Choosing the Best Addiction Treatment Programs, Modalities and Therapies for an Addicted Family Member

Choosing Best Addiction Treatment Programs for Addicted Family Member - Family First Intervention

Addiction is a difficult and complex disease that takes a toll on the entire family unit. It’s a multifaceted condition that can involve co-occurring mental health issues and differing underlying causes. Each case of addiction is completely unique, which necessitates the importance of individualized therapy.

If your loved one is struggling with extreme alcoholism or even moderate alcohol addiction, you might be feeling overwhelmed. Where do you begin to seek alcoholism treatment and get them on the road to recovery?

Simply type “rehabilitation” into a search engine, and you’ll see just how diverse the offerings are. How do you know which is the best fit for your family member? In this article, we’ll review the different types of rehabilitation programs and how to choose the perfect option for your loved one.

Types of Therapy

First, it’s important to note that the term “rehab” is one that addresses many different types of therapy. Not all kinds of therapy are created equally; in other words, what works for one person might not work for another.

There are several different modalities for delivering addiction treatment services, which include:


Addiction is a Family DiseaseMedically supervised detox recognizes that a victim’s body and brain might not be ready for recovery at the same time. For example, your loved one might want to stop using drugs or alcohol, but may be physically incapable of doing so.

Withdrawal from certain substances can be dangerous, even life-threatening. Detox programs provide the opportunity for an individual to break the body’s addiction to a substance in a safe and controlled environment.

Detox-only programs are usually shorter in length and can be three to seven days long. They may be a good fit for people who cannot be away from family or their jobs for very long, or for those who do not have much to spend on therapy.

The biggest disadvantage of detox-only programs is an increased likelihood of relapse compared to other multidisciplinary programs.

Inpatient or Residential Treatment

Inpatient programs are a good option for those who struggle with serious or long-term addiction. In this scenario, a person will receive addiction therapy services and detox in a center over a longer period of time. After a medically supervised detox program, each person will receive a combination of therapies that address the underlying causes of their condition.

Residential rehab can also be a good option for those who struggle with co-occurring mental health issues such as depression or bipolar disorder, as behavioral health specialists can address these issues simultaneously.

Residential treatment programs vary in length depending on an individual’s needs. While they can be 28 or 30 days, other programs keep their patients in rehabilitation until they think they can face the temptations and challenges of the outside world.

Outpatient Treatment

An outpatient facility provides drug and alcohol treatment in sessions that a patient may schedule on their own time throughout the week. The biggest advantage is that it allows people to keep up their regular personal and professional responsibilities.

This can be an ideal option for people who are highly motivated to stop using drugs or alcohol, but who are also in the earlier stages of the disease. It also works for those who need more flexibility.

Each outpatient program has varying levels of intensity and tools, but the focus of most is on counseling and psychotherapy. Twelve-step programs are a common example of outpatient therapy.

PHP/Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment

A partial hospitalization program is halfway in between outpatient and residential treatment. In this treatment plan, a patient stays in the hospital or rehab center for therapy sessions a specified number of hours each day.

Since it is a halfway point between outpatient and inpatient modalities, PHP can be an ideal fit for someone who completed an inpatient program, but doesn’t feel ready to continue his or her efforts on an outpatient basis. It may also be a good match for someone who experienced relapse and wants to get back on track.


Aftercare consists of follow-up treatment after completing a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program. These programs focus on preventing relapse and giving each client the tools that help them succeed in the outside world.

Aftercare plans can include:

  • Support groups
  • 12-step meeting
  • One-on-one or group counseling

Like any other program, aftercare is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Sober Living

Lastly, sober living facilities are group homes for those who struggle with addiction. They allow a peaceful and collaborative environment for recovery. They also teach residents important lessons about self-regulation and taking responsibility for their actions, and provide alcoholism help for family members. The rules and guiding philosophies of each sober living house will vary.


Finding the Right Fit

It’s important to remember that for each type of treatment program, there will be different practices and underlying themes. For example, some groups might have a religious focus, while others will be tailored specifically to teens. Still, others will be inclusive of or tailored to the LGBT community. While some programs rely more on group therapy and collaborative recovery, others prize one-to-one modalities.

In other words, you can find a program that’s tailored your loved one’s unique needs and preferences, so it’s important to do some legwork to find the perfect match. The right type of program is essential to the recovery process. You want your loved one to feel comfortable and empowered in his or her efforts, not isolated or downtrodden.

The right addiction treatment program will inspire your loved one to begin a new and productive chapter in his or her life, while the wrong one could lead to disillusionment or abandoning their recovery efforts altogether. This is potentially dangerous, as a negative experience could make it harder for the loved one to accept help the next time around.

Help Finding Quality Rehabilitation

We know that the treatment-seeking process can seem overwhelming, and that you want the best for your family. In our years of practice, we’ve learned which kinds of practices work and which don’t.

If you would like help deciding which type of program will offer the best chances of success for your loved one, don’t hesitate to talk to us.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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