What Is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that affects the brain’s reward center, which is tied to motivation and cravings. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, (DSM–5), addiction is diagnosed as a severe substance use disorder. A more specific diagnosis can be made depending on the drug you’ve become addicted to. For instance, if you’ve become addicted to alcohol, you may have a severe alcohol use disorder. Addiction is characterized by continued compulsive use of a drug despite harmful consequences, like health problems or struggles at work.

In many cases, people with addiction problems don’t recognize their drug use as a problem that needs to be addressed at first. Others recognize they have a problem but feel unable to stop it. However, addiction is also a progressive disease, which means that it may worsen over time unless it’s addressed. Treating addiction and underlying issues early on in the disease can help you avoid some of the worst consequences of the disease like long-term health problems or strained relationships.


How Does Addiction Treatment Work?

Addiction treatment is a process in which both the physical symptoms of chemical dependence are addressed alongside the underlying psychological and social problems that are associated with the disease. Addiction can impact your physical and psychological health as well as the social, legal, and financial aspects of your life.

Treatment usually involves both medical and clinical professionals that are trained in addressing these multiples levels of need. You may also work with case managers and others to help address some of your daily needs, such as housing, job searching, or financial help.

According to the American Society of Addiction Medication (ASAM), addiction treatment is broken down into four major categories:

  • Medically managed inpatient services (medical detox). Detox involves 24-hour treatment from medical professionals with the focus of keeping you safe through the withdrawal phase of your recovery. Detox may involve the use of medications to alleviate symptoms or to taper you off a drug. Detox usually lasts between five and 10 days.
  • Inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment involves 24-hour medical monitoring or clinical care, depending on your needs. This level of care is for people that don’t necessarily need medical detox but do need high-level medical or psychological care.
  • Intensive outpatient treatment. Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) involves more than nine hours of treatment each week, while you live independently at night. Partial hospitalization (PHP) falls under the IOP category, and it involves more than 20 hours of treatment services each week.
  • Outpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment involves fewer than nine hours of treatment services per week. It allows clients to continue to work through therapies while having more time to attend to responsibilities in their everyday lives.

Which Levels Of Care Are Offered At Desert View Recovery?

Desert View recovery offers Intensive outpatient treatment, including partial hospitalization. We are committed to providing treatment therapies for people that need high-level treatment while living at home. People that come through our intensive outpatient programs may have already completed detox or higher levels of care, or it may have been determined that those levels of care would be necessary. Through IOP, you will work closely with therapists to address your individual needs in addiction treatment. You may go through individual and group therapy depending on your needs as well as a variety of other therapy options.

What Therapies Does Desert View Recovery Offer?

Since addiction is a complex disease that may come with a variety of medical and psychological consequences and underlying causes, treatment needs to be equally complex. For that reason, we offer several evidence-based treatment approaches that you may go through, depending on your needs. Therapy options include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Motivational therapy
  • Life skills development
  • Relapse prevention
  • Client care coordination
  • Dual diagnosis

Though all of these therapies are offered, you may not need each one through your treatment plan. You will likely go through the gold standard therapy options, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and relapse prevention. Other therapies may be used if you have specific needs. For instance, you may go through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy if you’ve been through trauma, or dual diagnosis treatment if you have multiple addictions. Practical therapies like life skills development may also be used as needed.

Is Treatment Affordable?

Like other aspects of health care, addiction treatment can be costly, but we’re committed to removing the cost of treatment as a barrier to sobriety by making it as affordable as possible. To do this, we work with several insurance providers to help cover as much of your treatment costs as possible. We accept insurance coverage from many private insurance providers, including Aetna, ComPsych, Beacon, and Cigna. Coverage may vary depending on your specific provider and plan, but we can help determine your eligibility and coverage. Or you can speak to a representative at your insurance company to find out how much coverage they offer for intensive outpatient treatment and partial hospitalization.

Is Treatment Worth The Cost?

Yes. Addiction treatment is worth both the time and financial costs. Addiction threatens multiple aspects of your life, including your ability to find and maintain employment, as well as financial stability. If left untreated, addiction often leads to health problems, relationship issues, financial instability, and even legal issues. Working to overcome addiction and reach sobriety can help you avoid some of these costly consequences. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), addiction treatment is a sound investment when it comes to both individual and societal costs.

Are The Facilities Comfortable?

Yes. After safety and effective treatment, comfort is a top priority. Desert Vistas is a luxury rehab facility, which means we pay close attention to providing comfortable, clean, and pleasant facilities in a setting that’s similar to a resort. Since addiction recovery can be a major challenge, our goal is to help you through in a place that alleviates as much discomfort as possible. We’re highly rated by clients who have come through the program with five-star ratings on Google.


Is Desert View Recovery Accredited?

Yes. Desert View Recovery has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is responsible for rating a facility’s quality in several areas, including patients’ rights and patient treatment.

What Should I Bring To Treatment?

For the most part, most of the materials you will need throughout treatment will be provided. However, there are a few things you will need on your first day, including:

  • A picture ID
  • Your insurance card
  • Any over-the-counter drugs you need
  • A prescription card for medications you’re taking
  • A credit or debit card
  • Contact information for doctors, emergency contacts, or attorneys if needed

Because Desert View Recovery is an intensive outpatient facility, you won’t need to pack clothes or toiletries. Plus, if you find that you’re missing out on some comfort items, you will always have the opportunity to ask if you can bring it the following day. Helpful items may include a sweater or a pen and notebook. You should not bring weapons, illicit drugs, drugs without a prescription, alcohol, expensive valuables, or products containing alcohol.

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