Are you interested in finding out more about the different addiction treatment programs out there, either for yourself or for a loved one? There are many different treatment options when it comes to addiction therapy.
In this guide, we will go over the most common types of addiction treatment programs so that you can find the best fit.
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Long Term Residential Treatment
A long term residential treatment program provides 24-hour care in a setting that is typically not a hospital. A common long-term treatment option is therapeutic community, which usually involves a 6 to 12-month stay. This program works to resocialize the individual by using the program’s entire community as support, such as the staff and residents.
These programs focus on teaching residents to take responsibility and accountability for their actions to live socially productive lives. This treatment option is highly structured and can at times be confrontational. Activities are involved that work to help residents confront damaging beliefs, self-concepts, and destructive behavioral patterns by adopting new constructive ways to interact with others.
Short Term Residential Treatment
This program provides a relatively brief treatment that is intensive and based on the modified 12-step approach to recovery. Inpatient treatment length can be anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks followed by extended outpatient therapy and participation in a self-help group such as AA. It’s very important for a patient to remain engaged in outpatient therapy once they finish inpatient treatment to reduce the risk of relapse when the individual leaves the treatment setting.
Outpatient Treatment Programs
Outpatient treatment programs vary in intensity and the type of services offered. These programs typically cost less than inpatient options and are sometimes more suitable for those with jobs or extensive social support. Low-intensity programs may offer little more than drug education while other outpatient models can be comparable to residential programs in effectiveness, such as intensive day treatment.
When choosing a program in this category, the individual’s needs and characteristics should be considered to find the best outpatient treatment option. These treatment programs tend to focus on group therapy and counseling. Some programs work specifically with those that have an addiction as well as specific mental health or medical issues.
Individualized Addiction Counseling
Individualized drug counseling focuses on treating addiction by addressing areas of impaired functioning such as illegal activity, employment status, or social and family-related problems. With an emphasis on short term behavior-related goals, this counseling option works to give patients the tools and coping strategies they need to maintain abstain from drug and/or alcohol use. The 12-step program is encouraged and the counselor can make referrals for supplemental assistance such as medical, psychiatric, or employment services.
Different Kinds of Treatment Programs for Addiction
If you or someone you love is in need of addiction treatment, consider some of the above treatment programs to get professional assistance. When choosing a treatment program, the individual’s needs, behaviors, lifestyle, and personality should be taken into account to find the best option for them.
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