There are many different treatment types for drug or alcohol addiction. On this page, you will find a few of these. If you need more information please don’t hesitate to talk to our referral counsellors. If you need immediate help, call us on the number below.
Drug Rehabilitation Methods and Rehab Types
There are many methods or programs for drug or alcohol rehabilitation. The most recognized is the 12-step program (AA or NA), but there are various approaches to drug or alcohol treatments that are less known, and you will read below about some of them. The variety in rehabilitation programs is important as there are so many different people from all walks of life and philosophies that one single set pattern can not work for everybody. For example, NA or AA are anchored in the belief in a higher power. The person is diseased other programs believe that addiction is a chemical imbalance or hereditary. Is one supposed to adopt a certain philosophy just because someone else asked them to?
Getting sober is not just a question of abstinence for several, and you’re good to go; it is much, much more than that. A person caught up in the turmoil of substance abuse needs to take a close look at their life and the reasons behind drug and alcohol use. Also, in choosing a drug rehab centre, you need to consider the needs, specific problems, and beliefs of the individual seeking drug treatment. There are, however, some drug addiction treatment programs that are known to give better results no matter what the issues mentioned above are.
Below are 12 drug rehabilitation methods, there are more than this in existence, but these are the better-known forms. Please keep in mind that the public access drug addiction centres will not deliver all of these. If you need help choosing which drug rehabilitation program is the right one for your needs, please call us today.
In cases where the person has taken certain prescription drugs in combination with illicit drugs or alcohol over short or long periods, they may require 24-hour medical supervision for several days to be carefully weaned off the chemicals. Doing it “cold turkey” for certain drugs and in certain circumstances, alcohol could put the individual’s life in danger. This is done before the rehabilitation program as such can start. It also has much to do with a person’s physical condition. Drugs like Methadone, “Benzo” type medications, Morphine, Oxycontin, Percocet, and other pain suppressant drugs alone or in combination may require blood pressure and heart monitoring rate to avoid seizures and other complications. Medical detox can often be used for people with heavy or long-term alcohol abuse. Read more
Long term residential treatment
Many addiction treatment centres considered “long term” begin at 6-week and can be as long as two years. Residential means the individual stays on the premises 24/7. These programs will often include things such as daily chores and a community atmosphere where each member contributes to the group as a whole. In another type, there will be a schedule much like school or college with studies in the morning, afternoon, and evening with group counselling or individual counselling. Read more
Outpatient programs / counseling
Outpatient is just that; the person does not stay at the facility but stays at home and goes to the centre where services are delivered. The person is required to show up at various counselling sessions and group meetings. Most are public access programs and can assist someone who has a very hectic lifestyle and responsibilities and cannot free up time for residential rehab. There are also some one-on-one addiction counsellors in the private sector that a person can consult with a certain set of times each week. Read more
Holistic Drug Rehab
Holistic medicine can be found in history as far back as Hippocrates in 300-400 BC. It has seen a recent growth in popularity in North America since the mid-70s. Holistic medicine can be used to clear acne, relieve the common cold, remedy ulcers and many other ailments, including alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Read more
Twelve steps methods
In the mid-1930s, two men with a drinking problem adopted a formula for self-improvement from the Oxford Group’s religious movement. This was the start of Alcoholics Anonymous. Centres often use the twelve-step program (Or formula) in conjunction with their own drug rehabilitation program. It is also applied to other addictions or compulsive behaviour, such as gambling, eating disorders, etc. Many facilities will use some form of 12-step with their own techniques of dealing with substance abuse. The 12-step approach can be either in-patient or out-patient, depending on the treatment centre. Much of the philosophy of 12-step is based on reaching out to a higher power for strength to overcome one’s addiction and performing a self-inventory. Read more
The word biophysical addresses the physical aspect of drug addiction. This step is, in fact, viewed by many rehab centres as a vital and necessary part of recovery from substance abuse. Many of the bio-physical treatments include exercise, nutritional supplements, and some will use a sauna sweating step. In all biophysical treatments, there is the concept that to help a person overcome their addiction, the effects of drugs on the body must be addressed and eliminated as much as possible for a better chance at success. Read more
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