After facing addiction, each individual faces a unique path to full recovery. There are many factors that contribute to the recovery experience, including whether there’s a family history, a support network, or reliable access to treatment. Other factors may include interactions with the legal system, the presence of mental illness, and physical health. Any professional working with an individual recovering from addiction must recognize that individual’s struggles and needs.
Thorough Assessments Guide the Creation of Treatment Plans
In addition to determining the most relevant and effective therapy modalities, professionals offering addiction recovery services complete assessments for each client. These assessments cover many facets of life, including physical well-being, psychiatric health, social habits, spiritual practices, and family needs. Sometimes, an assessment team includes several professionals, such as a medical doctor, psychiatrist, counselor, addiction medicine specialist, or legal representatives.
Techniques Used in Treatment Plans
Most treatment centers develop addiction recovery plans carefully, working closely with clients to provide adequate treatment at a level consistent with the intensity of the addiction. While every plan is unique, there are consistent elements to most recovery plans, beginning with the specific techniques used during therapy:
- Individual therapy
- Procedural education on the 12-Step program
- Medication management
- Family therapy
- Relapse prevention
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
- Mindfulness training
- Life skills
There are also many therapeutic techniques that address specific groups and issues, such as LGBTQ and certain professions, gender dysphoria and sexual abuse.
Detox and Hospitalization
After completing the assessment and as part of the treatment process, clients may participate in a detoxification and stabilization period before moving forward. Some clients require full or partial hospitalization. These services are especially helpful for individuals recovering from addiction without the support of family and friends. During the assessment process, professionals may reach out to supportive family members, healthcare providers, religious leaders, or employers (with the permission of the client.) This is because recovery plans are usually more effective when all aspects of life are addressed during treatment.
Recovery may require years of treatment and work. With continuing care and a supportive system of family, friends, and qualified professionals, it is possible for individuals to move past addiction and enjoy a new outlook on life.