Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions & Scheduling FAQs

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 Q How do I schedule an appointment for addiction counseling?

You can schedule an appointment with us by:

  1. Call us at 844.445.2565
  2. Reach out to us online.

Visit us at 23-00 Rt. 208 Suite 2-9 Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 for an in person appointment.


 Q What is the admission process for addiction treatment?

Our admissions and scheduling process is very simple. Just follow these steps:

  • Call us at 844.445.2565 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
  • Verify your insurance.
  • You will undergo prescreening and initial assessments.
  • E-registration will be done, and all the relevant paperwork will be shared with you.
  • After mutual agreement, our doctors will start the treatment.


 Q Which addiction treatment programs are covered through insurance?

Most of our addiction treatment programs are covered by insurance. If you are unsure about the policy of your insurance plan, please verify your insurance online.


 Q Is a same-day appointment available?

To ensure individual attention and quality healthcare services, we take a limited number of appointments per day. You can call at 844.445.2565 to check if a same-day appointment is available.


 Q What treatments are available to treat addiction?

At ChoicePoint, we provide following treatments:

  1. Detoxification
  2. Medication-Assisted Treatment 
  3. Dual Diagnosis 
  4. Behavioral Therapy 
  5. Addiction Counseling
  6. Relapse Prevention and Aftercare 


 Q How do coping strategies help clients prevent relapse?

Relapse is when a person falls back into old habits after treatment. According to NIDA, 40-60% of people experience relapse at some point after addiction treatment. Coping strategies teach a person how to identify and respond to any triggers or stressful environment.


 Q How can you encourage rehabilitation?

You want your loved ones to recover quickly, but you must consider the fact that they are in a vulnerable position. You must encourage them with compassion and empathy. Here are a few tips to encourage your loved ones to join rehab:

  1. Help them identify their negative behavior and actions
  2. Explain to them the benefits of rehab.
  3. Show them how much they mean to you.
  4. Remind them how beautiful their life was before addiction.
  5. Help them look for a rehab that suits their needs.

Addiction Treatment FAQs

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 Q Which Treatments Are Offered at Addiction Treatment Centers?

Mostly, substance abuse and mental health improvement treatments are offered at addiction treatment centers. ChoicePoint offers the following addiction treatments:

  1. Alcohol addiction treatment
  2. Opioid addiction treatment 
  3. Prescription drug addiction treatment 
  4. Benzodiazepines addiction treatment
  5. Illicit drug addiction treatment

We also treat mental health issues, including:

  1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  2. Anxiety and Panic Attacks 
  3. Borderline Personality Disorders
  4. Substance Abuse Disorders 


 Q How Can Friends and Family Help a Person Receiving Addiction Treatment?

Friends and family are essential in motivating a person to complete their treatment and maintain sobriety. You can help your loved ones by:

  1. Encouraging them to follow their treatment plan.
  2. Celebrate recovery milestones with them.
  3. Attend family therapy sessions to understand better what they are going through. 
  4. Offer to drive them to the treatment center.
  5. Hold them accountable in case of relapse and encourage them to continue treatment.


 Q What Is Classified as Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction is a severe disease characterized by a compulsive urge to use drugs despite being aware of the harmful consequences. A person is classified as a person with a substance use disorder if they can not control their ability to resist drugs and use illegal means to acquire them without considering their harmful side effects.


 Q Why Do People Keep Using Drugs?

Prolonged use of drugs and alcohol changes the function of the brain and body. Our body starts to depend on drugs for normal functioning. When the person stops using drugs, the brain sends signals to the body that something is missing and produces withdrawal symptoms. 

These withdrawal symptoms lead to relapse, and people use drugs again to ease their suffering, diving deeper into the cycle of addiction.


 Q What are the levels of care in addiction treatment?

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has developed guidelines for addiction treatment. Different levels of care have been developed to help doctors provide sufficient care according to the severity of addiction. 

The levels of care include:

  1. Inpatient Treatment
  2. Residential Treatment
  3. High-Intensity Outpatient Treatment (HIOP)/ Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
  4. Intensive Outpatient Treatment 
  5. Outpatient Treatment
  6. Medical Counseling


 Q What Is Holistic Addiction Treatment?

Holistic addiction treatment is a newer approach to addiction treatment. It takes a whole-patient approach to uplift an individual’s emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects. It aims to not only treat addiction but also treat any underlying mental health problems to improve the quality of life.


 Q Does Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment?

Yes, most of the insurance companies provide coverage for addiction treatment. We work with both commercial and government insurance companies. You may verify your insurance if you need clarification on your insurance plan


 Q Is Online Therapy Covered by Insurance?

Yes, most of the insurance companies cover online addiction treatment, including therapy. ChoicePoint accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and several other insurance programs. You can verify your insurance to get started.


 Q What Are the Patterns of Alcohol Addiction?

The patterns of addiction are:

  • Binge Drinking

Consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time.

  • Withdrawal

Withdrawal begins when the effect of the drink begins to wear off.  

  • Anticipation

The body craves and anticipates alcohol for normal function, which results in a person drinking more alcohol, hence beginning the cycle of addiction.

Telehealth Addiction Treatment FAQs

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 Q  How can I start online addiction treatment?

