In the last few decades, the amount of rehab options has grown exponentially. General rehab programs used to be the standard. Everyone looking to start down the road to recovery, regardless of their substance of choice, was made to attend the same meetings and groups.
This always presented a challenge because each substance, and each person, responds differently. Certain drugs have more serious withdrawal symptoms, and certain people may respond more positively to a certain type of treatment than others.
These challenges brought on the creation of specialty rehab programs. These programs allow individuals to attend meetings centered around the particular substance they are recovering from. This creates an advantage because discussions, and support, can be tailored to the specific challenges around that particular substance.
Going to more specialized support groups like these can create more targeted addiction support, and ultimately, more successful recovery.
Specialty Rehab Programs
Specialty rehab programs can be tailored around a specific drug or substance, as well as a specific group of people. Addiction can affect people from all ages and walks of life. If a teenager is recovering from alcohol abuse, they may not be comfortable going to a general Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Thankfully, today, specialty rehab programs are available based on age, race, gender, and even religion.
Holistic Rehab Programs
One type of specialty rehab program we offer here at Just Believe is Holistic Rehab. This form of treatment allows clients to use natural methods to help in their recovery.
Clients can choose from a variety of holistic activities and treatment options in addition to their regularly scheduled treatments. We offer things such as yoga, massage, amino acid therapy, meditation, and exercise.
One of our more unique treatment offerings is Auriculotherapy. This particular type of therapy is similar to acupuncture but doesn’t use any needles. Auriculotherapy uses a device called a micro-current stimulator which gets placed on your pulse points outside of your ear.
This micro-current stimulator then transmits different messages to the brain depending on where it has been placed. Auriculotherapy can be used to treat substance abuse, trauma, and can even help to stop cravings of tobacco and other substances.
Based on independent studies, Auriculotherapy has been responsible for a 97% retention rate in drug rehab, and an 80% reduction in depression and cravings for substances.
Young Adult Rehab Groups (18+)
Another popular specialty rehab program is rehab for teens. Alcohol and drugs seem to be getting introduced to kids earlier and earlier. The result is that teenage curiosity around drugs and alcohol suddenly becoming abuse.
Rehab programs specifically geared toward this age group are extremely important. They help teens and young adults get the help they need quickly, which can help to prevent long-term problems with drug and alcohol abuse as they mature into adulthood.
Drug and alcohol abuse during the late teen years can actually affect the development of the brain. This can make it extremely difficult to stop using drugs and alcohol as an adult. The change in brain development makes it even more challenging to refrain from substance abuse on willpower alone when the teen has become an adult.
Certain rehab centers will offer an environment where teens and young adults can undergo group therapy sessions with their peers. This may help them to feel more comfortable when they see other people their age going through the same problems and challenges.
Family therapy sessions are offered as well. These sessions help parents understand how to support their teens during this difficult time. The family therapy are often multidimensional. This means that a teen and their family can go through therapy at the same time. This enables the family to understand what their teen may be going through, and ultimately help them give more support.
Inpatient rehab programs may also be offered to teens if they are dealing with other issues in combination with substance abuse. Being a teenager can be difficult under normal circumstances. Even without substance abuse, there is still the potential for other emotional disorders to develop. Inpatient programs can be effective if a teen is experiencing something like depression or ADHD in addition to substance abuse.
Religious Rehab Groups
If people come from a spiritual background, they or their family may request a more faith-based approach to their recovery. The extra spiritual support may help them find comfort during this difficult time.
The challenge with faith-based programs are that they need to be selected carefully. Be sure to select a faith-based program that was founded by health professionals who can ensure that proper treatment is received.
Depending on what area of the country you are located in, hospitals and treatment centers may even partner with faith-based organizations. When done right, these partnerships create an amazing environment for ensuring effective physical recovery without neglecting the spiritual aspect.
LGBTQ Rehab Groups
In addition to age group and religion, people can select a specialty rehab program based on sexual orientation. Having this choice helps people to feel more comfortable during their recovery process.
Being surrounded by peers allows people from the LGBTQ community to focus on recovery without fear of discrimination. It also allows them to go through recovery alongside people within their community who face the same issues and challenges.
In addition to substance abuse, these particular rehab groups also support people within the community when they come out to family and friends. This time in their life can be a source of homophobia and discrimination. The emotions they experience during this time, may cause someone from the LGBTQ community to experience severe trauma and possibly turn to substance abuse.
The most popular 12-step program has to be Alcoholics Anonymous. It has grown by leaps and bounds in recent decades, hosting meetings in almost every major city. This is the choice for most people dealing with alcohol abuse.
However, Alcoholics Anonymous has lead to the development of other 12-step programs and support groups. One of these being Narcotics Anonymous.
The abuse of narcotics presents a different set of challenges than the misuse of alcohol. Now people suffering from addiction to narcotics have a group of their own. They can receive support from peers who are going through the same challenges, and get treatment tailored specifically to them when they may not have necessarily fit in at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
Be sure to do your research on the specialty rehab programs and other treatment options offered in your area. And, as always, Just Believe is here to help if you need us.