Individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) can explore multiple paths to recovery – for many, treatment is often the first step on the recovery journey. Below you will find explanations of different types of SUD treatment options available in a variety of settings, along with local organizations offering each type of treatment. We hope this page will help you begin to understand treatment options available in Greater Lowell.

After an individual with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) completes a detox program, the next step may be to enroll and complete a residential treatment program. If a residential treatment program is not available upon completion of a detox program, a transitional support services program may be considered to bridge the gap in services until a bed at a residential treatment program is available.

1. Clinical Support Services (CSS)

Another service available immediately after an individual with SUD completes a detox program is CSS. CSS has the same model as TSS, but incorporates individual and group clinical services. CSS may be an option to consider for individuals who also have mental health needs in addition to SUD.

2. Transitional Support Services (TSS)

After an individual with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) completes a detox program, one option to consider is a TSS. TSS provides up to 30 days of residential services for people who need a safe and structured setting to support their recovery after detoxification. Services include nursing support, case management, education, and aftercare planning. Programs provide intensive case management to prepare people for longer term residential care, such as halfway houses. Anyone seeking treatment in a TSS program must have an individualized assessment to determine eligibility.

3. Residential Treatment

For some individuals in early recovery from SUD, residential treatment may be beneficial to continuing healing from the psychological and physical effects of substance misuse. Residential treatment is a full-time treatment option that involves an individual in early recovery living at a program that offers treatment for SUD. Residential programs help individuals in early recovery to become a part of their community again, and develop new supports to keep them in recovery.

Residential treatment is for individuals who have recently stopped using alcohol and/or other drugs, are medically stable, and are able to be in a structured residential program. Residential treatment options vary in duration, treatment modality, and client demographics, such as age and gender. Residential treatment is usually 3 to 9 months long, but might be different for different people and programs. Treatment may include group and individual therapy, recovery meetings, family therapy, and relearning healthy life skills.

While living in residential treatment, clients are exposed to new habits, philosophies, and supports to aid them in remaining free of their substance of choice. This supportive framework allows clients to examine their outlook and habits of the past which have led to continued use of substances. With the help of a trained professional, clients practice new habits while developing a plan for a life free of the negative effects of misusing substances. Residential treatment often offers the individual and families their first opportunities to heal. If possible, it is recommended that an individual examine all available options for residential treatment after detox to maximize the opportunity to reach his or her goals.

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