When searching for a drug treatment program solution an addict or their family can be overwhelmed by the thousands of options available. The key to finding the best one usually involves finding the one that best suits the addict’s individual needs. Addiction is complex and affects everyone differently so finding the best rehab means finding the best type of addiction treatment program that will give the addict their greatest chance at long-term abstinence after treatment is complete.
The following are the most common drug and alcohol treatment program types and treatment models. An individual that finds the right treatment type and model to fit their individual needs will most likely be able to overcome their addiction with the help of a good drug rehab center.
- Traditional Treatment – is based on the medical model which views addiction as a chronic condition that often involves relapses such as other medical conditions do. Over the years it has evolved to incorporate behavioral therapies which are often administered in a group setting. Many times those that opt for traditional treatment attend 12 step meetings either in the facility or in the community as part of the recovery process. When meetings are attended in the community the center’s clients are usually transported by the facility and monitored by staff.
- Holistic Treatment Programs – Holistic drug treatment is based on the idea that in order for someone to recover from addiction it is necessary to address the individual as a “whole” person. The whole of a person would include their body, mind, emotions, and spirit, not just the maladaptive behavioral patterns they have developed during addiction. Holistic treatment programs are becoming increasingly more popular and many drug treatment experts consider holism to be a successful approach to treatment. An individual who attends a holistic treatment center will most likely be involved in group and behavioral therapies like at other rehabs, but will also be encouraged to find balance in other areas of their life. This balance will help to maintain abstinence after treatment is complete. The concept is if you have emotional or physical imbalance in your life it will negatively affect your overall health which can affect your sobriety.
- Long-Term Residential Treatment Programs – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that remaining in treatment for the right period of time is critical. For this reason long-term residential treatment centers are considered to provide the most favorable conditions to foster long-term abstinence. While residential programs vary considerably based on the treatment model they use it is important to note their effectiveness.
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs – For addicted individuals who have a strong support network at home or just aren’t able to pack up and leave in order to attend an inpatient rehab, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) can be an effective way to handle addiction. IOPs also vary by treatment model but there are a wide variety of programs available for individuals who want to attend rehab while remaining in the community. IOP programs demand a considerable commitment of time, at least 6 hours per week, and may also require additional self-help group attendance as well.
- Medication Assisted Maintenance Treatment Programs – Medication Assisted Maintenance Therapies (MMT) employ a harm reduction model that transitions opioid addicts from illegal street drugs to safer long acting opioids. Generally these treatment programs use methadone or Suboxone to stabilize clients and keep them from experiencing withdrawal symptoms. MMT is generally a last option for addicts who are not responsive to other forms of drug treatment. Evidence shows that MMT improves social functioning and reduces criminal behaviors associated with drug abuse.
- Therapeutic Treatment Communities (TC) – TCs use a treatment model that focuses on re-socialization and uses the community of the treatment center to increase personal and social responsibility. TCs are long-term residential programs that generally last 6 to 12 months. The treatment is highly structured and based on an individual’s psychological and social deficits. Through personal accountability and responsibility clients are taught to avoid destructive patterns of behavior and learn new ways to interact with others. TCs may also offer employment training and other types of support services.
- Drug-Free Treatment Programs – Many drug addicts don’t want to stop one addiction to medications only to adopt a new one while in rehab. For these individuals there are several drug-free rehab options that follow a holistic treatment model or a social model based on community support. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that drug-free detoxification and drug treatment can be safe and effective in settings where the patient is monitored properly.
- Co-occurring Disorders Treatment Programs – For individuals who are experiencing emotional or psychological conditions along with their substance abuse problems there are a wide variety of treatment programs that follow a dual-diagnosis or co-occurring (COC) disorders model. In COC treatment programs the client engages in traditional or holistic treatment therapies with additional mental health counseling and therapies. COC treatment programs operate under the idea that the client’s mental health and underlying problems will be a continuing impediment to long-term abstinence.
- Aversion Therapy Treatment Programs (ATT) – Aversion therapy treatments have been in existence since the early 1930s. ATT programs use external stimulus in an effort to change positive emotional responses associated with drugs and alcohol. It is a psychological process that uses conditioning to get the patient to associate unpleasant sensations with substance abuse and therefore eliminate cravings.
- Behavioral Modification Treatment Programs (BMT) – BMT can help addicted individuals handle stressors such as peer pressure or conflict in relationships that may trigger relapse. BMT programs use behavioral techniques like flooding or systematic desensitization in a group therapy setting to help patients learn to cope with difficult situations. This may be done through role-playing with a therapist or other members of the group and can help the addict develop positive coping mechanisms and healthy forms of conflict resolution.
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