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Rehab treatment comes in many forms. The methods available reflect the differing needs of addicts. It is important that those looking to kick a habit that is having negative personal effects, and is causing heartbreak to their loved ones chooses treatment they feel best suited to respond to.
Here is a continuation from the letter P to S of treatment methods available:
Partial hospitalisation program:
This is usually abbreviated to PHP. It is a fairly intensive form of outpatient treatment. An addict has access to hospital services but does not stay overnight. They will also participate in individual therapy and structured group therapy sessions. These sessions take a similar format to that received by those receiving treatment at an inpatient rehabilitation establishment.
Rational emotive behavioural therapy:
REBT treatment focuses on a person’s thoughts through connections between their thoughts, emotions and behaviour.
There is a significant emphasis on the link between thoughts, judgements, decisions and actions. This is achieved through education, suggestion and persuasion tactics.
Clients are given homework with the aim of them developing a ‘rational belief system’ that will replace their flawed, irrational, ‘addiction-focused belief system.’
We all know it as ‘rehab’. This treatment covers all addictions caused by psychoactive substances that include alcohol, prescription medication and illegal drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.
Behavioural addictions are also treated. Examples being: Gambling addiction and Sex addiction.
There is a clear purpose and goal for those going through rehab programs. That is to succeed in making it possible for the addict to cease compulsive substance abuse and overcome the destructive behaviours that are causing a continuation of their addiction.
The hope is that such treatment will help a person regain self-sufficiency and a life free from addiction.
Substance abuse (SA) counselling:
This treatment employs a wide range of treatment and has been proven effective in treating substance use disorders.
Methods used will vary but include combinations of different therapy such as CBT, CM, MI and REBT. There is also emphasis on how to prevent relapse.
An addict will participate in both individual and group therapy sessions. There will be education on such things as how to manage cravings and how to avoid trigger situations as well as possible relapse. The ultimate goal of rehab is for the addict to maintain long-term sobriety.
This form of treatment is growing in popularity. It is a support group focusing on scientifically proven and validated therapy techniques. Aspects of MI and REBT are included, as is social support. This aims to empower the individual concerned to overcome any type of addiction.
Quiz the experts:
If you or a loved one are ready to seek treatment for an addiction that is creating negativity across all aspects of life it is wise to be informed.
Look into your addiction in terms of specific substances and glean general information on addiction itself. Jot down questions or things that are particularly relevant to you and then discuss with a qualified substance abuse counsellor.
Such an approach will give an excellent base for choosing the rehabilitation treatment that is right for you.