30 Dec Effective Addiction Treatment
Numerous substance abusers have managed to stay sober with the help of recovery centers or organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous. You’re not alone if you have failed one or more times to achieve sobriety after rehab, even after spending thousands of dollars. Chances are, it’s not your fault. Only around 1 in 10 abusers out of 23.5 million adult abusers get treatment.
According to a recent analysis of treatment programs, most recovery centers use outdated methods rather than using new approaches that are more effective in helping people achieving sobriety.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia, published a revolutionary report. According to this report, vast numbers of abusers that require addiction treatment don’t get evidence based care. They found that most of the addiction treatment providers are not medical professionals and are not equipped with the skills and knowledge required to offer a full range of evidence based services, including psychosocial therapy and medication.
According to Dr. Mark Willenbring, a former director of treatment and recovery research at the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, chronic illness can’t be treated in four weeks. A complete treatment requires a follow up with sending a patient to a support group. People with chronic addiction need multi modal treatment that is offered continuously for as long as they need it.
Here are a few suggestions while looking for treatment:
- Get an assessment for need of treatment, and kind of treatment required by a professional who is not affiliated with the program you are looking at.
- Check whether a physician is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine
- Does the approach to treatment of a facility suit your values and beliefs?
- Meet your therapist and ask him about what treatment plan he will follow to help you. The treatment should be individualized, i.e., one doesn’t fit all.
- Find out if you’ll receive therapy for conditions like depression, anxiety, or social issues that could sabotage your recovery.
- Look for programs using research-validated techniques, like cognitive behavioral therapy
- Look for programs using other validated treatment methods including Community Reinforcement and Family Training.
Ultimately the key to a recovery lies in getting the necessary aid to be successful. We offer an excellent sober living program for young males wanting to transition from treatment back to drug/alcohol free, sober life.