Each addict needs to be individually assessed to determine the appropriate length of treatment according to their specific needs. Successful addiction treatment methods take into account the addict's personal history, and past and current relationships.
Addiction treatment programmes
To achieve this, a combination of written work, peer group feedback, interpersonal group therapy and one-to-one counselling may be recommended. Research shows that addicts who follow a 12 Step recovery programme and join self-help groups achieve a high rate of recovery with a reduced chance of relapse.
Exploring the many secondary issues, and the break-down in social functioning, related to addiction is often best addressed through group counselling and involvement in an active after-care group.
Successful addiction treatment methods also include combining group counselling with individual therapy sessions, where appropriate. An emphasis on interpersonal group therapy helps addicts deal with intense emotions that usually accompany the first few months of abstinence. In particular, addicts need to learn to master their fear and anger.
Without proper management, these emotions will often lead to the re-emergence of denial and a relapse to addictive behaviour. A supportive environment in a treatment community will also allow addicts to develop positive behavioural changes, such as becoming more self-aware as well as recognising and naming obstacles and aids to better overcome their addiction.
Stepping back into society
Successful addiction treatment encourages addicts to take more personal responsibility and to work on successfully integrating back into society.
This can be facilitated through workshops and lectures as well as an assigned counsellor to encourage the process of self-disclosure that enables an addict to face their problems without resorting to addictive behaviours.
Nature and healthy living are important components of addiction treatment programmes. A holistic approach to addiction treatment, including a balanced diet and exercise, also places addicts in better physical and mental condition to face their addiction.