Treatment Programs For Addictions

Everyone is Different

The best treatment addresses a person's various needs, not just his or her drug abuse.

Matching treatment settings, programs, and services to a person's unique problems and level of need is key to his or her ultimate success in returning to a productive life. It is important for the treatment approach to be broad in scope, taking into account a person's age, gender, ethnicity, and culture. The severity of addiction and previous efforts to stop drug use can also influence a treatment approach.

Detox → Inpatient Outpatient → Life

Detoxification: Medications offer help in suppressing withdrawal symptoms during detoxification. However, medically assisted detoxification is not in itself "treatment"—it is only the first step in the treatment process.

Patients who go through medically assisted withdrawal but do not receive any further treatment show drug abuse patterns similar to those who were never treated.

Outpatient behavioral treatment encompasses a wide variety of programs for patients who visit a clinic at regular intervals. Residential treatment programs can also be very effective, especially for those with more severe problems.


Research tells us that most addicted people need at least three months of abstinence to change their addictive patterns. Longer treatment times result in better outcomes. The best programs will measure progress and suggest plans for maintaining recovery. Recovery from drug addiction is a long-term process that often requires several episodes of treatment and ongoing support from family or community.

Most drug addiction treatment programs encourage patients to participate in group therapy during and after formal treatment. These groups offer an added layer of community-level social support to help people in recovery with abstinence and other healthy lifestyle goals. The most well-known programs are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Cocaine Anonymous (CA), all of which are based on the 12-Step model. This group therapy model draws on the social support offered by peer discussion to help promote and sustain drug-free lifestyles.

See also:

 Treatment Types

  • Self evaluation
  • Intervention services
  • Recovery programs
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Detoxification
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient
  • Intensive Outpatient programs
  • Online treatment outreach
  • Online message boards & chat rooms
  • Retreats
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