Treatment programs

What types of treatment programs are there?

Long term Residential treatment

  • These are 24 hour care facilities that are preferred because the provide care in a non-hospital setting.

Short term Residential Treatment

  • Short term residential treatment was originally designed to only treat alcohol problems. Prograns like these help to reduce the risk of relapse once a patient leaves the residential setting.

Outpatient Treatment

  • Outpatient treatment care varies in the types and intensity of services offered.  Generally, it costs less than residential or inpatient treatment, although a downside is that low-intensity programs like these may offer little more help than regular drug education programs.

Individualized Drug counseling

  • Induvidualized drug counseling focuses on reducing or completely stopping illicit drug or alcohol use. These sessions addresses related areas of impaired functioning—such as employment status, illegal activity, and family and social relations. counseling  also helps the patient develop coping strategies and tools to abstain from drug use and maintain abstinence.

Group counseling

  • Group counseling helps promote drug-free lifestyles through peer discussion and support. Research has shown that when group therapy either is offered in conjunction with individualized drug counseling or is formatted to reflect the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy or contingency management, positive outcomes are achieved

The best known treatment is the Therapeutic Community which is a type of long term residential treatment. Stays are between 6-12 months. This treatment is lengthy but successful due to the high focus on re-socialization and its ability to be modified to treat individuals with special needs.


Created by: Asia Davis