There are a ton of addictions out thereâ€”some you probably haven't even realized. Treatment can vary slightly depending on the type of addiction you are tackling, but there are a few different approaches you can take to enhance your road to recovery. Find out which type of rehab is right for you or your family.
Common Types of Addictions
Many people don't realize just how many ways addiction can manifest. Some people describe themselves as having an "addictive personality". This generally means they are genetically predisposed to addiction and/or their personality has already shown them they are at risk for becoming easily addicted to various things. Everyone likes getting rewarded or indulging in pleasurable activities.
When it becomes an addiction is when it is driven by impulse. Here are some commonâ€”and a few uncommonâ€”types of addiction:
· Sex or porn
· Technology (gaming, computers, smartphones, etc)
· Setting fires (pyromania)
· Eating and exercising (eating disorders)
Types of Addiction Treatment
Rehab can be inpatient or outpatient, depending on the severity of the addiction and costs or insurance coverage. Some people go to support groups, others may seek out an outpatient therapist well-versed in addictions and some require a more comprehensive inpatient stay.
· 12 Step Programs - 12 step programs are notorious for alcohol and narcotic addictions, but can be applied to many treatment programs. They focus not only on following the 12 steps to recovery, but give you a sponsor to help prevent relapses. They rely on group work, meetings and generally involve a therapist. This is an abstinence program.
· Faith Programs - Faith programs focus on the spiritual end of the recovery process. They are often used on a similar 12 step program (or even in conjunction with them). The belief in many of these programs is that a God is the one who offers recovery. Programs can vary based on religion, but there are a large number of Christian-based programs throughout the US. Salvation Army is another faith-based program. This is an abstinence program.
· Medication Rehab â€“ These treatment facilities target addiction as a disease to medically manageâ€”just like you would with heart disease, for example. They offer long-term medication clinics with methadone or Suboxone to help manage the addiction. They are considered "harm reduction" since they are transferring the addiction to the new medication. They are often used for narcotic and heroin addictions.
· Harm Reduction â€“ These facilities acknowledge that abstinence may not be possible and focus on reducing the harmful behavior. This could involve lessening the amount of drugs taken, learning to only have one glass of wine, reduce self-harm behaviors, etc.
· Research and Evidence Based â€“ These treatments focus on the latest research on what has been clinically shown to work. Treatments are constantly changing and evolving to keep up with the latest statistics. They are usually abstinence programs.
Many programs also incorporate holistic medicine and wellness into the treatment plan. Meditation and mindfulness can be taught to deal with stress and addiction cravings. Recreational therapy can be used to divert the attention and promote feelings of productivity. The Prescott House Extended Treatment for Men even offers yoga to help with recovery.
No matter what approach you choose, there are always other options available that you can add to your treatment. If one treatment approach fails, don't give up. Everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for you. You can only know through trial and error–and being patient with yourself.