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Addiction treatment offers many different options to patients, as no one recovery program is right for everyone. Learn more about your options by reading the following, and if you are still looking for the best rehab program for your specific needs, call 800-654-0987 now.

Rehab Center Types

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Treatment approaches and individual programs continue to evolve and diversify, and many programs today do not fit neatly into traditional drug addiction treatment classifications.” However, there are a number of different rehab center types that can be helpful to one’s recovery at different times and depending on the needs of the individual patient.

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  • Inpatient Rehab Centers: Inpatient programs offer 24-hour care to individuals who need more intensive treatment. Patients are in a controlled environment and often have access to hospitalized care. According to the medical journal Psychiatric Quarterly, the individuals who are more likely to thrive in inpatient programs are
    • People with “high psychiatric severity,” including comorbid mental disorders
    • People lacking a strong social support system at home
  • Residential Rehab Centers: These programs provide 24-hour care in a less intensive fashion, specifically a non-hospitalized environment. However, treatment is highly regulated and patients are still under constant surveillance until they are ready to leave their program. Residential care can be a beneficial choice for those who have more severe addictions and additional issues but do not need hospitalization.
  • Outpatient Rehab Centers: Outpatient programs provide individuals with a treatment option where they do not need to stay at the facility overnight. Instead, patients attend treatment several times a week or every day, depending on their needs, and go home at the end. Outpatient care is often most suitable for those with social supports and jobs, but sometimes, these programs can offer less in the way of treatment options.
  • Detox Centers: Detox centers allow patients to slowly be weaned off the drug(s) they have been abusing with the help of medications and therapies. Often, patients receive treatment in a detox center before they begin rehab, or detox takes place as a part of inpatient or outpatient care.

Types of Treatment Options

Treatment Options

Art therapy is a holistic option offered at some rehab facilities.

According to the NIDA’s Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment, “No single treatment is appropriate for everyone.” This is why, even for those attending care in the same facility, treatment is a highly individualized process based on a plan that is constantly being reevaluated and changed by the patient and their doctor.

Therefore, it is important to consider certain treatment options that might be beneficial to you and to seek out rehab centers that offer them. Remember, every rehab program is different but your treatment within the facility should be individualized as well.

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Types of Medications

There are a number of different medications that are used to treat addiction. As stated by the NIDA, “Medications can be used to manage withdrawal symptoms, prevent relapse, and treat co-occurring conditions.” Some of the most popular medications used in addiction rehab include:

  • Methadone: Methadone is an opioid agonist often used to treat opioid withdrawal and addiction. It can only be received in specific facilities, also known as methadone clinics.
  • Subutex and Suboxone: Subutex and Suboxone are both buprenorphine-based medications that treat opioid withdrawal and addiction. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agaonist and less intense than methadone so it can be prescribed in a doctor’s office instead of only in a licensed clinic. Suboxone also contains naloxone, which precipitates withdrawal in anyone who attempts to abuse the drug.
  • Naltrexone: According to the National Library of Medicine, naltrexone can help to treat opioid addiction and alcohol dependence. The drug decreases one’s cravings for alcohol and blocks the opioid receptors in the brain that are affected by both substances.
  • Campral: Also known as acamprosate, Campral reduces symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to help an individual stay sober.
  • Antabuse: Antabuse (disulfiram) keeps individuals from relapsing back to alcohol abuse. If a person does drink while on the drug, they will experience severe and uncomfortable side effects as a result of the drug mixing with alcohol.
  • Zyban and Chantix: Both of these medications work to prevent relapse in those attempting to quit smoking. These drugs affect the brain differently but create similar results.

Medications can be extremely helpful in the treatment of addiction, and some drugs beyond the ones mentioned may be used to treat co-occurring disorders as well as specific withdrawal symptoms. But in general, medication is most effective for addiction treatment when it is combined with behavioral therapies.

Types of Behavioral Therapies

Some behavioral therapies are suitable for almost any type of addiction syndrome while others are most suitable for specific types of drug abuse. They are, however, the most commonly used treatment option for addiction.

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  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT, according to the NIDA, involves “anticipating likely problems and enhancing patients’ self-control by helping them develop effective coping strategies.” Patients are also able to learn how to recognize and avoid their triggers, understand the reasons why they began abusing drugs in the first place, and view their substance abuse in a healthier way. CBT is effective for almost any type of addiction syndrome.
  • Contingency management: Contingency management is a behavioral therapy approach that involves rewards and incentives. It helps to change the way the brain views rewards by providing patients with vouchers or prizes whenever they provide a negative drug test. It is often a large part of outpatient care, and in general, contingency management is effective for all types of drug addiction.
  • The Matrix Model: The Matrix Model was specifically created to treat stimulant addiction, according to the NIDA Archives. The program itself utilizes many different types of therapies in order to safely and effectively treat stimulant addiction, including relapse prevention groups, urine tests, family education, and a strong, positive relationship between patient and therapist.
  • 12-step facilitation therapy: This option is often best for the treatment of alcohol, opioid, or stimulant addiction. 12-step facilitation therapy helps patients get prepared to attend 12-step groups and understand the philosophies utilized in these groups, including acceptance, surrender, and active involvement.
  • Group therapy: Group therapy allows patients to meet with other individuals who are dealing with the same issues they are. It helps individuals provide one another with social support and to see their actions through the eyes of others.

Behavioral therapies are extremely effective for the treatment of addiction, especially if they are catered to the needs of the specific individual. Sometimes, more than one therapy approach can also be necessary to long-term recovery.

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Other Treatment Options

As stated previously, addiction treatment has many different styles and, depending on the patient and the particular point they are at in their recovery, they may need a variety of options to create the strongest recovery possible.

  • Support groups: Support groups are extremely popular treatment options, and in fact, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, they remain “the most commonly sought source of help for [alcohol use disorders] in the United States.” 12-step programs, like Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous, can be helpful to those who adhere to the teachings of the program while SMART Recovery and other non-12-step-based approaches can be beneficial to those who require a different approach.
  • Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT): Methadone maintenance is a specific type of treatment program for opioid addiction built around the use of methadone to maintain the individual during recovery. According to the National Institute on Justice, patients are able to receive methadone daily from a licensed clinic to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, but behavioral therapies as well as a number of other options are also included in the program.
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  • Individualized drug counseling: According to the NIDA, “Individualized drug counseling not only focuses on reducing or stopping illicit drug or alcohol use,” but it also addresses other areas of an individual’s life like vocational issues, housing help, financial problems, etc. Many patients choose this option after their time in a rehab center has ended.
  • Booster sessions: After a patient ends their treatment program, they are sometimes asked to return for booster sessions, which help to prevent relapse and allow patients to address any issues before they worsen.
  • Holistic options: Yoga, meditation, massage therapy, art therapy, and a number of other holistic options have, over time, been found to be very effective for addiction treatment. The type of program and its effectiveness often depend on the individual patient and what they are most open to.

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Any and all of these options might be effective for your needs, and if you have been struggling with addiction, now is the time to make a change. Call 800-654-0987 to find the safest rehab options available for your specific situation.