Addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Treatments can vary depending on your needs. You can choose the treatment that works best for you depending on the substance you abuse, the level of care you need, your personal mental health needs, or the healthcare options you can afford. Here are some of the most common addiction treatments from harmony clinic that have put patients on a successful path to recovery.
Medically assisted detoxification allows you to rid your body of addictive substances in a safe environment. This is beneficial because substance withdrawal can sometimes cause unpleasant or even life-threatening physical symptoms. Because detox does not treat the underlying causes of addiction, it is usually used in combination with other therapies.
Cognitive behavioral therapy.
According to the American Addiction Centers, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a valuable treatment tool because it can be used for many different types of addiction, including food addiction, alcohol addiction, and prescription drug addiction. CBT can help you not only recognize your unhealthy behavior patterns, but also identify triggers and develop coping strategies. CBT can also be combined with other therapeutic techniques.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) can help you identify your negative thoughts and teach you ways to combat feelings of self-destruction. The goal of REBT is to help you realize that the power of rational thought lies within yourself and is not dependent on external situations or stressors.
Contingency management (CM) can be used to treat a variety of addictions, including alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Contingency management therapy reinforces your positive behaviors (i.e., maintaining sobriety) by providing tangible rewards. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this type of treatment is used successfully to combat relapse.
Twelve-step therapy (“12-step programs”) can be used to treat alcohol and drug abuse. It is a form of group therapy that recognizes that addiction has various negative consequences that can be social, emotional, mental, and physical. This type of therapy begins with acceptance, then moves to surrendering to a higher power, and finally transitions into attending regular group meetings. In programs such as the popular Alcoholics Anonymous, group meetings are used for discussion and mutual support.
Treatment with medication
Medications can play an important role in recovery when combined with behavioral therapies. Certain medications can be used to reduce cravings, improve mood, and reduce addictive behaviors. For example, the FDA recently approved lofexidine to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms in patients being treated for opioid addiction. Medications such as acamprosate can help reduce drinking behavior.
If you or someone close to you is struggling with addiction, you don’t have to fight the battle alone. Talk to a medical professional. There are successful treatment options that can help you overcome your addiction.