Addiction Treatment

Welcome to the Addiction Treatment topic center

This topic center will contain information on:

  1. About Treatment.
  2. Detox.
  3. Medication/Pharmacotherapy.
  4. 12-Step & Spiritual Groups.
  5. Secular/Self-Empowerment Groups.
  6. Motivational Interviewing.
  7. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies.
  8. Mindfulness-Based Therapies.
  9. Community, Family, and Sociocultural Approaches.
  10. Alternative Therapies.
  11. Other Therapies.

If you have come to this topic area, you might be considering addiction treatment. There are numerous options available. It is our hope that these articles will provide you with insight into the different types of treatments used for addiction.

For quick reference, you might consider the following options:

If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 911 immediately or a suicide hotline, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255.

In this topic center, you will find information on all different types of treatment approaches. All approaches have unique elements and are better suited for some individuals based on needs or preferences. For example, medication/pharmacological approaches focus on treating chemical abnormalities in the brain, while 12-Step groups help individuals turn themselves over to a “higher power.”

There are inpatient facilities and outpatient facilities, and different types of therapy within these facilities: individual, group, and/or family approaches. Moreover, there are several different styles and theoretical orientations that are offered in the treatment of addiction. For example, cognitive-behavioral approaches focus on treating dysfunctional thoughts, beliefs, and conditioned behaviors; motivational interviewing is a nonconfrontational way of developing strong internal motivation to change; mindfulness-based therapies focus on becoming more aware of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a nonjudgmental, accepting way; and family/community approaches highlight the importance of relationships in recovery.

Use the side bar to navigate through these articles.

As always, consult a medical professional if you have serious concerns about the addictive behavior of yourself or someone you know.

Addiction Treatment

Addiction Treatment

Does Treatment Work?

According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), drug and alcohol addictions contribute to more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S every year, with significant social criminal and medical costs. Although addiction is a chronic, relapsing illness, treatment can bring about a reduction in substance use and provide individuals with the skills to manage their lives effectively.
Does Treatment Work?

Behavioral Addiction Treatment

Addiction is not just limited to substances. Several behaviors produce short-term rewards that can be quite reinforcing to the behavior itself—causing an individual to engage in them persistently, despite adverse consequences. These are called “behavioral addictions” and common examples include, shopping, gambling, eating, internet gaming, and pornography.