Similar to other kinds of addiction treatment programs, short-term SUD programs offer myriad services.
Some short-term programs provide detoxification services. Medical detox programs help you undergo detoxification, a process that rids your body of any addictive substances still in your system.
In addition to getting rid of substances, detox services can also help you manage withdrawal symptoms such as cravings and monitor your vitals to make sure you are detoxing safely.
Medication-assisted treatment, also referred to as MAT, is a treatment service that uses FDA-approved medications such as naltrexone, buprenorphine, or methadone to treat addiction.
MAT is a very effective form of addiction treatment. In short, MAT uses medication to control withdrawal symptoms and cravings as you receive other treatment services throughout your care plan.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Another treatment service you may come across in a short-term program is dual diagnosis treatment. When it comes to SUD, many people also deal with mental health disorders, which are often the root of addiction. These are referred to as co-occurring disorders.
Dual diagnosis treatment simultaneously treats addiction and mental health issues as a comprehensive approach to rehab. It typically involves therapy alongside other services.
People who have anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorders, bipolar disorder, and more may benefit from dual diagnosis treatment.
Individual therapy is a common treatment service seen in addiction recovery programs. It is talk therapy that occurs between an individual and a licensed professional.
The goal of individual therapy is to provide a space for the individual to express their emotions or worries and talk through any obstacles they encounter as they progress through treatment.
Group therapy is similar to individual therapy, but just as the name suggests, it occurs within a group of people with addictions. Group therapy is great for people to share their experiences, stories, strategies, failures, and emotions with like-minded individuals.
In addition to providing a space to share one’s experience, group therapy is also fantastic for connecting with your peers, building a support system, and finding a sense of community.
Behavioral therapy is a kind of talk therapy that focuses primarily on thought patterns and behavioral health issues that contribute to addiction. This type of therapy helps individuals reframe their mindset to change these patterns and reduce relapse.
Some common kinds of behavioral therapy you may come across include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Behavioral therapy is especially beneficial for people who have co-occurring disorders.
While talk therapy and behavioral therapies are effective therapy options, many people may choose to try alternative therapies in addition to traditional therapy.
Alternative therapies vary quite a bit, but they typically involve some kind of activity.
Some examples include:
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Adventure therapy
- Yoga therapy
- Animal therapy
Some 28-30 day rehab programs may offer relapse prevention services. Relapse prevention helps people learn tools and skills to avoid relapse.
A relapse prevention plan can aid people in learning what their triggers are, how to identify a relapse, how to build a support system, and in finding healthy coping mechanisms.
Aftercare planning is a service that occurs toward the end of your treatment program. Aftercare is any kind of service you continue after completing a program to help reduce the risk of relapse.
For some people, aftercare may include individual therapy, support groups, or even step-down programs such as outpatient treatment.