Treatment Programs


Treatment Methods

Our addiction specialists at Sana Lake Recovery Center, use specific treatment methods depending on the patient and their situation. Medications and therapies to help suppress symptoms, and to prevent further complications from other co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety and bipolar disorder that could occur as a result of substance abuse. Our treatment method follows three crucial steps: 

  1. Evaluation: This is called the intake or detox process. Here we screen a patient’s mental and physical health issues through blood tests and learn about their medical and psychiatric history through a comprehensive evaluation.
  2. Stabilization: Doctors offer psychological and medical therapies to stabilize the addict.
  3. Preparations of Treatment Program: Doctors familiarize the addicts with process and inpatient rehabs.

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to know which treatment options are most effective. We will help determine which available treatment methods and type of facility will offer high-quality services that best match your individual treatment needs. Our treatment methods used to treat substance abuse and addiction include: 

  • Detox
  • Residential Treatment (Inpatient Rehab)
  • Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Sober Living
  • Mental Health
  • Medically-Assisted Treatment


Generally, detox or detoxification refers to a process in which toxins are removed from the human body. In the case of a substance use disorder (SUD), the term detoxification refers to the specific period that the human body is given to metabolize and process any alcohol and drugs in the system. The process aims to remove the toxic influence that drugs can have on addicts.

Sana Lake Recovery Center provides the best facilities to its members. It formally runs numerous detox programs and provides a range of interventions for the patient’s assistance. Our team of compassionate medical professionals helps people:

  • Safely clear their body from unwanted and harmful substances
  • Manage acute withdrawal symptoms
  • Offer ongoing substance disorder treatment for individuals who have opted for detoxification

The best treatment option depends on the type of substance a person has been using and their current physical dependence level. In regards to drugs and alcohol, alcohol detox is the first step for treating alcoholism. During this phase, medical professionals completely flush out alcohol from the body. The withdrawal symptoms of this phase typically subside within two weeks once the treatment starts. Symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol include insomnia, anxiety, headaches, nausea, and sweating. 

In addition to alcohol detox, drug detox is also done for those with addictions to drugs such as opioids, such as heroin and oxycontin, cocaine, and even alcohol, which is considered a form of drug. Drug detox is also the first step of any addiction treatment program involving drug addiction. We also offer a medically supervised drug detox treatment plan to help patients boost their recovery. Also, treatment prevents relapses in the future. 

Here at Sana Lake, we take pride in our holistic and personalized approach to detox that employs several team members with different areas of expertise. Our medical staff of doctors, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners will ensure a medically safe and comfortable environment for withdrawal management. Additionally, they will put focus on general physical and mental health to ensure the well-rounded health of each member.

Residential Treatment

Unfortunately, millions of people throughout the United States are continuing to be affected by substance use disorders. Countless individuals are struggling with alcoholism and drug dependence. Families are constantly being exposed to the pain that comes with addiction. 

Drug and alcohol abuse are both very serious problems. Sometimes, individuals who struggle with these issues may have trouble ending substance use in their lives because of their environment. For example, an individual who suffers from an addiction problem may be enabled by a friend or significant other. Or, perhaps the individual’s family members are also dealing with alcohol or drug abuse. As a result of the person’s environment, it can be hard for him or her to break free from the bondage of addiction. 

Residential treatment also known as inpatient rehab is one of the main treatment approaches through which professionals can help those who are suffering from substance abuse. Patients in residential treatment live at the facility to get away from their addictive environment, in order to receive extensive treatment. Inpatient rehab is not a permanent living arrangement, but it does offer people a temporary safe haven while they are working to detox from drug and alcohol use. Treatment at inpatient rehab includes attending individual and group therapy sessions, which will help equip individuals with necessary life, coping, and prevention skills, that they need to recover long-term and prevent the chance of relapse.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

A partial hospitalization program, also known as PHP, is designed for people experiencing mental health or co-occurring disorders. These programs facilitate patients who have the stability and support to stay at their home in the evening but need medical assistance to promote the recovery process and prevent a regular inpatient stay. Before any PHP can begin, members must go through detox.

Patients who enroll in a PHP to get the treatment may suffer from various conditions, like anxiety, depression, grief-related issues, substance abuse, behavioral health codependency, anger management, and self-esteem issues.

