What is a Therapeutic Community?
Therapeutic community is a term applied to a participative, group-based approach to long-term mental illness, personality disorders and drug addiction.
Explanations and Other Terms Related to Therapeutic Community
The approach is usually residential with the clients and therapists living together, is based on milieu therapy principles and includes group psychotherapy as well as practical activities.
Addiction Treatment - Therapeutic Community
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.
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.