Take Charge Ohio // Dr. Mark Hurst
Mental health and addiction disorders are more common than diabetes or heart disease, and they are just as treatable. Appropriate awareness, treatment and community supports can benefit families and communities.”
Doctor Mark Hurst Medical Director of Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Individual paths to recovery differ. Treatment and recovery supports for substance use disorders should fit individual needs. For many people the most effective approach to recovery often involves a combination of counseling and medication. Recovery supports, such as recovery housing and peer relationships, can also play an important role in promoting health and recovery.
What is Substance Use Disorder (SUD)?
Substance use disorders (SUD) occur when the repeated use of alcohol and/or drugs causes significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.
What is Recovery?
Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Recovery is built on access to evidence-based clinical treatment and recovery support services for all populations. To learn more about recovery and to hear personal recovery stories, visit Ohio’s Recovery is Beautiful webpage.
How is SUD treated?
There are several paths to recovery. It is important to work with a behavioral health professional to determine the treatment options that are best for you or your loved one. Find a behavioral health professional near you: HERE.
Treatment can be delivered in inpatient or outpatient environments. Inpatient treatment (also called residential treatment) removes you from your everyday environment to focus entirely on addiction recovery. It is also recommended if you’ve tried rehab in the past and relapsed. Inpatient rehab typically involves a period of detox – a process during which the body is able to clear itself of any remaining drugs or alcohol. Inpatient treatment can involve various lengths of stay and may occur in a hospital setting when the most intensive treatment is needed. Partial hospitalization is also available for more intense treatment.
Depending on your needs, outpatient treatment is another good option. Outpatient treatment allows you to work on your recovery from home, while receiving focused care. This type of treatment can be very beneficial with less severe cases of substance abuse. Intense outpatient treatment is also available for providing more frequent or lengthier periods of treatment.
How to find the right provider
The best treatment programs give a screening and in-depth assessment by a qualified professional versed in addiction and mental health. They will develop an individual treatment plan tailored to address your specific needs. The most effective treatment programs combine medicine to help wean you off of drugs or alcohol, and then use therapy and other tools to learn how to live your life without drugs and alcohol. Once you have completed one of these programs, you may want to join a support group to help you maintain your life without drugs or alcohol. Don’t be discouraged if the first program you investigate is not a good fit—keep exploring other options.
Five questions to ask when you contact a provider for the first time
- Does the program specialize in your addiction? Every abused substance has its own type of withdrawal and recovery process, and it can be helpful to find a program that specializes in treating your particular addiction.
- What kind of treatment is offered? Different treatment programs will offer various types of services based on their own recovery philosophies. For example, some offer a mediation-assisted treatment to help a person through withdrawal and beyond, if necessary. Others will require individuals to abstain from drugs or alcohol entirely.
- What types of insurance is accepted? Paying for treatment can seem overwhelming. It is important to know what your health insurance covers, and which insurance carriers are accepted by the treatment program providers that you are considering. Contact your insurance carrier to determine what services are covered. They may also be able to help you find a treatment provider that is right for you. If you do not have insurance, please visit Benefits.ohio.gov to see if you qualify for income-based medical assistance. You can also contact your local Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board for local assistance with paying for care, by visiting the directory of county ADAMH Boards and selecting your county of residence.
- Is the treatment program either licensed by the state of Ohio, or certified by an accrediting body? Not all treatment providers are required to be licensed or to have an accreditation. While there are many quality providers who may not be accredited or licensed, accreditation and / or licensure helps to ensure that the treatment provider is meeting minimum standards of care.
- How soon can treatment begin? Treatment can begin at any stage of progression of the disease. Recovery is a personal journey. The earlier one enters treatment the greater the likelihood of building supports to enhance sustainability.
What are Recovery Supports?
Recovery supports the process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Recovery Support Services are designed to help you:
- Improve health outcomes and build resilience
- Improve access to housing
- Remove obstacles to employment, education and vocational opportunities
- Assist in transitioning individuals from institution-like settings to community living
- Help individuals secure necessary social supports in their chosen community
How to find Recovery Supports
To connect to recovery supports in your area, please visit the Ohio Department of Mental Health Addiction Services Recovery Supports website , or call the addiction and recovery hotline at 1-877-275-6354.
Know Your Rights
As a consumer of behavioral health services, you have certain rights. To learn more about patient rights, or to file a complaint against a provider, please visit the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction website .
If you are a Medicaid recipient and have questions about your benefits or would like assistance finding a providers, please call the Ohio Medicaid Hotline at (800) 324-8680, or visit Ohio Medicaid’s consumer hotline website .
For questions regarding general health insurance and for specific questions regarding coverage under the federal and state law, Ohio residents may contact the Consumer Services Division of the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526.