Stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine have become a dominant substance abuse threat in the United States, and have remained so for the past 40 years. Although opioids and other prescription drugs have dominated the treatment conversation, and have caused more fatalities over the past decade, stimulants continue to kill thousands of Americans each year and render thousands more addicted while directly threatening their health and quality of life.
In the 1980s, at one of the peak-periods of the ongoing American cocaine saga, researchers and clinicians developed the matrix model of addiction rehab as a means of specifically treating stimulant dependency. The model has also been used to treat prescription stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, which have become a leading substance abuse threat among young adults and adolescents in the current age. The matrix model program has had considerable success since its initial introduction.
Matrix model rehab incorporates a full continuum of care, including detox, counseling, and comprehensive behavioral rehab that’s manifested through an intensive outpatient treatment model. Matrix programs are usually 16 weeks long, but can go for up to a year, depending on the patient’s progress and ongoing care needs. Like other types of addiction treatment, matrix programs blend group therapy, individualized counseling, and supplemental modalities to give patients a well-rounded treatment experience.
Some of the therapies used in matrix programs include, but are not limited to:
Matrix programs incorporate elements from various proven and effective therapeutic paradigms to give patients in each phase of care a comprehensive, supportive, and thorough recovery experience. The therapist plays an instrumental role in shepherding patients through the completion of their program, as well as monitoring and documenting progress, facilitating family and individual therapy sessions, encouraging participation in 12-step meetings, regularly liaising with clients for consistency and support, and taking them through critical therapeutic exercises like cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Matrix programs are based on eight guiding principles that dictate conduct, compliance, and progress throughout the recovery process:
Compliance with these principles is monitored by an appointed therapist with whom patients work throughout the duration of their program.
The formal treatment program generally consists of three treatment sessions per week, which last for multiple hours and address specific areas in the client’s life that have led to their substance abuse.
Throughout the matrix program, patients engage in several different key therapeutic structures, including:
After the first four months of matrix rehab, patients work with their facilitating therapist to engage in therapies and care resources that speak to their ongoing care needs and health issues.
While initially designed for stimulant addiction sufferers, the matrix rehab model can be a valuable therapeutic resource for any person suffering from substance use disorder. It is a comprehensive, science-backed means of managing and treating addiction.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from stimulant addiction, find out if matrix model rehab is the right choice for you.
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