Our admissions and scheduling process is very simple. Just follow these steps:

  • Call us at 844.445.2565 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
  • Choose and verify your insurance.
  • You will undergo prescreening and initial assessments.
  • E-registration will be done, and all the relevant paperwork will be shared with you.
  • After mutual agreement, our doctors will start the treatment.


 Q Does insurance cover online treatment?

Yes, most of the insurance companies now cover online treatment. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and other private and government insurance to make healthcare accessible. You can verify your insurance online by filling out this form link. 


 Q What is online aftercare?

Addiction treatment is an ongoing process. Online aftercare programs are virtual programs that help patients deal with triggers and reduce the chances of relapse. Typically, it includes:

  • Online Therapy
  • Medical Counseling
  • Online support groups¬†
  • Guide about recreational activities


 Q Is telehealth effective for addiction treatment?

Yes, telehealth is effective for addiction treatment as it offers:

  1. Increased flexibility
  2. More confidentiality
  3. Treatments from licensed doctors and therapists in the comfort of your house
  4. Hassle-free online prescription programs
  5. Immediate support in case of relapse


 Q How does virtual healthcare work?

Online treatments vary according to the unique diagnosis of every individual. Generally, you can expect the following steps:

  1. You will start by scheduling an appointment.
  2. Clinical staff will assess your condition.
  3. According to your diagnosis, a treatment plan will be shared with you through digital platforms.
  4. Your progress will be monitored through regular follow-ups.
  5. You may be connected to an online therapist if you require one.
  6. You will be offered aftercare plans after completing your treatment.


 Q How much does online therapy and treatment cost?

It is difficult to give an estimate of exact cost because the cost varies according to:

  1. Severity of addiction
  2. Duration of the treatment
  3. Type of diagnosis
  4. Type of the insurance plan


 Q Which services can be offered through telehealth?

The following services can be offered through telehealth:

  1. Online therapy
  2. Medical counseling
  3. Online prescriptions
  4. At-home drug testing kits
  5. Aftercare and support 


 Q What are some recovery skills?

A successful addiction treatment takes a more comprehensive approach. It combines treatment with therapy, counseling, and teaching recovery skills to prevent any relapse. Some skills taught at a recovery program might include:

  1. Self-care
  2. Problem-solving skills
  3. Communication skills
  4. Self-identification
  5. Self-awareness
  6. Ability to cope with triggers
  7. Emotional regulation


¬†Q What are the 4 C’s of addiction?

The 4 C’s of addictions are sometimes used as a diagnostic criteria to differentiate addiction from other disorders.

  1. Compulsion

Compulsion is an irresistible and persistent urge to indulge in a behavior despite being aware of its negative consequences. For example, someone struggling with drug addiction continues to use drugs despite knowing it could lead to health problems and damaged relationships.

  1. Craving

Craving is an intense need to use substances again and again. This need to consume drugs again is derived from physical dependence 

  1. Consequences 

Addiction is marked by using drugs without considering any consequences. These consequences may affect mental health, physical health, and social relationships.

  1. Control

The lack of control is a characteristic of addiction. As addiction progresses, people lose the ability to control their behaviors and emotions.

Medication-Assisted Treatment FAQs

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 Q What is Medication-assisted treatment for drug addiction?

Medication-assisted treatment is the use of medications to treat addiction. These medications are FDA-approved and work to tackle withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. 

Some medications used in a MAT program include

  1. Suboxone  Рused in opioid addiction 
  2. Methadonedetoxification and maintenance for opioid addiction
  3. Naltrexone – treatment of alcohol use disorder and opioid addiction
  4. Buprenorphine – Used to treat heroin addiction
  5. Narcan – Used to manage opioid overdose


 Q Does medication-assisted treatment work?

Yes, medication-assisted treatment has been found effective for substance abuse treatment, including opioid addiction and illicit drug addiction. 

  1. Studies have shown that Narcan can reduce overdose deaths by 50%.
  2. MAT involving buprenorphine, or naltrexone has been shown to increase success rates of recovery from opioid use disorder.
  3. Another report shows that up to 90% of patients who use MAT maintain sobriety at the two-year mark.


 Q Does Medicare cover medication-assisted treatment?

Yes, most insurance companies, including Medicare, cover medication-assisted treatment. If you are unsure about your insurance program, you can verify your insurance online.


 Q What is an example of medication-assisted treatment?

An example of medication-assisted treatment includes the treatment of alcoholism. If you are diagnosed with alcoholism, you may be prescribed any one or combination of these medications:

  1. Acamprosate (Campral) – It rebalances the chemicals in the brain that may be changed due to excessive drinking
  2. Naltrexone (Vivitrol) – Decreases alcohol cravings
  3. Disulfiram (Antabuse) – Used to reduce alcohol consumption. It produces unpleasant symptoms when you drink alcohol, thus discouraging use from alcohol abuse


 Q What is a MAT in a pharmacy?

MAT is medication-assisted treatment in medical billing. It consists of medications that are used to reduce substance dependence. For example, Buprenorphine and suboxone to treat opioid addiction.


 Q What is the difference between MAT and MOUD?

MAT (medication-assisted treatment) is used as a general term to define that medications can assist in addiction treatment alongside therapy. MOUD (Medications for Opioid Use Disorder) is a specific term that defines that medications provide practical and tangible benefits to people suffering from opioid addiction.


