Addiction Treatment Terms and Explanations

Medical Model

What is a Medical Model?

A theory of drug abuse or addiction in which the addiction is seen as a medical, rather than as a social problem.

Explanations and Other Terms Related to Medical Model

Medical model is a term in psychology which is the view that abnormal behavior is the result of physical problems and should be treated medically.

Addiction Treatment - Medical Model

Addiction treatment for primary drug and alcohol abuse, along with associated disorders caused by them involves intense rehabilitation (including intervention) and proven therapy methods. Structured in a way, such that all activities and time is focused on recovery, this process ensures eradication of negative behavior from drug abuse or alcohol addiction.

Primary treatment also known as residential treatment is to help individuals discover and find solutions to problems that have troubled them. These primary treatment programs have worked integrally to foster an environment equipped for the recovery process of individuals suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. Experienced staff, which are professionally trained including psychologists, nurses, and therapists provide the safest setting possible for recovery from addiction.



Selecting a fully licensed and accredited treatment center is very important. All of our listed substance abuse recovery resources on RecoveryNowTV are licensed and certified in the field of primary treatment of alcohol abuse and drug addiction. These programs offers a very structured and in many instances a unique therapy process to the client that enables them to focus on the initial causes of their addictions. They understand that each client is different and has different needs and issues. They also work to address those issues in daily educational groups and with one on one private sessions with a licensed staff member.

Long Term Recovery - Outpatient Programs and Other Support

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Individuals need to be engaged in treatment for an adequate length of time. For example, participation in outpatient or residential programs for less than 90 days is of limited or no effectiveness.”

Outpatient programs provide clients with more freedom of movement (unlike in residential programs) which allows them to maintain a regular commitment to family, work, and educational responsibilities. Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs share many similarities with residential treatment programs, but in a differently structured environment.

Support groups

It is suggested for many former clients to regularly attend support group meetings with other members who share their particular recovery problem. This can be a 12-step meeting, religious/spiritual group or medically supervised setting. It is in this spirit that members often identify themselves along with an admission of their problem.