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New Treatment Options at Drug Rehab Locations

December 14, 2016 - - 0 Comments

Drug RehabTraditionally, there are two alternatives when choosing a rehabilitation option for yourself.  This is either the inpatient rehabilitation or the outpatient one, which you can choose based on what suits your needs best and where you feel comfortable.  Different drug addiction treatment centers have different approaches to how they deal with the recovery process.  New treatment options at drug treatment centers may include:

Drug Replacement Therapy

This is a rather controversial approach as it involves the usage of powerful drugs to alleviate the pressures of addiction.  The FDA has several drugs that they have approved for treatment of addiction.  These drugs are administered carefully by medical staff to ensure that you do not get cross addicted to them and become dependent.  However, it is emphasized that these drugs should be used as part of a complete treatment plan that includes counseling and psychosocial support.  Implants designed to treat drug and alcohol addiction are also emerging that can be implanted under the skin for a period of six months but this research is still ongoing.

Holistic Treatment

Drug addiction treatment using this approach believes that dependency should be looked at as part of the problem and not necessarily the problem.  This means that there is a need to address the social, spiritual and physical needs of the patient as well to make a full body recovery.  More addiction treatment centers are thus beginning to offer these supplemental therapies and they include acupuncture, yoga, meditation, sound therapy, and many more not-so-mainstream methods.  Experts still hold that these holistic treatments should be used in conjunction with traditional treatment approaches, as there is no research supporting the sole use of holistic treatment.  


This is a process where electric sensors are connected to the patient’s head, which allow the brain’s activity to be given to a computer that displays the brainwaves in real-time.  The waves’ frequencies can then be altered.  This provides biofeedback that has been used to treat a variety of conditions.  Some patients have said that it has helped with anger and insomnia, which are key triggers for relapse.

Non-12 Step Rehab

While traditional AA and NA programs teach the 12 steps towards recovery, these one differ in that they do not dwell on spirituality, but rather in personal responsibility and self-empowering methods.  This program promotes the idea of a personalized methodology that must adapt to the patient rather than the patient having to adapt to it.  This then requires the patient to be self-aware during the whole recovery process and be proactive in their recovery.

Biochemical Restoration and Nutrition

This type of treatment aims at restoring the biochemical imbalances that cause cravings, depression, anxiety and unstable moods that lead to premature addiction.  Once these imbalances are assessed, the patient’s biochemical restoration plan can be established.  It may include a nutrition plan, supplements inclusion, prescribed physical activity and relaxation.  

Once the patient’s balance is restored, counseling and relapse prevention can then be done more effectively.  From the nutrition side, a recovering addict is able to improve their mood and ward off anxiety, depression, and stress by including certain foods that contain a large amount of complete proteins, omega-3 essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The main tenet that drives this therapy is the question, “What is the underlying cause of the person wanting to use drugs?” This means it digs deeper to want to address the emotional issues that may have triggered your drug and alcohol use as oftentimes there are underlying reasons and addressing them is an important step towards long-term sobriety.

In essence, there are some drug addiction treatment centers that go with assisted therapy where they use controlled amounts of medicine to help you with the detoxing – and it is a painful process.  On the other hand, there are others that use the more hard-line, strict recovery process where detoxing is done cold turkey – that is without any drugs to help with the process.  It is important to note that there is no particular recovery option that is guaranteed to work for anyone.

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