Addiction Treatment Methods: Treatment Programs
Inpatient vs. Outpatient
Those seeking addiction treatment should first decide whether an inpatient or outpatient program is right for them. At outpatient facilities, patients do not stay at the facility for more than a few hours (the amount of time may vary) per day. Inpatient or residential facilities require patients to remain at the facility until the end of the treatment process or transition to an outpatient plan.
Though the atmosphere may differ between inpatient and outpatient facilities, the rehabilitation tactics used are similar. Both types of programs focus on education and therapy, and offer patients ways to prevent a relapse.
Generally, outpatient services are for those with moderate addiction problems while inpatient services are often required for more serious issues or those who struggled in an outpatient facility. Inpatient programs are helpful because they remove the patient from the environment that may have contributed to the addiction.
Different Therapy Options
Therapy sessions include individual, group and family sessions or a mixture of the three. Each type of therapyoffers different benefits and treatment methods.
Group therapy is a powerful tool that incorporates discussion and interaction with others, so it is generally the preferred method of treatment. Not only can fellow group members offer advice, but they also serve as a sounding board and support system in times of grief or self-doubt. In general, group therapy focuses on ways to break an addiction, general education about addiction, unlearning behaviors that could lead to a relapse and discussions.
Family therapy focuses on the role a family plays while a loved one is in treatment and dealing with substance abuse. In family-involved therapy, families are educated about substance abuse and how it happens. Family therapy uses the family as a tool in the treatment process to implement and encourage the necessary changes needed to prevent a relapse and support the patient.
Individual therapy is generally used when patients are dealing with addiction in addition to a mental or emotional disorder. Since bipolar disorder, depression and other issues require specialized treatment, each session can be tailored to the patient’s specific needs.
Social Workers in Treatment
Throughout the rehabilitation process, social workers play a vital and necessary role in in the delivery of client treatment and recovery, helping families and patients understand resources available to them, as well as the overall process. Many social workers specialize in a particular area of substance abuse ranging from tobacco to alcohol abuse, and help to ensure that the most effective treatments are utilized.
Social workers also support individuals after he or she has left the treatment facility by encouraging them to stay involved in sober communities and support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous.