The Treatment Plan
Addiction treatment does not come in a one-size-fits-all format. Detoxification is usually the necessary first step towards recovery for all clients seeking addiction treatment, but treatment options diverge after that initial step. Depending on the type and severity of your addiction, you can choose a short or long term treatment plan with the option of a 12-step program, outpatient care, partial hospitalization or inpatient care.
Most treatment plans involve a combination of inpatient and outpatient programs that include individual and group counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (where the individual learns how to change their behavior by consciously altering their thoughts and actions), self-help groups, medication, and support from individual sponsors.
Evidence-based therapy approaches are treatment programs that have been scholarly or scientifically researched and replicated by more than one study for proven effectiveness¹. Effectiveness is measured by whether or not the approach leads to a reduction in the use of an addictive substance, and whether the patient shows improvements across a range of behavioral, relational, and health factors².
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been proven to be an effective psychotherapeutic approach in addiction treatment. CBT can also help those with a dual diagnosis of anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders during their recovery.
CBT helps patients change their thought processes and challenge their destructive beliefs that affect self-esteem and lead to damaging activities. Patients learn coping strategies to deal with cravings and social situations where drugs or alcohol might be present. As a relapse prevention treatment approach, CBT can be effective in reducing drug use after drug addiction treatment³.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Motivational enhancement therapy attempts to increase a person’s incentive to stop using substances by encouraging a positive self-view and confidence in their ability to overcome addiction4. This short-term treatment helps patients establish clear goals for change while also providing education about health risks associated with addiction. This evidence-based therapy works because it is based upon self-motivation. Someone who truly wants to recover will benefit the most from motivational enhancement therapy.
Family Behavior Therapy
Family Behavior Therapy has shown positive results for both adults and young people in recovery. Behavioral issues and substance abuse are both addressed with this approach and at least one family member is involved in the treatment process. Family members are encouraged to use the strategies they learn for behavioral management to avoid the risk of relapse. During each session, goals are reviewed and rewards are given as an incentive for continued success.
12 Step Program
Most people have heard of some of the popular 12-Step programs used in addiction recovery, but not everyone knows what these programs are really about. A 12-step program is made up of a set of guiding principles that define a course of action for handling problems like drug addiction and alcoholism. The steps vary slightly between programs but typically include core principles such as admitting you have a problem with substances, making amends with those you have hurt, learning to accept your flaws, taking on new healthy behaviors to overcome addiction, and helping others with their own recovery process. The 12 steps have been proven to be an effective complement to standard addiction treatment, and most recovery programs encourage clients to take part in a 12-step group during and after rehab.