13 March 2017

What is Addiction Treatment Like?

Substance abuse can often lead to devastating addictions. Once a physical dependence has developed, it may be the case that the only way to recover is with a programme of addiction treatment in a drug or alcohol rehab facility.

If you have been struggling with drugs or alcohol and you want to quit but are finding it difficult, it might be the case that you have an addiction and need help. But what exactly is addiction treatment? Do you know what is involved?

Here at UKAT, we offer treatment programmes in our many clinics for a variety of addictions. Our clinics are staffed by fully trained, professional individuals who are dedicated to helping patients overcome their illnesses. We understand how difficult it can be to admit that addiction has become a problem in your life, so we urge you to get in touch with us today. Our team can talk you through your issues and will be able to offer information and advice relating to your individual situation and what the next steps should be. In the meantime, we want to provide you with as much information as possible on the options you have in terms of addiction treatment.

Inpatient or Outpatient?

When it comes to addiction treatment, you will find that you have a number of options. In most cases, you can access either an inpatient or outpatient treatment programme. Inpatient treatment programmes tend to be the remit of private residential clinics.

In a residential clinic, patients are admitted for a period of around six to eight weeks, during which time, they will be provided with around-the-clock care and support to help them overcome their illness. Residential clinics tend to offer luxurious surroundings to ensure the comfort of the patient, and there are little or no distractions so that recovery can be the focus at all times.

For those with a severe addiction to drugs or alcohol, a residential programme is often the best choice when it comes to addiction treatment.

Outpatient programmes are offered by various organisations including private clinics, charities, local support groups and the NHS. While these programmes are also effective in terms of helping patients to overcome their addictions, they are generally best for those with a less severe addiction or those with a strong support network in place at home. Most experts agree that an outpatient programme would not be suitable for someone with a chaotic lifestyle or those who would find it difficult to stay away from temptations at home.

What Treatments are Used

Clinics all vary in the type of approach they use for addiction treatment. However, there is a range of options available to counsellors and therapists in terms of helping patients to recover. Residential programmes tend to combine a variety of traditional counselling and therapy approaches with holistic therapies that are designed to treat the mind, body, and spirit. Below are a few examples of the types of addiction treatment that may be used:

  • Individual Counselling – During individual counselling sessions, patients will sit with a therapist or counsellor to discuss his or her own They will work together to get to the root cause of the illness.
  • Group Therapy – Group therapy sessions are designed to help groups of recovering addicts to share and support each other through the recovery process. These sessions help patients to learn from each other and have proven to be very therapeutic.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a treatment designed to help the addict recognise the negative behaviours that they practice and to show them how to replace these behaviours with more positive ones. The patient is encouraged to make these positive behaviours more natural through reinforcement.
  • Contingency Management – Contingency management is a technique commonly used for teenage addicts who may not see recovery as its own It uses a series of rewards for good behaviour and consequences for negative behaviour.
  • 12 Step Work – Based on the principles of fellowship groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous that practice the ‘twelve steps’, this technique is used to encourage addicts to take responsibility for their own recovery and to get them to become actively involved in a fellowship group once they leave their programme.

Holistic therapies are also commonly used during addiction treatment and include various activities designed to improve the recovering addict’s sense of wellbeing and reduce any stress. Examples of holistic therapies include:

  • music therapy
  • art therapy
  • yoga
  • massage
  • meditation
  • equine therapy
  • sports and nutrition
  • acupressure

A combination of traditional and holistic treatments is often seen as part of an effective recovery plan that will treat the person as a whole, rather than just the illness.

If you are interested in a comprehensive recovery plan for yourself or a loved one, contact us here at UKAT today.

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