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Are Addiction Treatment Centers the Only Option for Recovery?

The type of approach a drug abuse rehab center uses can mean the difference between a successful recovery and failure.

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Are Addiction Treatment Centers the Only Option for Recovery?

Drug addiction rates have reached epidemic proportions over the past two decades. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 23.5 million Americans aged 12 and older were in need of treatment for a drug problem in 2009. This equals out to 9.3 percent of people in this age group.

Traditional drug addiction treatment facilities have been around for decades and have amassed a considerable amount of data on what works and what doesn't. Albeit so, alternative drug rehabilitiation centers have also developed a certain degree of proficiency in helping addicts overcome addiction problems.

While the type of approach a drug abuse rehab center uses can mean the difference between a successful recovery and failure, no one treatment approach works well for everyone. With the advent of alternative drug abuse recovery facilities, someone seeking help has a better chance of finding the type of treatment that best addresses his or her treatment needs.

Traditional addiction treatment programs view addiction as a disease that stems from a physical and psychological dependency on drugs. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, these dependency issues diminish a person's ability to control developing drug-using behaviors. From this standpoint, traditional programs specifically target the physical and psychological components that drive addiction. Most, if not all traditional programs follow established treatment protocols and guidelines that have proven to be effective over time.

While getting treatment for the physical and psychological aspects of addiction is essential to a successful recovery, not only are there different ways to go about this, but other aspects of a person or "self" may be neglected when a strict treatment protocol is followed. Alternative programs attempt to fill these treatment "gaps," which sometimes limit a traditional program's effectiveness.

Alternative Drug Addiction Treatment Options

Rather than follow the standard detox, counseling and aftercare treatment process found in traditional programs, alternative addiction centers may approach addiction treatment from any number of different standpoints. Some of the more commonly used alternative treatment approaches include:

Holistic drug abuse centers approaches emphasize the importance of treating the mind, body and spiritual aspects of the person rather than just the mind and body. In turn, these programs may combine alternative treatment methods with the more standardized treatment methods to accomplish these ends. Alternative methods most used include:

Amino acid treatment offers an all-natural approach to drug addiction help. This approach administers intravenous amino acid injections over a pre-determined time period. Amino acids are believed to help heal and restore brain functions damaged by prolonged drug use, which works to reduce or eliminate the drug cravings so often experienced in recovery.

Faith-based treatment programs see addiction as taking root within the spiritual part of the individual through past hurts and the resulting psychological dysfunction that result. In turn, these programs place a heavy emphasis on treating the spiritual aspect of the person. Most faith-based tretament cneters combine the daily living principles found in the Bible with the more standardized drug treatment models.

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