Before a person is able to get treatment for substance abuse, they will have to have the problem diagnosed. Diagnosing a drug addiction doesn’t only depend on the physical symptoms of a drug addict. Doctors will evaluate both physical and behavioral criteria to determine if an individual has an addiction. Some of the criteria used for testing include:

  • An inability to stop using the substance
  • Whether a substance is interfering with a person’s ability to work, go to school or perform obligations to friends and families
  • A person physical tolerance to a drug
  • A compulsive or harmful use of a substance

A person does not necessarily have to exert all of these symptoms to be considered an addict. Users react differently to substances. If you suspect you have an addiction, it is important that you seek help as soon as possible.

There are several types of treatment available for individuals suffering with addictions.

Inpatient Treatment

This type of treatment allows an addict to focus completely on their recovery. Inpatient facilities, when used long-term, are extremely effective in increasing a person’s chance of long-term sobriety.

Inpatient treatments are often covered by most insurance types and provide a mixture of group and individual therapies. At Asana Recovery, patients are able to participate in group activities in order to develop new healthier hobbies they can engage in as an alternative to drug use.

Outpatient Treatment

This type of treatment is used to guide addicts through their recovery without being as time-constraining as inpatient treatment. Patients are able to continue going to school or work and continue to live at home while getting help. Just like inpatient treatment, outpatient provides various types of individual and group therapies that help individuals determine the root of their addiction and develop skills for refusal.

Therapies Used

Individuals going through drug treatment often participate in individual and group therapies. Some of the most commonly used types of therapies are:

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) involves having a therapist ‘tap into’ a person’s motivations to resist drugs. Individuals who participate in MET experience fewer arrests, increased compliance with drug treatment, and they are less likely to continue drug use.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is effective in helping addicts manage their thought patterns in order to avoid destructive behavior. Individuals often use CBT to discover ways to identify triggers and respond to them more adequately.

In addition, addicts are able to participate in group therapy as well as family therapy. These forms of therapy allow addicts to work together to develop skills and learn different ways to refuse drugs. Family therapies help addicts and their families learn about addiction and work together to keep an addict sober long-term.


In addition to therapies, we offer physical activities and fitness programs for addicts at Asana Recovery. These activities help individuals develop healthier lifestyles and find activities they can do instead of using drugs.

If you or someone you know is dealing with a drug addiction, call us today at (949) 438-4504 to see what treatment options are available for you.