 Q When did medication-assisted treatment begin?

The use of medication-assisted treatment dates back to the 1930s. After World War II, there was an increase in opioid medications among soldiers. Soon after the war, many soldiers were suffering, at an alarming rate, from opioid addiction. Then came Methadone.

Methadone was shown to be effective in treating opioid addiction in the mid-1960s and was later approved by the FDA in 1972. 


 Q What is the use of MOUD??

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) is used to treat opioid addiction. It combines FDA-approved drugs along with counseling and therapy. Some drugs used in MOUD include:

  1. Buprenorphine
  2. Naltrexone


 Q What are the different forms of MAT?

MAT(Medication Assisted Treatment) is a general form used to describe the use of medication in addiction treatment. Different forms of MAT are

  1. MOUD- MAT for Opioid Use Disorder. These include prescription opioids like fentanyl and illegal opioids like heroin.
  2. MAT for alcohol addiction
  3. MAT for illicit drug addiction like cocaine, cannabis, etc.

All of these programs combine FDA-approved medications with therapy and counseling to set you on the path of sobriety.


 Q What are the benefits of MAT?

The benefits of MAT are as follows:

  1. Prevents relapse when combined with counseling and therapy.
  2. Offers safe withdrawal from drugs 
  3. Relieves withdrawal symptoms and reduces drug cravings.
  4. Increases patient retention in treatment by managing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms
  5. Medications may be prescribed in aftercare programs to sustain recovery.

Intensive Outpatient Program FAQs

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 Q  What is an Intensive Outpatient Program, and why is it used?

An intensive outpatient Program or IOP is a highly structured, non-residential program. Some features of the IOP program are as follows:

  1. Spread over a period of time, usually 90 days. 
  2. The treatment is divided into weekly sessions. 
  3. Patients are usually required to attend 2-3 days of treatment sessions per week. 

However, this duration and sessions may vary according to our diagnosis and severity of addiction. 

IOP program is used to treat:

  1. Opioid addiction
  2. Drug addiction
  3. Alcohol addiction
  4. Mental health issues 


 Q What does IOP stand for in medical terms?

IOP stands for Intensive Outpatient Program. It is used to treat addiction and mental health problems. According to ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine), it is a level II continuum of care program. This means that clients enter at an appropriate level of care according to their diagnosis, but healthcare professionals can step up to more intense treatment or step down to less intense treatment as needed. 

IOP does not require a person to stay at the facility. Treatments are carried out at the addiction treatment center, and then patients can go home. Usually, IOP requires 2,3 days per week of treatment.


 Q What is the success rate of IOP?

The success rate of any addiction treatment depends on some factors:

  1. Patient commitment to the treatment program
  2. The severity of addiction
  3. Duration of addiction without any treatment

Addiction treatment differs from person to person. For some people, complete sobriety is a success, but for others with severe addiction, abstinence from drugs for a week might be considered a successful milestone. 

Generally, IOP programs are successful in 50%-70% of the cases. Studies show that success is comparable to inpatient treatment. However, the patient’s commitment and the right treatment program resulted in successful treatment.¬†¬†


 Q What is the goal of IOP?

The goal of IOP is to provide highly structured and comprehensive treatment in a medically supervised setting for substance abuse and mental health conditions. It requires the person to meet with clinicians or therapists for at least 10 hours per week. It is more intense than an outpatient program. 

IOP also serves as a continuum of care for people who have completed inpatient treatment and are seeking a more flexible treatment plan.


 Q What are the advantages of IOP?

The advantages of IOP include

  1. More flexible treatment options than inpatient treatment
  2. It is a comprehensive treatment approach, including behavioral therapy with addiction treatment.
  3. Offers an opportunity to recover in a real-life environment as opposed to trigger-free residential programs.
  4. Allows a person to be with their support program while in recovery.
  5. Offers more privacy as you can participate in daily tasks without anyone finding out about your treatment.


 Q What is an intensive outpatient program for mental health?

An intensive outpatient program for mental health is a highly structured treatment plan divided into different treatment sessions throughout the week. Patients are usually required to meet with their healthcare provider 3-5 days per week, depending on their mental health condition.

It is used to treat the following mental health disorders:

  1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  2. Bipolar disorder
  3. Schizophrenia
  4. Suicidal thoughts
  5. Psychosis
  6. Depression
  7. Substance use disorder
  8. Phobias 


 Q How to choose the best intensive outpatient program near me?

We understand you want to enroll in the best IOP. Several factors differentiate ordinary treatment from quality treatment. Some factors you should consider include:

  1. Are the doctors state and DEA-licensed?
  2. Does the facility offer a holistic treatment plan? This includes strategies to abstain from drugs, recover from addiction, and maintain sobriety. 
  3. Ask if the facility accepts your insurance plan.
  4. Check the commute distance and see if online support is offered to save you any unnecessary trips.
  5. Talk to the staff and ask all your queries to determine if the treatment plan suits you.

You can talk to a customer representative at ChoicePoint by calling us at 844.445.2565. We offer free screening and provide online support to help you recover at your own pace.


 Q What is the cost of an intensive outpatient program?

