The Different Kinds of Addiction Rehab

One thing that can certainly debilitate someone’s life is a destructive addiction.  It can wreak havoc on a person’s health, finances, family and social life.  Unfortunately, there are also many different forms of addiction, and many people experience addiction differently.  For that reason, there are also many different kinds of addiction rehabilitation.  Below is a short overview of just a few of the more common forms of addiction rehab.

One of the more common and widely known forms of addiction rehab is the support group.  The group in question is composed of peers that struggle with the same kind of addiction.  Attendance to these kinds of groups is often free.  They are usually only funded by donations from members.

The idea behind such groups is simple.  Often, individuals that suffer from an addiction feel like they are isolated and battling their demons on their own.  Members share their experiences with each other to help alleviate these feelings of isolation.  Members also lend other members support by pairing up as “buddies.”  These buddies can then be contacted at any time if a member feels the temptation to give into the addiction.

Addiction rehab may also come in the form of an outpatient program.  Such a program is likely to require meetings.  However, unlike a support group, attendance is usually mandatory to successfully complete a program.  Meetings are also likely to occur with more frequency.  Several meetings being scheduled throughout the week is common.

Therapy is also usually a strong component of an outpatient rehab program.  This therapy is usually of a psychological nature.  This is because it is believed that addiction is sometimes a symptom of underlying psychological or emotional issues.  The addiction is often used as an escape from these underlying problems.  This is why addressing them is an important part of many addicts’ recovery processes.

Lastly, the third most common form of addiction rehab is that of the inpatient program.  Unlike the previous two, this is unfortunately the most expensive.  However, such a program is also more likely to produce tangible results for an addict.

An inpatient program will involve a patient checking in and staying at a rehab facility for the length of the program.  The idea behind this concept is easy to understand.  While therapy and group meetings may also be part of such a program, the addict will also be physically prevented from accessing the substance or activity that person is addicted to.