When you need to find the right alcohol or drug rehab program for yourself or a loved one, it can be difficult to tell why one care provider or approach might work better than another. Especially now, with the internet as "the great equalizer," different types of programs and levels of care can appear misleadingly similar. There are alcohol and drug rehabs claiming to have the "cure" for addiction and others touting their luxury, spa-like setting above any actual therapeutic services offered. But choosing a treatment program isn't like picking out a new car—this is about life. So, yes, you are making a big decision—with no guarantees, which is why expertise and integrity matter. As a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, Hazelden Betty Ford leads the field in providing the most-effective, evidence-based practices to treat addiction and co-occurring disorders. Clinical staff at Hazelden Betty Ford inpatient and outpatient rehab centers are licensed, and services provided at our centers are licensed by The Joint Commission. Also, as a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), Hazelden Betty Ford is committed to upholding the profession's highest standards and code of ethics. Our leaders are actively involved in advocating for ethical standards of care, consumer protections and smart public policies, and staff at our Butler Center for Research study and advance evidence-based approaches and promising new practices. How Does Addiction Treatment for Substance Abuse Work? As you begin your decision making process, it's helpful to understand what's involved in drug abuse rehab programs. There are medical and physical aspects of care to consider as well as services related to mental, emotional and spiritual health. Look for centers that integrate evidence-based addiction treatment practices and for facilities that are licensed. Care should be integrated, with a holistic approach that addresses all aspects of healing—body, mind and spirit. Integrated care is very beneficial in building long-term recovery. Ideally, treatment involves a team made up of licensed professionals including chemical dependency counselors, mental health staff, wellness specialists and spiritual care counselors. The team works together to map out a care plan unique to the needs of the individual client or patient. Most people who struggle with substance abuse issues face co-occurring mental health challenges as well. A quality provider will have licensed psychiatrists, psychologists or therapists working in tandem with addiction counselors to address problems such as anxiety, depression, trauma, bi-polar disorder and other conditions. Quality providers also offer programming to address emotional and spiritual health concerns related to overcoming shame and guilt. In active addiction, people tend to behave in ways they normally wouldn't, such as compromising values they otherwise hold dear or hurting people they love. Unresolved shame can be a major roadblock to getting sober and staying sober. Educational programs and support services for families are also key because addiction takes a toll on loved ones and family members have their own healing to do. In-network status with insurance companies is another sign of a quality provider. Programs that are in-network with health insurance companies have completed important credentialing requirements in order to be deemed a provider. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse, contact us or call 1-866-831-5700 and a recovery expert can answer your programs, services and insurance questions. Is There a Cure for Drug Addiction? While there isn’t a cure, per se, substance use disorders can be successfully treated and managed for life. Addiction is a chronic disease, much like diabetes or hypertension. A quality rehab program helps patients learn to manage the symptoms of the disease, first within the structure and support of a treatment setting and eventually in their home environment where they are in charge of their sobriety. For example, an individual might start out in an inpatient facility and, as progress is made, participate in a less intensive outpatient program. As the individual gains and strengthens recovery skills and the risk of relapse lessens, the level and frequency of clinical services can be decreased until, maybe, all that’s needed is participation in a support group. What Is the Hazelden Betty Ford Model? Beginning in 1949, at a quiet lakeside retreat in rural Center City, Minnesota, Hazelden Betty Ford’s earliest clinicians developed the holistic approach to addiction care most widely emulated in the world today, known originally as the Minnesota Model. From the very start, our counselors recognized addiction as a disease. Combining a medical model of care with emerging Twelve Step principles and practices, treatment in our earliest days was provided with an abiding respect for the individual patient—this at a time when addiction wasn’t recognized as a disease and alcoholics were considered weak-willed if not immoral. Our pioneering medical model (or disease model) of care has continued to evolve, integrating the latest in biological, behavioral, genetic and other scientific findings and to address the chronic disease holistically—mind, body and spirit. Today, our protocols include science-based assessments, medication-assisted treatment and evidence-based practices, delivered with the same patient-centered focus and compassion synonymous with Hazelden Betty Ford since day one. During the course of rehab and based on a number of different indicators, our counselors continually adjust each patient’s care plan to encourage the best outcomes. This feedback-informed treatment, known as FIT, draws from ongoing patient assessment in five key areas: Brief Addiction Monitor Commitment to Sobriety Scale with Self-Efficacy Desire for Substances Questionnaire Generalized Anxiety Disorder Physical Health Questionnaire Does Hazelden Betty Ford Use Evidence-Based Practices? Yes, our programs are built with evidence-based addiction therapies. Evidence-based means there is science, data and proof that what we do to treat alcohol and drug addiction works. These techniques and practices include: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) A treatment approach that emphasizes balancing behavioral change, problem-solving and emotional regulation with validation, mindfulness and acceptance Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) A form of treatment that focuses on exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions, identifying the beliefs that direct these thoughts, and learning to modify patterns of thinking to improve coping skills Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) A technique using mindfulness and behavioral activation to increase psychological flexibility and the ability to engage in values-based, positive behaviors while experiencing difficult thoughts, emotions or sensations Motivational Enhancement and Interviewing A collaborative approach that helps patients identify "what's in it for me," with regard to staying sober, work through difficult issues, and develop the skills necessary to accomplish goals Medication-Assisted Therapies (MAT) Medications are primarily used to treat substance use disorders related to opioids and alcohol, helping to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. Our use of medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence with naltrexone and buprenorphine/naloxone is supported by scientific research and recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Washington Circle (a policy group devoted to improving care) and the Veterans Administration. At Hazelden Betty Ford, medication-assisted therapy is always used in conjunction with other behavioral therapies, with abstinence as the end goal. Our opioid addiction treatment program, Comprehensive Opioid Response with the Twelve Steps (COR-12®) protocol has been implemented by addiction treatment centers and hospitals around the country. Read about the use of medication-assisted therapies in response to the opioid epidemic. Mental Health Services More often than not, addiction comes with complicating factors such as depression, anxiety or trauma, also known as co-occurring disorders. With such complex conditions, the most effective approach to care integrates treatment for addiction and mental health so that both issues are addressed at the same time. Our services are provided by psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage and family therapists and other mental health professionals. Services may include individual or group therapy, family therapy, diagnostic assessments or medication management. The type and frequency of care is determined by your initial and ongoing assessments. Contingency Management/Motivational Incentives (CM) Incentive-based interventions or tangible rewards are used to reinforce positive behaviors, increase addiction treatment retention and promote abstinence from drug abuse. Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) A short-term, limited-focus treatment for depression. Solution Focused Brief Therapy/Solution Focused Therapy A goal-oriented therapy focusing on a person's present and future, rather than past. This is considered goal-oriented therapy (the symptoms or issues that brought a person to their current situation are usually not the target in this approach Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) A technique used to help prevent depression relapse; works especially well for those with major depressive disorder Educational Groups and Lectures Sessions focus on educating people about disorders and developing coping strategies Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF) Originally designed as a technique to actively engage patients in abstinence-based mutual support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, the interventions today are more widely utilized to help patients achieve and sustain recovery from both substance use disorders and co-occurring conditions Complementary Therapies Hazelden Betty Ford offers many other therapies that complement our care programs and services, such as: Animal-Assisted Programming Relapse Prevention Skills Group Communications Training Recovery Management Skills Building Stress Reduction Skills Training Yoga Spiritual Care Emotional Regulation Distress Tolerance Skills Training Experiential Therapy Process Focused Group Therapy So choose Hazelden Betty Ford. With ethical practices, an evolving and innovative addiction treatment model and evidence-based therapies, we're your best chance at lifelong recovery.