What Are the Goals of Addiction Treatment?

Goals of Addiction TreatmentAddiction treatment is complex because substance abuse and addiction are multidimensional, disrupting numerous aspects of an individual’s life.
Addiction treatment helps individuals stop using, gives them the skills to maintain an addiction free lifestyle, and achieve productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society. Substance abuse treatment goals are what the recovering addict works toward achieving, and these goals must be specific and meaningful to the individual in order for him or her to want to work toward them.

The Main Goals of a Treatment Program

The most effective rehabs are comprehensive evidence based programs that identify and treat the multiple aspects of a persons the addiction and its consequences. These programs are based on a managed care model and work to help clients achieve specific goals.

  • Match therapies to the individuals problems and needs and regularly adjust therapies and treatment plans to the clients changing needs
  • Address the needs of the “Whole” person, not just their addiction; including, mental health, social, legal, vocational
  • Adjust treatment duration to the clients addiction severity, and individual progress
  • Identify which clients need medication, work with medical personnel to identify a dose that works for their circumstance.
  • Educate clients about addiction, triggers, relapse cycles, sponsors, and the development of support networks.
  • 5.Provide treatment & Education to families and loved ones, so they can heal themselves and support the client in recovery.
  • Development of coping strategies
  • Foundation of a support network that favors sobriety and living clean

Depending on the recovering addict’s needs, the recovery program can incorporate different therapies, such as CBT, equine therapy, or experiential therapy to help the person stay clean. He or she can also choose a rehab facility in various settings, such as a residential treatment in the mountains at Cold Creek Lodge or an Intensive Outpatient Program close to home. Gender-specific sober living is another option since addiction tends to affect men and women differently.

SMART Goal Setting

An effective aftercare plan involves setting short term and long term goals. Setting achievable goals entails being SMART. The mnemonic SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. For goals to be achievable, they must be clear, perceptible so the addict can determine when progress has been made, realistic, pertinent, and achievable within a certain time frame.

Being realistic is particularly important because a recovering addict needs to bear in mind that relapse can be part of the recovery process. Relapse is not a sign of failure, rather an indication that additional treatment is necessary. These setbacks reinforce the need for a strong support network and continued vigilance. Whether the person chooses a residential, outpatient, day treatment (PHP), or gender-specific treatment facility, he or she will likely struggle at some point. A strong aftercare plan will include strategies help those in recovery get back onto the recovery path.

Addiction Is Personal

Substance abuse affects every aspect of a persons life from family, friends, work, school, to health and self confidence. Recent research indicates that building a strong support network built on healthy relationships with family and friends has a significant effect on combating the loneliness so prevalent in recovery. Another important element is finding a hobby, something to be passionate about that replaces the time spent seeking and using drugs and alcohol.

Whether you chooses an addiction treatment program in the mountains of Colorado, Utah, or elsewhere, finding a program based on these goals and setting personal goals to further your recovery is a key to a successful recovery.