What is Intensive Therapy?
Intensive therapy is a key player in nearly all successful treatment modules across the board. The type of therapy you will undergo during treatment is dependent upon many factors, from the presence of mental illness to the severity of your addiction.
In 2007, 2.4 million people were treated for substance abuse in the United States, per the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Those who undergo treatment programs equipped with therapy are more likely to remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol than those who do not.
Your upbringing, home life, and relationships with others can help to determine which method of therapy you are likely to respond best to. For example, patients struggling with phobias that have led them to isolation and addiction may respond very well to exposure therapy, which slowly forces the patient to encounter the things they fear and gradually learn to accept them.
Thus, a patient with social anxiety may begin with individual counseling and progress to skills development groups or support groups as a way of connecting with others in a safe environment and letting go of the fear they’ve attached to engaging with other people.
The need for therapy
Intensive therapy is a valuable option in the world of substance abuse treatment. Used for inpatient and outpatient treatment, intensive therapy goes above and beyond the limits of typical treatments to include a substantial amount of counseling and therapy directed at remedying the mental precursors of the patient’s substance abuse problem. Often, underlying issues lie at the root of an abuser’s addiction, like traumas dating back to the patient’s childhood. PsychCentral reports higher rates of physical abuse among addicts, with 24 percent of all male alcoholics and 33 percent of all female alcoholics having been exposed in comparison to only 8.4 percent of non-addicts.
Intensive therapy is perfect for the patient who needs more than the weekly dose of therapy most programs come with. However, it should be noted that intensive therapy programs are generally designed for patients who do not need to detox.
This means the patient has either already detoxed a home or has completed a detox program elsewhere, from which they can directly enroll in an intensive therapy program. Patients presenting emotional or behavioral issues, crises, or comorbid disorders are most likely in need of intensive treatment.
- Inpatient vs. Outpatient
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Behavioral Needs
When you’re preparing for treatment, seriously consider the advice of professionals. The nature of your treatment needs may change after detox if symptoms improve or worsen. Outpatient care is best suited for mild to moderate symptoms of the disorder.
Those with more serious conditions and those who are deemed ill-equipped to cope with their mental condition without using drugs or alcohol as a crutch are better off being treated as an inpatient. As an inpatient, you live at the treatment facility full-time and abide by the rules they set. This is often a crucial element in the treatment of the patient who lacks the support necessary to abstain from use on his or her own. Your days are generally mapped out for you and full of the many therapeutic techniques mentioned here.
As an outpatient, you can expect the same scope of therapy in a more condensed format. Additionally, you won’t live on the property. For some, this means travel is involved. These patients can continue to participate in their daily lives — taking care of family and maintaining employment — while still getting the full impact of treatment that residential patients do.
In majority, most intensive therapy programs offer daily psychiatric evaluations of the patient’s condition, 12-step program participation, and educational resources on addiction inclusive of group learning sessions. While some patients are hesitant to participate in a 12-step program, Reuters reported on research shows that this method was an effective form of treatment with only 14 percent of drug-abusing patients relapsing within a year.
No one type of therapy is suitable for every condition or personality. A well-rounded intensive therapy program will promote a variety of treatment options that can be used in the planned therapy regimen overseen by a physician. One of the biggest perks of intensive therapy is the ability to tailor a treatment plan around the individual patient. So there’s little to no concern about the chosen method being ineffective or clashing with the needs of the patient.
Specific modules for treatment include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, motivational interviewing, individual and group therapy, contingency management, and more. Community reinforcement tactics continually produce exemplary results in the treatment of substance abuse patients.
A study cited in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Treatment Improvement Protocols manual notes that 75 percent of community reinforcement patients completed a treatment program, in contrast to a mere 11 percent in the standard treatment group.
Some patients will need residential care, but many are capable of participating in an outpatient program. Needing more intensive therapy does not mean patients cannot care for themselves; it simply means the patients require more help to overcome obstacles that may be standing in the way of their recovery. For many, a long-term stay in residential treatment is just the added safeguard they need in battling triggers and temptation. It is important to note that patients suffering from severe mental health symptoms should seek inpatient care.
Recovery is far more likely to be lasting when the right steps are taken to reach sobriety in the first place. A credible rehab facility will thoroughly stress the importance of following up your chosen detox experience with continued treatment, because withdrawing from a substance isn’t enough to keep you drug-free. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids reports that addicts who continue with treatment within a month of completing detox take 40 percent longer to return to drug or alcohol use, if they do at all.
At Circle of Hope, you’re going to find yourself again, and we think you’re going to love who you are by the time you leave us. Our progressive treatment plans are highly effective and continue to deliver promising results day after day. If you know someone who is struggling with substance abuse, or you’re stuck in the trenches of addiction yourself, call us today. Together, we can turn your life around.