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What Are Substance Abuse Treatment Modalities?

Substance abuse treatment modalities are the methods by which people’s substance abuse issues are treated. Thus, all of the programs and services at addiction treatment facilities are substance abuse treatment modalities. 

Top Substance Abuse Treatment Modalities

There are primary forms of substance abuse treatment modalities. These are the treatment modalities that people can find at most addiction treatment centers. Below is a list of some of the top forms of substance abuse treatment modalities. 

1. Detox

Detox is the process of ridding the body of all harmful substances prior to receiving addiction treatment. Although not technically a part of an addiction treatment program, detox is a substance abuse treatment modality. This is because it is a necessary method that individuals who suffer from substance addictions use to treat their conditions. 

Individuals that plan to detox prior to receiving addiction treatment should do so at a medical detox facility or an addiction treatment center that offers medical detox services. It’s important to receive medical detox because it’s only through medical forms of detox that people can have their detox journeys monitored by doctors and medical staff 24/7. 

Thus, if a health emergency occurs while someone is detoxing at a medical detox facility, the doctors and medical staff will ensure that the patient remains in good physical condition. Medical detox is also important because it allows detox patients to receive prescription medications to help them manage their withdrawal symptoms. 

2. Talk Therapy (Psychotherapy)

Talk therapy is a primary substance abuse treatment modality. In fact, one could argue that talk therapy is the foundation of substance abuse treatment. This is because addiction treatment programs are based on different forms of addiction therapy, most of which occur in the talk therapy. 

Talk therapy is beneficial for individuals that are overcoming substance addictions. This is because talk therapy allows people to be reflective—that way, people in addiction treatment can discover why they started abusing substances in the first place. People should also use talk therapy to discover their addiction triggers and how they can manage them in recovery. 

There are various forms of talk therapy. The forms in which all different types of talk therapy come in include individual, group, or family. 

Individual Therapy

Individual talk therapy for substance abuse treatment is addiction therapy that occurs one-on-one between a rehab patient and an addiction therapist. It is during individual addiction therapy that rehab patients learn about themselves. During individual therapy, rehab patients learn about their addiction triggers and the coping mechanisms that will best suit their needs. 

Group Therapy

Group talk therapy for substance abuse treatment is addiction therapy that occurs between an addiction therapist and more than one person who suffers from substance addiction. The point of group therapy is to gain different perspectives about one’s own addiction treatment and recovery journey. 

This is because group therapy provides individuals in addiction treatment and recovery with the ability to get advice on any addiction-related issue. Group therapy also helps people grow their support networks. 

Family Therapy

Family addiction therapy occurs between an addiction therapist and the close family members of a person in addiction treatment. Family addiction therapy aims to help the family members of those in addiction treatment and recovery better understand what addiction is. 

Family addiction therapy also helps the close relatives of people in addiction treatment and recovery understand how their actions have impacted the development of addiction in their loved ones. Such understanding will hopefully help the family members of people in addiction treatment alter their poor behaviors. In doing so, it will be easier for people in addiction treatment to maintain their sobriety. 

3. Behavior Modification Therapy

Behavior modification therapy is any form of addiction therapy that helps people recognize and change their unhealthy behaviors. There are various types of behavior modification therapies. Some of the top types of behavior modification therapies for addiction treatment are described below. 

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of addiction therapy that helps people see their negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. That way, they can change them to positive ones. By changing one’s negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors into positive ones, people who receive CBT change the things that trigger their desire to abuse substances. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy is addiction therapy that helps people accept their negative thoughts and emotions. That way, such thoughts and emotions won’t have the power to make people exhibit negative behaviors such as abusing substances to cope. 

Contingency Management 

Contingency management for addiction treatment uses stimulus control and consequences to help individuals overcome negative behaviors such as abusing substances. It also provides positive rewards for individuals that are making progress overcoming their substance addictions by maintaining clean drug tests and attending support group meetings. The rewards that contingency management provides individuals that upkeep their sobriety could range from a gym membership to a healthy dinner. 

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) helps people recognize their harmful thoughts and beliefs that may cause them to want to use substances to cope. REBT also helps individuals discover ways to overcome their internal negative thoughts and feelings. Ultimately, REBT uses rational thinking to help people overcome their substance abuse habits.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can help people overcome past traumas that may cause them to abuse substances to cope. EMDR therapy gets patients to think about their past traumas as they are visually directed to follow objects with their eyes. In doing so, EMDR therapists help people associate their past traumas with certain eye movements rather than anxiety. 

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a form of addiction counseling that utilizes guided conversation between a therapist and a rehab patient to provoke behavioral change in the rehab patient. Thus, motivational interviewing literally motivates people to stop abusing substances. 

4. 12 Step Groups

12 Step groups help people assess the negative consequences of their past substance abuse habits. Through such assessments, people with substance addictions can accept their past wrongdoings and surrender themselves to a higher power. That way, people in 12 step groups can remain positive and motivated enough to maintain their sobriety. 

5. Medications

Medication-assisted treatment during detox and addiction treatment helps people manage their withdrawal symptoms. That way, people can healthily get through detox and addiction treatment. To ensure that people don’t develop addictions to their withdrawal medications, doctors and medical staff monitor all people’s use of withdrawal medications.  

6. Holistic Treatment

Holistic treatment is one of the treatment modalities for substance addiction. This is because holistic treatment helps treat people’s bodies, minds, and souls of addiction through holistic activities. Examples of holistic activities include exercising, playing music, meditating and performing yoga, etc.

7. Aversion Therapy

Aversion therapy helps people with substance addictions alter their abusive behaviors by getting them to associate them with something negative that they don’t like. That way, people develop an aversion to using substances. Examples of things that people can try to associate drug use with include feeling sick or experiencing electric shocks. 

The Principles For Effective Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Developed in the mid-1970s, the following principles were developed to give people a foundation by which to establish their addiction treatment programs on. The principles for effective substance use disorder treatment include the understanding that:

  • Addiction is a complicated but treatable disease that has an effect on behavior.
  • There is no single treatment modality that is right for everyone.
  • People need quick access to treatment.
  • To be effective, treatment needs to apply to all of a person’s individual needs, not just the drug use ones.
  • It is crucial to remain in treatment long enough.
  • Behavioral therapies and counseling are the most common forms of treatment.
  • Medications can be an important part of treatment, particularly when used along with behavioral therapies.
  • Frequently reevaluate substance abuse treatment plans and change them to suit the patient’s needs.
  • Treatment should always consider other possible mental disorders.
  • Medically-assisted detox is only the first step in treatment.
  • Treatment doesn’t necessarily have to be voluntary to be effective.

Receive Substance Abuse Treatment Modalities At Phoenix Rising Recovery

Individuals should try to receive care at rehab centers that offer as many different types of treatment modalities as possible. Here at Phoenix Rising Recovery, we offer a full range of addiction treatment modalities. That way, each of our patients can receive the care that best meets their individual needs. Here at Phoenix Rising Recovery, we also make sure to provide each of our patients with recovery options that truly revitalize both their bodies and minds. 

To learn more about Phoenix Rising Recovery and the various substance abuse treatment modalities that we offer, contact us today. Our staff is more than willing to answer any questions that you may have about our treatment facility.