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Changing Trends in Addiction Treatment

By February 24, 2012 No Comments
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In a 2011 issue of Addiction Professional, editor Gary Enos summarizes survey responses from nearly 300 treatment centers. Clearly, the business side of treatment is causing centers to consider just how far they can spread their continuum of care and still maintain quality of treatment.

Enos states that the results indicate that most treatment centers are offering multiple levels of care, in many cases venturing beyond their original primary mission. From detox to sober living, and everything between, treatment centers are getting creative in order to stay afloat. The article by Enos goes on to evaluate other changing trends as evidenced by the survey. Read more at www.addictionpro.com.

By observation, we have also noticed programs originally entering the treatment field providing long-term treatment have begun offering a ‘cafeteria’ selection of services ranging from two weeks to four months. Whether these changes evolve from insurance reimbursement or the consumer’s reluctance to commit to greater lengths of time, the question remains, “What works?”

MARR Medical Director, Michael Vaughn, MD addresses the “length of treatment” question:

“If a drug has been your best friend and coping mechanism for 20 years, then learning to live without it does not happen overnight. How long does it take, you might ask? As long as it takes. You have to be exposed to, and work your way through, many different situations without using and/or drinking, until you are able to apply your new way of thinking to any situation.”

Since 1975, MARR has brought the therapeutic community component to treatment. Today, we still believe that the therapeutic community dovetails with the intensive clinical component of treatment to give the client the absolute best chance for lasting recovery. The location of MARR – Metro Atlanta – provides the staging necessary to reflect the very real life our clients will return to following completion of the program.

“We have endured decades of change around us,” says Guerry Dyes, CEO, “but proven results keep us committed to our long-term treatment program utilizing the therapeutic community model.”

Matt Erwin, Residential Manager for the Men’s Recovery Center, describes the value of therapeutic community and how it enhances treatment at MARR. >>Watch online now.


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