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Drug Abuse Treatment Methods: Traditional and Alternative

Posted on :  August 22nd, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

When people get involved in drug abuse treatments, they often have no idea what they are getting involved in. Since treatment programs are varied for individual patients, no two programs are exactly the same. There are a wide variety of drug abuse treatment methods, from the more traditional methods to the more unusual, alternative ideas. Therapists and drug addiction counselors will help find the right method for you.

Outpatient treatment is one of the most common types of treatments, because it offers high levels of support and high levels of flexibility. It is not a good choice for addicts who are not thrilled with the idea of treatment. It is, however, a good method for men and women who are willing to work to get better.

Inpatient treatment is another common type of treatment. This is a medically supervised program that offers support 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for as long as the patient is in the program. People who suffer from addiction and other disorders like anxiety, depression, or other behavioral disorders do much better when they are given ‘round-the-clock treatment. This type of treatment program tends to be more successful than any other type of traditional treatment program.

Bridge programs are also successful traditional treatment programs. These are inpatient centers that allow patients to get out into the real world. This transitional type of program is beneficial because it reinforces healthy behaviors, but in an environment with continued support. Not every community has this type of program, but those who do find it to be beneficial for recovering addicts.

Another useful traditional method is the support group. These can be found in a variety of places, from hospitals and churches to treatment centers and community centers. While this is not the best option for people who are just beginning their treatment, it is useful for people who are finishing up their outpatient treatment program and getting back into society.

When it comes to the traditional treatment methods, there is a typical procedure that is used. The first step is detoxification. This is usually done in an inpatient facility because there are often painful and challenging side effects. It is helpful to have medical supervision because there are some prescription medications that can reduce the symptoms. After detoxification is finished, the addict is then put into a rehab program that fits their needs. This could be the inpatient or outpatient programs. After the rehab program is completed, the recovering addict then has lifelong program – it could, of course, change as time goes on. These usually include regularly scheduled counseling or group therapies.

There is a growing collection of alternative therapies that are being used frequently. These treatments use different methods that are based on research. These may not be ideal for every addict, but they are worth a try.

One of the useful methods is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is often used in talk therapy with addiction counselors. This type of therapy is designed to help people work through the troubles that make them want to relapse. It also helps with managing other behavior issues like depression, OCD, and anxiety.

Holistic therapy is an interesting method that is being used more often. Interestingly, it is becoming popular in the criminal justice system to help inmates manage their withdrawal and mental health. Many holistic programs include guided meditation, yoga, music therapy, and more.

Biofeedback is a physical form of therapy that involves electric sensors that provide information about the patient’s bio signs. The feedback gives the recovering addicts a little extra psychological help. These sessions are about 45 minutes in length and they are rather relaxing – which is what recovering addicts need.

Another unusual form of therapy is the motivational enhancement therapy. This is another form of talk therapy, but it works more with changing thought patterns rather than behavioral patterns. This type of therapy works well with addicts who have eating disorders. This is often used in inpatient therapy.

Dialectal behavior therapy is designed for addicts who have several mental illnesses. It helps them recognize the triggers so they can better react to stressful situations. It helps improve self-esteem. Learning life-skills is another important aspect of DBT.

Finally, another alternative treatment method is for men and women who have a strong belief in spirituality. Faith-based treatment is used at faith-based recovery centers so addicts can use a higher power and those who believe in the same higher power to work together to get better.

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  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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