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Treating Addiction: Drug Addict Rehab Forms Part 2

Updated on June 30, 2010

Individual perspective-oriented psychotherapy has a goal to expose unconscious conflicts and the various interrelated dynamics that are believed in the literature to cause addictive problems in utilizing recreational narcotic drugs or consuming excess quantities of alcohol. Some of the primary goals are to allow patients a level of insight into their various problems and to assist them in the challenges of working through their various unresolved conflicts which generally originate in their early childhood experiences.
Brief motivational counseling within the general setting of Drug Addiction Rehab Treatment is another form of psychotherapeutic process and generally involves up to three sessions of primarily motivational feedback and concise counseling based on a very specific prior assessment of the individual's condition and case. Brief motivational counseling is generally considered to not be as effective as other, more potent psychotherapeutic interventions. Most trials of brief motivational counseling have been measured to be more effective than alternative forms of intervention with weak alternatives such as no therapy at all, or with various forms of Drug Addiction Rehab Treatment for which there is little evidence of efficacy.

Residential environmental therapy is generally known to be an intensive exposure to a milieu focusing on therapeutic interventions. Under this category are generally listed strategies and processes such as therapeutic communities, halfway house settings, and the entire wide range of residential Drug Addiction Rehab Treatment options for individuals suffering from addiction disorders.

Communal residential living a very clear form of a therapeutic environment or milieu, whether or not it is accompanied by a structured therapy program. Residential environmental therapy is not always effective, and the variance is largely due to the predispositions of the patient.

Other components of the residential environmental therapeutic model include the establishment of a particular and specific model of addiction and stresses the requirement for complete abstinence. Closely related to this form of therapeutic intervention strategy are the use of group therapy, the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the intensive involvement of non-professional counselors who are currently recovering from addictive problems in utilizing recreational narcotic drugs or consuming excess quantities of alcohol.

There have been a large numbers of studies demonstrating that participation in therapeutic programs such as these is generally associated with positive outcomes in patients with addictive problems in utilizing recreational narcotic drugs or consuming excess quantities of alcohol. Unfortunately most of the studies performed on these therapies have been uncontrolled. The studies which have been conducted and are controlled in nature are rather few in number. Regardless of the status of the clinical study undertaken and whether it was controlled or uncontrolled, it has to date not been conclusively demonstrated that the advantages of this approach are linked to the residential environmental component. Instead, it seems that the residential milieu is not as important as the continued delivery of a wide spectrum continuum of services within the Drug Addiction Rehab Treatment setting, especially when continuing care is taken into consideration alongside the involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous which would occur later in the process.

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