If you have a loved one who needs help in overcoming their addiction, then you will require information on what type of treatment programs are available. As new research progresses, treatment programs are updated. There are no pre-packaged, one-size-fits-all, treatment programs. Finding the best drug rehab program for your loved takes time and research. Each patient that enters a rehab facility will be physically and psychologically assessed. Once the assessment is finished, a treatment program is devised to meet that patient’s individual needs.
Stages of Treatment
The first stage of treatment is usually the detox process, where your loved one will slowly be weaned off whatever drugs or alcohol they were using. The patient is monitored throughout the process and withdrawal symptoms are medically managed with specific medications that circumvent symptoms and help to prevent undue stress on the body.
After the detox process is completed, your loved one will begin a series of other treatments that are essential to long-term recovery. Counseling therapy will address the patient’s psychological, behavioral and social problems that are associated with addiction. During counseling, your loved one will learn about his own thoughts and behavior patterns that have caused or exacerbated his addiction. These thoughts and behaviors will be replaced by new, healthy ones that will assist him in retaining sobriety. It there are any co-occurring mental disorders, they will also be treated along with the addiction problem because they both affect each other.
There are many treatment options available for your loved one to choose from. One type of treatment is Long-Term Residential Treatment, which takes place in a non-hospital setting. The best model of Residential Treatment is known as the “therapeutic community.” This treatment usually lasts from six months to one year and focuses on re-socializing the patient. Addiction is considered to be a part of the patient’s social and psychological deficits. Treatment is aimed at developing personal responsibility and accountability, along with a socially productive life. Treatment is highly structured and is designed to help the patient identify damaging beliefs, self-concepts and destructive behavior patterns. The patient is taught how to build new, healthy and constructive ways to interact with other people. Many therapeutic community programs offer employment training and other support services. It is an effective program for treating addiction, people with special needs, people in the criminal justice system and people with mental disorders.
- Short term Residential Treatment is an intensive but brief program based on a 12-step approach. It usually last about six weeks but can continue longer. Patients must remain engaged in an aftercare program once they have completed the Short Term Residential Treatment.
- Outpatient Treatment Programs are less costly than Inpatient Programs and are more suitable for people that have to work or have small children to care for. This type of program offers drug education, and individual and group counseling. Some Outpatient Programs also offer treatment for co-occurring mental disorders.
- Individual Drug Counseling focuses on reducing or stopping substance abuse. It also treats areas of impaired functioning such as illegal activity, employment, and family/social relationships. It also addresses the structure and content of the patient’s recovery program.
- Group Counseling is another program of treatment that uses a social setting to address the socialization of the patient along with living a drug-free lifestyle. Research has affirmed that Group Counseling is highly effective when it is accompanied with Individual Drug Counseling that offers cognitive behavior modification therapy.
If you are looking for the best treatment option for your loved one, there are many options to choose from. At White Sands Treatment Center, we offer holistic and alternative treatment programs to help your or your loved one fight addiction.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.