Most addiction centers try to help addicts and alcoholics through a combination of different strategies. For example, the average addiction center will have the following forms of treatment and therapies for the clients:
1) Group therapy – this where they clients would all get together each day (sometimes divided by gender) and have a therapist lead them through group discussion. They would dissect various “issues.”
2) Counseling or therapy – this is where a client would meet with a therapist and discuss things privately relating to addiction and recovery and any side issues that they might have.
3) 12 step meetings – most treatment centers (though not all of them) bring in 12 step meetings such as AA or NA from the outside in order to have their clients attend meetings. Some addiction treatment centers take the clients out to real meetings on the outside, too. Treatment centers that use an alternative to 12 step programs usually have some form of group therapy in their place.
4) Outpatient therapy – this would be where the drug addict or alcoholic comes into treatment maybe 3 to 5 days per week, attends all lectures and groups, and then returns to their home each night rather than stay in the residential treatment center. This is obviously cheaper than inpatient rehab but not as safe in terms of avoiding temptation and relapse.
Now there are other forms of treatment out there, but most of the other ones are pretty rare. For example, there is equine therapy with horses. Or, some addicts might rely solely on a medication therapy where they take a substitute drug every day and not do much of anything else to work on any sort of recovery (and some might do just fine with this).
One of the important things for recovering addicts to grasp a hold of is to find what works for them and then leverage that in their recovery. For example, if one on one counseling sessions seem to really help a person, then they should not be steered away from this and think that they need to focus exclusively on group therapy meetings in order to recover. They should use what works best for them, and what will help them to grow the most.
Unfortunately, most addiction rehab centers do not have the time, money, and resources to perfectly match people up with the right sort of therapies to best help them. What happens far more frequently is that they will run addicts through their general program, and hope that some type of therapy will connect with them and be able to help them. Customization is expensive and has not yet gone mainstream in the recovery field.