What is Addiction Treatment Like?

Addiction treatment is experienced differently by different individuals as everyone’s substance use disorder is unique. Yet it is safe to say that most people seeking rehab will start their treatment with a detoxification process. This process generally lasts three to five days (longer depending on the substance of use and the length of use) and is followed by therapeutic services which include behavioral treatment. Also known as talk-therapy, this therapeutic treatment approach is designed to engage recovering individuals in the treatment process, alter destructive attitudes and behaviors related to the use of substances and promote healthy lifestyle choices. In addition to behavioral therapy, comprehensive addiction treatment programs offer specialized therapies for individuals who are also diagnosed with related co-occurring mental health issues such as psychological trauma, depression, and anxiety. Other complementary holistic therapies may also be part of an inpatient rehab program. This includes but is not limited to yoga, meditation, and recreational sports activities.

Treatment for substance use disorders can be delivered in many different settings, including:

  • Inpatient/ Residential

  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

An Inpatient/ Residential Program is designed to support the treatment needs of recovering individuals who have been abusing substances for a long period of time and require not only behavioral therapy but also medical attention for detox. An inpatient stay generally lasts 28 to 90 days with some programs offering extended treatment services after that. In this type of treatment, clients live at the treatment facility for the duration of the treatment period, attending therapy throughout the day which is offered in both individual and group sessions. Meals are provided and recreational activities are made available in a residential rehab program.

Structure is key to recovery, so a weekly schedule in a residential inpatient rehab center focuses on providing a holistic approach that is organized through blocks of activities. Inpatient rehab programs often follow a scheduled routine, with activities provided in hour-based blocks following breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Although an individual’s daily schedule will vary based on the focus of treatment being provided, the following outline depicts a typical day’s activities:

  • Individual and group therapy sessions, such as cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies, proper nutrition advice, anxiety and trauma coping methods, relapse prevention skills, and living skills.
  • Individual appointments with specialists, as needed.
  • Fitness and recreational activities
  • Spiritual enrichment
  • Personal time for meditation, reflection, or individual treatment assignments

In a Partial Hospitalization Program, clients are not living at the treatment facility, but attend therapy sessions on a regular basis. This arrangement allows clients to live a normal life and have a job while getting treatment. Though programs vary, clients can receive 4 to 6 hours a day of therapy, 5 days a week. Often this treatment is an option for clients who have already attended a residential rehab.

In an Intensive Outpatient Program, clients attend therapy sessions which generally last 3 hours a day, 3 days per week. IOP can involve one on one counseling and group therapy where relapse prevention skills as well as techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy or dialectical behavior therapy is the focus of continuing treatment. The length of IOP programs differs from person to person as they start to manage a successful recovery from addiction.

No matter how an addiction treatment program may be like, “recovery” is not a hard-and-fast term; it is fluid. Addiction treatment can be individualized to attend each client’s particular needs, but it is the individual’s journey and focus on achieving one step at a time that will help him or her build a new sober life after treatment. And it is worth mentioning that, addiction is a disease that affects the most basic ways the brain works, and relapse is part of the definition of the disease. Relapse is part of managing drug addiction, not a failure to manage it. That’s is the reason a good portion of addiction treatment should, and generally does, focus on relapse prevention.

Looking for an addiction treatment center? Florida Center for Recovery offers specialized drug and alcohol rehab programs in Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie County.

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