The cost of treatment programs varies from person to person. You can get a quote after pre-screening. The cost of IOP depends on many factors, including

  1. Duration of treatment 
  2. Number of treatment sessions per week
  3. Your insurance plan 
  4. The severity of addiction
  5. Level of care you are receiving

After screening, we can give you a quote. We can also explore other treatment options to accommodate your budget and insurance plan. 


 Q What is the difference between an intensive outpatient program vs partial hospitalization?

Both intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs do not require an overnight stay. The difference lies in the level of care offered.

PHP is more intense than IOP. According to ASAM, treatment guidelines are as follows : 

4-6 Treatment sessions 3-5 treatment sessions
5-6 hours per week Less than 6 hours per week

PHP requires 4-6 treatment sessions per week for 5-6 hours. Meanwhile, IOP requires 3-5 sessions per week, and the treatment duration per day is less than 6 hours.

Outpatient Treatment Program FAQs

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 Q  What is outpatient addiction treatment?

Outpatient addiction treatment does not require you to stay at the facility. You must show up at the treatment center on your appointment day. You will receive medical care according to your treatment plan. Next appointment will be scheduled, and you will be free to return home. 


 Q How much does outpatient care cost?

Though outpatient treatment runs longer, the costs are generally lower than inpatient treatment. Fortunately, many insurance companies now cover the treatment cost. To get a quote, you can call us [direct], and our team will guide you through all the financial aspects. 


 Q What services are provided in outpatient treatment?

You can expect the following treatments in an outpatient rehab:

  1. Medical detox – It is the process through which the body is cleansed from drugs and withdrawal symptoms are managed under a supervised environment.
  2. Medication-Assisted Treatment –Medication-assisted treatment uses FDA-approved medications to help with drug abstinence and withdrawal.¬†
  3. Behavioral Therapy – Behavioral therapy will treat underlying mental health conditions.
  4. Dual Diagnosis –Co-occurring disorders are treated through dual diagnosis. For example, simultaneous treatment for PTSD and alcoholism.


 Q How long is outpatient rehab?

Addiction treatments usually do not have a set timeline because treatment depends on a lot of factors, including patient commitment and how the patient responds to the treatment. Generally, outpatient rehab can last anywhere between 1-3 months. The aftercare counseling or prescription program offered by outpatient treatment can run for over a year. 


 Q Does outpatient rehab work?

Yes, outpatient rehab is successful in treating both drug and alcohol addiction. This level of care works because:

  1. Flexible schedules encourage patients to complete their treatment plan.
  2. Recovery in real life allows patients to cope with triggers.
  3. Continuum of care assists patients to avoid relapse.


 Q How do residential and outpatient rehab programs compare?

Both treatments are successful in addiction treatment. The level of care you receive depends on your medical diagnosis, severity of addiction, and past relapse incidents. 

A residential program is the highest level of care offered. It involves residing in a rehab center where you will be provided with 24/7 medical supervision and psychiatric care. On the other hand, outpatient treatments do not require an overnight stay. You are required to attend sessions for a couple of days per month.


 Q What to expect at outpatient rehab?

Outpatient rehab works to treat substance use disorder and mental health conditions. A typical day at outpatient rehab looks like this:

  1. Reach the treatment center and fill in your details
  2. Your doctor will call you and start clinical treatment.
  3. The treatment may involve prescribing medicines
  4. You may also be recommended therapy sessions
  5. After treatment, you will be counseled on how to maintain sobriety at home
  6. You will be given the next appointment schedule.

You can expect the following treatments in an outpatient rehab:

  • Medical Detox
  • Medication-assisted treatment¬†
  • Behavioral Therapy


 Q What is outpatient rehab for alcohol?

An outpatient rehab for alcohol specializes in alcohol addiction treatment. If you want help for alcoholism without interference with your daily responsibilities, this option will be best for you as outpatient rehab does not require an overnight stay at the treatment center. Some treatments provided include:

  1. Medical Detox
  2. Medication-assisted treatment
  3. Dual diagnosis
  4. Behavioral Therapy
  5. Aftercare programs


 Q Does Medicare cover outpatient rehab?

Yes, Medicare and many other government and commercial insurance companies provide insurance for outpatient rehab to make addiction treatment affordable.


 Q  What drugs do outpatient rehab tests for?

The policy regarding drug testing varies from one rehab facility to another. Some facilities do drug testing before the treatment, while others do it in between the treatments to check if you are maintaining sobriety and following the treatment plan. ChoicePoint provides at-home drug testing kits to make the process easier for you.

You may be tested for:

  1. Cocaine
  2. Marijuana
  3. Methamphetamine 
  4. Oxycodone
  5. Heroin
  6. Hallucinogens
  7. Morphine
  8. Barbiturates
  9. Phencyclidines

Inpatient Addiction Treatment FAQs

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 Q What is inpatient treatment?

Inpatient treatment is provided in a hospital or rehabilitation center where you are admitted overnight for at least one night or more, depending on your treatment. Inpatient treatment for drug addiction provides medical detox, long-term, and short-term treatments, along with psychiatric care to formulate an integrated addiction treatment.


 Q What are the benefits of recovery through inpatient treatment?

