Types of Addiction Treatment Programs - PAX Riverbend Rehab Center

What Are The Different Types of Addiction Treatment Programs?

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Addiction is a complex disease, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to recovery. Instead, there are multiple different approaches and types of addiction treatment programs that can help people who are struggling with drugs and alcohol.

Four of the most comm types of addiction treatment programs are:

  • Dual diagnosis
  • Gender-specific
  • Faith-based
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)

Let’s take a look at what each program is like and who can benefit from each approach.

Dual Diagnosis

Multiple studies have found that nearly 50% of people with a mental health condition will also struggle with a substance use disorder at some point in their lives and vice versa.[1] This is true for virtually all mental illnesses, including, but not limited to:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Antisocial personality disorder

Regardless of what mental health condition a person has, symptoms of mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse can be overlapping. For example, people who suffer from addiction and mental illness may:

  • Isolate from friends and family
  • Experience mood swings
  • Have a loss of interest in activities
  • Struggle to maintain employment
  • Have problems at work, school, or home

People who suffer from two conditions are said to have co-occurring disorders or dual diagnoses. These individuals can benefit from dual diagnosis addiction treatment.

Dual diagnosis programs in Jeffersonville use an integrated approach that combines mental health treatments with substance abuse counseling. Patients participate in evidence-based therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy, take medications, if needed, and participate in support groups to manage both conditions simultaneously.

Gender-Specific Treatment

Men and women have different experiences in addiction and in recovery. For example, women are more likely to be the victims of sexual assault. On the other hand, men and women may have different thoughts about going to treatment. For instance, some men may not feel comfortable getting vulnerable in front of women or talking about their substance abuse.

Gender-specific programs are those that provide treatment tailored for either men or women. These programs may have separate facilities for each gender or only serve one of the two genders, so they can address gender-specific issues in a delicate way.

There are many benefits of going to a gender-specific treatment program in Jeffersonville, including:

  • Therapy groups that are sensitive to gender-specific issues and societal pressures
  • Increased sense of comfort during therapy between same-sex clients
  • Highly individualized therapy

Most types of addiction treatment programs will also offer weekly gender groups where patients are split up based on their gender to do this type of therapy.

Faith-Based Rehab

Faith and spirituality play a huge role in the recovery process for many people. In fact, 12-Step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – some of the most popular recovery support groups – operate on the idea of treating addiction with the help of a Higher Power.

The idea of using spirituality and faith to overcome addiction is so popular that there are faith-based rehab centers that specialize in doing just that. Faith-based drug and alcohol treatment will address a patient’s spiritual and medical needs.

Generally speaking, faith-based programs will have spiritual advisors on-site who are available to provide guidance and counseling during treatment. Patients will also participate in worship, meditation, and other spiritual activities.

While faith-based treatment isn’t right for everyone, it can be a relaxing and effective option for those who consider their faith the utmost importance.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an approach that combines medications with behavioral therapy to treat alcohol and opioid addiction. Some popular medications used in MAT include:

  • Suboxone
  • Subutex
  • Naltrexone
  • Vivitrol
  • Methadone
  • Acamprosate
  • Disulfiram

These medications can be used to help treat withdrawal symptoms and cravings while therapy addresses the psychological needs of people in recovery. This type of comprehensive therapy is now considered the gold standard when it comes to treating opioid or alcohol abuse.

While the ultimate goal of MAT is to wean patients off of medications completely, this treatment approach is highly effective. MAT is shown to:[2]

  • Increase treatment retention rates
  • Improve rates of patient survival after rehab
  • Decrease illegal opioid use and associated criminal activity
  • Improve birth outcomes in pregnant mothers who have an opioid addiction
  • Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment after rehab
  • Reduce rates of HIV or hepatitis C transmission related to drug use
  • Reduce the risk of relapse after treatment

Medication-assisted treatment isn’t right for everyone, so it’s important to consult with an addiction professional before starting any of the above-listed medications.

Find The Right Addiction Treatment Program in Jeffersonville Today

It isn’t always easy to determine which approach is right for you while researching the different types of addiction treatment programs. The good news is that you don’t have to make this decision on your own.

At PAX Riverbend, we have substance abuse counselors standing by to help you figure out what treatment approach is best for you. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, pick up the phone and get help today.


  1. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/common-comorbidities-substance-use-disorders/part-1-connection-between-substance-use-disorders-mental-illness
  2. https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment

Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.