The average length of stay for someone in our PHP program is individualized to each patient.  An intensive set of psychosocial and pharmacological services are provided in a setting that offers intermediate structure and supervision. Services are conducted daily, and most often, a minimum of 40 hours are offered each week. On-site supportive housing may be available with this level of care.

Members enrolled in our PHP program will recover under a full team of licensed professionals in addition to our medical staff. Those enrolled will also have a Substance Use Counselor to help them get started in their program and ensure they stay on track with a plan for relapse prevention, trigger identification, and emotional response stabilization. Additionally, a Community Support Specialist will help with a transition plan, as well as, help you maneuver your way through society by finding resources or helping with issues related to your community.

Depending on the treatment needs of each patient, PHP at Sana Lake Recovery Center has the following options: individualized and group therapy, medication management, and family therapy. 

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a treatment program that is recommended after a medical and clinical assessment if the therapist or doctor believes that the patient doesn’t need drug detoxification or round-the-clock supervision to overcome physical addiction. The treatment is typically used to address any addiction issues, eating disorders, depression and other kinds of dependencies.

For IOP, the length of stay for treatment is individualized to each patient. An intensive set of psychosocial and pharmacological services are provided in a setting that still accommodates home and works life. Anywhere from 9-12 hours of services are offered each week.

Unlike the residential treatment program, IOP treatment plans enable patients to live a normal, independent, and healthy life while continuing their day-to-day tasks.

Our unique program offers a well-rounded approach to outpatient treatment by employing a team of professionals to support every aspect of a person’s life. Our Member Care Specialists will provide safety, support, camaraderie, and direction to help make the treatment experience a little easier while our Peer Support Specialists, who are certified by the state of Missouri, will offer support, hope, connection with others, guidance, and a sense of belonging, as well as motivation, to continue treatment and ongoing recovery.

Outpatient Rehab

If you are someone who is struggling with an addictive disorder or any mental illnesses, a residential (inpatient) or outpatient program provides a comprehensive level of care. Typically both programs are designed to help the patient achieve recovery. Before a member can start an outpatient program, they must first go through detox.

The typical length of treatment for a patient enrolled in our outpatient treatment is individualized to their needs. A set of psychosocial and pharmacological services are provided in a format that allows individuals to live at home, to work, and to care for themselves and their families.

At Sana Lake Recovery Center, each member in our outpatient program will have access to a Peer Support Specialist who is certified by the state of Missouri. They will help you find connections with others, offer guidance navigating treatment, and will offer a sense of belonging while supporting you with motivation to continue treatment and ongoing, long-term recovery.

Sober Living 

All too often, people who complete a substance abuse treatment program are left wondering, What now? In many of these situations, individuals feel ill-equipped or unprepared to make the shift from life in rehab back to “real” life.

During treatment, your life is mainly based around learning to live without substance abuse. You develop relapse prevention strategies and gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your personal needs.

Through therapy and counseling, you develop new ways to approach the triggers in your life and work through the difficult moments. But, when it is time to use these methods and approaches in life, many individuals struggle.

For some, the main reason for this difficulty is a lack of preparation on their rehab center’s part. Your treatment facility needs to understand the challenge of shifting from treatment to normal life.

Individuals who have completed residential and even outpatient treatment may have a hard time working their way back into busy work schedules, family responsibilities, schoolwork, and so forth. At Sana Lake, we are committed to helping people find support throughout the transitional period with several dedicated staff members.

Mental Health 

Unfortunately, those who are suffering from mental health disorders often develop substance abuse problems as well, and vice versa. In other words, a person who is dealing with a substance use issue may also suffer from a mental health disorder. In fact, according to a 2014 report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), nearly 8.4 million adults in the United States were dealing with co-occurring disorders.

When this happens, it means that the individual is living with co-occurring disorders (multiple disorders that affect a person at the same time). A member will have to go through detox before they begin treatment of their co-occurring disorder.

When it comes to getting treatment for co-occurring disorders, it’s important to gain an understanding of various disorders and how they can affect people who are also dealing with substance abuse and addiction.

It’s also important to note that addiction develops as a result of several different factors. Sometimes, addiction develops because of genetics or certain environmental influences. Often, though, mental health disorders are partially responsible for addiction in people’s lives.

