Addiction Treatment

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Addiction Treatment Programs

Below you will find most of the models of addiction treatment or rehab that are available in the U.S and in Europe. Each one of these modalities has some graduates that swear by its successes and believe their model to be the only type of alcohol and drug rehabilitation that is effective.

This page gives you a brief description of the different types of alcohol and drug rehabilitation  that are currently being provided to address addiction problems.

This page is not about formal Interventions, which is essential first part of addiction treatment, but interventions  that are used to get someone into a addiction treatment facility when they are unwilling, is best described the page that details the practice.  If you are looking for information on an Intervention, Click HERE.

Go to this page for an article that will explain addiction so that you won’t have any misconceptions of how it can effect your life or that of a loved one. whether someone is morbidly addicted (meaning that their addiciton will cause them physical and psychological harm) or is it merely a strong attraction towards a particularly destructive activity of abusing alcohol or other drugs.

Any rehabilitation field that has such diverse forms of treatment must either be so young in its development as to not have codified what works and doesn’t work or no one has yet found an effective form of treatment. We are happy to tell you that it is the former and not the latter. There are addiction treatment programs that work.

This is a new field and many of the modalities of treatment that are being sworn by as being the answer by some have not been able to help the majority of their clients and therefore, these alcohol and drug rehab centers that may not make it if they aren’t ready and able to change their treatment regime to meet what works!  The public is becoming increasingly cynical about the lack of success that comes from these programs and rather than discerning the differences between effective and effective treatment program, most people generalize that all treatment is ineffective.

Many addiction treatment programs have several different types of clinical practices within each program, in an attempt to find something that will work for everyone. The call this individualized treatment, but it is more of a shotgun approach without rationale and reasons as to why an individual treatment plan is designed to treat the specific individual problems.  They may have group therapy, individual therapy, art therapy, psycho drama, family therapy, meditation, accupuncture, co-counseling, peer counseling, and many other types of “therapies” that become part of a specific treatment center’s attempts to find an answer to end addiction.

This may seem bizarre and, indeed it is, but it is also a testiment to the fact that these centers have a strong intention and desire to help others stop their alcohol and drug abuse and addiction. What is even more bizarre is that fact that one of these modalities gets about four to ten times higher outcomes than the rest, but the other programs won’t recognize the truth as being of value when constructing their treatment programs.  Most treatment centers are dedicated to their approach without the basis of outcomes and analysis, but more akin to believing in their treatment in the way someone believes in their religion… it is an act of faith and not based on science and evidence.

All of this is to say that when you are searching for effective alcohol and drug treatment or a specific drug treatment center, you are best served by talking to our counselors so that you can get specific information on how any rehab center will work in relation to your problem. We get many calls for people that are looking for a detox center who really need a residential inpatient treatment center, but they have been informed by someone that is not knowledgeable in what works and doesn’t work, that detox or outpatient treatment is all that is needed.

Another major misunderstanding by many of the public seeking rehab is the idea that if their loved one has depression or severe anxiety, that they need a dual-diagnosis treatment center. It must be understood that nearly everyone that is addicted to alcohol and drugs will have behaviors that can easily fit a psychiatric diagnosis and they definitely have a chemical imbalance since they are pushing as many chemicals in their bodies as they can, but a good drug rehabilitation center that can remove from their bodies the residues of the years of chemical abuse, will put an end to those mental problems that were diagnosed as a separate disease.

Remember that you or your loved one will not get the care they need or disserve if they are in a dual diagnosis treatment center unless they truly have a psychiatric problem like schizophrenia or true mania. All persons on alcohol and/or drugs will have periods where they could be seen as being manic-depressive or severely depressed, but 95% of the time, these are NOT organic diseases, but only reactions to the drugs they have been taking and the toxic nature of these drugs on their bodies and minds. Thorough and effective addiction treatment will handle these problems. Call our counselors and they will help you discern if there is an underlying mental health problem.

1. 12-Step Based Programs/Disease Model Programs: Many of the alcohol and drug rehab programs across the US are based on the idea that addiction is a chronic and progressive disease; meaning that it last forever (chronic) and gets worse with time (progressive). Generically, these programs are referred to as “disease model” programs, simply because they believe that addiction is a disease. Most of the alcohol and drug rehab programs that are 21 to 30 days in length are based on this model. To Learn about these 12-step based programs….Click Here

2. Therapeutic Communities Treatment Centers: These drug rehab programs were first developed in the 1960s by well-meaning individuals that were attempting to confront addiction with methods that would be effective on animals; causing them to shy away painful stimuli and from wanting to repeat their behaviors. However, in time, it has proven that these Pavlovian model programs are not successful for human addicts. Learn More…Click HERE.

3. Christian-based Treatment: Many parents call our hotline requesting a Christian-based treatment program for the son or daughter and it is thoroughly understandable and lovingly tender to think that one would have an idea that Christian love, forgiveness, and ethics could address and solve the addiction of their children. The mature behaviors that one sees in devout Christians or devoutly religious persons of any religion are far from the behaviors of an addict or alcoholic. Learn more about these types of programs by clicking Here.

