What Treatments Are Effective for Addiction?

What Treatments Are Effective for Addiction?

Discovering treatments that are effective for addiction can be challenging. The amount of people around the world who battle addiction is countless. People who struggle with addiction tend to be heterogeneous, meaning they experience diverse aspects of addiction, both physically and mentally. There is also a wide variety of substances being used in some cases, including alcohol, opiates, cocaine, and marijuana.

These are all comorbid disorders and have different effects on different individuals. Specialized treatments have been developed to target specific types of substance use disorders. Treatment services can address substance use and other problems that are caused by substance use disorders.

These substance use disorders can become addictions. These addictions can have a negative impact on family, social relationships, jobs, medical conditions, and a person’s mental health. Seeking treatment is important. With so many options available, there is no reason why someone could not find the treatment that can help them overcome addiction.

Which Types of Addiction Require Treatment?

All substance use disorders require some form of treatment. When the substance we are addicted to has taken control over our lives and become a priority, it is time to seek treatment. There are a wide variety of addictions, which can include:

  • Synthetic stimulants
  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamines
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine

Fortunately, there are effective treatment options to overcome each.

Why Is Treatment Important for Overcoming Addiction?

Treatment for addiction is important because addiction is a disease. In order to overcome addiction, treatment intervention must take place. Treatment can reverse the negative effects that a substance has created. When an addiction develops, it can cause the brain to form a new normal that is dependent on a substance.

It’s critical to understand that dependence is not a person’s choice. Rather there are a number of biological, environmental, etc. risk factors that put a person at risk of developing substance use disorder (SUD).

What Are Some Treatment Options for Addiction?

There are many options and styles of treatment. Some of these are counseling, 12-Step programs, exercise, creative activities, outdoor adventure therapy, mindfulness, and more. Any treatment that promotes coping skills and tools needed to gravitate away from addiction and on to things that are going to benefit our well-being are considered an effective form of treatment. Some of these treatment options are well-known and often recommended.

What Are Rehabilitation Treatments?

Rehabilitation treatment is a process that involves a variety of medical and social services. These services can help clients successfully achieve periods of sobriety and stabilize their personal and social life. Rehabilitation treatment is compared to detox; however, detox is usually brief and focuses on restoring physical and emotional health by cleansing the body of chemicals left behind by substances.

Rehabilitation treatment consists of identifying what type of addiction a person is struggling with and creating a treatment plan for that individual. An individual treatment plan can focus on a person’s issues and needs. In most cases, an environmental change for rehabilitation success is necessary.

Individual or Group Therapy Can Be an Effective Treatment for Addiction

Another form of addiction treatment is therapy, otherwise known as counseling. This type of treatment is talk therapy. Talking to someone who is unacquainted with us and will listen with a non-judgemental ear can help us in our process of overcoming our addiction. This type of outlet offers emotional security and an understanding of behaviors and patterns.

Family therapy can also be a helpful treatment when family members are willing to participate. When those close to us battle addiction, it is not always easy to communicate how one another is feeling. Behaviors that are negatively displayed are often misunderstood. Family therapy gives all members a chance to be seen and heard.

Other Effective Treatments for Addiction

Detox is a treatment that is often sought to quickly detox from the substances that are causing addiction. Detox is a period of time when the body can cleanse itself from chemicals released from addictive substances. This is a medically supervised treatment due to the withdrawals and changes the body can experience.

Medication treatment is a therapy where a variety of medications can be used to help deter the cravings and withdrawal symptoms of addiction. This type of therapy can help maintain sobriety because it reduces the urge to use.

Behavioral therapy is a treatment used to engage participants in a variety of activities. This type of treatment has been known to be effective during rehabilitation. It focuses on giving participants an outlet to retrain their bodies and minds to be able to function and adapt without substances.

No matter what treatment is chosen, treatment, in general, is the direction to go for a better quality of life. When someone admits that they have a problem with addiction and are ready to be open-minded about seeking help, they have taken the first important step in treatment.


If you or a loved one struggle with substance abuse and don’t know where to turn for help, call Brazos Recovery Center. At our treatment center, you will be surrounded by understanding, peaceful surroundings, and a nonjudgmental environment. With a wide variety of treatment options available, Brazos Recovery Center has one that is right for you. Our intake team is ready to help you build your individual treatment plan and get you on the path to recovery. Don’t wait another day; begin your journey to lasting sobriety. A better quality of life starts with support, guidance, and new coping skills. Call us at (254) 232-1550 today to start rebuilding your life.

Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.