Addiction Therapy At 1st Step Behavioral Health

Addiction therapy at 1st Step Behavioral Health in Yardley, Pennsylvania, is reflective of a commitment to lasting recovery for patients, as well as the supportive and caring environment provided by the staff.

We approach addiction treatment with a holistic treatment style that helps each patient recover their mind, body, and soul.

Understanding Individual Treatment Needs in Addiction Therapy

Addiction treatment at 1st Step Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania is reflective of a commitment to lasting recovery for patients, as well as the supportive and caring environment provided by the staff. We prioritize customizing each patient’s treatment, ensuring that you or a loved one’s needs are fully taken care of. Those seeking treatment all have a different background with varying needs. Those varying needs need to not only be acknowledged, but accompanied by an individual treatment plan.

We offer multiple treatment options that aim to offer the care each patient needs. The following are our levels of care – each person and situation is different so please feel free to talk to one of our specialists today to determine where you fit. 

Each person’s evaluation of well-being will vary. This is why our patients will work with a counselor to determine their Individual Plan for recovery, including determining what the most beneficial level of care will be at the outset. Our philosophy is that there is not going to be a linear path for addiction recovery. Begin your road to recovery by choosing the right center for addiction therapy. We would be honored to be that place for you or a loved one.

Intensive Outpatient Program

An intensive outpatient program or IOP consists of regularly scheduled sessions of structured addiction treatment and mental health counseling. Addiction and co-occurring mental health problems have varying levels of care available, to correspond to a natural ability to navigate life without the desire for drugs and alcohol abuse. The intensive outpatient program for substance abuse is a middle ground between Residential Treatment and Aftercare. 

In other words, IOP is a step-down level of care for individuals who have completed detox and residential, so they can continue to receive the support of treatment programming. This gives a patient more flexibility in regards to not needing 24-hour supervision. 

Understanding Addiction

Simply put, addiction is a mental disorder that causes a person to not be able to control their use of an addictive substance, even if it’s damaging their life. Over one in seven people, which is about 40 million people over the age of 12 in America, are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Other serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease affect only 19, 26, and 27 million respectively, which makes addiction one of the most common diseases in America. Yet, despite that, many people don’t view it as a serious disease, believing instead that those suffering with addiction simply make bad choices or lack willpower.

It’s possible to abuse drugs or alcohol and not be addicted, even if this drug use causes health, legal or financial issues. However, the people in this category are able to make the choice to stop or continue on their own and change their patterns of abuse.

Addiction, on the other hand, is a serious and progressive disease that requires professional and often long-term treatment. Without addiction therapy, it only gets worse. Those suffering from addiction get sicker and may even die.

Why is it necessary to get addiction therapy at a licensed treatment facility?

Most people would never attempt to treat something like cancer, heart disease, or diabetes at home or by themselves because they know that these are progressive diseases and avoiding treatment can lead to death. Believe it or not, addiction is very similar to these diseases. It’s also a progressive disease that requires professional intervention and treatment before it gets worse or results in death.

One of the first steps in addiction treatment is determining the right program for you.

Addiction is often best treated with behavioral therapy to manage triggers, deal with relapse, and understand the underlying cause behind the addiction.

The following are common triggers for addiction and relapse:

  • Chronic stress or sudden life stress like job loss or a death
  • Social networks that include other substance abusers
  • Environmental cues

Finding addiction therapy facilities in Pennsylvania begins with finding the right treatment center. The right center must understand your individual needs to best create a treatment plan for you. We would be honored to be that center for you. Allow us to guide you through the different types of addiction therapy.

If you or your loved one is struggling with the disease of addiction, give 1st Step Behavioral Health a call today at (844) 549-1307 or reach out to our team by contacting us here.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Addiction Treatment Facility in PennsylvaniaBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.