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Drug Treatment Characteristics That May be Crucial 

Drug treatment overview: 

drug treatmentDrug treatment means intervening and changing an individual's life using psychological, pharmacological and social methods.  Many drug treatment options exist that you may choose from.  Below, we will describe some of the general characteristics of drug treatments that may be helpful for you to know when deciding on the best treatment for yourself or loved ones.  The major drug treatment characteristics can be classified under four basic categories: 

Setting: Setting characteristics include whether it is an inpatient or an outpatient drug treatment facility, community facilities (churches, schools and community centers) that offer self-help, or peer counseling, or including such virtual settings as the telephone or Internet. 


Modality: Drug treatment modalities come in several varieties including the drug treatment team approach consisting of physicians, counselors, nurses, social workers, psychologists; self-help treatment approaches; individual counseling based on a specific treatment model (for example cognitive-behavioral or psychodynamic psychotherapy); group therapy or psychopharmacology. Psychopharmacology is a specific form of drug treatment in which physicians use medical drugs to help people with their symptoms, cravings and many of their difficult behavior problems.  There are specific pharmacological methods for treating both alcohol and drug dependence, which will be described on subsequent pages. 

Providers: There are various different types of providers who provide services in drug treatment programs. Drug treatment clinicians and also non-clinicians (nonprofessionals) may be used to provide addiction related services.  12-step programs include sponsors which guide people through the process of recovery, and support them in the process.  Addiction counselors, physicians (some are addiction specialists and some are not), psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, exercise therapists, and various others frequently work within these programs.  Each different type of provider works within at least one and frequently several different types of modalities, which involves bringing their own attitudes and beliefs as well as their own theoretical orientations to the process of drug treatment. 

Duration: The duration of drug treatment is an important consideration when you're trying to decide what is most appropriate for your circumstances.  This is known to be an extremely controversial area because of the recurrent nature of addiction, the relative lack of research and wide-ranging expert opinions involved.

Various drug treatment options will be described on many of these pages in relation to the four categories described above.  In considering your various drug treatment options, decide whether you have preferences in respect to the setting in which the treatment program operates, modalities and the types of providers that you would like have access to throughout the duration of your drug treatment. 

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