The benefits of recovery extend beyond just quitting addiction. Take a look at these benefits:

  1. You get to live a more fulfilling life.
  2. You can mend your social relationships.
  3. Your family and work life will improve.
  4. You can lead a peaceful life
  5. Your physical health will improve. You will feel more energized.
  6. You will have a better sleep.
  7. Your mental health will improve.
  8. You can achieve the dreams that were put on hold due to addiction.
  9. You can regain stability. 


 Q How does inpatient treatment work?

The treatment duration depends upon the severity of the condition and your commitment to recovery. According to NHS, the duration of depression treatment is:

  • Mild to Moderate Depression

Usually, 6-8 weeks of therapy along with guided self-help.

  • Severe depression

More than 8 sessions (usually 14-16 sessions) along with antidepressants that may continue beyond 2-3 months, depending on your condition.


 Q How long is inpatient treatment for depression?

The initial dose may range from 0.8mg to 4mg. It is administered as a single daily dose and should not exceed a maximum daily dose of 32mg.


 Q Do I need inpatient treatment?

Self-diagnosis can be very harmful, so it is best to leave it to the healthcare professionals to determine the level of care you need. Usually, people are admitted to inpatient treatment if:

  1. Suffering from high levels of addiction.
  2. Needs constant support and supervision
  3. Suffering from or at risk of drug overdose.
  4. Have a history of relapse.


 Q What should you pack for inpatient mental health treatment?

ou will be required to pack necessities only. These include:

  1. Identity card
  2. Treatment documentation
  3. Insurance card
  4. A small amount of cash and a debit or credit card to pay for the treatment
  5. Prescription for medication if you are using any
  6. Toiletries 
  7. Clothing items
  8. Pictures of your loved ones to keep you motivated


 Q Is residential treatment considered inpatient treatment?

Yes, residential treatment is considered to be inpatient treatment because both require an overnight stay.

 Residential treatment is a more home-like environment where people receive psychiatric and addiction treatment in a relaxed and peaceful environment. It is a long-term treatment. Usually, the minimum time for most residential rehabs is 30 days. 

Inpatient treatment is a broader term. It is usually for a shorter duration. For example, being admitted to the ER overnight. Or a 2-3 days stay at an inpatient rehab for the detox process.


 Q How much is inpatient mental health treatment?

It is tough to give an estimate for mental health treatments. This is because there is no set duration for mental health treatment. It depends on the patient’s commitment to treatment and the severity of the condition.


 Q How much does inpatient drug treatment cost?

It is challenging to give an estimate for drug addiction treatment. The cost depends on:

  • Type of addiction treatment
  • Duration of treatment
  • Amenities used during inpatient stay
  • Insurance coverage¬†

Commonly Asked Questions About Detox

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 Q What is involved in the detoxification of drugs?

Detoxification is the process of clearing the body of drugs. You can expect the following steps in drug detoxification:

  1. Admission and Evaluation –The medical team screens the patients for addiction and mental health issues.¬†
  2. Stabilization РYou will be counseled and stabilized to prevent any self-harm and withdrawal complications. 
  3.  Medication-Assisted Treatment РYou will be prescribed medications to reduce cravings, and manage withdrawal symptoms.
  4.  Psychotherapy and Behavioral Therapy РYou may be recommended to a therapy program. Behavioral therapy can help you regulate your emotions and address the underlying causes of addiction.

 Aftercare РAftercare will make your recovery long-lasting. It involves therapy and counseling to help you cope with triggers and any traumatic situations.


 Q Which medicine is suitable for detoxification?

Medications are prescribed depending on the type and intensity of addiction. Patients suffering from opioid addiction are prescribed different detox medications than clients requiring alcohol detoxification. Common medications prescribed are:

    1. Anticonvulsants – prescribed to prevent seizures associated with alcohol withdrawal
    2. Benzodiazepines – to manage anxiety symptoms
    3. Buprenorphine – manage opioid withdrawal and cravings
    4. Suboxone – contains buprenorphine and naloxone to treat opioid addiction


 Q What happens when you detox?

Detox is regarded as the most challenging process because quitting addiction is hard. But a medical detox makes this process easier and pain-free. When you detox, you will go through withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Nausea,¬†
  • Anxiety,
  • Intense cravings,¬†
  • Shaking

However, a medical detox can safely manage these symptoms. FDA-approved medications, along with therapy, can make detox safe and manageable. (pointer)


 Q What are the 3 stages of detoxification??

3 stages of detox include:

  1. Examination and Diagnosis

First, you will be screened for severity and type of addiction. A medical diagnosis will be formulated, and a treatment plan will be shared with you.

  1. Stabilization Phase

You may be put on FDA-approved medications and recommended therapy depending on diagnosis. You may also be admitted for inpatient treatment if you are suffering from high levels of addiction.

  1. Recovery Phase 

After active detox, you will be counseled on how to make your recovery sustainable. You may be prescribed medications or continue therapy for long-term recovery. 

  1. What are the risks associated with cold-turkey detox?

Leaving drugs cold turkey can have fatal consequences. Risks include:

  1. Chances of relapse and overdose
  1. Seizures
  2. Anxiety and depression
  3. Vomiting
  4. Hallucinations

It is best to consult a DEA-certified doctor for safe detox. 


 Q How long does it take to detox from drugs?

