When you need to find the right substance abuse program for yourself or a loved one, it can be difficult to tell why one rehab program might work better than another. Especially now, with the internet as "the great equalizer," different types of programs and services can appear misleadingly similar. There are drug rehabs claiming they have the "cure" for addiction and others touting their luxury, spa-like setting above any actual substance abuse services offered. But choosing an addiction treatment program isn't like picking out a new car—this is about life. So, it's a big decision you're making—with no guarantees, which is why expertise and integrity matter. As a national nonprofit organization, Hazelden Betty Ford has focused on providing the most-effective drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs and recovery services since 1949. 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 Institute for Recovery Advocacy is actively involved in addressing unethical and illegal business practices in the treatment field, and our Butler Center for Research studies and advances evidence-based approaches and 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 rehab programs. There are medical and physical aspects of care to consider as well as issues related to mental, emotional and spiritual health. Look for centers that use evidence-based addiction treatment and for facilities that are licensed. A holistic approach to healing that addresses all aspects of wellness—body, mind and spirit—can be 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 individual client or patient. Most people who struggle with addiction face mental health challenges as well. A quality provider will have licensed 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, call 1-866-831-5700 and a recovery expert can help you find the program and services to fit your needs as well as review your insurance options. Is There a Cure for Drug Addiction? No. Addiction is a chronic disease, much like diabetes or hypertension. People with drug or alcohol addiction need to actively manage the condition over their lifetime. A quality rehab program helps patients learn to manage their symptoms, 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 intense 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 Twelve Step group. Learn more about what addiction is. What Is the Hazelden Betty Ford Model? Beginning in 1949, at a quiet lakeside retreat in Center City, Minnesota, Hazelden Betty Ford's earliest clinicians developed the addiction treatment approach most widely used in the world today, known originally as the Minnesota Model. Combining a medical model of care with emerging Twelve Step principles and practices, treatment was provided with an abiding respect for the individual patient at a time when addiction wasn't recognized as a disease and alcoholics were considered weak-willed if not immoral. Learn more about the history of Hazelden Betty Ford. Our pioneering model of addiction services has continued to evolve to integrate the latest in biological, behavioral, genetic and other scientific findings and to address the 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 Hazelden Betty Ford's treatment approach is built on 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 therapies, techniques and practices include: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment approach that emphasizes balancing behavioral change, problem-solving and emotional regulation with validation, mindfulness and acceptance. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and identifying the beliefs that direct these thoughts. Through CBT, people can learn to modify their patterns of thinking to improve their coping skills. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) uses 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 Motivational Enhancement and Interviewing is collaborative and helps patients identify "what's in it for me," with regard to staying sober, working through difficult issues, and developing the skills necessary to accomplish goals. Medication-Assisted Therapies 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 for substance use disorders) and the Veterans Administration. At the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, medication-assisted therapy is always used in conjunction with the Twelve Steps and other behavioral therapies, with abstinence as the end goal. Our opioid addiction treatment program, Comprehensive Opioid Response with the Twelve Steps (COR-12®) treatment protocol, has been implemented by treatment centers and hospitals around the country. Read our frequently asked questions 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. Contingency Management/Motivational Incentives Contingency management (CM) involves incentive-based interventions. Studies show that tangible rewards reinforce positive behaviors and are highly effective in increasing treatment retention and promoting abstinence from drug use. Interpersonal Therapy Interpersonal therapy, or IPT, is a short-term, limited-focus treatment for depression. Solution Focused Brief Therapy/Solution Focused Therapy Solution Focused Therapy focuses 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 therapy setting. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is used to help prevent depression relapse. This approach works especially well for those with major depressive disorder. Educational Groups and Lectures This specific type of group therapy focuses on educating people about disorders and developing coping strategies. Twelve Step Facilitation Twelve Step Facilitation was originally designed as an approach to actively engage patients in abstinence-based Twelve Step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Today, the interventions are more widely utilized to help patients achieve and sustain recovery from both substance use disorders and mental health issues that affect the mind, body and spirit. 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.