only for help with their recovery but to also reconnect with the self that they may have lost along the way. Every woman who enters a recovery facility has their own unique story and set of circumstances. This is why having an individualized treatment plan is so important. Because of the myriad of factors that influence a woman's addiction and recovery, there are many different aspects that must be addressed on an individual basis. Creating a treatment plan that is unique to each woman is essential and vital to her personal recovery.
Benefits of Individualized Treatment Plans
Individualized treatment plans have many benefits. Not only are they tailored to each woman's unique needs, they can be altered and adjusted to accommodate her level of recovery. Some of those benefits include:
- Addresses each issue on an individual basis
- Can be adjusted to accommodate a dual diagnosis
- Allows the patient to play an active role in creating her treatment plan
- Provides the patient with a personal road map to her recovery that she can continue to use once she is home
- Gives her the self-confidence she needs to learn to trust herself again
- Provides powerful resources and tools that work to foster a sustainable recovery
For each woman, the benefits will be different. Just as her treatment plan is tailored to her needs, her recovery must also be individual to her. She must remain in control and with an individualized treatment plan, she has the options she needs to make wise choices.
One Person, One Plan
No two women handle addiction in the same way. The same is true for recovery. One woman may move rather quickly and regain the upper hand in a few short weeks. Another woman may take several months to work through her treatment plan. It's not because she isn't trying. It's because she has her own specific issues and her ways of handling and processing them may be different. She has to do what works for her. It may take her a little longer, but she will get where she is going if she is allowed to move at the pace that is natural for her.
Build From the Ground Up
For a woman to be recovery successfully, she has to be the one to admit to herself there is a problem. This normally occurs when they reach a point where they know they are at the lowest possible point they can be. Once the decision is made, an individualized treatment plan can be created that will allow her to rebuild her life from the ground up. By starting at the bottom, she can build a strong foundation that will support both her recovery as well as her personal growth. There may be times along her journey where she fails. That's fine. It's part of the growth process. While she may have to go back a few steps before she finds solid ground, the new structure she continues to build on will be reinforced with new experiences and resources that will further sustain her growth and recovery.
Treatments Used Are Based on the Patient Needs
An individualized treatment plan is formulated based on the needs of the patient. The list of treatment options is extensive. A few of the most commonly used include the following:
- Detox programs
- Herbal supplements
- Diet and nutrition
- Physician-supervised medication
- Cognitive behavior therapy
- Physical and mental healthcare
Treatments can be used on an individual basis or mixed and matched according to the patient's health issues. After a thorough mental and physical evaluation, doctors and therapists will work together to create a care plan that will focus on the patient's individual needs. Treatments can be added or deleted as the patient continues to work through her recovery. Re-evaluating the treatment/care plan every six months or so will ensure the patient is on track and moving forward with her recovery in a manner that works for her.
Deals with Dual Diagnosis
Individual treatment plans are designed to effectively deal with a dual diagnosis. A patient who has received a dual diagnosis has a mental health disorder in addition to their addiction. Because many mental health disorders can facilitate a patient's increased use of certain drugs or alcohol, the patient may be involved in a vicious cycle. This is especially true if they are trying to self-medicate themselves. When a dual diagnosis is discovered, the doctor must choose to treat each diagnosis singly. In many cases, detoxifying the patient and eliminating the dependence on the drugs and alcohol will make treating the mental health issue much easier.
Creating Their Own Road Map for Recovery
During the recovery phase, women can begin to start working with doctors and therapists when it comes to creating their own therapy and treatment plans. They can begin to create their own road map to recovery by continually putting their treatment options into action. This will help them build solid lifestyle habits that, over time, will become second nature. The more the therapies and lifestyle habits are utilized the more natural they will become. This will help the patient maintain her course throughout her recovery and on to the next phases of her life.
Helps Patients Be More Responsible for Their Own Recovery
Another benefit of having an individualized treatment plan is that patients learn to take more responsibility for their own recovery. The treatment plan is based on their individual need as well as their own ability to commit to the program. The more committed they are to their own recovery, the more successful they will be. This instills both self-confidence and accountability giving them the motivation they need to stay on their chosen path. They become, in essence, the master of their own destiny.
Allows Women to Recover Themselves
Individual treatment plans also give women the tools they need to recover, not just their health, but themselves as well. When a person goes through a traumatic event or experiences the changes often associated with addiction, they tend to lose themselves in the process. They forget who they really are at a personal level. With the right treatment plan, their recovery journey becomes a path to self-discovery. For people who have been “lost” in the fog of drugs and alcohol, many have a renewed sense of self that guides them in the right direction.
At the Ho Tai Way, the professional staff can help you rediscover your path and guide you through it with an individualized treatment plan. They work hand in hand with you to discover the treatment options that are best suited to your needs. With the information they gain through a thorough evaluation, they can identify your strengths and weaknesses, giving you a treatment plan that is designed to grow with you as you travel your path to recovery.