When considering one’s treatment options for substance abuse and/or addiction it is vital to select an option that best suits one’s particular needs. Though the primary goal of every treatment program remains the same, the arena of addiction treatment options has been subdivided into many areas. For example, there are specialized options available for individuals who have dual diagnosis (i.e. suffer from comorbid disorders), there also are outpatient or inpatient options. In many cases, the intricacies of most treatment options will vary slightly. The length of time one spends in a treatment program, for example, will differ depending on the program. The fact that there are many options available is beneficial for an individual who find him or herself in need of treatment, as there will be proper fit for each person.

The more traditional route, would be to seek some kind of inpatient or outpatient program. The timeframe, in these cases, typically ranges anywhere from thirty to ninety days, and in some situations, can even go as long as a full year. The focus in these types of treatment programs will typically be the addiction. There will often be some attention placed on possible outside influences, and/or coping mechanisms for the affects one’s substance abuse has had on his or her body, but really the intention is to, first and foremost, address one’s addiction.

Though it is now known that there is a genetic component to addiction, external influences can play an equally large part in one’s decision to start abusing drugs, or even to simply try them in the first place. The holistic approach to treatment will utilize therapeutic methods to address what may have driven an individual to turn to drugs and/or alcohol. This type of approach will work on getting to the core of the issue, what is behind one’s drug use, and work on the healing process from that angle.

A holistic approach to treatment will focus on every aspect of the recovering individual, and address his or her whole self. This type of treatment will spend significant time on one’s emotional, spiritual, and physical state, working to treat how one’s addiction may have affected each of these areas. Eastern medicine can also be relied upon in a holistic treatment facility or program. These options can include, but are not limited to, various types of energy work (i.e. reiki), massage, nutritional therapy, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and/or biofeedback. The purpose of a holistic treatment program is to focus on the entire individual to help treat his or her addiction. The timeframe an individual is expected to attend a holistic treatment program will vary, similar to that of the more traditional treatment options.

Though many holistic treatment options will have somewhat similar offerings available, each will have its own uniqueness to it. When searching for the proper treatment option it is important do some research, as there are several factors to consider. It is important for an individual in need of treatment to make sure the facility offers what he or she needs. If, for example, he or she has a dual diagnosis it is prudent to select a treatment facility that can accommodate. The timeframe is also something to look at; some options will be shorter, and some will be longer. The cost of a program is imperative to know before attendance. Some insurance plans will partially or fully cover the cost of a treatment program, and some will not. Some programs will have a sliding scale regarding fees, and some will not. It is important for an individual to know what is financially expected.

Some holistic treatment facilities will offer an inpatient detoxification (detox) program. A holistic approach to detox may vary from that of a traditional detox program. In many cases, depending on the abused substance, traditional detox may offer medications to help ease the withdrawal symptoms for the individual. It is not uncommon for the holistic approach, in regards to detox, not to offer such medications. The purpose being, for the individual to wholly experience the effects of the abused substance vacating his or her body, in a safe and monitored environment.

Substance abuse and addiction is a serious disease. If left untreated it can lead to a myriad of permanent long term and/or severe short term effects. Regardless of the type of treatment chosen, the most important thing to remember is to get treatment. There is a plethora of resources available for an individual in need of treatment. Feel free to reach out to any rehab treatment facility, or even a local hospital for more guidance.

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