Addiction Treatment Options
Addiction is powerful, but it can be overcome. Breaking addiction requires recognizing the situation and deciding to do something about it. There are options before the addict—ways of moving forward. Seeing results will require self-control, determination, and patience, but the rewards will be worth it.
Cycles of Change Recovery Services is determined to come alongside individuals in this journey and offers multiple ways of approaching the situation. The form of treatment, therapy, or support group best will depend on the addiction’s nature and severity.
Types of Treatment
In addressing addiction, multiple forms of treatment can be used. These are often situational. It is essential to consider things like the severity of the addiction, tendency toward temptation, and environment.
For many individuals, especially those with chronic addiction, inpatient rehab is the most efficient and comprehensive option. The patient will receive constant and individualized support and care while residing in a substance-free facility. For many, this will provide the distance from the outside world—and from temptation—that is needed to break free of addiction.
Much like inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab allows for individualized and consistent treatment. However, in these cases, the patient can undergo treatment from home. The support and care will not be around-the-clock, as inpatient rehab provides, but it allows patients to continue working and caring for their families.
This option is often best utilized by individuals with less severe addiction or as the next step after inpatient rehab. Outpatient rehab will require more discipline and commitment as the patient will likely encounter temptations removed by inpatient rehab.
Drug and Alcohol Detox
Detoxification is a necessary step in any addiction recovery and must be done with care. In this treatment, the goal is to help patients safely remove any remaining traces of the addictive substance in their system. This process is best undertaken with a professional who can ensure the process is as safe as possible.
Sober Living Home
Much like outpatient rehab, a sober living home can function to transition after inpatient rehab. Sober living homes provide support and reinforcement for habits that have been developed. A sober living home also offers more of a barrier between the patient and the rest of the world and is useful for patients who do not feel prepared yet to resist the temptations of returning to everyday life. Even for those who might feel ready, it can be a useful way of transitioning, allowing the patient time to adjust and reinforce good habits.
Addiction Treatment Medications
At times, medications may be used in the addiction recovery process, such as during detoxification. These medications should be used alongside a comprehensive care program, such as inpatient or outpatient rehab, for best results. Specialists and therapists can oversee this process, which helps ensure that medication use is a help and not a hindrance to the patient’s progress.
How to Stage an Intervention
It is often difficult to confront family and loved ones about difficult issues like addiction. Interventions are sometimes necessary, however. The situation must be approached with care and wisdom, and it may be useful to consult an intervention specialist for assistance. What is desired in an intervention is for the loved ones of the addict to express their concerns and hurts honestly but constructively. It is often difficult for someone struggling with addiction to acknowledge their problem or agree to treatment. Still, an effective intervention can be vital in helping the addict do both of these.
Faith-based treatments recognize the importance of spiritual aspects in the process of recovery. These treatments often incorporate many of the same methods as other treatments but seek to go beyond physical therapy to address spiritual issues. Faith-based treatments also provide an opportunity for patients to undergo treatment in a spiritual environment.
Therapies Used in Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Different forms of therapy can be used either independently or in combination with various types of treatment. Therapies are based on the individual’s situation and background. The effective and individualized use of therapies can be essential to the recovering addict.
Biosound therapy is a relatively new form of treatment that fully uses vibrational patterns to relax the nervous system. It has been used increasingly as a way of helping patients with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a form of therapy focused on how patients think about themselves and how self-image influences their behavior. In cognitive-behavioral therapy, the patient learns to be more aware of how they feel about themselves and how to make changes to this thinking. By changing how they think about themselves, they can begin to change their behavior. This is a process that takes time and care but can be of great assistance to addiction recovery.
In holistic therapy, attention moves beyond the physical and often involves addressing the mind and spirit. For this reason, holistic therapy is usually a part of faith-based treatment, as described above. The idea is that issues like addiction are not isolated but connected to all people. Holistic therapy seeks to treat the person as a whole, addressing how the mind, body, and spirit interact. By taking all of this into consideration, holistic therapy can provide opportunities to get to the core of addiction problems.
While treatments and therapies are a great way to begin the journey, support groups help promote long-term stability. These groups provide a source of accountability and encouragement as patients seek to maintain their freedom from addiction. Many support groups utilize 12-step programs, and one-on-one support with a counselor can also be an effective form of maintaining long-term stability.
Twelve-step programs are a staple of support groups due to their proven effectiveness. This program’s style was developed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous and has also been utilized by Narcotics Anonymous. Programs of this type provide a framework for progress combined with a spiritual emphasis. This process is designed to help patients move from acknowledging their addiction through freedom from addiction, living out their freedom, and helping others like themselves.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a recovery support group that follows a 12-step program developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Within this group, patients will find support from others along the same journey, as well as a faith-based environment in which to grow. There is no obligation to share, but it is highly encouraged. Talking through struggles often allows patients to understand themselves better and allows others to support them.
Similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous uses a 12-step program. Though various addictions are similar in many respects, alcoholic and narcotic addictions are not the same. Narcotics Anonymous allows for increased focus on narcotics-related addictions. These groups and meetings allow for opportunities to share stories and hold each other accountable.
Addiction counselors allow for one-on-one opportunities to address problems related to addiction. Where group therapy and 12-step programs provide excellent opportunities for the community, addiction counselors can provide individualized private assistance with working through addiction. These trained therapists are excellent and safe sources for individuals struggling with addiction to verbalize and work through their struggles.