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History of Addiction Treatment +

History of Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment has come a long way over the years. As we learn more about the disease of addiction, we find better ways to treat it. Let’s take a look at the history of addiction treatment to see how far we’ve come in helping people who suffer from being addicted to alcohol and drugs. The history of addiction treatment started with many different theories that resulted in some cruel practices. Aversion therapies were popular when people started to see alcoholism as a problem. Everything from dropping bird feces to live eels in alcoholic drinks to keep people from drinking was used.

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Co-Occurring Disorders: Addiction & Mental Health +

Co-Occurring Disorders: Addiction & Mental Health

Co-Occurring Disorders & Dual Diagnosis
Although substance abuse may seem to be a standalone disorder, it often accompanies another mental illness. Almost 8 million adults a year struggle with co-occurring disorders, increasing the need for more comprehensive treatment plans. Decades ago, sequential treatment (treating each disorder at different points) was the norm. However, high rates of relapse proved the need for a new approach.

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7 Predictions For The Future Of Addiction Treatment +

7 Predictions For The Future Of Addiction Treatment

The treatment for substance abuse and addiction has evolved considerably over the years. Once considered a purely physical problem, addiction is now rightly recognized as a disease. There are more ways now than ever for addicts to seek help. So, what is on the horizon for addiction treatment in the coming years? Based on current trends, here are seven predictions that might prove to be true in the near future.

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Why Is Addiction Aftercare So Important? +

Why Is Addiction Aftercare So Important?

The number of people suffering from addiction is rising, and the need for effective treatment and addiction aftercare is clear. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that there were approximately 21.5 million American adults who battled substance abuse. 80% of those individuals suffered from an alcohol use disorder, and 7 million Americans struggled with drug abuse. Read more about the need for effective treatment and addiction aftercare.

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Individualized Therapy +

Individualized Therapy

Individual Therapy sessions can help family members better understand how to cope with a loved one’s addiction as well as strategize ways to build their life-long recovery goals.

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Substance Abuse Treatment – What to Know +

Substance Abuse Treatment – What to Know

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 21 million people (12 and over) needed drug treatment in 2016. Of the 21 million who needed treatment, about 3.8 million received treatment in 2016. There are several options for those seeking treatment for substance abuse. The type of treatment is dependent on

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There are many different types of treatment strategies when dealing with addiction. An effective addiction treatment program doesn’t restrict itself to any single treatment strategy, because each individual case needs to be examined uniquely.  Careful consideration needs to be given to the type of treatment needed to each addict. Integrated plans, relapse prevention strategies, and supportive aftercare are all extremely necessary when tailoring a treatment strategy for each individual.

For example, addiction-based treatment approaches and treats each type of addiction differently.  Participants in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy learn to become mindful on a moment by moment basis.  Didactic therapy was developed over three decades ago as a form of modified cognitive behavioral therapy. With Dual Diagnosis, trained professionals are able to identify and treat any underlying mental illness.

Learn more here with this collection of articles on different types of treatment strategies and approaches, and see what types of addiction therapy might work best for you.