What Might a Customized Recovery Plan Look Like?

Addiction treatment plans cannot be the same for everyone. There are so many treatment options available that it is impossible for all of them to be right for everyone. An effective treatment center will not give every client the same recovery plan. A customized recovery plan is necessary for the best outcomes.

Upon entering treatment, you will be assessed for your detox needs if there is a detox center on-site or if you have not already gone through detox. You will also be questioned about your substance use history and biopsychosocial history. If there are certain methods of treatment that you cannot do or will not do because of personal, health, or religious reasons, an effective treatment center will be more than willing to accommodate your requests. The key to an effective customized recovery plan is for it to cater to all parts of the individual: mind, body, spirit, and social identity.

Types of Treatment that a Recovery Plan May Include

• Medical and Alternative Treatments When going through detox, you will be given a variety of medications to make the process as safe and comfortable as possible (e.g. anti-seizure medications, medications to treat high blood pressure and rapid heart rate, and medications that behave like the substance you were addicted to helping your body gradually come down). Alternative treatments (e.g. acupuncture or biosound therapy) may be used as well.

• Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, mindfulness, eye-movement desensitization (EMDR), and hypnosis are few of the many evidence-based psychotherapy options that may be included in your treatment plan. The goal of psychotherapy is to help heal the underlying psychological wounds that triggered your addiction.

• Diet Changes Many treatment centers will have a chef prepare healthy, delicious food that will help heal your body of the damage done from the substance. Your plate will almost always include fruits, vegetables, and proteins. Certain treatment centers will serve organic food since processed food may not be as beneficial for the recovery process and may become another addiction.

• Experiential Therapy Experiential therapy is the umbrella term for a variety of therapies that involve activity (e.g. art therapy, music therapy, animal therapy, psychodrama therapy, adventure therapy, nature therapy, etc.). These activities help you express unconscious thoughts or feelings that you may not be able to articulate in therapy. These activities will also teach you how to have, make yourself feel good, cope with stress, and socialize without using substances.

• Family Therapy Treatment centers now understand the need for family therapy. While you have been psychologically affected by using your substances, your family has been affected by the effects of it. Family therapy will help identify the effects of active addiction within the family system, identify codependency within the family system, and prepare you and your family for your return home.

Types of Treatment Centers for Specific Populations

Even though most effective treatment centers will understand the importance of and implement customized treatment plans, certain treatment centers may be better at catering to the recovery needs of certain populations. Religion and culture play a significant role in recovery. Faith-based rehabs (e.g. Christian, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, etc.) are available to treat addiction using models that center around that specific faith. Those who speak limited English or are a member of a culture that many people do not understand would benefit from a culture specific-program (e.g. Hispanic or Spanish-Speaking Program). Gender and sexuality issues play a significant role in addiction and recovery.

Men and women face different issues (e.g. men being socialized not to express emotion and women having to handle the demands of work and household responsibilities). Gender-specific recovery programs may be beneficial for those have underlying issues connected to gender-roles or simply feel comfortable being around the same people of the same gender. Sexual minorities are more prone to addiction than any other population because of the stigma that they face.

LGBTQ-specific recovery programs will have staff that is specially trained to treat these psychosocial issues and have modifications (e.g. private bedrooms and bathing areas) to eliminate confusion for gender non-conforming individuals and those who are in the process of transitioning. There are many recovery centers in the Northeast who are well-trained in developing customized plans that will be most effective for each individual client. The variety of recovery centers in the region also means that there are plenty that caters to specific populations. Contact one today at 833-762-3739 to learn more.