Once an addict has finally recognized that they actually have a problem and have committed to getting help, the most important decision they can make is which form of treatment they will seek. Some will be fine with Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Some need more assistance and should definitely check into an inpatient facility. Luckily there are several types of addiction centers to choose from. Let’s have a look at some of these and the differences between them.

One of the most common types of addiction treatment centers is a Residential Treatment Center. Residential centers are considered “inpatient”, meaning that the person undergoing treatment stays at the center exclusively for the duration of their treatment. This type of treatment helps remove the addict from their normal environment, giving them the chance to get away from outside influential factors that may be aiding, furthering and perpetuating their addiction. Oftentimes these facilities limit the addict’s contact with the outside world, even with family, for the same reasons.

The opposite of Residential Treatment Centers would be an Outpatient Treatment Center. These types of facilities are for people who are simply unable to be confined to a residential center for a long period of time. Outpatient centers are generally for people who do not have an addiction quite as severe as those who require residential treatment. Since the addict still goes about their daily life and lives in their normal environment, the person who is attending an outpatient treatment center must possess a good deal of willpower to keep them from falling back into the same habits. As always, a good support system of friends and family is paramount to the success of this type of treatment.

One of the lesser known types of treatment centers, but one that is becoming more popular these days, is a Holistic Treatment Center. These types of centers focus on using such treatment methods as yoga and meditation to help the addict gain control of their mind, with the end goal being that they are able to battle and overcome their addiction without the use of other medications. Much of the medical community will neither condone nor condemn these types of centers – the opinion is based on whom you ask. However, one thing that can be said for these centers is that they often provide the addict with the skills they need to participate in the world once their treatment is over, which is something that many recovered addicts have problems with. A holistic drug treatment program can be especially beneficial as an addition to their regular recovery program.

As you can see, there are several different types of addiction centers that are available. If you or someone you know has an addiction problem, check into the different types and try to find one that suits your needs.

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