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Drug and Alcohol Addiction FAQs

If you’re concerned that ongoing alcohol or drug use has escalated into drug addiction in you or someone you care about, many questions have probably already plagued your mind. We know how answers can help provide the right direction, recommended next steps, and peace of mind. Find it all here in our drug and alcohol addiction FAQs.

Continuum Recovery Center Most Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know if this is drug addiction?

A: There are physical and emotional signs that may be present in part or in full during active substance addiction. Depending on the length of use, type of drug(s), and a person’s current state of health, the disease can affect each person differently. To define drug addiction, is when a person cannot control abuse of a substance. In addition, when drug use stops for a short period of time, there are physical, emotional and mental symptoms and behaviors that hamper day-to-day function, driving a person to go back to drug use. Find more information here.

Q: What’s the difference between heavy drinking and alcoholism?

A: Heavy drinking, for some, may be an isolated or occasional event where overconsumption happens. This can occur during binge-drinking, which is a type of alcoholism. Alcoholism is an ongoing codependency of drinking alcohol that cannot be controlled, whether due to regular, ongoing use or binge-drinking sessions. Find more information here.

Q: What is Outpatient treatment?

A: Outpatient treatment provides those seeking addiction rehab the opportunity to get the services they need, while residing at the own residence or a place other than the treatment facility. In addition, Outpatient treatment programs allow patients to continue with their personal lives with minimal interruption, such as attending to family life, career, and school obligations. There are various types of outpatient treatment that can include Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient, and Aftercare or Relapse Prevention, with 3 or 5 days of treatment each week. Get the details here.

Q: How long does drug or alcohol detox take?

A: Depending on the individual, the substances used and length of use, it can vary. Detox entails the cessation of substance intake which will bring on withdrawal symptoms. For alcohol detox, it can typically take 5 to 7 days but for people who have been living with alcoholism for a longer time, alcohol detox may take a solid 30 days to effectively rid the bottom of the toxins due to long-term consumption.

The time needed for drug detox can vary for some of the same reasons noted above, but also, depending on the drug of choice used (or multiple drugs). In the case of opioids or heroin, it can take up to two weeks. For crystal meth, this may require 2 to 5 weeks. Detoxing off of cocaine can take up to 10 weeks of treatment. For people wanting to detox from benzodiazepines, getting past the withdrawals symptoms from detox can last up to several months. Learn more about detox.


Q: Do I have to take urine tests during treatment?

A: Yes. Practicing drug and alcohol abstinence is a requirement of the program. This ensures that everyone is dedicated to addiction recovery. Through this shared goal, our clients are better able to do the necessary work to heal and help others do the same.

Q: Do you take insurance for addiction treatment?

A: Yes. Please review our insurance information, and intake requirements.

Q: Do you allow family to attend treatment with me?

A: We encourage family members to be part of the addiction treatment and recovery process. Family members are notified when it is appropriate to join in on therapy sessions with their loved one during the program. Family is also an integral part of the recovery process as they too need to heal and help with relapse prevention.

Q: Do you help with housing if I come from out of town for treatment?

A: We do have resources available to discuss arrangements for residence here in Phoenix while attending Outpatient treatment.

Q: Is this a 12-step only treatment program?

A: No. While we do follow the basic tenets of the AA 12-step program, we are a non-denominational center and embrace all spiritual-based belief systems.

Q: Is relapse prevention included?

A: Yes. Because drug and alcohol addiction are recurring conditions, relapse prevention is a core principle taught here during Outpatient treatment.

Q: Is there medical staff available?

A: Yes. We have a licensed medical doctor and a compassionate psychiatrist to help clients during the treatment and recovery process.

Q: Can I continue to work while going to Outpatient treatment?

A: This is what we hope for. As each client is assessed individually, the recommended treatment program will dictate whether full-time or part-time employment obligations can still be met while undergoing outpatient treatment. Even if a client needs to take time from work during the initial phase of treatment, such as during detox, as time in treatment and recovery continues, reintegration into work is a given.

Q: Do you work with referring health care practices?

A: Yes. Oftentimes, a family doctor, hospital, or mental health therapist may have a patient requiring addiction treatment. We provide intensive outpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol rehab programs that other practitioners either are not licensed to provide or don’t have the expertise to fulfill that need. Once the patient has completed treatment at our Center, we coordinate with the referring health care practitioner so that they can continue to care for their client.


Q: Can I ask for opioid detox with the Bridge Device?

A: Yes. Continuum Recovery Center is proud to offer people needing treatment for opioid and opiate addictions a gentler way to begin treatment and recovery sooner, without the typical pain and discomfort of opioid detox. This FDA-cleared medical device, the Bridge Device, is available to qualified patients receiving opioid treatment at our Phoenix facility.

Q: How do you keep my information private during and after treatment?

A: Continuum Recovery Center knows how important your privacy is. Every communication touchpoint, whether online, on the telephone, or in person, follows a strict code of ethics and adheres to HIPAA compliance per the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) department.

Q: What types of therapy do you offer clients?

A: We provide clients with choices in their treatment and recovery, offering these therapies: one-on-one therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, EMDR therapy, group therapy, recreational therapy, music therapy, art therapy, and many types of holistic or alternative therapies. In addition, we realize how important the family dynamic is to the recovery process so we also offer integrated family therapy to help heal the client and their family.

Q: Is there medication-assisted treatment during detox and treatment?

A: Yes. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is available for those seeking treatment for stimulant addiction, opioid addiction, heroin addiction, alcohol addiction, and others, though acceptance into a MAT program is based on certain factors such as specific addiction, medical history, and current state of health.

Q: Do you teach life skills or offer holistic therapies?

A: Yes. An important part of addiction treatment is learning the tools necessary to support a healthy, sober lifestyle and discovering new activities that promote positivity and greater well-being. Our clients gain greater self-worth through mindfulness, healthy coping mechanisms, and the ability to connect with others during treatment and throughout Aftercare.

Q: Are there specialists that can treat dual diagnosis?

A: Yes. Near half the people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction also have an underlying mental health condition such as depressive, anxiety or bipolar disorders. When a client exhibits both simultaneously, this is known as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. Our behavioral health practitioners understand the differences in treating both and monitor how one impacts the treatment and recovery of the other. We refer to mental health specialists during dual diagnosis treatment.

Q: Are there flexible times for outpatient therapy?

A: Our various outpatient programs bring the world of traditional and holistic therapies to every client’s treatment. Because each person has different personal and work obligations that must be met during addiction treatment, we provide various times for therapy to help meet each client exactly where they are in the recovery process. Ask an addiction recovery specialist about treatment options.

Q: What if I want extended therapy and addiction treatment? Is that available?

A: Research and statistics show a correlation between the duration of addiction treatment and the length of sustained sobriety. The more clients can stay in treatment and receive the necessary support and therapies to heal and master recovery, the less likely they are to relapse. Continuum Recovery Center integrates this fact by providing primary and extended treatment programs. We recommend 60 to 120 days of treatment when possible, to ensure that the benefits from every phase of our program are experienced, from IOP, Outpatient, and well into Aftercare.


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