Addiction treatment may look different for every person who’s struggling with substance use disorder. This is because the addiction experience isn’t one-size-fits-all. Not every approach to treating addiction is the best for every individual. So, it’s important for people who are living with active addiction and seeking help to understand that they may need to utilize a number of different types of addiction treatments before finding what truly works for them. Having exposure and availability to a number of different approaches is good for people looking for help with addiction. This way, they can explore the various assets available and find what works best for them in order to obtain true and lasting recovery.
Addiction is a mental health condition that involves using addictive substances regardless of the consequences that come as a result of drug use. People living with addiction have experienced a change in brain chemistry which results in the overwhelming need to behave in ways that result in rewarding stimuli. Using addictive substances is one of these rewarding behaviors that just continue the cycle of drug abuse. Those affected by addiction may experience a number of debilitating consequences as the result of their drug use and continue to use drugs regardless of these consequences. Some of the consequences of drug addiction can include losing a job, relationship problems, financial problems, trouble with the law, and more.
Addiction treatment can help individuals living with addiction learn to accept their condition and gain helpful resources in order to learn more about how addiction affects their lives. Furthermore, addiction treatment can provide assistive tools and techniques that can help to manage sobriety. Plus, even more, can provide helpful therapies that can reduce the symptoms of cravings and also reduce the risk of relapse.
Some of the various types of addiction treatments include:
This is a type of group therapy that involves a group of people who are struggling with addiction. This allows people who are all experiencing addiction to express themselves and tell their stories without judgment. During sessions, topics are chosen, discussed, and guided by a clinical group therapist. A 12-step approach to group therapy provides goals and homework for members so that they can practice recovery techniques in their own lives. And, stay motivated as well as encouraged by others in the group. Finally, this type of group therapy allows for bonding and relationship building with people who have similar life experiences. This is imperative for building a foundation of support from people who understand and can provide emotional assistance and accountability. Plus, it allows for the practice of relationship-building and management skills so that people in recovery can make and maintain meaningful, healthy relationships with people outside of group therapy.
Clinical therapy involves one-on-one sessions between a licensed mental health counselor and a person struggling with addiction. These sessions allow for the administration of healthy coping techniques that can be used outside of treatment in order to prevent relapse and maintain recovery. Plus, provides a safe and supportive environment for people to explore their emotions in order to work through them.
Addiction doesn’t just affect the individual who is dependent on addictive substances. It also involves loved ones and family members. Having family involved in treatment allows for a family to accept their emotions and the situation they’re dealing with, learn about addiction, and be involved in providing support. It also allows family members to learn about how they can help themselves as addiction negatively impacts their lives as well.
Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction? Yellowbrick is an outpatient treatment facility that provides mental health support, including addiction treatment, for people who need it in the Chicago area. Find out more about our outpatient programs on our website and reach out for help today.
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A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.