The duration depends on the type of drug abused and the patient’s commitment toward recovery. Usually, the detoxification process takes 3-10 days.¬†

Withdrawal symptoms can persist longer. For example, craving for stimulant drugs may continue for months. It is best to opt for a comprehensive treatment plan that includes therapy with treatment to help you cope with cravings and triggers.


 Q What is detox from drugs?

Detox is abstinence from drugs. It is cleansing your body of drugs and alcohol. Medical detox encourages you to stop using drugs and aims to remove any residual drugs from your body.


 Q How to do drug detox at home?

 At-home drug detox can be very dangerous. Some withdrawal symptoms you may experience include:

  1. Hallucination
  2. Relapse and risk of overdose
  3. Seizures
  4. Vomiting
  5. Depression and anxiety

It is best to let experienced doctors handle your detox process. To speak to a DEA-certified clinician. You can call us today at 844.445.2565

Commonly Asked Questions About Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

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 Q What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of mental health issues. It is a structured form of psychotherapy in which a therapist helps a person to manage intense emotions.

 It was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorders, but now, it offers broader applications, including the management of substance use disorder. Below are key features of DBT:

  1. Dialectical means opposing ideas. It acknowledges that real life is complex and health is an ongoing process. 
  2. It helps patients understand that thoughts can be messy and may be contradictory to the situation they are in. 
  3. It helps patients to understand their thought processes to navigate positively through challenging situations.


 Q What does DBT do?

DBT is effective in the treatment of:

  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Prevention of suicidal behavior
  • Post-Traumatic stress disorder
  • Eating disorder
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Substance abuse disorder


 Q What is the difference between CBT and DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a short-term therapy that aims to change negative thoughts and emotions into positive ones. Whereas, DBT is long-term therapy that encourages accepting negative emotions and letting them go. 


 Q What are the 4 pillars of DBT?

The four pillars of DBT include:

  • Mindfulness

Being aware of the present moment and letting go of troubling thoughts from the past.

  • Distress Management¬†

Going through a crisis situation calmly.

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

Meeting interpersonal objectives like maintaining relationships and increasing self-respect in social situations

  • Emotion regulation

Understanding complex emotions and turning them into positive ones.


 Q What are the 4 steps of CBT?

 The four steps of DBT include:

  1. Developing foundational skills for improving impulsive behavior, improving relationships, and managing emotions.
  2. Addressing the issue of concern
  3. Developing a greater sense of self-respect, self-awareness, and self-validation to help you handle situations.
  4. Achieving a sense of positive impact, meaning, and purpose in life


 Q Who benefits from DBT?

DBT helps to treat mental health problems. You may benefit from DBT if you are suffering from:

  1. Impulsive behavior
  2. Suicidal thoughts
  3. Substance abuse
  4. Eating disorders
  5. Trauma
  6. Challenges in relationships


 Q Is DBT a theory?

Yes, DBT is a comprehensive, research-based treatment theory. It is a type of cognitive behavioral model that is effective in the treatment of personality disorder, trauma, substance abuse, social relationship challenges, etc.


 Q What is the first step of DBT?

The first step of DBT is stabilization. Clients work with therapists to reduce self-harm-inflicting behavior, negative behavior, or life-threatening behavior. This step makes a person feel validated so they can work to improve their behaviors and emotions.


 Q Can I do DBT online?

Yes, DBT can be done online by a licensed therapist. You will need to schedule an appointment for screening, after which you will be connected to a licensed therapist.


 Q Is online DBT covered by insurance?

Yes, online DBT services are covered by insurance. ChoicePoint works with both government and private insurance companies to make healthcare accessible. You can verify your insurance online to get started.

Family Therapy FAQs

Find answers to the most asked questions. If your question is not listed below, please reach out to us at 844.445.2565. Our staff will happily address all of your queries.


 Q What are 5 stages of family therapy?

Family therapy helps families rebuild bonds, communicate effectively, and heal as a whole unit. The stages of family therapy include:

  • Stage 1: Rapport Building and Engagement¬†

Therapists sit with the family and make them feel comfortable. A safe environment is created so the family and therapist can work together to resolve conflicts. 

  • Stage 2: Assessment¬†

The therapist listens to the family and assesses the conflicts.

  • Stage 3: Identifying Major Conflicts

The therapist dips deeper into the issues presented and concludes. A formal diagnosis is made.

  • Stage 4: Problem Solution and Healing

After diagnosis, the therapist uses various techniques to resolve the conflict and present solutions. The therapist makes sure that the family heals as a unit.

  • Stage 5: Recovery and Maintenance

Therapist makes sure that the gains from treatments are sustained by supporting and encouraging the changes in the family. 


 Q What is the key concept of family therapy?

The key concept of family therapy is to help families resolve conflicts through better communication, where each family member is treated as an important member. The goals of family therapy are:

  1. Improved communication among family members.
  2. Understanding and managing special family situations.
  3. Helping families heal from the trauma of substance abuse. 
  4. Creating a better-functioning home environment. 


 Q Does therapy really work? How effective is therapy?

