Different Treatment Modalities To Consider

Many treatment modalities differ from the basic group, individual and family therapy standards. Treatment centers still use those; they’re the core of rehab. The kind of treatment used, as far as modality goes, is based on the needs of the client. People who have years of chronic use will almost certainly need inpatient detox. However, detox is itself predicated on the drug of abuse. Opioids and alcohol almost always need inpatient medically assisted detox. Other drugs, like cannabis, may not.

Severity of use is also critical because some treatment types involve staying at a facility for months at a time. This wouldn’t be appropriate for a teen who’s been found experimenting with cannabis, but for a person with a years long history of addiction problems, it would. Inpatient therapy like this is often called milieu therapy. So far then, we have the type of drug and the severity, including intensity and duration of use, as primary factors in what level of care is appropriate.

Another consideration is the age of the person needing help. Adolescents need treatment from professionals trained to work with younger people. It’s really advantageous to do one on one therapy with teens. Outpatient is a good place to start. However, once again, a teen who’s smoking pot is not going to have the same trouble a kid who’s been taking opioids daily for a few months is going to have.

New and innovative treatment settings are part of a more holistic view of wellness. They may include facilities that offer wilderness therapy: It’s set in–you guessed it–settings that are entirely out of doors. The locations are often remote, beautiful and wild. Some facilities take this further with backpacking and horseback riding.

Other variants on the standard model including massage therapy, aromatherapy, music and art therapy. Note that none of these are expected to cure addiction. They can’t.  However, they exist to provide additional tools in a recovering person’s arsenal against addiction. Training in mindfulness and meditation is becoming more and more a part of the mainstream.  Its benefits to health and mental well being have been demonstrated over and over again in refereed studies. Stress management is always a big part of any addiction treatment program. Stress aggravates the use to urge. Sometimes people abuse drugs in an effort to deal with seemingly intolerable stress. Training in how to eat well and be mindful of good sleep and eating routines is also part of many treatment modalities.
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