Does Drug Rehab Treatment Focus More on the Body or the Mind?

If you have never been in rehab or experienced any type of addiction or mental health treatment, you may be wondering what type of treatments are used in drug rehab treatment. Rest assured that all rehab treatment is humane, ethical, and intended for your highest good. Addiction is a complex disease that involves many biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors. Modern rehab centers are well aware of this; therefore, they use treatment that focuses equally on the body, mind, and spirit. The body is the primary focus upon entering treatment.

Since you most likely have been using up to the point that you have entered rehab to avoid withdrawal, you will be assessed by a medical professional during the admissions process. During the two to the 14-day detox process, the focus will be on getting you safely and comfortably through withdrawal. You will most likely not receive too much psychological counseling during that period to assure that your body recovers before the deeper work begins. After detox, you will be put into talk therapy that takes place in a variety of settings (e.g. individual, group, family, 12-Step, art/music, recreational, nature, etc.) to heal the mind and spirit.

Common Types of Treatment that are Used

Common treatments that are utilized in modern addiction treatment are: Acupuncture Acupuncture is often used along with medical and other alternative interventions (e.g. bio sound therapy, yoga, meditation, etc.) to get you through detox. If you are a chronic pain sufferer and became addicted to the pain medications that were prescribed to you, acupuncture will be used to manage your chronic pain and will be encouraged to be used after you leave rehab. All acupuncture treatments will be done by a licensed acupuncturist, and all other medical and alternative treatments will be done by their designated licensed practitioner. Art/Music Therapies Your mind is so complex that you cannot possibly understand and articulate everything that is going on. Art (e.g. painting, drawing, crafts, drama, etc.) and music therapies will most likely be used to help your treatment team understand your deeper underlying issues. You do not have to worry about being Picasso or Mozart, you just have to create a work according to the directions of the therapist and leave it up to his or her interpretation.

All work will be interpreted from a psychology perspective. Individual and Family Therapy Individual therapy is necessary to heal your personal wounds that triggered your addiction. Remember that your substance use was only a symptom of a deeper psychological/spiritual malady. Evidence-based therapy will be used to correct your cognitive distortions. Family therapy is used to help heal the wounds in the familial relationships, identify and correct codependent patterns, and prepare your family for your homecoming. Group Therapy Group therapy is a big part of the rehab experience. Decades of addiction treatment show that people recovering from substance use disorders who connect with other people who are also recovering from substance use disorders yields positive results. Group therapy can incorporate evidence-based therapy methods, be a simple discussion, or a 12-Step Meeting that is similar to the meetings you encounter outside of the rehab.

If the 12-Steps are not a regimen that works for you, rehabs that do not use the 12-Step exist. What to Look for in a Quality Rehab Since addiction is complex and has many components to it, a major sign of a quality rehab is it takes the holistic approach, which addresses all of those components. Lower-quality rehabs often have limited resources, which means they most likely will not offer all of the various therapies a higher-quality rehab offers. In addition, make sure that they have staff that is “licensed,” which means their staff possesses at least a master’s degree. These titles can include licensed professional counselors (LPC), licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed certified alcohol and drug counselors (LCADC), etc. Lower-quality rehabs may only hire “certified” counselors such as certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC).

Addiction and co-occurring disorders are complex issues that take require years of training to understand and treat. “Certified” counselors may only have a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or even just a high school diploma with an addictions counselor certificate that can be earned in as little as six months. These programs do not go into the necessary depth of addictive disorders, co-occurring disorders, and therapeutic interventions. You may be wondering if cost matters.

Generally, the rule of thumb “You get what you pay for” applies to addiction treatment. However, most major health insurances cover at least 28 days of addiction treatment, treatment scholarships are widely available, and many quality state-funded and affordable programs exist. Just do your research and look for the signs of a quality rehab center. Indiana rehab centers are well-trained in taking the holistic approach to addiction treatment. They have a variety of therapies to heal your mind, body, and spirit and allow you to live the life you are meant to live. Call them today at 833-762-3739 to learn more.