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Here’s the next manageable overview of different addiction rehabilitation options. A wide choice of treatments awaits those looking to free themselves from personal heartache and the heartbreak their condition is causing those closest to them. Letters H to I.
Harm reduction model:
A wide range of harmful behaviours are linked to those with substance disorders. Four examples are:
The harm reduction treatment techniques differ from the philosophy that most rehabilitation establishments offer
This treatment specifically targets ways of reducing risky behaviours rather than expecting complete abstinence.
This therapy begins during the early stages of rehabilitation when the person concerned is not using any substance. The aim is to identify the root of their problem, what caused escalation, and then steadily work to prioritise current problems and the order in which they need to be addressed. Goals and targets are set on a continuing basis throughout recovery.
Inpatient addiction treatment:
This is considered to be a highly effective foundation for recovery. Inpatient addiction treatment means the person concerned commits to a stay at a treatment facility.
Initial treatment normally lasts between 28-90 days although this is not set in stone. This focused treatment draws up an individual treatment plan agreed between counsellor and client. This approach is seen as a positive way to begin healing and maintain progress towards a life of sobriety.
It takes a person out of their current environment and associated temptations. Medical staff are on call around-the-clock, individual as well as group counselling sessions are regularly undertaken, fitness and wellbeing facilities are in place as is comfortable accommodation and set daily meal times. Emphasis is placed on routine. This is often missing from an addict’s life.
Intensive outpatient programs:
IOP could be considered a treatment that lies between Inpatient and Outpatient treatment options. While a person does not stay at a facility, they attend outpatient therapy sessions that are far more rigorous that standard outpatient therapy.
Examples being more intensive treatment programs which are similar to an inpatient setting and longer group sessions.
There are times when a “Tough Love” approach to substance use disorders or behavioural addiction are necessary. Intervention is one option that is used on loved ones who have dependency issues but remain reluctant to seek professional rehab. assistance.
A carefully planned and staged meeting is arranged to include supportive family members, friends, a licensed interventionist and any other individuals concerned for the person with dependence.
A ‘team’ strategy is agreed relating to the addict’s behaviour and how it is individually and collectively affecting those involved. The addict is then addressed by all members in turn and told of concerns as well as advised of pre-considered treatment options available.
Professional interventionists and other qualified rehab members are there to provide a ‘non-personal’, but highly informed perspective of the issues.
When carried out successfully an intervention can be the key to the individual accepting much needed rehabilitation treatment.
Maintaining sobriety requires constant progress:
It will take courage, self-determination and desire to remain on the path of continued sobriety, but countless men and women have achieved this. You can too!