What Therapy Your Addiction Center Should Offer

For many years addiction programs have provided the best in care for recovery from alcohol or substance abuse. They offer individuals the tools they need to beat their addictions through physical and psychological support. For those individuals looking to break their dependency with drugs and alcohol, there are many recovery programs to choose from, these include inpatient programs, other residential programs, outpatient recovery programs and support groups. Each program offers its own unique approach to treatment.

Many of today’s treatment programs begin with a detoxification process which rids the body of drugs, alcohol, and other toxins allowing the patient to start from a more stable, toxin-free state. Because detox is trying on the body due to withdrawal symptoms, it is often managed with medications prescribed by a physician in an inpatient or outpatient setting.

Once the body has been purged of the addictive substances, the road to recovery begins. During the recovery phase, there may also be various types of therapy used to help with healing. This can be one-on-one counseling sessions; group therapy sessions; or even more specific therapies such as art therapy or equine therapy.

Some of the more unique approaches to therapy take the form of activities that the patient can relate to. Art therapy involves the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling. Equine therapy, or horse therapy, is a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions between patients and horses. Many addiction centers are now using hypnotherapy in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse.

Hypnotherapy is a science which uses hypnosis to alter the patient’s unconscious mind in a positive manner. The sessions involve relaxation techniques to put the patient into a state of extreme suggestibility to open the mind to suggestion.

There are two types of hypnotherapy: traditional hypnosis and Ericksonian hypnosis.

These additional treatments within the programs help the patients to work towards healing the attitudes, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that led to their addictions. Therapy sessions often continue long after the patient has left the initial treatment program to continue with long lasting recovery benefits.

Treatment approaches and individual programs are constantly evolving to match the current pace of addictions in society. However, most addiction recovery programs can fall under one of these umbrellas:

Long-Term Residential Treatment - Long-term residential treatment provides care 24 hours a day, generally in non-hospital settings.

Short-Term Residential Treatment - Short-term residential programs provide intensive but relatively brief treatment based on a modified 12-step approach.

Outpatient Treatment Programs - In many outpatient programs, group counseling can be a major component. Some outpatient programs are also designed to treat patients with medical or other mental health problems in addition to their drug disorders.

Individualized Drug Counseling - Through its emphasis on short-term behavioral goals, individualized counseling helps the patient develop coping strategies and tools to abstain from drug use and maintain abstinence.

Group Counseling - Many therapeutic settings use group therapy to capitalize on the social reinforcement offered by peer discussion and to help promote drug-free lifestyles.  

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