Addiction treatment plans differ and vary depending on the severity and type of addictions. For most substances, licensed counselors or professional therapists will prescribe certain medications, as well as supply certain behavioral therapies. Substance Abuse Counselors can play a role in guiding others at a lower level with basic guidance and encouragement and direction.
The article, “How Addiction Is TreatedA” by Ruth Edwards supplies an indepth look at a variety of treatment responses to a multitude of different drugs. She states,
“Addiction is a complex chronic brain condition that is characterized by substance abuse or repetitive engagement in preblematic behaviors, such as gambling, which then continues despite causing harm to yourself or others.1 It involves interactions between the brain, genes, and environmental factors. Common treatment approaches include behavioral therapies and medications. Different treatment options are recommended depending on the specific addiction, and in many cases, a combination of approaches is advised.”
The article then covers a myriad of different substances and recommended treatment plans. To read the entire article, please click here
Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a certification in Substance Abuse Counseling Training.