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What kind of help is there?

Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication-Assisted Treatment is pharmacotherapy relating to substance misuse. It combines pharmacological intervention with counseling and behavioral therapies. This provides the patient with a comprehensive approach in the treatment of substance misuse disorders.

Psycho-Social Therapy
Professionally conducted talk therapy, aimed at modifying behavior. This provides patients with the coping skills to not only get through the initial treatment but also provides tools that can be used throughout the patient's life.

Peer Support
Peer-to-peer groups are groups such as AA, NA, Smart Recovery, and online forums. Peer support by itself does not constitute treatment, but is one of the many tools that make up a treatment plan.

28-Day In-Patient Programs
In-patient highly structured and supervised programs that isolate a patient from the people, places and things to which they are accustomed. Oftentimes, in-patient programs employ some types of group therapy.

Intensive Out-Patient Programs
Usually conducted by an addiction specialist or primary care physician, this type of treatment allows the patient to remain with family while getting treatment.

Brief Interventions
Brief interventions generally aim to moderate a person's alcohol consumption to sensible levels and to eliminate harmful drinking practices, rather than to insist on complete abstinence from drinking. Unlike traditional alcoholism treatment, which lasts many weeks or months, brief interventions can be given in a matter of minutes, and they require minimal follow-up.

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