Yes, therapy is effective in treating a number of mental health issues. Scientific evidence supports the benefits of therapy:

  1. An analysis of the effectiveness of psychotherapy concluded that therapy was more effective in the treatment of mental health issues compared to the group who received medical care only.
  2. A systematic review analysis analyzed 252 studies published on psychotherapies and concluded that psychological therapy is effective in the treatment of a wide range of mental health disorders. 
  3. The American Psychotherapy Association (APA) reports that 75% of people benefit from psychotherapy

These studies show that therapy is an essential tool in mental health improvement.

 If you are experiencing any mental health or substance abuse issues, please call us at 844.445.2565 to connect with a licensed therapist. We will help you recover and heal in a compassionate setting.


 Q What role can family play in substance abuse prevention?

Substance abuse affects the entire family system. Some families establish boundaries with the loved one who starts abusing drugs, while others try to manage their loved ones as they see fit. You can be supportive in the following ways:

  1. Help the person identify a substance abuse problem
  2. Encourage them to seek help without delay.
  3. Approach them with empathy.
  4. Offer unconditional love and support throughout the treatment.
  5. Immediately Report to the relevant authorities if a loved one tries to harm you or themselves. Protecting them will only make their condition worse.


 Q What is the role of a family therapist?

The role of the family therapist is to:

  • Identify the challenges faced by the family.
  • Establish healthy communication means among family members.
  • Help the family recover from any trauma.
  • Evaluate family roles and development to understand how client‚Äôs families affect their mental health.
  • Evaluate the client’s role to establish if they are disrupting their family system.
  • Help to resolve family conflicts and improve relationships.


 Q What is the role of counseling in family therapy?

Counseling and therapy are two different techniques. Counseling gives you information and guides you toward the solution. Whereas therapy follows a set of techniques and guidelines to treat mental health issues. 

In family therapy, counseling will guide you about the procedure of therapy, aftercare, and basic knowledge about how to cope if any challenging situation or triggers arises. 


 Q Is online family therapy effective?

Yes, online therapy is as effective as outpatient therapy. Some advantages include:

  1. More convenient
  2. Greater privacy and confidentiality
  3. No commute-related hassle
  4. Easier for families to attend as family members might be residing far from the treatment facility.


 Q How do I know if family therapy is working?

You will know family therapy is working if:

  1. The relationship between family members has improved.
  2. The family is applying coping mechanisms learned in therapy in real-life situations.
  3. You feel more peaceful.
  4. You have identified the concern
  5. You are attempting to resolve the conflicts
  6. Your therapist makes remarks about improvement


 Q How does family therapy work?

In family therapy, the family attends therapy sessions together, and the therapist helps to identify and resolve issues. You can expect the following steps:

  1. Connecting with a licensed therapist by calling at 844.445.2565
  2. The Therapist will create a safe environment for the family to open up.
  3. Families may attend sessions together, or a member can request individual sessions if they are not comfortable speaking in front of everyone.
  4. The Therapist will encourage transparent communication among members so everyone can open up about their feelings.
  5. The Therapist will identify the issue and offer solutions.
  6. The family will apply the techniques learned in therapy sessions to resolve conflict.


 Q Is online family therapy covered by insurance?

Yes, online family therapy is covered by insurance. If you are unsure about your insurance plan, you can verify your insurance online..

Individual Therapy FAQs

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 Q What are the advantages of individual therapy?

The advantages of individual therapy include:

  1. One-on-one therapy sessions in a confidential setting.
  2. Unlike group therapy, the focus is solely on you.
  3. Direct communication with a therapist without interruptions.
  4. Offers greater confidentiality and privacy.
  5. Individual counseling focuses on attaining your goals at your own pace


 Q What is the theory of individual therapy?

Individual therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on achieving personal happiness. It is an unbiased process in which the therapist works with the clients to recognize and change negative thoughts and behavioral patterns. It helps to achieve better coping skills, emotional regulation, and improved thought processes.


 Q What is the purpose of individual therapy?

The purpose of individual therapy is to help you:

  1. Process any trauma experienced
  2. Regulate your emotions
  3. Adapt better coping mechanisms to stressful situations
  4. Understand your emotions and thought process
  5. Improve overall well-being


 Q What are the 3 types of therapy?

Three types of therapies include:

  • Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy focuses on changing negative, self-destructive, or unhealthy behaviors into positive ones.

  • Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a type of talk therapy that focuses on changing the cognitive process. It helps to understand thought patterns to produce positive outcomes. 

  • Psychoanalysis Therapies¬†

This type of theory explores the role of the unconscious mind in shaping our thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. It explores repressed experiences and emotions.


 Q Is CBT individual therapy?

CBT can be done as individual therapy in one-on-one therapy sessions, or it can be done as a group. In group therapy, you can recover along with peers with the same struggles as yours. 


 Q Is Individual therapy beneficial for substance abuse?

Yes, individual therapy is beneficial for substance abuse as:

  1. It helps to identify the reasons for addiction
  2. It improves mental health
  3. It helps to identify the triggers
  4. It helps to cope with triggers
  5. It encourages a person to abstain from drugs.
  6. It helps you to adapt to a more positive perspective 
  7. It heals the emotional and psychological effects of addiction


 Q How to know if an online therapist is legit?

You can follow these steps to ensure that your therapist is legit:

  1. Ask for their license and accreditations
  2. You can cross-check information through Licensing Board Sites
  3. Check for the reviews online
  4. Look at the experience of the therapist
  5. Check the authenticity of the platform through which online therapy services are being provided. 

