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Types of Drug Rehabilitation Programs

Types of Drug Rehabilitation Programs
Written by Seth Fletcher on January 26, 2021
Last update: May 15, 2024

Various types of drug rehabilitation programs are available for somebody who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Each person’s situation is unique and therefore requires a customized approach when selecting the type of addiction treatment program that is best suited to drive the person to a healthy recovery. Addiction treatment centres usually offer a variety of drug rehabilitation programs. They can also make a recommendation as to which addiction treatment option would be most successful for your specific case.

Inpatient addiction treatment

Inpatient drug addiction treatment can represent an important milestone to recovery for people who have severe addiction issues or who may present with higher risk concerns. Inpatient treatment requires the individual to move to the rehabilitation centre full-time, 24 hours per day. The inpatient treatment centre is habited by other men and women who are also going through the treatment process. Addiction treatment specialists are on hand 24/7.

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During the stay at an inpatient addiction treatment facility, the individual will be guided through a variety of treatment processes until they are deemed healthy enough to continue their treatment as an outpatient. Duration at the facility can vary based on a person’s needs but the usual inpatient stay is 30-60 days. 

Outpatient addiction treatment

Outpatient addiction treatment programs provide professional care at the treatment centre for a few hours per week, but the person is free to attend work or school and can also sleep at their home. Individuals who are best suited for an outpatient treatment program are those with a less severe case, have lower risks caused by their addiction, or may have completed an inpatient treatment program but require continued care and support on an outpatient basis. 

The focus of an outpatient rehabilitation treatment program is to develop healthier coping mechanisms that will address the underlying issues that led to addiction.  

Although outpatient treatment programs offer flexibility, they are not a replacement for inpatient treatment when more intense professional care is required around the clock. Read more about the inpatient vs outpatient rehab here.

Individual counselling 

Individual counselling allows the individual to meet with a dedicated therapist that is professionally trained and licensed in the use of therapy for the purpose of addiction. Through this process, the person gains the tools necessary to identify, avoid, and manage their triggers. Therapy also allows the individual to gain clearer understanding of the root causes of their addiction, thus enlightening the motivation and history that drive their addiction behaviour. Confidentiality is maintained. One of the benefits of meeting with a therapist  one-on-one is that this allows the therapist to narrow in on the individual’s situation and problems, thus facilitating the development of a customized addiction treatment plan for the individual. 

Group counselling

Group counselling sessions are generally held once or twice a week, for one to two hours each. The sessions are led by a licensed therapist. The group sizes may vary from as few as three people  to 12 or more. Individuals are encouraged to attend the group sessions for at least two months but they may be encouraged to continue attending for a longer period of time. 

Oftentimes, group counselling starts with individuals’ introductions and updates on their treatment progress. The therapist will then lead the group in a discussion on an educational topic of relevance to the group. Group counselling attendees have reported feeling an increase in optimism and self-worth during the meetings. Individuals often find group counselling to be a supportive environment in a calm atmosphere. 

Each individual may be in a different phase of the treatment, and they may also be on different treatment programs. The open and judgement-free group dialogue can help individuals realize they are not alone as they hear stories and receive support from others who have lived similar experiences, but are now further down the recovery path and are showing signs of health and sobriety. 

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Aftercare From Addiction Treatment

Aftercare is usually reserved for individuals who are newly recovered. This is a time of vulnerability, with a  high-risk for relapse. The goal of after-care is to ensure that the newly sober person continues to have access to the necessary tools to maintain their life of sobriety. Effectively, it is a relapse prevention or relapse recovery strategy. During aftercare, the individuals will focus on identifying and managing their triggers, coping with stress and cravings. Aftercare can involve in-person meetings or even teleconference meetings, particularly if the individual lives a long distance from the treatment centre. 

Canadian Centre for Addictions treatment programs

The Canadian Centre for Addictions (CCFA) offers inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, individual counselling, group counselling, lifetime care as well as intervention services. You can learn more about our services here

As an essential service, the CCFA treatment centre is open during the COVID-19 pandemic under stringent safety measures as recommended by public health.  Please contact us if you have any questions regarding our safety measures, which may change in accordance to changes in public health recommendations.

Certified Addiction Counsellor

Seth brings many years of professional experience working the front lines of addiction in both the government and privatized sectors.

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