Millions of people in the US alone abuse drugs, alcohol, and other addictive substances. With the US in the midst of battling opioid overdose deaths and what appears to be an emerging epidemic of stimulant abuse, it’s clear that addiction is here to stay. Unfortunately, many people with an addiction don’t receive the treatment they need to address it. Fortunately, it is treatable. Most people who receive treatment for substance abuse will need addiction and mental health treatment programs in some form so that they can make a successful recovery.
Many medical and mental health professionals use addiction therapy to treat chronic substance abuse disorders. This method has proven effective in helping people with addictions to stop using drugs and alcohol and harming their physical and mental health.
This kind of therapy focuses on treating the underlying core issues that lead to substance abuse. This treatment is crucial because it helps people learn what causes them to use and what they can do to make better life choices.
What is Addiction?
Most medical professionals and addiction care specialists define addiction as a complex disease of the brain. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) recognizes that substance-related disorders result from using one of ten types of drugs. Those drugs as follows:
- Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD)
- Hypnotics (anxiolytics)
- Stimulants (cocaine, amphetamine-type substances)
Medical and mental health professionals consult the DSM-5 to review criteria that can help them properly diagnose substance use disorders (SUDs). The physical and psychological symptoms help them identify which SUD the patient is struggling with and choose the appropriate therapy. People who have six or more of these criteria have severe SUD.
Health care professionals assess where a person falls among these criteria and determine the addiction treatment techniques that best meet the person’s needs. They may choose one or more than one kind of therapy to address the SUD (or alcohol use disorder, AUD, if that’s the case).
Below, we cover the most commonly used therapies used to guide people who are in recovery and enrolled in an addiction treatment program. We can use these programs in residential treatment programs as well as intensive outpatient programs or outpatient programs.
Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Therapies
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers use various therapies to treat people with SUDs. The therapy your treatment specialist will choose depends on your specific needs. In some cases, they will administer behavioral therapy alongside medications that help people abstain from using harmful substances. This treatment option is known as medication-assisted treatment or MAT.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved MAT programs, which are clinically based and customized to meet a person’s needs. The medications used are also FDA-approved and include Suboxone (a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone) and methadone.
Medication normalizes brain chemistry and blocks the euphoric results of alcohol and opioids. The medication can also reduce physiological cravings and normalize your body’s functions without the abused drug’s harmful effects.
Many options are available in addiction therapy. Finding the right one is essential as it can help one advance in treatment. Depending on the individual’s situation, any of the following may be used in the treatment program to help them overcome substance abuse. We offer many types of therapy, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
Contact Harmony Hills Today
If you’re interested in our addiction and mental health treatment therapies, we invite you to contact our team today. We offer treatment for a wide array of addictions and mental health conditions. To learn more about your treatment options at our central Florida treatment center, call Harmony Hills today at 855.494.0357.