Frequently Asked Questions

Those Suffering

Alcohol / drug misuse comes in many forms and in most cases admitting that you have a problem is the first step.  We’ve put together some answers to commonly asked questions below, and encourage you to reach out to us today.


Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a family disease that affects everyone around you.  Families of those dealing with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) need to be educated about their role in getting someone the help they need.  We offer many options including family sessions, group therapy and more.

At Camelot, client fees are structured so that treatment is available to all who need it. Clients, or parents of adolescents, are expected to pay what they can reasonably afford. The exact amount is determined on a case by case basis and assessed on a sliding scale. We accept major insurance plans, HMO and Medicaid.

Surprisingly, many of those suffering from drug misuse never touched a drug in their lives. Children, spouses, parents – the entire family ­often find themselves “under the influence”. The loved ones of drug misusers suffer greatly, because the misuser’s lifestyle pulls everyone down around them.

The Camelot Family Association helps these substance abused families get the support, guidance, and direction they need. Once each week, trained counselors work with family groups to teach themselves and their loved ones to cope with the turmoil caused by Substance Use Disorder.

The Family Association is more than just a shoulder to cry on. It requires members to open up to examining the contents of their own lives. This often means looking at deeply ingrained, generally lifelong habits that may have “enabled” their loved ones to follow a self-destructive path. The result: many come to see their family relationships – indeed themselves – in an entirely new light.
This commitment to openness and personal growth is what distinguishes the Camelot Family Association and makes it an integral part of our total approach to sustained recovery.

If a person is compulsively seeking and using a drug(s) despite negative consequences, such as loss of job, debt, family problems, or physical problems, then he or she probably is affected by alcohol / drug misuse. And while people who are affected by alcohol / drug misuse may believe they can stop any time, most often they cannot, and will need professional help—first to determine if they in fact are affected, and then to obtain Substance Use Disorder treatment. Support from friends and family can be critical in getting people into treatment and helping them to maintain abstinence following treatment.

Detoxification is the process of allowing the body to rid itself of substances while managing the symptoms of withdrawal. It is often the first step in Substance Use Disorder treatment and should be followed by treatment with a behavioral-based therapy and/or a medication, if available. Detox alone with no follow-up is not treatment

Withdrawal describes the various symptoms that occur after long-term use of a drug is reduced or stopped abruptly. Length of withdrawal and symptoms vary with the type of drug. For example, physical symptoms of heroin withdrawal may include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and cold flashes. These physical symptoms may last for several days, but the general depression, or dysphoria (opposite of euphoria), that often accompanies heroin withdrawal may last for weeks. In many cases, withdrawal can be easily treated with medications to ease the symptoms, but treating withdrawal is not the same as treating addiction.

Inpatient recovery programs, also known as residential treatment, require patients to check themselves into a controlled environment to overcome their Substance Use Disorder. Patients stay at a clinic with 24-hour medical and emotional support.

Outpatient treatment is less restrictive than inpatient programs. Outpatient recovery programs usually require 10 to 12 hours a week spent visiting a local treatment center.

These sessions focus on Substance Use Disorder education, individual and group counseling, and teaching Substance Use Disorder people how to cope without their substance. Outpatient treatment can be a good standalone option for someone with a mild addiction, or it can be part of a long-term treatment program.

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