Pre-addiction treatment

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Changing your relationship with drugs and alcohol can be hard. Similar to weight loss or changing your diet, some people are more successful with different interventions than others. When you download the Confidant Health app, we will curate a plan specific to your needs and goals.

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Confidant Health uses behavioral change science to help you cut back or quit using drugs and alcohol. Digitized interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and contingency management are paired with judgment-free care by top therapists, coaches, and medical providers.

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What is pre-addictions?

Pre-addiction is another term for mild or moderate substance use disorder. This is when people use drugs or alcohol in unhealthy or risky ways and experience 2-5 symptoms of substance use disorder, but do not yet meet the clinical definition of “addiction.” Pre-addiction can be reversed through lifestyle interventions and occasionally requires clinical support. Pre-addiction can show up in many ways, from regular use to binge use.

What is the difference between pre-addiction and addiction?

Confidant Health is both a tech platform and a network of top-notch behavioral health providers. We’re a virtual health system specializing in mental health and addiction. We combine cutting edge tech with great caregivers to help people thrive.Addiction is the most severe stage of substance use disorder. This means someone is experiencing 6 or more symptoms. It includes signs of compulsive and persistent behaviors, like using drugs or drinking, despite bad consequences. On the other hand, pre-addiction is a stage of substance use that comes before full-blown addiction which includes fewer symptoms. Pre-addiction without intervention may become addiction. Both are serious health conditions that should be addressed.

How to know if I have a pre-addiction?

You might be thinking, “addiction, me, no way!” That's normal. Pre-addiction might be scary to hear; however, it is treatable. Wanting to know whether you have pre-addiction is a good sign; it indicates that you don't want the issue to worsen. Moreover, here are some questions you can ask yourself to assess whether you have a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol or whether you might have pre-addiction.

  • Have you ever drank or done drugs to relax, feel better about yourself or fit in?
  • Have you ever drank or done drugs to feel less anxious?
  • Have you ever blacked out as a result of drinking or drug use?
  • Have you ever felt you ought to cut down on your drinking or drug use?
  • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use?
  • Has your drinking or drug use impacted your personal, professional, financial, or romantic goals?
  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking or drug use?
  • Do you drink alcohol or use drugs when you are alone?

If you said "yes" to any of these questions, you might have pre-addiction. This means it’s a good time to change your relationship with drugs and alcohol and build some healthier habits.

Can you reverse pre-addiction?

Confidant Health provides virtual services you can access from your home, office, or anywhere that suits you.

Clinical services are currently available in Connecticut, Virginia, Texas, and Florida.

Confidant offers our digital therapeutic resources, recovery coaching, and groups in ALL states.It is considerably easier and more cost-effective to reverse pre-addiction before it develops into more serious symptoms and effects. To avoid full-blown addiction, negative consequences, and to improve quality of life, it's best to make changes at the pre-addiction stage. For some people, this means abstaining from alcohol or becoming sober. Others work toward moderation or more mindful alcohol and drug use.

Treating pre-addiction revolves around understanding how and why you use substances and building healthier habits to improve your wellbeing. While some people can change their substance use on their own, others have more success with the help of a coach or therapist. Similar to managing weight, it can be helpful to get the professional support of a trainer, dietician, or even doctor. The Confidant Health team specializes in pre-addiction and can help you reach your goals and change your relationship with alcohol and drugs.

What should I know about pre-addiction?

Confidant accepts most insurance plans. Cost will depend on your carrier and plan.

If you prefer to pay cash, you can view the cost of services with different providers before you book. Most Confidant providers offer a sliding scale.Pre-addiction means that someone is using drugs or alcohol in an unhealthy way, but they don't yet have a "severe substance use disorder," which is the clinical term for addiction. People who have pre-addiction may not be reaching their goals or be satisfied with life.

At this point, people with pre-addiction are at risk of becoming addicted if they don't make changes. If you start making changes to your lifestyle and getting support for your mental health, you may avoid addiction and improve your overall quality of life. At the same time, traditional addiction treatment is usually not appropriate for someone at the pre-addiction phase because they don’t need to focus on their treatment as intensively.

Pre-addiction treatment aims to help people develop healthier habits and lifestyles and to have better mental health and well-being.

What happens in a pre-addiction treatment?

Confidant accepts most insurance plans. Cost will depend on your carrier and plan.

If you prefer to pay cash, you can view the cost of services with different providers before you book. Most Confidant providers offer a sliding scale.In pre-addiction treatment, the goal is to make people more resilient and improve their quality of life and relationship with drugs and alcohol. Interventions should be personalized. Some things work for some people but not for others.

Virtual interventions, coaching, therapy, medications, and support groups are all ways we can help you.

  • Virtual Interventions: Access digital versions of the practices and exercises used in therapy. You can do them on your own and at your own pace to help you reach your goal. Confidant's chatbot, Alfie, can help you with mental health and cutting back or quitting.
  • Coaching: Coaches provide non-clinical assistance, allowing people with pre-addiction to change their habits. Our coaches can help you achieve your wellness goals, stick to an action plan, identify resources to support you, reduce your cravings and deal with drawbacks, and be your support.
  • Therapy: Therapy can improve one's mental health and change bad habits. Our treatment can help you change problematic behaviors, reverse negative thinking, cope with past trauma, overcome your fears, and improve relationships.
  • Medications: Some people who want to cut back on drinking may benefit from taking naltrexone, which can help people change their drinking habits. If you are screened at Confidant and your provider finds you have a more severe substance use disorder, they may also talk about medication treatments.
  • Groups: Confidant has a variety of virtual support groups. People in the early stages of addiction may be interested in traditional support groups or fellowships, which are often based on abstinence. They may also be looking for more general help with their lifestyle change. Groups can be based on different ideas or topics.

How to talk to someone with pre-addiction?

Confidant accepts most insurance plans. Cost will depend on your carrier and plan.

If you prefer to pay cash, you can view the cost of services with different providers before you book. Most Confidant providers offer a sliding scale.Is someone using drugs or alcohol in an unhealthy or concerning way? It can be hard to start a conversation with them about it. If you think someone might have pre-addiction, try these steps to start a conversation::

  • Ask them if they have heard of pre-addiction, and tell them that you just learned about it.
  • Check to see if they've looked at their relationship with alcohol and drugs in the past.
  • Listen to what they have to say about their relationship with drugs or alcohol without being critical of them.
  • Pre-diabetes and pre-addiction are similar; this can be a helpful example. Getting help during this time can improve your quality of life and stop bad things from happening because you use drugs or alcohol, even if you don't become addicted.
  • Keep your attention on their health and well-being.
  • Stay curious and ask questions without judgment. Check if they know that there are ways to change your relationship with drugs and alcohol.
  • Ask them if they'd like you to send them some information about improving their wellbeing.
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