4. Medical Model Drug Rehab Centers: When ones refers to a “medical model” alcohol treatment or drug rehab, they may be talking about one of the other models of programs present on this page, but delivered within the confines of a Medical/Surgical hospital. More correctly, these programs should be labeled by their type of treatment and not their location. Medical model drug rehab programs would be those programs that use medicines/drugs to handle the addiction, such as Narcotic Treatment Programs or, better known as, Methadone clinics. To learn more, Click Here.

5. Biophysical / Social Educational model Programs: These alcohol and drug rehab facilities have been in existence since the 1960’s, but it is only in the past 15 years that they have garnered the recognition they disserve. They are by far and away the most effective and thorough of all rehab centers, producing graduates that function with more pro-social and pro-survival knowledge and behaviors than is seen in any of the other forms of treatment. Click Here to Learn More…

6. Long-term Addiction Treatment Programs: There exist ample misinformation as to the value of long term drug rehab vs. short term rehab programs. Certainly it takes more than 28 days to handle addiction, but the common wisdom that the longer the alcohol and drug treatment program keeps the addict or alcoholic, the better the outcomes. This has limited validity, but more importantly, is what are they doing while they are in long term rehab? You can go to this site, which specializes in long-term addiction treatment.  You can learn more about longterm addiction treatment by going to this page.

7. Short-Term Drug Rehab Programs: Short-Term Residential Programs provide intensive but relatively brief residential treatment based on a modified 12-step approach and many other modifications, depending on the desires of their leadership and their marketing approach rather than on positive outcomes.Click Here to Learn More….

8. Teen Drug Rehab: As a counselor in the alcohol and drug field you often hear an addict or an alcoholic state that they can’t imagine how they ever got from their happy childhood to being where they are today. As parents, we do all we can to help save our children from pain and disappointment, but when it comes to the ambivalence that our society has regarding the use of alcohol and drugs, we are too often surprised by the reality that one of our children or a neighbor child is in a desperate condition because of alcohol and/or drugs. Click Here to Learn More…

9. Cost of Drug Rehab: Cost analysis of what society pays for untreated substance abuse is much higher than the cost of providing free alcohol and drug treatment, however, there is still a large waste of public money being spent on programs that are not state-of-the-art treatment that can get five times better outcomes. These effective drug treatment programs are minimally more expensive than the short-term treatment that is being provided by State and Federal Block Grant money. But more importantly, what will it cost the reader to get effective alcohol and drug treatment for themselves or a loved one?  Click Here to Learn More…

What Can Someone Expect from Treatment in an Alcohol and Drug Rehab Center?

Everyone that has failed to control their use of alcohol or drugs decides that they need outside help to succeed and begin looking for the appropriate rehab program.  The thought of being in a confined in a rehab for weeks and maybe months is unnerving enough, but the mystery of what is going to happen while his time and will are being dictated by others brings him to wonder this very question.

Different modalities of alcohol and drug have activities that are designed to systematically bring a client to a point where they should be able to live an alcohol and drug free life upon the completion of the program.  Some clinical approaches are more successful than others, but they all have certain activities that are the same.

All residential treatment centers have a medical team that will assess the physical condition of their clients.  Alcohol and drug abuse cause direct damage to the body as well as putting the user in a high-risk environment where diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis, are commonly transmitted, especially when intravenous drugs are being used.  Since drug abuser neglect their hygiene and nutritional needs.

Some rehabs offer withdrawal procedures while others require that their clients come into rehab after they have completed detox from their addicting drugs.  Withdrawals are either categorized as Social Model Detox, where a person stops the drug use “cold turkey”, while others employ a Medical Detox where the addict is given other drugs to ease the pain of withdrawals.

At this point, drug rehabs differ in their approaches to help their clients confront the emotional damage of prolonged alcohol and other drug use as well as dealing with preexisting emotional social problems that have led to their choosing drugs to medicate their problems.

Most 12-step rehabs, which are based on the principals of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), offer group and individual therapy to address these issues.  In a typical 30-day rehab, a person will have large group therapy experiences daily where there will be upwards to thirty participants in the group and small group therapy where ten or less participants share their experiences and difficulties.

These programs will usually have one to three individual therapy experiences per week where the clients have one-on-one therapy.

12-step program routinely get their clients through the first three steps of the Big Book, which is the “bible” of AA and NA, by using workbooks and educational group meetings to help the clients understand this new philosophy.

Biophysical rehab programs have other therapeutic processes to help their clients better confront their lives as well as teaching them the life-skills that will help them sustain their healthy living after treatment.

Generally speaking, what one will experience in rehab is:

  1. Medical attention that addresses specific addiction health problems,
  2. Therapy for personal problems,
  3. Therapy for family and work-related problems,
  4. Some after-care counseling that is designed to help the clients continue staying clean and sober after graduation, and
  5. Graduation to celebrate one’s participation and completion in the program.

This is a very brief and general description of the actions taken in a rehab center, but it give the reader a general overview of the types of treatment one finds in residential rehab. To learn more about how effective drug rehabs work, go to our page on Addiction Treatment. Many pages in this site deal specifically with the different modalities of alcohol and drug treatment.  These are some of the major headings: Biophysical Drug RehabFaith-based or Christian Drug Rehab,  Long-term Drug Rehab,  Short-term Drug Rehab, and Teen Drug Rehab.  



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