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What treatments are available for substance abuse?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Treatment options for substance abuse include outpatient detoxification, individual and group therapies and medication management. Self-help groups, support groups and counseling are among other treatment options.

There are several types of treatments available for substance abuse:

  • Inpatient treatment is recommended for people with other medical conditions or those in danger of withdrawal. These usually involve a three- to six-week inpatient treatment phase following detoxification.
  • Intensive outpatient treatment, which usually involves daily treatment in a controlled setting.
  • Outpatient treatment for shorter periods on a weekly basis.
  • Therapeutic communities, or TCs (also called inpatient long-term drug rehabs). These are highly structured programs in which people stay at a residence for six to 12 months or longer. Those in TCs include people with relatively long histories of drug dependence, involvement in serious criminal activities or seriously impaired social functioning. The focus of the TC is to help people transition to a drug-free, crime-free lifestyle.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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