Addiction Treatment Programs

Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance abuse treatment is a broad term that encompasses therapy for addictions to alcohol, prescription medications, and illicit drugs. At Renaissance Recovery, we offer premier addiction treatment programs at our outpatient facilities.

There are many different forms of treatment beyond residential rehab, the first thing that springs to mind when many people think of drug rehab.

While residential rehab, also known as inpatient treatment, is effective for many people grappling with severe addictions, this form of rehab is not always necessary. Beyond this, many insurance policies will not offer coverage for residential rehab. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, though, providers are obliged to meet the costs of outpatient treatment for addiction.

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The following types of substance abuse treatment programs are typically delivered in an outpatient setting.

Inpatient rehab sees you spend 30 to 90 days or more living at a treatment center while engaging with a variety of therapies. With outpatient treatment, you’ll take advantage of broadly similar services, but without the prohibitive cost, and without needing to put your life on hold for months.

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Partial Hospitalization Program

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is the most intensive form of outpatient treatment for addiction.

Also known as a day program, you’ll attend sessions of individual and group counseling as well as engaging with psychotherapy like CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavior therapy). In the evenings, you return home rather than remaining at the treatment center.

Sessions will last for 60 minutes to 3 hours depending on type of service provided, and you’ll attend personalized sessions on weekdays.

One of the key benefits of a PHP is the flexibility of treatment.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program

MAT (medication-assisted treatment) is a catch-all term used for the delivery of addiction treatment incorporating FDA-approved medications.

Buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone are approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder and heroin use disorder.

For alcohol use disorder, the FDA recommends the use of disulfiram, acamprosate, and naltrexone.

The medications used in MAT serve two broad purposes:

  1. Reducing the intensity of withdrawal symptoms
  2. Minimizing cravings

Medication-assisted treatment for addiction is most effective when it’s delivered in combination with talk therapies, also known as psychotherapies.

There are currently three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of alcohol use disorder:

  • Disulfiram
  • Acamprosate
  • Naltrexone

Topiramate shows promising results in large-scale clinical trials, but this medication is not yet FDA-approved for treating AUD.

Disulfiram

Marketed as Antabuse, disulfiram disrupts the way alcohol breaks down in your system. If you drink alcohol while taking this medication, acetaldehyde builds up in your body. This triggers uncomfortable adverse effects, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Warmth and redness to face
  • Irregular heartbeat

While compliance can be an issue with disulfiram, in patients fully committed to sobriety, this medication can be a powerful addition to the treatment arsenal.

Acamprosate

Acamprosate can help to minimize symptoms of long-lasting alcohol withdrawal, such as anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and dysphoria.

This medication might be more effective in patients with severe alcohol use disorder.

Naltrexone

Naltrexone blocks the opioid receptors associated with the rewarding effects of drinking alcohol. The medication also helps to reduce cravings for alcohol.

The medication is proven to reduce relapse in heavy drinkers, and can be a highly effective component of alcohol addiction treatment.

A primary care physician or a health professional will prescribe these medications, either for use in isolation or in combination with counseling and psychotherapy.

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programs

Most people imagine alcohol use disorder is always treated with 12-step programs like AA or with a stint in residential rehab.

Over the past fifty years, though, more treatment options have become available, and there is no boilerplate solution for alcohol use disorder (AUD). What works for a friend may be ineffective for treating your problem with alcohol abuse, so it pays to become aware of the options at your disposal if you’re considering engaging with alcohol addiction treatment.

In most diagnoses of a severe alcohol use disorder, a month or more in inpatient rehab is normally advisable. For mild and moderate cases of AUD, though, outpatient treatment can be highly effective.

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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

One step down on the continuum of care, an IOP (intensive outpatient program) is less intensive than a PHP, but it’s more intensive than a regular outpatient program.

Most intensive outpatient programs involve a minimum time commitment of nine hours weekly.

Research shows that IOPs can be just as effective as inpatient programs for the purposes of substance abuse treatment.

Addiction Therapy

Addiction therapy in its broadest sense involves an appropriate and integrated delivery of MAT and/or psychotherapy.

You can attend addiction therapy sessions in an inpatient or outpatient setting.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

If you are looking into addiction therapy, one of the most effective and common forms of psychotherapy is cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT. Essentially,

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is another commonly used form of therapy that has shown to be an effective form of treatment not only for substance abuse but those struggling with borderline personality disorder as well.

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Sober Living

If you want to engage with outpatient substance abuse treatment but you lack a stable and supportive environment at home, sober living homes are a potential solution. 

Structured sober living surrounds you with others in active recovery. You’ll need to pay all expenses, attend meetings, and respect the rules in place. Sober living homes are substance-free and you can expect regular drug tests. This helps to keep the environment free of temptation for you and all other residents.

Drug Addiction Treatment Program

Today, drug addiction is widely recognized as a chronic and relapsing disease characterized by uncontrollable and compulsive drug use regardless of the adverse outcomes triggered and the changes brought about in the brain, damage which is sometimes long-lasting. It is these changes to the structure and functioning of the brain that leads to the harmful behaviors people abusing substances often engage in. 

The dated idea that addiction is a choice has a grain of truth to it. For many people, the path to drug addiction starts with a voluntary decision to take drugs. Over time, though, the ability to make a choice about drug use diminishes. By this stage, drug-seeking and drug abuse are compulsive, due to the way addiction influences the parts of the brain responsible for control over behavior, motivation, and reward. 

Addiction, then, is a disease that impacts both the brain and behavior. 

Effective addiction treatment needs to help you to achieve the following: 

  • Stop using substances
  • Remain substance-free
  • Become productive again, at home, at work, and in society

There are many proven modalities for substance abuse treatment, including: 

  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Integrated treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Relapse management and prevention strategies
  • Aftercare

Detoxification, commonly abbreviated to drug detox, does not in itself constitute drug addiction treatment. It is, nevertheless, the first crucial step in the process. One 2014 SAMHSA study showed that medications were used in almost 80% of detoxifications at treatment centers. 

Most patients who discontinue treatment post-detox return to substance use. 

Medications can help minimize the chances of relapse by encouraging the reestablishment of normal brain function while at the same time reducing cravings. 

Medications are available for the treatment of opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder, and nicotine addiction. Research is ongoing into medications to treat stimulant use disorder (cocaine, meth) and also cannabis use disorder. In the case of polysubstance abuse, you’ll need treatment for all the substances in question to increase the chances of sustained recovery.

Renaissance Recovery’s Addiction Treatment Programs

You should now have a clear idea of the many different paths you could take to address your substance abuse issues.

If you’re suffering from a mental health condition like depression or anxiety co-occurring with addiction, our dual diagnosis treatment program will help you tackle both issues simultaneously.

We offer medication-assisted treatment in combination with psychotherapies like CBT and DBT. You will also have access to a variety of holistic therapies and vocational development programs.

Don’t let your lack of knowledge about addiction treatment programs keep you from getting the right treatment. Contact Renaissance Recovery to fight back against your addiction with help from our knowledgeable staff members. Dial Renaissance Recovery at 866.330.9449 to find out more.

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