Treatment for drug addiction has evolved over the past 100 years. Alcoholism and addiction were previously looked upon as a “moral failing” and it wasn’t until 1956 that alcoholism was declared a disease by the American Psychological Association. But even today it is not a commonly accepted truth that addiction is not as simple as the choice to use or not to use. It is a complex variety of life choices, brain chemistry, psychological history, and traumatic life events.
Types of Treatment
There are several types of treatment for drug addiction but they can be split into two main categories, for the purpose of this article, to Substance Abuse Primary and Dual Diagnosis treatment. There are several sub-categories for each- such as faith-based, 12 step, occupational therapy, or behavioral modification based treatment approaches.
Substance Abuse Primary
Substance Abuse Primary treatment for addiction is the predominant model in the US. Most of these treatment centers use a modified version of the 12 steps, used in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, to encourage clients to grow in their understanding of their addiction and join these support groups when they return home.
Some of these facilities will utilize insurance benefits while others will be lower cost private pay with a structured “retreat” format. These programs will often use the first 3 to 5 steps of the 12 steps during treatment, take clients to outside recovery support groups, and encourage them to get involved in these support programs after discharge.
And this approach to the treatment of drug addiction can be very successful for a portion of clients, especially if they carry out their aftercare recommendations of following up with more outpatient and regular activity in support groups.
If a client struggles with dual diagnosis issues, such as anxiety or depression, a different type of treatment for drug addiction and alcoholism is recommended. Sometimes, clients with dual diagnosis issues can appear to succeed in a substance abuse primary treatment environment.
When the alcohol or drug addiction is treated, their mental health and mood symptoms seem to get better. And often they do. But sometimes, after a short period of sobriety, the anxiety and the depression begin to act up again.
When mental health issues become active again, and if an individual does not seek help, it is likely that they will return to their drugs of choice. This is because the act of using does, in fact, solve these mental and mood problems in the moment. In an instance like this, dual diagnosis treatment that provides quality substance abuse counseling, 12 step emphases, and quality psychiatric care in a licensed facility.
Dual Diagnosis is the best form of treatment for drug addiction and alcoholism. Many people struggle with dual diagnosis issues and the symptoms are known as co-occurring issues. SAMHSA estimates that approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014, the last year a comprehensive survey was reviewed. Nearly 8 million people in the United States require a more in-depth treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction.
Dual Diagnosis facilities will incorporate a much broader approach to the treatment of drug addiction. This allows for these programs to individualize care for each client.
If a client struggles with anxiety, they can receive some form of occupational therapy to learn how to cope with the ebb and flow of their anxious tendencies. A depressed patient will receive medication, follow up with a psychiatrist, and intensive one on one therapy to assess the root of the depression and how to readjust to a life without drugs or alcohol. Mood disorders are more complicated but with medication and therapy, the success rates are very high.
In a setting like this, there is no one size fits all plan for the participating clients. There is a structure, schedule, and format that everyone follows, but the individualized care approaches each client from a unique and specialized angle.
Types of Treatment with Journey Pure
JourneyPure offers several levels of care around the country. With facilities that offer Residential, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient from Kentucky to Florida, JourneyPure is confident that each program is equipped to handle any of the complex combinations of co-occurring issues that a client can struggle with. Substance abuse counseling coupled with psychiatric care and therapeutic modalities creates an environment where anyone can receive the type of care that they require to recover.
Call today for a free benefits check and information on how to find the right type of treatment for you or your loved one. (850) 424-1923