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Below are some frequently asked questions about drug & alcohol treatment and wellness centers along with questions about dependency and mental health issues.

ABOUT Women Drug Treatment


Q: What is chemical dependency?
A: Chemical dependency is more than just a chemical problem; it affects physical, emotional, spiritual, and relationship wellness. Just like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, use or dependency on alcohol or drugs can be, and often is, life-threatening. Chemical and alcohol dependency affects people from all cultures, incomes, ages and lifestyles. One out of every 10 people is affected. Contrary to the popular stereotype, someone with the disease may still have a good job, home and bank account, and be a good spouse, friend or parent. Overall, people with alcoholism and other drug problems experience physical as well as emotional and social symptoms, often hurting their friends and families, jeopardizing their jobs and harming themselves.

Q: How do I know if treatment is needed for me or a loved one? (See self-assessment.)
A: Since you know this person well, you’ll have a pretty good sense that he or she has a drug problem. Symptoms and signs vary from person to person and some are better at “covering up” those symptoms than others. Here are a few key signs to look for:
  • Impaired control over one's chemical use
  • Preoccupation with using alcohol or other drugs
  • Use despite harmful consequences
  • Irrational thinking
  • Mood swings from anger to sadness to depression
  • Refusal to talk about a potential problem

Q: What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient treatment?
Inpatient vs. Outpatient
A: Inpatient treatment offers a safe, secure, chemically free environment that is focused on learning ways to cope with the ordinary demands of daily living. Those participating in inpatient treatment are removed from their daily living environment and responsibilities such as work and parenting. Inpatient treatment includes treatment groups, educational lectures, recreational activities and related services. Individuals are involved in the therapeutic process 7 days per week. Outpatient treatment is recommended to those who have demonstrated an inability to quit using chemicals without professional help and who are highly motivated to change. Individuals recommended to the program may not have previously received chemical dependency treatment. Their chemical use must have negatively affected their health or the way they live. They must also have the support of family and/or friends who are sober and have a sober living situation.

Q: What about mental health issues?
A: We believe in whole-person healing – mind, body and spirit. We find treament for a broad range of chemical dependency and mental health issues. If mental health is a concern, we will discuss which facilities treat both chemical dependency and mental health issues. If you have received a diagnosis from a psychiatric professional, taken psychotropic medications in the past, or been hospitalized for psychiatric problems, you should ask for a referral to a dual diagnosis program. Professionals in a dual diagnosis program can help you deal with the chemical dependency issues and mental health problems that you are facing.

Q: Is family programming available?
A: Yes. Family education and individual family counseling is available. Women Drug Treatment works with several facilities both inpatient and outpatient with family educational groups. Contact Women Drug Treatment personnel to set up an appointment with a family counselor.

Q: Is there scheduled visiting times for family and friends?
A: Yes. Visiting is incorporated into the client schedule and you may discuss visiting times with the center that your loved one is placed in.

Q: What personal belongings can be brought to treatment?
A: Typically, no more than 10 changes of comfortable clothing that can be washed and dried on high heat, (laundry and laundry soap is usually available).
Sleep wear
All current medications in their original container.
Names and contact information of health care providers, or any other professional involved in your care.
Individual are usually asked not to bring valuables (i.e. jewelry, check books, large amounts of cash), products containing alcohol (perfume, hairspray, mouthwash, etc.), or personal linens to treatment.


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