Right Step Announces New Intensive Outpatient Program in Jersey Village Serving the Substance Abuse Treatment Needs of Cypress, Copperfield, and Northwest Houston.

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Many people recognize they need help fighting their drinking or drug use, but going away to rehab for a month is not a viable option. What they often don't know is that intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment for adults and teens can be more effective than residential treatment in many situations and is available in the local community. Right Step Northwest is now at Jones Rd. and Northwest Freeway serving the Northwest Houston area.

If you are seeking help overcoming addiction, you should consider the benefits of outpatient versus inpatient when making a decision as what treatment modality is appropriate for you or your family member.

Addiction is prevalent in all communities, including the suburbs like Cypress, Copperfield, and Jersey Village, Texas. Many people recognize that the use of prescription drugs, alcohol, or marijuana is causing problems in their lives and they want to stop but do not know how. And because of life's responsibilities, they are unable to leave for 30 days to attend a residential or inpatient addiction treatment program. What most families suffering from chemical dependency do not realize is that professional help is available in their community. Recognizing that the Jersey Village, Cypress, Copperfield, and Spring Branch areas of Northwest Houston have been underserved, Right Step is now offering outpatient addiction treatment for adults and teens at 17398 Northwest Freeway, Jersey Village, TX 77040. Day and evening programs are being offered for adults and afternoon programs are available for adolescents 13-17.

Residential care is typically a 30 day program where the patient leaves home and resides in a rehabilitation facility and spends all day, every day focusing on recovery. This model is appropriate for a patient who has no support at home or who has proven that he or she cannot remain abstinent while enrolled in an intensive outpatient program for substance abuse. While in a residential treatment program, it is relatively easy to remain sober for 30 days: the people around you are sober, drugs and alcohol are not available, you have immediate access to clinical staff, and the normal stressors of life are held temporarily at bay. But what happens upon return to the home environment? Learning how to stay sober in an artificially safe environment doesn't always translate to skills that can be adapted to living at home.

Outpatient drug addiction treatment typically consists of several contact days per week for 6-8 weeks, integration into a self-help recovery program, and aftercare meetings for ongoing support. This allows the patient to develop the skills needed for staying clean and sober while living in his or her natural environment with all their normal daily stressors. Coping skills learned in the real world are stronger and more likely to be used effectively. The structure of frequent contact, consistent urinary drug screens, and group accountability coupled with simultaneous education about addiction, development of coping skills, and process work on the issues that fuel the addiction is a treatment model that has proven to as effective as inpatient treatment and much more cost effective. Outpatient rehab also allows adults to get help while maintaining their job or teens and college students to go to treatment and remain in school. Additionally, medical detoxification services are available on an outpatient basis for patients who need help coping with withdrawal symptoms.

If you are seeking help overcoming addiction, you should consider the benefits of outpatient versus inpatient when making a decision as what treatment modality is appropriate for you or your family member. Right Step client approval ratings exceed 96%, it is the largest private treatment provider in the Southwest U.S., and is accredited by The Joint Commission. With 20 locations in Texas' major cities, most urban communities have local RIght Step outpatient programs available for initial treatment or for additional support in transitioning back home after residential care. Right Step programs are in-network with most health insurance plans and affordable self-pay options are available.

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