Although people who become addicted to alcohol may have a lot in common, they are also likely to have taken very different paths that have led them to that point. There are also different factors that contribute to alcohol addiction, making it impossible to find a single method of treatment that will work for each one. One of the best approaches in alcohol addiction treatment is to take a holistic and individualized approach that includes a variety of treatment types. Addiction Rehab Toronto has found great success with this approach to alcohol and drug addiction treatment.
Some of the types of treatments used to treat addiction include:
- Individual Counselling
- Group and Family Counselling
- Meetings with Social Workers
- Recreational Activities
- Relapse Prevention
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Life Skills
- Art and Music Therapy
…and the list goes on!
The 12-Step Program
The 12-step program was first developed and used by Alcoholics Anonymous. Early on, this program was the core of alcohol addiction treatment. Over time, the program has been changed to meet the ongoing needs of people who are addicted to alcohol and other substances or behaviours. Although most rehab facilities use a variety of treatment types and some offer individualized treatment plans, the 12-step program continues to be an important part of most successful addiction treatment plans.
The twelve steps start with admitting powerlessness over addiction and admitting that the addict’s life has become unmanageable and continue with turning over their lives to God. The steps continue to include God in the individual’s plan by placing their recovery into his hands. The 12-step program is a very spiritual component of alcohol addiction treatment which some professionals say is a very important part of the spiritual aspect of a holistic approach.
Treating People, Not Addictions
The most important aspect of addiction treatment is realizing that it is the person that needs treated and not the addiction. The mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual components of the individual all make up the whole that is unique from every other. Providing the right combination of treatments based on a number of factors will result in the individualized treatment plan that will meet every need.
During the initial phases, the person is educated about the causes of alcohol addiction and the potential treatments used to treat it. During the recovery process, counselling is provided to help the individual understand what caused them to become addicted. Throughout the program, they will learn the skills they need to take back control of their life and build their self-confidence. In residential treatment programs, they may be given chores to perform to help them become more confident.
One of the most important things the alcohol addiction treatment facility can provide them with is relapse prevention towards, and sometimes after, the end of their rehab period. During this vulnerable time when the person is no longer staying in a safe environment and is attempting to make the transition back to a normal life, they are at the greatest risk of relapsing into their previous behaviour. If they have learned the life skills needed and have the support they need, they are more likely to have a successful recovery for the long-term. To learn more about holistic and individualized addiction treatment, call Addiction Rehab Toronto at 855-787-2424.