Treatment Types

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There are many different types of treatment options for substance abusers, and during an individual’s recovery, more than one may be necessary. If you or someone you love is suffering from narcotic addiction and needs help, call (800) 407-7195(Who Answers?) today to be matched with safe, effective rehab centers.

Why Are There Different Treatment Types?

Every patient is different and every drug can cause different results when abused. This allows for a considerable amount of variables to affect the needs of each individual patient. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “No single treatment is appropriate for everyone,” and often, more than one treatment type is necessary––at once or over time––for a person’s effective recovery.


Interventions are a type of meeting that the family members and friends of an addict often have in order to help the addict seek the treatment they need. Usually, this occurs when an individual is in denial about their substance abuse issues and must be made to understand their need for help.

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If you choose to stage an intervention for your loved one, there are a few rules you should abide by.

  • Make sure you do not invite more than 8 people to the intervention. 6 is usually a good number. This will let your loved one know the seriousness of the situation while not overwhelming them.
  • Ask everyone to prepare what they will say before the event. This will help keep the meeting on track and avoid the possibility of people saying things they don’t mean.
  • Have your next steps decided. If your loved one agrees to seek help after the intervention, then make sure you already have a treatment option lined up for them. If they refuse, be clear about any consequences this action might cause, and stick to your consequences.


Treatment Types

Your treatment plan will depend on a number of personal factors, such as addiction severity.

Detox is a type of treatment program where a person is guided through their withdrawal syndrome with the use of medications. The individual is slowly weaned off the medication as their dependence on addictive drugs begins to subside. It is often a necessary step in one’s recovery, especially in the case of opioids, which can cause severe withdrawal effects.

However, detox itself is not a treatment for addiction, and according to the NIDA, is usually only the first step in one’s recovery from opioid abuse.

Inpatient Care

Inpatient programs provide 24-hour treatment in a controlled environment. They allow patients to receive round-the-clock care from a staff of medical professionals. This is often necessary for individuals who

  • Are suffering from physical or psychological comorbid disorders
  • Do not have a strong social support system at home
  • Are generally struggling with one or more severe addictions

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Inpatient centers often provide the two evidence-based treatment options that are most essential to a recovery from opioid addiction: behavioral therapy and medication. Many programs also offer access to other, holistic-based approaches to treatment, such as yoga, meditation, massage therapy, etc. Short-term inpatient programs may only last from 30 to 90 days, while long-term programs may last a year or longer.

Outpatient Care

Outpatient care provides patients with many of the same essential treatment options one can find in inpatient care. However, these programs do not allow patients to stay overnight and will often build a schedule with a patient that works around their other obligations. As stated by the NIDA, outpatient care is usually “more suitable for people with jobs or extensive social supports” and not for those who need intensive treatment.

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Support Groups

Support groups, including 12-step groups, are a flexible option for recovery that many individuals find to be beneficial supplements to professional addiction treatment (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). These programs usually provide patients with a philosophy that will help them through recovery as well as additional social support as they attend meetings.

Sober Living Homes

Sober living homes are drug-and-alcohol-free residences where people can live, pay rent, and come and go as they please. They are less formal than inpatient centers, and do not provide professional treatment. They do, however, allow individuals (usually those in the post-treatment phase of their recoveries) to live their regular lives within a drug-free space.

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Or are you looking for a rehab program or treatment option that will benefit your needs? Call (800) 407-7195(Who Answers?) now. We can match you with rehab centers as well as answer questions about treatment, including which programs will take your insurance plan.

the Take-Away

As every person and situation is different, so is each addiction and the way in which it should be treated.