National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s research-based Principles of Effective Drug Abuse Treatment are a guide for the types of treatment that lead to recovery.  Here we look at some specific addiction treatment options and characteristics of successful treatment programs.

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National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s research-based Principles of Effective Drug Abuse Treatment are a guide for the types of addiction treatment programs that lead to recovery.  Here we look at some specific addiction treatment options and characteristics of successful treatment programs.

  • Behavioral therapies are the most common forms of drug abuse treatment. These include individual, family, and group counseling that focus on addressing a patient’s motivations to change, building skills to resist substance use, and facilitating social connections that provide support throughout recovery.
  • Medications are also important, especially in combination with behavioral therapies. Medications can be a very effective component of a comprehensive treatment program.
  • Individual treatment plans should be assessed continually and modified when needed. Treatment plans may include various combinations of services, medications, and therapies, and will need to be monitored and adjusted over time to best meet the patient’s needs.
  • Many people struggling with addiction also have other mental disorders. Drug abuse and addiction are both mental disorders and often coincide with additional disorders.  Any treatment plan should consider and address these factors as well.
  • Medically assisted detox is only the first step. Detoxification alone does little to change long-term outcomes for those struggling with substance abuse and is not the end of treatment.  Continued treatment including motivational enhancement and incentive strategies is critically important along with the treatment strategies mentioned above.
  • Addiction treatment programs does not need to be voluntary to be effective. Sometimes pressure from family, employers, and/or the criminal justice system can provide the right incentives for a patient to seek or continue treatment and ultimately find success in recovery.
  • Lapses during treatment do occur. It is important to monitor for drug use regularly during treatment as relapses do happen.  Monitoring provides an early indication of return to drug use, signaling a possible need to adjust a patient’s individual treatment plan.  Additionally, knowing that they are being monitored can be a powerful incentive for patients to resist urges to use drugs or alcohol.
  • Addiction treatment programs should test patients for certain infectious diseases and provide risk-reduction resources. As part of a holistic approach to substance abuse and addiction, treatment programs often test patients for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, and other infections that substance abuse places them at increased risk for acquiring.  Programs can provide treatment as well as counseling to help patients manage the illness if needed.

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