What Types of Care are Available for Addiction Treatment?

What Types of Care are Available for Addiction Treatment?

Addiction treatment programs use many different types of treatment to address each client’s unique needs. Combining multiple therapy types treats the disease of addiction by confronting it from multiple angles, increasing the odds of successful long-term recovery.

Family Therapy

Addiction is a disease that affects the individual and the family. Since the family is a system of interrelated parts, what affects one person affects all parts. In family therapy, participants are educated on the nature of addiction and attend counseling sessions. Family members learn healthier ways of communicating, and therapy addresses any enabling or codependent behaviors.

Family therapy is a crucial aspect of addiction treatment because it can help in creating a healthier home environment.1 An improved home environment benefits both the family and the individual returning home after treatment.

Holistic Therapy

Holistic therapy addresses the whole individual by caring for the mind, body and spirit. By addressing the needs of the whole person, holistic therapy improves overall health and well-being. Holistic therapies for addiction treatment can include exercising, acupuncture, massage therapy, reflexology, meditation, yoga and relaxing outdoors with nature. Wholesome nutrition that caters to a person’s dietary preferences should also be a part of holistic treatment care.

Mental Health Care

Types of Care are Available for Addiction Treatment

The majority of people—50 to 70 percent—who are receiving treatment for addiction also need care for a co-occurring mental health disorder.2 They may have experienced trauma or be suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, grief or PTSD. Treatment addresses mental health symptoms in light of the client’s substance use disorder, which improves the odds of successful long-term recovery.

Trauma Care

Trauma-focused treatment is crucial for the successful recovery of anyone suffering from the ongoing effects of past trauma. Many of those suffering from addiction started down that path by using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate the negative symptoms of trauma. Trauma-informed care incorporates this history and treats substance abuse from a psychosocial perspective.

Biosound Therapy

Biosound therapy is a cutting-edge therapy used in addiction treatment programs.3 Biosound combines biofeedback, music, vibrational massage and guided imagery through an audio-visual system. A Biosound session produces calming effects by helping a person slow down racing thoughts and reach a meditative state.

12-Step Therapy

A majority of reputable addiction treatment programs model components of their therapy program after the 12 Step program. When 12-step group therapy approaches are used, the likelihood of successful long-term recovery increases.4

By attending group meetings, participants form a support network of like-minded peers. Group members learn coping skills and behavioral strategies from each other that help them successfully transition into independent, sober living.


Once an individual has completed a residential or outpatient program, an aftercare plan is implemented for their transition to independent living. The treatment team meets with the client, and possibly their family, to discuss the best aftercare approaches.

The aftercare plan is designed to meet the person’s unique needs, and it addresses housing options, follow-up addiction treatment sessions, mental health and medical care and nearby 12-step programs. If housing in a sober living home is requested or needed, treatment center staff make the arrangements.

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  1. https://www.drugabuse.gov/es/publications/research-reports/therapeutic-communities/how-do-therapeutic-communities-treat-populations-special-needs
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3064845
  3. https://biosoundhealing.com/about/how-it-works/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27483978
What Is Psychoeducation?

What Is Psychoeducation?

What is Psychoeducation?

With many addiction and mental health professionals now focused on reducing the stigma surrounding the conditions they treat, more and more treatment centers are offering something called “psychoeducation.” If you’re currently pursuing treatment for yourself for someone you love, you might be unfamiliar with this term.

Psychoeducation refers to the process of educating both the affected individuals and their family members or loved ones about the conditions they’re experiencing, whether that is addiction or a mental health concern.

For some, receiving a mental health diagnosis or recognizing an addiction can be a relief. It allows the person to begin treatment and move toward recovery. However, this experience can also be extremely overwhelming, especially since the individual receiving treatment may not know very much about their condition or what they can expect in terms of therapy, medication and the long-term effects of their diagnosis.

What Does Psychoeducation Aim to Address?

Psychoeducation aims to address these concerns by educating the individual on many facets of their diagnosis. This knowledge can empower an individual and make them more engaged in their recovery; they are less likely to simply go through the motions of treatment if they understand the reasoning behind the things their therapist asks them to do.

Psychoeducation can also help a person and their loved ones come to terms with the fact that they truly are suffering from a clinical disease and that their diagnosis is nothing to be ashamed of. When friends and family members have more in-depth knowledge of their loved one’s struggle with addiction or mental health, they are better equipped to provide support and recognize any negative signs or symptoms.

Participating in psychoeducation can improve quality of life by educating an individual on their diagnosis and helping them recognize and manage its lifelong impact in a positive, informed way.

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