What makes an addiction treatment successful? One that is personalized just for you

If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder, you’re likely asking, ‘What is the most successful treatment?’ While addiction is a treatable disease, it’s also a complex condition, and one size does not fit all.

Treatment services and supports can help people experiencing harms related to substance use and addiction but understanding there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment option is “essential” to providing the best possible care, according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction (CCSA).

“To provide the best possible care, health care and allied professionals must take a personalized approach,” the CCSA reports. “Offering a flexible range of services for differing needs at different times provides individuals with the best chance of a successful recovery.”

Aurora Recovery Centre does just that. We create a recovery plan uniquely tailored to the needs of each patient after a comprehensive assessment. Our interdisciplinary team of experts — which includes counsellors, nurses, nurse practitioners and mental health nurses — truly cares about your recovery.

Our professionals work together to create a personalized recovery plan, so you benefit from their shared experience, knowledge and expertise. They will regularly assess you during your stay to ensure the care you receive meets your evolving needs as you move forward on your recovery journey.

Each plan is grounded in patient-centered practices that incorporate evidence-based treatments and therapeutic techniques, such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): This is a structured, problem-focused and goal-oriented form of psychotherapy that helps people to develop skills and strategies for becoming and staying healthy.
  • 12-Step Programs: These abstinence-based programs can help people stop using substances through behavioural changes and peer support.

Aurora Recovery Centre also offers:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Gender-specific group therapy
  • Psychiatric treatment
  • Peer support groups

In its guide for In-Patient Treatment for Substance Use in Canada, the CCSA recognizes that everyone’s goals and paths to well-being are different, which may inform their decision to pursue outpatient or in-patient (also known as ‘rehabilitation’ or ‘rehab’) services.

Outpatient treatment programs, including individual counselling, support groups and medication, are evidence-informed services that are part of the spectrum of care, it notes. Such services might be better suited to some people’s personal circumstances than in-patient care. They can also provide valuable support to those waiting to begin an in-patient treatment program.

People who are exploring treatment options might consider speaking with a trusted service provider such as a family doctor, harm reduction worker or counsellor about what is most suitable for them, the CCSA advises.

When researching in-patient treatment centres, the CCSA recommends asking questions such as:

  • What kind of accreditation does the in-patient treatment facility have?
  • What qualifications do the staff working at the in-patient treatment centre have?
  • What is the ratio of staff members to clients?
  • How much one-on-one time is there with a counsellor while there?
  • How much time is spent in groups?
  • How is success measured for people who go through the in-patient treatment program?
  • What does a typical day at this in-patient treatment facility look like?
  • Are there any programs or supports for family of those in the program?

Once you’ve made the decision to receive treatment for your addiction, Aurora Recovery Centre understands that you want the best possible treatment. We’re accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Accreditation is a comprehensive review to determine if a provider’s services meet international standards of quality.

Achieving accreditation means we’re committed to delivering safe and effective services and ongoing performance improvement. We’re happy to answer all your questions about how we can support you on your recovery journey with a safe and personalized recovery plan. 

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