Treatment can include several components, such as:
Counseling and therapy
Counseling and addiction therapy help people understand the causes of addiction, learn to recognize relapse risk factors, and develop tools to cope with stressful situations. Common techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviews, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Medications are often beneficial during addiction treatment and recovery, and professionals can help people learn to manage them.
Learning about the disease of addiction and what to expect in recovery can be helpful in maintaining long-term abstinence.
Tools for detecting possible triggers and learning how to manage them in the future are important. Relapse prevention programs as part of a comprehensive treatment plan can help minimize relapses.
Twelve-step programs and other peer-based support groups can provide lasting encouragement and help maintain abstinence over the long term, as groups are made up of similar individuals who can empathize and offer recovery advice.
Transitional Services services
Sober homes and other transitional services programs can be helpful when a person leaves a treatment program and is not quite ready to fully re-enter society. These living environments provide stability and security in a drug-free environment so that people have time for their healthy habits to take hold.
Treatment of co-occurring disorders
It is not uncommon for an individual with a mental health disorder that is not properly managed to turn to alcohol or drugs. During addiction treatment, co-occurring disorders are managed in an integrated and simultaneous manner by highly trained professionals.
Alumni and aftercare programs
There are many types of continuing care plans that are provided to help people maintain recovery. Those that have the highest chance for long term recovery are those that complete a continued care stay. In recovery we want the brain to heal while allowing sufficient time to learn and practice newly learned coping skills.