The Importance of Individualized Treatment
At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe in individualized treatment for drug and alcohol treatment. Many people believe that all types of addiction can receive the same kind of therapy and treatment.
However, the truth is that treatment isn’t “one size fits all.” Addictions vary just as much as addicts themselves. All addictions share some things in common, like cravings and compulsive use. However, each person’s story is unique. As a result, individualized treatment is vital for success.
Individualized Treatment From Start to Finish
Drug rehabilitation generally begins with medical detox. This process differs based on the substance the patient was using. It can also change based on the duration and amount of use. For example, someone suffering from alcohol withdrawal must receive medical supervision. The monitoring is also necessary to prevent or treat potentially fatal symptoms. In contrast, someone detoxing from opiates will need specific medications to reduce extreme discomfort. The importance of individual care doesn’t end at detox.
With different experiences come different needs. For example, two people who have used opiates won’t necessarily benefit from the same treatment plan. One patient may need to focus on life skills, while another may need help processing trauma.
Individualized treatment is also vital for discharge and aftercare. Some patients may be ready to go home and adjust to their routine, while others benefit from going to sober living after Florida drug rehab ends. Still, others may benefit most from finding a sober roommate or relocating. This decision, like all treatment decisions, should be based on individual needs. All addicts and alcoholics have substances in common, but each patient has their own set of requirements, goals, concerns, and challenges.
How Individualized Treatment Works
There are countless methods of ensuring someone gets individualized treatment. In many facilities, multiple “tracks” or approaches are available to address different populations and different needs.
These tracks include:
- Dual diagnosis treatment: This approach generally helps patients struggling with mental health issues alongside addiction.
- Trauma-focused care
- Life skills and vocational development
- Family systems approach
- Special populations focus: These programs address specific needs, like those of college students or LGBTQ+ identifying patients
- Long-term addiction therapy
Individualized treatment additionally involves the patient working with their therapist to create a treatment plan. Generally, it includes identifying goals, strengths, and needs.
Finding an Individualized Approach
The reality is what works for one person may not work for another. Drug treatment centers should also recognize and honor the differences, experiences, and unique life stories that each patient brings to the table. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, one of the core values of our philosophy is treating each patient individually. Thus, allowing us to address specific needs and help our patients reach their goals. If you are ready to get help, give us a call today.