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Treating Addiction: In-patient Drug Rehab Treatments Part 2

Updated on June 30, 2010

Specifically in larger cities, a great spectrum of different Alcoholics Anonymous groups is present to in order to assist particular specific demographic or sociographic groupings such as non-smokers, single mothers, or gay men and lesbians. There is currently a significant range of self-help and mutual aid associations beyond Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous which specialize in catering to differing requirements and philosophies. Some of these groups include: Rational Recovery, Women for Sobriety, Moderation Management, Self Management and Recovery Training, and Secular Organizations for Sobriety, though Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous still remain the most well known and widely accessible in North America.

The founding philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous has steered their specific programs to date and it has proven to be a considerably successful approach when considered in the overall reference of similar programs. There are a great many therapeutic addiction programs that encourage participation at Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous or make it an outright requirement for their patients with addictive problems in utilizing recreational narcotic drugs or consuming excess quantities of alcohol. Enforcing or mandating attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or other similar organization seems to contradict the very nature of self help and no research exists which supports the theory that mandating attendance in similar institutions or organizations is of any benefit to the patients with addictive problems in utilizing recreational narcotic drugs or consuming excess quantities of alcohol.

Due to the nature of the philosophies, processes, interactions and dynamicisms inherent in groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, it is difficult if not outright impossible for medical and clinical researchers to properly evaluate the effectiveness of attendance at mutual aid groups of this kind and to balance that efficacy against Inpatient Drug Rehab programs. The fact remains that a great number of patients find success through Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and similar groups, thus professional therapeutic specialists in the field of addiction treatment deliverables should familiarize themselves with mutual aid groups that are active in their field and in their communities in order to deliver information and support to their patients in the utilization of these community resources.

Despite the limitations of medical and clinical research there is reasonable evidence that patients exposed to Inpatient Drug Rehab therapy in the longer term reduce their abuse of various addictive substances and demonstrate improvement in the various aspects of their lives. While ameliorations in substance use behaviors are usually associated with lifestyle improvements this is not necessarily the case with most patients with addictive problems in utilizing recreational narcotic drugs or consuming excess quantities of alcohol.

Lifestyle improvements in other areas such as health, crime and social functioning, are not necessarily contingent on abstaining from the addictive substance. Some types of Inpatient Drug Rehab therapy seem quite advantageous when compared to their influence on substance abuse and the various problems which usually accompany it. Overall therapy conclusions are improved when proper Inpatient Drug Rehab therapies are provided for critical life problems such as unemployment, loneliness, communication problems, interpersonal relationship problems and lack of assertiveness. Patients with serious psychiatric disorders usually have a more difficult time achieving success than others.

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