When it comes to treating addictive behavior or habits there is more than one program that works. The thing is that most of the programs fit one specific treatment group but they all fit into two main categories of treatment.
– The long-term treatment
– The short-term treatment
When many of these treatment programs have been specifically designed for specific situations or individuals it’s easy to know which should be used to deal with certain addictions. Many of these treatments were made in the past when it was taboo to treat addiction, or it was a scientific process which involved a lot of testing that would not be public. Today addiction is approached with the seriousness that it deserves and there have been many tools, and methods perfected to help deal with addiction.
Some of these treatment programs can include:
Detoxification or more known as detox, which is the process where the body is being prepared to enter its state to rid itself of the poison that it has been riddled with during the addiction period. This process can take from two days up to several weeks. It should also be noted that this alone is not enough to help an addict recover, it’s just the first step and should be followed up with medication and other therapies.
– Group therapy
Group therapy can be extremely successful at helping the individual cope with their addiction post-treatment. This is a good way to help the patient deal with his former addiction both physically and psychologically. Usually, in this group, there is more than one addict that shares their experiences and struggles with their addiction.
– Medication-assisted treatment
MAT is one of the best ways to deal with addiction. Every addiction can be successfully dealt with if there are doctor-prescribed medications in the mix as certain meds act in several different ways to expel the addiction from the addict’s body.