Types of Addiction Treatment

These days, addiction treatment science and research are moving ahead at near light speed. Hardly a month goes by before we’re reviewing some exciting new research paper or study data that suggests new treatment modalities and regimens.

If you’re just beginning your treatment journey it can be difficult to understand and navigate all of it without spending a bit of time reading up on the various treatment types.

Here below, we’ve listed the most popular & common types of addiction treatment found across the USA.

Stages of Treatment

This article explores the various stages of treatment – – from detox to inpatient (or outpatient) rehab and relapse prevention.

Primary Treatment

There are two main types of primary treatment centers – inpatient, and outpatient. Generally, a patient would first attend a detox in a medical environment and then continue on for primary treatment.

Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient rehab is one two types of formal addiction treatment programs. Generally characterized by a 28-day (initial) stay, patients stay on-site and are attended to around the clock by licensed professionals.

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehab is the other of the two types of formal addiction treatment. While many patients do stay at home, or family members homes, it is often recommended that outpatient treatment schedules are complimented with sober living / halfway home living arrangements.

Recovery Residences: Sober living & halfway homes

Many patients are very sensitive to their living environment. Simply going back into the same living conditions that enabled their use can be problematic to recovery. Sober living and halfway homes are an intermediary step that provides a safe, encouraging environment with freedom and minimal cost (as compared to inpatient programs).

Support Groups

The road to addiction recovery doesn’t end after treatment. Support groups are a popular option for relapse prevention. Additionally, some individuals decide to try these before committing to a formal primary treatment option. Below is a brief description of each.

12 Step Programs

12 step programs are widely available to the public. These free support groups stemmed from the initial Alcoholics Anonymous plan and included the ubiquitous 12 step methodology for recovery.


Alcoholics Anonymous is the largest and most widely known support group for alcoholics and alcoholism. Meetings are free and widely available.


Narcotics Anonymous is another widely available option. Contrasted with the alcoholism approach of AA, NA focuses on recovery from addictions of any type.


Counseling is instrumental and some form of it will be included in any of the above treatments. Some individuals elect to attend counseling in addition to other treatment paths. Additionally, co-occurring disorders are best served and explored with licensed counseling / psychiatric experts.

Faith Based Treatment

Many churches and religious establishments offer faith-based approaches to addiction treatment and recovery support. These include retreats and weekly meetings and can be an excellent option for those in need of a strong, religious support network.