TU92: Understanding Addiction & Attachment-Informed Treatment Resources

Resources for TU92 are listed below.

It includes support and treatment options at each level of care for those struggling with addiction. It also includes support resources for family members of those struggling with addiction.

  • Relationship Attachment Style Test:

  • Obtain information about addiction and mental health treatment and programs:

  • Some questions to ask when inquiring about treatment programs:

    • What are your treatment modalities?
      • Look for a program with multiple evidence-based modalities to treat various issues.
    • What is your experience in working with attachment?
    • What skills does the therapeutic staff have?
    • How many trauma therapists are on staff, and what is their expertise?
    • What is the age range of the group currently in treatment?
    • How many residents do you currently have?
    • Is group therapy separate from individual therapy?
    • Will I be living with males and females or just females/just males?
    • Will I be able to use my phone or laptop?
    • Get a broad feel for what the environment and experience will be like.
    • Ask how the program will specifically help you attach to a recovery lifestyle.
  • Being able to co-create a personal path to your recovery journey fuels the passion to recapture the person you want to be.

  • Treatment Options:

    • Specific Types of Therapy:
      • Trauma therapy might involve Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). https://www.emdria.org lists licensed therapists in your area.
      • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) may be used to modify dysfunctional thinking and behavior and improve emotional well-being.
      • Mentalization-based therapy may be used to increase understanding of thoughts and emotions of yourself and others.
      • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) may be used to help you with coping tools to manage your emotions and relationships.
      • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) may be used to help you detach from unhealthy thought patterns and take action toward your values.
    • Recovery-based Meetings
    • Outpatient Level of Care:
    • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP):
      • IOP typically consists of individual and group therapy for approximately 3-hours per day three to four days per week.
      • IOP may supplement a sober living residence.
      • Ask your therapist or area hospital about the availability of intensive outpatient programs in your area
      • Residential substance abuse treatment programs, hospitals, and some therapist’s practices offer IOP treatment
    • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
      • PHP typically consists of individual and group therapy for the majority of the day 5 days a week.
      • Participants usually reside in a sober living residence or at home.
      • Sober living residences offer structure, a sober living environment, and random drug screens. They offer essential support as individuals continue PHP, IOP, or outpatient treatment and integrate back into work, school, or volunteering.
    • Residential or Inpatient Treatment:
      • Participants reside onsite and attend treatment in a substance abuse/mental health treatment setting.
      • Individuals may need medical detox or stabilization of mental health issues with medical monitoring.
      • Organizations that provide guidance:
        • Association for Community Integration Programs (A4CIP)
        • American Residential Treatment Association (ARTA)
        • National Association of Addiction Treatment Programs (NATAP)
        • National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
    • Quality hospitals and health organizations may be accredited by an organization that reviews the quality of their care periodically. Look for the seal of the organization:
    • Some treatment centers and private companies provide random drug screening, sober coaching/accompaniment, and case management. This may be provided on an ongoing basis or for special events where extra support is needed to help maintain sobriety. Ask your therapist about resources.
    • What if my loved one also has a co-occurring mental illness with a substance use issue?
      •  This is often referred to as “dual diagnosis” care.
      • Specific mental illnesses also have organizations with care resources.
    • For Family Members

      • Family members need support too. It is essential for family members to take care of themselves while dealing with the impact of addiction on the family as a whole.
    • Support Groups
      • Al-Anon
        • This is a support group for family members of a loved one struggling with addiction.
        • https://al-anon.org
      • Alateen
      • Celebrate Recovery (Christian-based approach)
        • Celebrate Recovery is family oriented and has age-appropriate programs for children from toddlers through 12 grade focused on the same recovery principles as the adult program.
        • Groups focus not only on addiction but also codependency, abuse recovery, and anger.
        • https://www.celebraterecovery.com
    • Several mental health organizations hold support groups for individuals and families
      • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has weekly meetings, support groups, and family education through its Family-to-Family program.