Finding the Right Treatment for Addiction

Posted by | Relapse Prevention, Treatment Programs | November 06, 2015

Although there has been much progress in the field of addiction and recovery, there is still no cure for addiction. A person must participate in a variety of treatment methods in order to get sober, recover, and create a new life for themselves. However, when approaching sobriety for the first time, a person might need to assess their options. They might also need to discuss the best treatment options with a mental health professional. This article will discuss those options for addiction treatment.

Many factors will contribute to a decision about which type of addiction treatment a person might participate in. For instance, the length of the addiction, the severity of the addiction, which substance(s) a person is addicted to, and the circumstances in one’s life will all play a role in choosing the right type of treatment.

Generally, one’s physical needs are the most important. For instance, if a person is severely ill due to the addiction, then he or she might be admitted to an inpatient hospital for physical and/or psychological stabilization. That person might stay in inpatient treatment, which is a residential type of treatment allowing a person to live at a treatment center for up to six months. Of course, inpatient is the most intense form of treatment with the environment, professional staff, nutritional meals, support groups, therapy, medical attention, and other services all directed towards supporting a person’s physical and psychological recovery.

Depending upon a person’s circumstances, inpatient treatment might not be the right fit. For instance, someone else might be better suited for outpatient treatment, which is a non-residential experience of services that a person would participate in throughout the day. Because a recovering addict does not reside at the facility in which they are receiving services, they might attend for a few hours a couple days per week. Or they might attend for eight hours five days per week, depending upon their needs for recovery.

Lastly, a person might not attend either of these forms of treatment. Instead, they might attend various services in their community, such as 12-step meetings, therapy, and doctor visits. In this case, a recovering addict is not going to one facility to receive these services. They are visiting various professionals in their neighborhood. It’s possible that at this level of service, a recovering addict might be working or has other responsibilities yet also has the desire to strengthen their sobriety. A person participating in various community services might have a case manager who helps connect that person with the services that he or she needs.

It’s important that a person find the right method of treatment that fits their needs and circumstances. For instance, a person who has a long history of substance abuse might require residential treatment. If this person were to occasionally attend 12-step meetings instead, then there might relapse and continued use of substances. The right kind of treatment will support a person in meeting their needs and then allow that person to move on to new goals in their recovery. Furthermore, the right approach will more likely keep a person sober and therefore boost the self esteem for a new recovering addict. Lastly, if a person can stay sober longer, family members and loved ones will also gain more confidence that their lives will no longer be disrupted by the dangerous cycles of addiction.

If you or someone you know is searching for the right addiction treatment option, contact a mental health professional. He or she may be able to do an assessment which can reveal the best treatment option for you.

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