What Are The Three Elements Of A Substance Abuse Program?

Substance abuse is a severe problem in the United States, where almost 21 million Americans have an addiction. Addiction is a medical condition with no cure. However, with thought treatment and care, it can be certainly managed, and addicts can recover completely to lead a healthy life. If you or your loved one is suffering from drug or alcohol abuse, knowing the elements of the treatment program can help you understand your recovery journey better. 

Here are the three main elements of the substance abuse program. 


The first element of any addiction treatment program is assessing the problem. For drug treatment programs, the doctors need to understand the root cause of why the addict uses and the severity of the condition. Doctors assess the addicts’ conditions by running various medical, physiatric, cognitive, toxicology, and psychological testing. 

Doctors will also check your medical history, symptoms, and the details of the drugs you use. 

Therapeutic drug treatment

Therapeutic drug treatment uses behavioral techniques to help addicts overcome the pain and struggles in their lives caused by addiction. These techniques focus on modifying your attitude towards drugs and dealing with triggers that push people to use drugs in their daily lives. Various therapeutic drug treatments include‌:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Solution-focused brief therapy
  • Brief strategic family therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Medication

All these therapies provide the addict with the physical, mental, and emotional support they need to overcome addiction. During the initial stages of these therapies, the addicts also have to go through withdrawal and may find it hard to keep up with the program the rehabilitation center creates for the patients. 

Experiential therapeutic programs

As the name suggests, these treatments and therapies differ from general developed medical care. However, they are proven to be effective in multiple cases to help give patients a chance to get active and become in tune with nature and themselves. Experiential therapies work on the concept that whatever your body goes through affects your subconscious. Various experiential therapeutic programs are involved.

  • Equine therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Family therapy
  • Outdoor therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Your drug or alcohol abuse treatment success lies in following the treatment plan the doctors prescribe without fail. There can be setbacks and relapses, but the key is to keep going till you are free from the clutches of the substances you are addicted to. Most treatment centers offer a combination of treatments depending on your situation. 

About Magnolia Ranch Recovery Addiction Treatment Center

Treating substance abuse is essential to saving yourself from the damaging effects of drugs and alcohol addiction. At Magnolia Ranch Recovery, we offer premium addiction treatment services to our clients and assist them with drug rehabilitation and treatment for co-occurring disorders. Our team of trained therapists aims to provide supportive and compassionate care to those suffering from drug abuse. Our clients choose us for our personalized inpatient, drug recovery, residential, and individually designed treatment options. For more information about us, contact 888-992-7955 or write to info@magnoliaranchrecovery.com. You can also fill out our contact form to get a call back from us.

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Esra Ahmed - MS, NCC, LPC, MHSP
Esra Ahmed - MS, NCC, LPC, MHSP

Experienced Clinical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Anger Management, Healthcare, Medicine, EMDR, and Life Transitions. Strong healthcare services professional with a Masters Degree focused in Psychology from The University of Memphis.

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