When you are thinking about different types of addiction recovery, keep in mind that there is not one type of therapy that will be a good fit for everyone. The important thing is for the addict to find a program that will work for them. If the individual isn't able to trust the people who are providing addiction treatment services, he or she is not going to be honest with them.
For many addicts, a lot of time and energy has been spent denying the fact they have a problem or keeping it hidden from the important people in their lives. If the addict were confronted about the problem, his or her first response may have been to respond in an angry manner. Turning this attitude around and admitting there is a problem is the first step to getting the help that they need.
If you are in a situation where you want to work on the addiction with one person who you can develop a close professional relationship with, going to a 12-step program where the emphasis is on attending group meeting may not be a good fit for you. Finding an addiction counselor or a therapist who offers individual sessions is a good place to start. You can always make a different decision and decide to attend group therapy sessions or join a 12-step program, such as Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous later on in the addiction recovery process. These types of programs offer help and support in a non-judgmental manner. You may want to consider going to a few meetings before concluding that this is not the right choice for you.
In a situation where you want to spend some time focusing on getting help for your addiction and you can afford to be away from work or school for a time to do so, a residential inpatient program may be the right type of addiction recovery for you. You will spend a minimum of 28 days at the center, and the program will include individual and group therapy sessions. You may find art or drama therapy sessions helpful in learning to understand the issues that led you to become addicted.
Getting inpatient treatment at a rehab center may not be the right choice for you, due to work or school commitments or financial issues. You can still get the help you need on an outpatient basis. This type of addiction recovery may include individual and/or group sessions, and you will need to commit to keeping your appointments on a regular basis.
Your road to addiction recovery will likely be a long one, and it would be unrealistic to expect that you will never have cravings to start using again or that you won't have a relapse. The important thing to keep in mind is that a relapse is simply a bump in the road, and that when they happen, you need to get back on track, no matter what type of addiction recovery help you are involved in.