Rehab programs and treatments for substance abuse recovery


There are many types of addiction treatment programs, therapies, and interventions that can be used to treat substance abuse and other co-occurring mental disorders. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a more traditional treatment option, but other modalities like yoga or meditation are complementary or alternate. This page lists all the interventions.

Aftercare: A plan developed together by the patient and staff in order to improve the chances of success after treatment ends. This plan is tailored to the specific needs of each patient and may include self-help meetings or private therapy. Vocational-oriented services and sober living are all possible options. It should be reviewed and adjusted periodically.

Animal-assisted treatment: A type of therapy that includes exposure to and care for animals as part of a larger addiction treatment program. Research has shown that pets can help improve mental health. A pet can help with recovery by encouraging empathy, connecting people, and strengthening one’s sense of empowerment. A pet can be a friend, family member, or close friend. A dog or cat can be used to help with depression and isolation.

Cognitive behavior therapy: This type of treatment is highly effective in helping people manage their addiction. It involves understanding how thoughts affect emotions and behavior and working to change those thoughts that contribute to addiction.

Alternative and complementary medicine: Some facilities now offer alternative and complementary medicine (cam) to treat patients. This is done to reduce cravings, manage stress and provide additional benefits and aid in recovery.

Contingency management (cm): This treatment is effective for treating addiction. It offers rewards and incentives for sobriety, as well as punishments for bad behavior.

Other mental disorders: When someone struggling with addiction is also diagnosed, it’s called a co-occurring disorder (or dual diagnosis).

Detoxification: During a structured detoxification period, patients who are experiencing withdrawal symptoms are closely monitored and treated with medication to manage their symptoms.

Dialectical behavior therapy: This type of addiction treatment was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder. It focuses on acceptance, validation, and finding a way to find a balance between change and acceptance. The goal is to decrease unhealthy behaviors, increase motivation, recognize the strengths and then apply the therapy skills to real-life situations.

Equine therapy: A type of alternative treatment for addiction that uses horses to treat substance abuse. This is done to increase outcomes and encourage people to stay in treatment. Horse activities are more physical than verbal and can help promote a shift in focus, a positive identity, and feelings of usefulness.

Family systems theory: This type of treatment for addiction recognizes the impact of addiction on the whole family and works with individuals to resolve problems using short-term treatment methods that focus on finding a solution. It also requires active interaction between the family and the individual receiving treatment.

Family therapy: A collection of therapeutic approaches that rely on the strengths and resources of the family to help them live without drugs and alcohol. It also aims to reduce addiction among substance abusers and their families.