Every year, millions of people enter rehab for addiction. Some treatment centers only offer generalized programs to help as many people as possible, but these can sometimes fall short for some clients. While different addictions may appear similar to an outsider, the way in which substances affect the body differ. This is especially true when considering the individual factors that contribute to the development of a substance use disorder, the severity of it, and the way in which it is treated.

Addiction can develop for any number of reasons. Biological, social, and environmental factors are variables that are at the root of addiction, and the variability of these factors between people is important to consider. For some, genetic predisposition plays a significant role, while for others, the inability to cope with stress or negative social situations leads them to use drugs or alcohol to ease discomfort. In some cases, people begin experimenting with substances and gradually become dependent, while others grow to depend on drugs or alcohol in order to endure symptoms of co-occurring mental health disorders or physical disabilities. Due to varying circumstances, it would not make sense to treat individuals with the same methods when the influences on their substance use vary so dramatically. Recognizing the unique struggles of each person in treatment can help ensure clients receive quality care designed to address their specific needs.

Aside from individual therapeutic needs, clients may have different needs in terms of the withdrawal process, the duration of rehab, and aftercare services. Because of these varying factors, it is impossible to create a one-size-fits-all treatment program that will be equally effective for everyone. Rather than trying to create a standard form of treatment, Foothills Centre for Change offers individualized care for clients. A personalized treatment plan begins with an assessment by an addiction counselor. In order to create a realistic and personalized treatment plan, the individual’s substance use, medical, and psycho-social history must be assessed. Participating in sessions with a counselor will provide the opportunity to identify any underlying causes of addiction and potential triggers. Counselors can use this information to identify treatment services that not only treat the underlying cause of addiction, but to also provide new coping skills and relapse prevention strategies that fit the individual’s specific needs.

Each person has a unique set of influences—from personal history to co-occurring disorders—that contribute to the development of a substance use disorder thus making personalized treatment for addiction vital. The bottom line… Personalized treatment plans provide individuals with a better chance at long-term recovery.