Current Trends in Addiction Treatment

Current Trends in Addiction Treatment 

An important emerging trend in treatment of addiction is for facilities to offer an array of services other than offering only one path for clients to follow because there are many ways people can recover from addiction.  To get the most out of treatment, it must be personalized to the individual’s needs.  Why?  For one thing, people get addicted to many things or substances that have different effect on the body and mind, second, the cause and history of addiction is varies from person to person, and third, everyone has different goals, values, and motivations.  There are new types of trends in the psychological, medical and holistic fields being used to make treatment more effective other than those used in the past such as CBT, DBT, or EMDR.  A newer trend is virtual reality therapy, which is used as a form of exposure therapy.

Another trend is Holistic Therapy Techniques which are a combination of Western and Eastern medicines.  “Yoga, acupuncture, and meditation are relatively new to Westerners, they have been used in Eastern countries for thousands of years”.  Western therapists take inspiration from other fields to create effective therapies such as adventure therapy/exercise, acupuncture, animal therapy, horticulture, and art/music therapy” (Sunder, 2021).

Still another trend is evolving to finds ways to alleviate pain from withdrawal symptoms, diminish cravings, and remove biological dependency on substances such as: “The Bridge device, Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, Neurofeedback, Ibogaine, Biochemical restoration and nutrition, and Hallucinogenic substances.  All of these ar medical innovations in the addiction recovery field” (Sunder, 2021).

Finally, in the opioid epidemic, researchers have come up with new drugs to help heroin and opiate addicts recover form the physical effects of addiction which include “Zubsolv, Probuphine, Lofexidine hydrochloride, Naltrexone” (Sunder, 2021).

Future Trends

A future trend in the treatment of substance abuse is technology assisted care. A number of studies to design and test computerized systems to assist and augment in-person clinical provided treatment and help support recovery management are on the rise.  The NIDA and SAMSHA are collaborating on a product to help substance abuse treatment program in adopting and implementing technology assisted care.  Another trend is computer-based CBT training which was applied to cocaine addicts and those on methadone maintenance.  “Results were that the most impressive result appears to be the proportion of patient who were able to achieve sustained abstinence from cocaine:  36 percent for CBT4CBT versus 17 percent for the treatment as usual group” (Luo, 2019).

Addiction treatment has changed and continues to evolve.  There are newer drugs of abuse of emerging, clinical practices shifting and emphasis on disease/recovery management models, concepts of addiction, relapse, and recovery are being clarified at a time when: (1) patient profiles are changing, (2) basic assumptions about addiction treatment are being questioned, and (3) improvements in evidence-based practices are available including the use of new technologically based protocols. (Coon, n.d.)

References

Coon, B. (n.d.).  The Future of Addiction Treatment Trends and Best Practices. file:///C:/Users/Deborah%20Edwards/Downloads/the-future-of-addiction-treatment-trends-and-best-practices-brian-coon-ma-lcas-ccs.pdf

Luo, S. X., (2019).  Will technology change the future of addiction treatment? https://www.rehabs.com/pro-talk/will-technology-change-the-future-of-addiction-treatment/

Sunder, K. (2021).  Get Caught up on emerging Trends in Addiction Treatment. https://addiction-treatment-services.com/treatment/emerging-trends/

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