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Deciding to get help for an addiction takes courage and choosing the best treatment option may seem intimidating, but it doesn't need to be. With research, input from loved ones, and understanding your own recovery goals, you should be able to confidently make the decision on which type of treatment is the best for you; it may be that the best option is actually a combination of a few types. Because addiction rehabilitation comes in many different forms of varying duration and depth of care, your personality and severity of your addiction should be seriously considered when choosing an addiction treatment plan. The following are the most common types of addiction treatment.

Long-term Residential Centers

Long-term residential treatment centers are highly popular because they provide the addict with complete treatment in an isolated environment, away from their everyday lives and triggers. These centers normally offer rehabilitation and recovery services from 1-3 months depending on the center and the needs of the individual. Detoxification, medical treatment, counseling and group therapy are all options that long-term treatment centers may offer. Some of these centers are affiliated with religious or social groups and thus tailor the recovery process to fit their needs.

Short-term Residential Centers

Short-term residential treatment centers are quite similar to long-term residential care except that it only lasts up to a month rather than the additional 1-2 months of long-term addiction treatment. The residential stay in this type of treatment center is often shorter than that in a long-term center because the treatment plan might involve taking a step down in intensity to an outpatient treatment program or to a 12-step support group. As with long-term treatment centers, addicts need to check for affiliations before choosing a residential treatment center; those with a particular religious, social or sexual affiliation may have more success in a treatment program that incorporates their beliefs and addresses their particular issues.

Outpatient Treatment Programs

Outpatient addiction treatment centers are sound middle options between highly intensive residential centers and less intensive support groups and therapy sessions. Instead of providing around-the-clock care, these programs meet several times a week for 2-4 hours per session, on average. Outpatient treatment programs are often next steps from residential treatment care. Learn more about the difference between residential rehab or outpatient treatment programs.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Think you may have an addiction that was caused by trying to medicate symptoms of a mental illness or a mental illness that is worsened by substance abuse or an addiction? You may meet the criteria for dual diagnosis treatment.

Support Groups

12-step groups fall into this category; they are especially effective for those who have gone through more intense treatment for their addictions and for those whose addictions are less severe. The intimate nature of these groups makes them ideal for affiliation since they are often geared towards providing support to specific groups of people. Christianity, for example, may be a part of the treatment plan for a faith-based support group. Other such groups may be ideal for members of the GLBTQ community or for individuals dealing with specific addictions and other disorders.

One-on-one Therapy

One-on-one therapy is ideal for someone who has already gone through detoxification and more intensive therapy, but who prefers a more personal approach than that of a group setting. For some addicts, this one-on-one interaction with a trained professional may be enough to recover from their addictions. One-on-one therapy addresses the underlying issues that are causing the individual to self-medicate through various addictions, helping them by eliminating the causes of relapse. One-on-one therapy is also a good follow-up step to more intense forms of treatment.

Sober Living Facilities

Individuals who have gone through residential addiction treatment but want to spend more time in a drug-free residential setting with other former addicts in recovery may want to consider a sober living facility. Sober living facilities are ideal for those who think that going home right after finishing residential treatment could trigger a relapse. Group support is another beneficial aspect of this treatment option.


While an intervention is not something that someone with an addiction plans, going with friends or family members to talk to a professional about the dangers of addictions in a pre-planned meeting can be a short but effective treatment method. An intervention is not sufficient to cure addictions or to help individuals begin living a drug-free life, but it often makes the individual aware of their addictions and their need for help. The biggest benefit of an intervention is that the interventionist is equipped to advise addicts on available addiction treatment rehabilitation options in the area so that they can begin more intensive treatment. When choosing an addiction treatment center or other addiction treatment options, proper research is key for choosing the program that is likely to be the best fit and most effective in bringing about full recovery. Reputation and accreditation are also important, as is the presence of a solid, established aftercare program to help beyond the initial treatment. Are you looking for the best addiction treatment center for you or a loved one? Call our addiction advisors for the guidance you’re looking for: 1-800-259-1361