Drug abuse and addiction are serious issues to which millions of American families suffer. Getting a family member addict to accept treatment for their addiction is easier said than done, but it is not impossible. There are thousands of different treatment centers, programs and resources that can help. When an addict finally does accept help choosing the right treatment program/center can be difficult. It is important to research everything possible relating to the center to ensure it is the right fit. Addiction is very complicated and each case of addiction is unique, therefore treatment must be detailed and equally as unique. That is why one-size-fits-all treatment programs are dangerous. Here are five common problems with one-size-fits-all addiction treatment.

The Focus is Off

These types of programs for drug treatment are problematic because they are more interested in numbers instead of the individual. They create programs that appeal to the masses instead of the addict. By working to help as many people as possible the treatment program is not living up to its potential for the individual. No addict is the same therefore treating the masses is not treating the individual. By treating larger numbers of patients many parts of the treatment process becomes sub-par. Staffing needs and financial complications can limit the success of a program. Individuals can be lost in the system that is looking out for numbers instead of one.

Limited to Conventional Methods

The larger, one-size-fits-all method of treating addiction often limits that treatment to conventional methods. Most programs are based on the conventional methods, which is a good thing. They are the standard/staple of treatment programs. It also limits these programs to that conventional method. The supplemental and non-conventional methods work very well for most recovering addicts. Activities and techniques in yoga, meditation, acupuncture and others help to recover the mind and body. Recovering addicts will find these non-conventional methods to be imperative to their recovery as a supplement to the conventional.

Individualized Treatment

One-size-fits-all treatment provides little to no individualized treatment. People are complicated. Addiction as an issue is complicated. Therefore, treatment must be detailed and unique to the individual. By limiting treatment to conventional methods that work for the masses individual needs are ignored. Those individual needs must be addressed to help individuals overcome their issues with drugs and alcohol. Recovering addicts in treatment need individualized therapy sessions to help them discover the root causes of their addiction. It is also imperative to their understanding of addiction and the techniques they must master to maintain long-term sobriety and reduce the likelihood of relapse.

Medication Maintenance

Medication in drug addiction treatment is sometimes a necessary evil. Drugs drastically change the body and the individual to the point where quitting those substances ‘cold-turkey’ could be hazardous to the health of the patient. By resting on the medication maintenance program is dangerous to the development of sobriety. The end game is a life free from all substance, which is why depending on medication maintenance is counter-productive. The ideal treatment program is natural, holistic and based on regaining control in a safe environment.

Aftercare Planning

Aftercare is the treatment that recovering addicts should participate in after they have graduated from a treatment program. Addiction does not have a cure. Finishing treatment does not mean the recovering addict is recovered or prepared to return to the world. Recovery is an ongoing process of evolution. The recovering addict must continue to work on their recovery through aftercare, to which the one-size-fits-all treatment programs do not focus.