In many instances, struggling mental health may lead individuals to become addicted to medications, alcohol, or illicit drugs. This is why treatment should work to deal with both mental health disorders and substance use disorders.

We understand this truth here at Sana Lake Recovery Center. That’s why we provide treatment that deals with addiction as well as any accompanying disorders. Our clients receive extensive mental health care to help them to work through each disorder and find total healing. 

Medically-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Overcoming alcohol or drug addiction can be terrifying, and in some cases, fatal.  Once a person becomes dependent upon alcohol or a drug of choice, stopping such substances will cause withdrawal symptoms.  Drugs and substances will have different symptoms and timelines, depending on their particular interactions with the brain and body.  When going through treatment for co-occurring disorders involving substance abuse, you will first go through detox. Detoxing from alcohol or drug use can be difficult, and coupling it with overcoming a mental health disorder, can make it a complicated process.

Going through withdrawal symptoms can be hard, and depending on the addiction and level of severity, your doctor or healthcare provider may suggest medically assisted treatment.  Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, is when medications are used in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapies. This method is useful in the treatment of opioid use disorders and can assist people with sustaining recovery.  The FDA has approved three drugs for opioid dependence: 

  • Buprenorphine: Used for the management of pain that is severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and when other treatments aren’t working.
  • Methadone: An opioid medication that reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to narcotics without the “high” that is associated with drug addiction.
  • Naltrexone: An opioid antagonist that is a synthetic version of oxymorphone. Naltrexone hydrochloride completely blocks the effects of opioids that are intravenously administered.

All of these treatments have shown to be safe and effective when combined with counseling and psychosocial support. 

Addiction Treatment at Sana Lake Recovery Center

People can be addicted to anything nowadays, and whether they may be things that are normal or weird, they do exist. However, there are different varying degrees of obsession, infatuation, and preoccupation. The question is, whether a person can control themselves or function with or without their “thing” of choice.  

It is true, that there is a time when an addiction or preoccupation with something becomes too much. So, the popular questions that people commonly ask are, what exactly is an addiction, who develops it, when does it become a problem, and how can you treat it? 

There are many resources and information out on the Internet today about addiction and treatment, but oftentimes, it is hard to know what sources to trust. But, most importantly, when it comes to getting treatment for substance abuse and addiction, many people are unsure about where to start. It can be difficult to know where to begin when you are looking for a way to change your life for the better. 

Have no fear, because the addiction specialists here at Sana Lake Recovery Center in Dittmer, Missouri are here to help guide you on a path to recovery.  

Addiction is a Disease: Are You At Risk? 

Findings from extensive research conclude, that addiction is a complex chronic disease, defined by its controlling nature. Just like illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, biological, and environmental risk factors. The most common type of addiction is substance abuse, meaning having a preoccupation with drugs and alcohol

Research has shown, that biological risk factors, meaning genetic predispositions, account for half (50-70 percent) of the reason or probability that someone develops an addiction. Those with family members who have struggled with addiction are also genetically predisposed to the disease.

Many people who engage in the use of alcohol or drugs are also at risk for developing substance abuse issues and addiction. In other words, the disease either develops due to pre-existing risk factors or brought on by continued substance abuse. Other addiction risk factors include: 

  • Certain brain characteristics can make someone more vulnerable to addictive substances than the average person
  • Psychological factors (i.e., stress, personality traits, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other mental health disorders)

Addiction does not discriminate, as people of all ages, races, genders, ethnicities, or socioeconomic statuses are affected. Having one or more of these addiction risk factors does not mean someone will become addicted, but it does mean the odds become greater. The more risk factors present, the greater the chance that an individual will develop the disease.

How Does Addiction Develop and Affect You? 

People who are experiencing chronic pain, for instance, are only focused on one thing, how they can get rid of the pain, and what will do it the quickest. Therefore, in hopes of long-term relief, they resort to taking strong prescription painkillers (opioids) or drinking. Oftentimes, even though the addictive tendencies of these drugs are well-known, people tend to ignore that factor, as they just want relief. Before they know it, they start becoming dependent on these substances more and more. 

Addiction occurs depending on various factors. In other words, the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug use usually depend on the type of drug or alcoholic beverage being consumed, as well as the length of time a person has been using it. 

