What Does a Substance Abuse Treatment Plan Look Like?


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Accepting you have an addiction and seeking help are the initial steps to a better life. When you visit a recovery center, they provide you with a substance abuse treatment plan outlining the required measures for recovery. Creating a treatment plan is essential to establish realistic goals and track your progress as you proceed through the road to recovery. Since every patient has different needs and requirements, substance abuse treatment plans are always personalized as there is no one-size-fits-all approach here. A treatment plan adapts and evolves with your progress.

Let us see what a substance abuse treatment plan looks like.

What is a Substance Abuse Treatment Plan and What is its Aim?

A substance abuse treatment plan is a written document with details regarding a client’s goals and objectives they want to achieve through the treatment. It is personalized and fluid so that it can change according to each patient’s progress over time. The patient and the provider mutually agree on the discussed plans.

What are the Key Elements of a Substance Abuse Treatment Plan?

#1- Diagnostic summary: The therapist studies your medical history, substance abuse patterns, and other necessary health conditions to create your treatment plan.

#2- Identifying problem statements: A problem statement is a clinical report on issues the patient needs treatment for, assessed by their behavior. A problem statement can be “cannot stop drinking.” Your therapist will also need to attach evidence to prove the problem statements. For instance, for uncontrolled alcohol consumption, evidence can be DWI arrests, heavy drinking behavior over the observational week, etc.

#3- Goals: Next step is to come up with an aim to achieve through the treatment. Goals are vague and brief and only define what needs to be done and not how you should do it. For instance, for a problem statement about uncontrolled alcohol consumption, the goals can be abstinence from alcohol consumption and developing healthy habits.

#4- Defining objectives: Objectives are methods and steps that you need to take to achieve your goals in the treatment. Objectives should be “SMART”-

S- Specific

M- Measurable (and observable)

A- Attainable (in the time period of the treatment)

R- Relevant (to the problem list)

T- Time-limited (with a target date)

#5- Interventions: The doctors, therapists, and other staff members provide interventions to the client to achieve their objectives. They can include participating in a local support group led by a counselor, resolving barriers to attendance, etc. 

About Magnolia Ranch Recovery Addiction Treatment Center

Treating substance abuse is essential to save 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, along with 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 programs, residential treatment, 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

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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