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How Can I Recover? Clinical Pathways

Trying to recover from a substance use disorder can feel like you are climbing on a stair machine at the gym — it never ends. Or, you may feel like you are stuck in quicksand — you’re fighting and fighting but not getting anywhere. Whatever you are feeling, Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help. There are many different modes of help that are available to you. Recovery Research Institute splits these recovery programs and therapies into two different pathways: clinical and non-clinical pathways. We will take a look at the clinical pathways today. 

Clinical Pathways to Recovery

  • Levels of clinical addiction care
    • Level 1: Outpatient services
    • Level 2: Intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization
    • Level 3: Clinically managed low to high-intensity residential services
    • Level 4: Medically managed intensive inpatient services
  • Pharmacology — medication-assisted treatment
    • Medications can be used to treat addictions by helping to reduce withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and the likelihood of a relapse
    • Using medication in treatment coupled with other therapies is also proven to make a huge difference in recovery
  • Holistic-based recovery services
    • They are used to treat the whole being — physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being
    • Includes the following therapies:
      • Acupuncture
      • Aromatherapy
      • Guided imagery
      • Hypnosis
      • Massage therapy
      • Meditation and mindfulness
      • Reiki
      • Reflexology 
      • Yoga 
      • Art therapy
      • Music therapy
      • Dance and movement therapy
      • Drama therapy
      • Equine therapy
      • Canine therapy
      • Wilderness therapy
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Helps to treat substance use disorders by teaching the individual acceptance, mindfulness, and personal values
  • Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA/A-CRA)
    • This therapy is used when an individual is reluctant to begin treatment
    • It employs the use of positive and negative consequences
    • It has also been adapted to treat adolescents (A-CRA)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Talk therapy here treats the root cause of the issues — the thoughts and related behaviors
  • Contingency Management (CM)
    • This therapy uses motivational incentives to reduce the appeal of using a substance
  • Relapse Prevention (RP/MBRP)
    • The main goal here is to prevent relapse at all costs
  • Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Therapies (MI/MET)
    • This therapy helps to end mixed feelings around using for the individual 
  • Twelve-Step Facilitation (TSF)
    • Twelve-step therapy are structured around mutual and group self-help
    • These include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
  • Behavioral couples therapy
    • Improving the relationship and helping the individual seek help outside of the relationship is the goal in this type of therapy
  • Family therapy
    • This therapy includes the whole family in therapy in order to help promote long-term recovery in the individual, with the help of the family

If you have a substance use disorder or are interested in other clinical pathways to recovery, call Villa Tranquil Recovery today at 214-799-3080 for more information.