Regardless of how someone became addicted, it has been scientifically proven, that substance abuse and addiction causes damaging effects to the brain and body, and their ability to function properly. This disease also affects all aspects of one’s life, including health, relationships, work, school, etc. 

It is a common notion that when individuals become addicted to their substance of choice, whether it be drugs or alcohol, it was ultimately their choice to do so. While this may be true to some extent, people need to remember that when someone chooses to drink or take drugs, they do not expect to become dependent on these substances. Addiction is a disease that possesses a person, essentially taking over their conscience, the part of your mind that tells a person whether their behavior is right or wrong.

Addiction And The Brain

As mentioned before, in the case of substance abuse, the brain, and the body of an addict are being severely controlled. Individuals with an addictive personality oftentimes exhibit unruly behavior, causing them to become out of control, and do unstable things, resulting in serious consequences. 

Despite these serious consequences that often occur, people with addiction issues continue to use, because their body becomes so dependent on these substances, and simply cannot function without it. 

In addition to substance dependency, an individual’s tolerance to the drugs and alcohol increases. Eventually, the body craves the substance more and more, and as a result, a person’s system begins to go through severe withdrawals, causing symptoms of nausea/vomiting, anxiety and depression, fatigue and more depending on the person. 

The consequences of untreated or undiagnosed addiction often include other physical and mental health disorders that require medical attention. These are called co-occurring disorders or dual-diagnosis. If left untreated over time, addiction becomes more severe, disabling and life-threatening. Therefore, finding help and treatment as soon as possible is the best option for optimal recovery, and most importantly, saving lives. 

Treatment is Available 

Unfortunately, the monster of this disease oftentimes gets the best of people, resulting in overdose and death. 40 million Americans twelve years of age and older (1 in 7 people) have substance abuse issues, meaning an addiction to drugs and alcohol. The prevalence of this disease is on the rise.  The good news is, addiction can be effectively prevented, treated and managed by healthcare professionals, with a combination of therapy and support. At Sana Lake Recovery Center, we know that each person and their addiction story are different, and therefore, have different needs. Our specialists are trained to identify each patient’s needs and will provide them with a tailored treatment plan specifically to treat their addiction to drugs or alcohol, in addition to any present underlying risk factors. 

Disease Management: How Is Addiction Treated? 

The Center on Addiction reports that only about one in 10 people in need of treatment for their drug and alcohol problem receive it. Often people don’t know they have a problem, are embarrassed, or avoid it because of financial burden, or other reasons. 

However, no one can fight the power of addiction alone. This is a disease that requires ongoing treatment and management. Although there is no specific cure for addiction, there are various effective treatment methods and ways to manage the disease, and most importantly, take back control of your life. As mentioned before, addiction is a chronic disease very similar to diabetes and cancer. The best way to treat addiction long-term is through disease management, which consists of therapies, support groups, and medications. 

It is important to note, that without these effective forms of treatment and disease management methods, the probability of relapse is extremely high. Our ultimate goal is to provide the path of recovery and reduce the rate of relapse. 

Don’t Wait! Call Today for Addiction Treatment

Using drugs or alcohol as an effort to alleviate symptoms of a mental health disorder can make symptoms worse and is the beginning of a vicious cycle of battling your mental health and addiction.

When in recovery for drug and alcohol abuse or a co-occurring disorder, involving both a mental health disorder and substance abuse, you should be given a full range of treatment options. At Sana Lake Recovery Center, we believe in treating both your mental health condition and alcohol or substance abuse disorder at the same time and not independently. Your doctor or healthcare provider will approve all medication that is prescribed during your recovery, as well as provide supervision. This allows for a safe environment while going through withdrawal symptoms and possible relapses. 

If you or your loved one would like to seek treatment for a mental health condition and substance abuse, take the first step today by speaking with one of our representatives, by contacting us here. We are committed to helping you take back control of your life today!


Article Reviewed by David Sherman, MD

David Sherman, MDDavid Sherman, MD is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM) and board certified in Addiction Medicine with the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is a native Missourian and graduated medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Sherman completed a two-year fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He leads a highly trained staff of master level certified addiction professionals. Men and women from all over Missouri and the United States come to Sana Lake Recovery Center to get the care they need and deserve.