Treating Addiction: 5 Options at Your Disposal

When you’re looking to treat addiction, there are quite a few treatment options available. At one point in time, there weren’t a lot of options for finding sobriety. But nowadays, you don’t have to depend solely on inpatient residential treatment facilities. There are other healing methodologies that can make a big difference in recovery outcomes.

1. Inpatient/Outpatient Rehab

You can choose between the popular inpatient or outpatient rehab. They are a flexible addiction treatment option that tends to get results when you’re really ready to have a sober life. Inpatient rehab or residential treatment is a structured program that provides care and support 24/7 for those who suffer from long-term substance abuse. Outpatient programs are similar to inpatient treatment, but it allows patients to live at home during their treatment. This allows addicts to continue working and not further interrupt their lives.

2. Support Groups

Whether an addict is in recovery or maintaining sobriety, it helps to have the support of peers. Peer support groups are a big part of anyone’s long-term treatment plan. Not only do support groups provide encouragement, but they also offer healthy social interactions. Support groups are often geared toward specific demographics. There is Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, and Nar-Anon. Each of these groups serves a specific population and group meetings can be easily located wherever you are in the country online or through apps like Meeting Guide and NA Meeting Search.

3. Detoxification

Supervised medical detoxification helps people go through the process of withdrawal safely and more comfortably. When an addict’s body has less and less of a substance it has depended so heavily on for a period of time, it begins to go through some severe and sometimes life-threatening changes. During a detox, a medical doctor will help you with various medications that can ease the withdrawal process, without creating a new chemical dependence.

4. Holistic Therapy

A holistic approach to addiction treats the whole person, mind, body, and soul. Your overall well-being is at the center of this type of therapy. It is a big part of a lot of addiction treatment plans and it can include healing modalities like yoga, various types of meditation, acupuncture, sound bath therapy, and art therapy. Holistic therapy allows addicts to observe and explore triggers and unhealthy patterns in ways that connect the whole individual to themselves.

5. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Understanding the problematic thoughts and feelings that lead to the problematic behavior is the goal of cognitive behavioral therapy. Far too often, addiction stems from unresolved and unaddressed traumas and pain. Not getting to the core of the behaviors that lead to your substance abuse put you in a position to risk your sobriety. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been especially helpful to addicts who also suffer from other mental health disorders like bipolar disorder and depression.

There are plenty of treatment options. Whatever treatment option or combination of options you decide to leverage to get your life back, just make sure that you make the effort to be succe

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