Addiction treatment programs are designed to help people struggling with a substance abuse problems to live a clean and sober life over the long term. There is no single treatment that is right for everyone, as each person has different addiction triggers. In order to achieve a successful recovery from addiction, it is important that the right combination of addiction treatment programs be tailored to suit each individual person’s needs.
The purpose of addiction treatment programs is to break both the physical and mental aspects of addiction. Detoxing from a drug addresses the physical side of the addiction, but it is not enough on its own to treat the underlying psychological factors that lead to dysfunctional behaviors in the first place.
In order for an addiction treatment program to be effective, it is crucial to correct self-destructive behaviors that trigger drug abuse and replace those attitudes with positive habits and new coping skills for living a drug-free life.
Research published by the Office of National Drug Control indicates that the most effective addiction treatment approaches include a combination of counseling and therapies, along with suitable medical treatments for some patients.
Medically-assisted detoxification can provide the recovering person with prescription medications that helps to reduce the severity of any withdrawal symptoms that may arise. However, those who receive medically-assisted detox but do not receive any further treatment, are far more likely to return to a cycle of drug abuse and addiction.
Research shows that behavioral treatments are highly effective in treating drug and alcohol addiction in a large majority of people. Cognitive behavioral therapy is designed to help people in recovery to recognize, avoid, and cope with situations associated with drug abuse. Therapy also focuses strongly on relapse prevention techniques that greatly reduce the risk of returning to addictive behaviors after treatment.
Individual counseling offers one-on-one therapy designed to help the recovering person address the underlying psychological issues that led to a pattern of substance abuse and self-destructive behavior.
Residential treatment programs and therapeutic communities offer highly-structured programs that include community-based therapies and group meetings. Group-based treatments help to reduce feelings of isolation at the same time as developing a new social circle of sober, drug-free peers.
Research conducted by the Treatment Outcome Prospective Study (1) reveals that more than 95 percent of people receiving drug treatments in a residential treatment facility for a period of more than 90 days reported a substantial reduction in drug use. Of those study subjects who also reported engaging in illegal activities prior to addiction treatment, 97 percent reported that all illegal activity had stopped after graduating from treatment.
By comparison, those people who failed to complete a full 90 day course of personalized drug or alcohol treatment had a significantly higher rate of returning to a pattern of addictive drug abuse. The tools and coping skills taught in addiction therapy treatments help recovering people maintain long-term sobriety. Therapies teach people to identify and avoid potential drug abuse triggers, along with implementing strong relapse prevention tactics that increase the success rate of treatment overall.
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