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Short-Term Addiction Treatment Programs

Understanding the Use of Short-Term Addiction Treatment Programs 

Addiction is considered to be a mental disease, and it should be treated as such through professional help. Drug and alcohol addiction can be exceptionally difficult to overcome alone due to substance dependence, drug-filled environments and uncontrollable behavior. Short-term addiction treatment programs are able to help people with their substance abuse problem on a short-term maintenance basis. Additionally, short term addiction treatment programs are beneficial for individuals who struggle with substance abuse, yet are highly motivated to recover and don’t require the intensive therapy that other drug-dependent individuals may require. Every addiction treatment program should be decided on after evaluation with a professional who can help you asses drug and alcohol use disorders, as well as find recovery programs that will be effective. 

What are Short-Term Addiction Treatment Programs?

Short-term addiction treatment programs are available for those who want to recover from addiction, but are limited by time constraints or financial difficulty, and cannot not afford long-term residential care. Short-term care is ideal for someone who is not severely addicted to a substance and wishes to take advantage of the outstanding care that rehab facilities provide. A patient is able to stay at the facility or receive their treatment through an outpatient program. Inpatient programs  require patients to reside at the rehab center. Outpatient rehab programs allow patients to attend therapy meetings and appointments at the rehab center, and go home once they are done for the day.

The Structure of Short-Term Substance Addiction Treatment

Treatment can involve group support programs such as the 12-step program, family therapy with a counselor and various programs such as art therapy. Usually, treatment length can vary from one to six weeks depending on the severity of the addiction. A patient may be advised to join a long-term treatment program if the clinicians feel that the patient can benefit more from it. Several treatment therapies can be used address the addiction and underlying issues, including: motivational incentives, cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. The therapy is designed to help the patient stay away from drug or alcohol abuse and transition into a sober, healthy way of living and thinking.

Additionally, support is given through group therapy sessions such as the 12-step program, which is a structured step-by-step method for approaching the addiction. Further therapies include SMART therapy and several other programs that help a person to express their feelings and stay away from drugs and alcohol.

The Need for Short-Term Care for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Not everyone is able to afford a long-term addiction program but still require the professional assistance that a rehab facility can provide. If that is the case, a person can attend an outpatient or inpatient short-term rehabilitation program at a facility and receive important information and counseling for their alcohol or drug problem.

People who have responsibilities to attend to, such as work or family obligations, can benefit from short-term care, for it can be accommodating to the patient’s demanding life. Furthermore, some substance addictions such as marijuana, may not need intensive rehabilitation and therefore does not warrant a long-term drug program, as a short-term program is often enough to help them with their addiction.

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