Please call us at 844.445.2565 to connect to a licensed therapist online


 Q What issues are addressed in individual therapy?

The therapist conducts one-on-one sessions to resolve the following issues:

  1. Substance abuse
  2. Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety
  3. Anger management
  4. Low self-esteem
  5. Processing any past trauma 

Dual Diagnosis FAQs

Find answers to the most asked questions. If your question is not listed below, please reach out to us at 844.445.2565. Our staff will happily address all of your queries.


 Q What is the most effective treatment for dual diagnosis?

The treatment for dual diagnosis depends on the type of disorders you are experiencing. For example, if you are suffering from substance abuse and depression, you may be recommended to a medication-assisted program for substance abuse and psychotherapy i.e. cbt, and dbt for depression.


 Q What is the most common dual diagnosis?

Some examples of the most common dual diagnosis include:

  • Depression and cocaine addiction
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and alcoholism
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder and opioid addiction
  • Bipolar disorder and alcohol addiction


 Q What are the current treatment approaches for dual diagnosis?

The updated approach includes:

  1. Concrete medical diagnosis 
  2. Treatment of substance abuse according to DSM-V criteria, 
  3. Targeted therapy i.e. cbt etc


 Q What is the best example of dual diagnosis? 

The best and easiest example to understand dual diagnosis is alcohol addiction and depression. Both these disorders are interconnected. For a person to fully recover, both of these conditions must be treated simultaneously.


 Q What are the risks of dual diagnosis?

Untreated dual diagnosis can be harmful to you. The risks include:

  1. Poor physical health
  2. Increased severity of addiction
  3. Substance overdose
  4. Self-harm inflicting behavior
  5. Poor mental health
  6. Extreme mood changes
  7. Poor anger management


 Q What is another word for dual diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is also called:

  1. Co-occurring disorders
  2. Dual pathology
  3. Comorbidity


 Q What are the causes of dual diagnosis?

Common causes and risk factors include:

  1. History of a mental health condition
  2. Family history of mental illness
  3. Family history of addiction
  4. Low self-esteem
  5. Stressful environment
  6. Trauma experienced 


 Q What medications are used for dual diagnosis?

Medications are prescribed according to the medical diagnosis. You may be prescribed the following medications:

  1. Disulfiram for alcohol addiction treatment
  2. Buprenorphine for stress management
  3. Naltrexone for alcohol use disorder
  4. Suboxone for opioid addiction
  5. Subutex for opioid addiction

Commonly Asked Questions About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Find answers to the most asked questions. If your question is not listed below, please reach out to us at 844.445.2565. Our staff will happily address all of your queries.


 Q What are the three main goals of CBT?

The three main goals of CBT in addiction treatment are:

  • Establish problem-solving skills

Addiction is often a result of a person’s lack of utilizing healthy coping mechanisms to solve a problem. CBT helps people to cope with problems in a healthier way.

  • Address negative thought patterns

CBT helps to improve cognitive behavior by changing negative thought patterns into more positive ones.

  • Produce positive behavioral change

Helps a person to adopt a more positive perspective in stressful situations, leading to improved behavioral outcomes. 


 Q What are the 5 stages of CBT?

CBT helps to make your challenges more manageable through these 5 stages:

STAGE 1: Situation Analysis

Helps you to identify any traumatic situation or triggers.

STAGE 2: Thought Pattern

Analyze and work on the negative thoughts you associate with the situation.

STAGE 3: Manage Your Emotions 

Helps to regulate your emotions so you can cope with the situation positively.

STAGE 4: Better Behavioral Actions

A positive perspective about the situation leads to better actions.

STAGE 5: Relapse Prevention Techniques 

These will help you handle triggers and stressful situations to prevent the chances of relapse.


 Q What is an example of cognitive behavioral therapy?

Examples of cognitive therapy include:

  1. Cognitive restructuring
  2. Exposure therapy
  3. Progressive muscle relaxation
  4. Mindful meditation

Your therapist will analyze your condition and determine the best type of CBT for you.


 Q What is CBT technique?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a type of talk therapy. The principle of CBT is that our actions, feelings, and behaviors are all interconnected. We act on how we perceive the situation.  CBT aims to change the negative thought process and perspective into a positive one to produce favorable behavioral outcomes.


 Q Does cognitive behavioral therapy work for kids?

Yes, CBT works to help teens and minors to help them regulate their emotions. It also helps them to navigate through any trauma they might have experienced.


 Q Can you do CBT online?

Yes, CBT can be done online. Online therapy is as effective as in-person therapy. Some might argue that it is even more effective because:

  • It offers more privacy
  • Cuts down commute costs and hassle
  • Only requires a working internet and digital gadgets.
  • You can continue therapy while traveling


 Q Does online insurance cover CBT?

Yes, insurance companies provide coverage for online therapy programs. You can verify your insurance online if you are unsure about your insurance plan.

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Medical Disclaimer:

ChoicePoint aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with substance use disorder and mental health issues. Our team of licensed medical professionals research, edit and review the content before publishing. However, this information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For medical advice please consult your physicians or ChoicePoint's qualified staff.