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The Importance of Individualized Treatment

The Importance of Individualized Treatment

There is no single treatment path that is correct for everyone. Although we are often amazed to find others in treatment who have experienced what we have experienced and have faced the same mental and physical symptoms, each of us in unique. There are a variety of factors that have influenced each of us to fall into the cycle of addiction. In order for treatment to be effective, it is necessary to receive treatment that takes each of our specific problems surrounding addiction into account.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) explains, “Individual paths to recovery differ, and packages of treatments and supportive services for mental and substance use disorders should be tailored to fit individual needs.” There are often underlying mental health disorders that contribute to addiction. In order to have the best possible chance of effective recovery from alcohol and drugs, it is important to address and treat these problems.

There are a variety of factors that must be taken into account when treating an individual. There is no single path toward recovery that can be applied to everyone. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that treatment should be tailored based on the type of drugs a person was using and the personal characteristics of each patient:  “Matching treatment settings, interventions, and services to an individual’s particular problems and needs is critical to his or her ultimate success in returning to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and society.” It is necessary to focus on more than just one’s drug use. All associated medical, social, psychological, legal, and vocational problems should be addresses. The NIDA also points out, “It is also important that treatment be appropriate to the individual’s age, gender, ethnicity, and culture.” For example, women may have specific problems relating to their drug use that men may not face, and younger adults may face different problems in recovery than older adults.

A study of counseling effectiveness in drug users and pregnant smokers in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that “Results from subsequent studies have further indicated that patients who receive additional, individualized services for their specific problems are more likely to remain in treatment and have better during-treatment and post-treatment outcomes.” The best possible treatment outcomes arise from the development of individualized treatment programs that are specific to each client’s unique needs.

Your life can become one of happiness and health in sobriety. You can reach out for help now and escape from the painful cycle of addiction.Anchored Recovery Community, Southern California’s premier drug and alcohol treatment center located in beautiful Orange County, utilizes evidence-based research to create numerous therapies and programs. The compassionate staff at Anchored Recovery Community takes the time to learn more about clients to create a personalized recovery program to facilitate a holistic healing experience. For information about personalized treatment options, please call today: (800) 272-4550

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