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- a framework for engaging drug and alcohol abusers in treatment

The Matrix Model is an intensive outpatient program primarily used for the treatment of addiction to methamphetamine and cocaine. Research has also shown it is effective in the treatment of other drug addictions and alcoholism.

The Matrix Model is recognised and supported in the US by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The model was originally used to treat individuals addicted to amphetamines and it was developed in Southern California during the cocaine epidemic in the 1980s. At that time, no outpatient treatment existed specifically to treat stimulant addiction. Since its inception it has been used to treat thousands of individuals addicted to a variety of amphetamines and is now also widely used in the treatment of alcoholism and other drug addictions.

Individuals who are addicted to cocaine and other stimulants tend to have shorter histories of use than say alcoholics or opioid abusers and they often experience periods of abstinence followed by relapse. They have powerful cravings, and preventing relapse is one of the key issues in treatment.

The model is highly structured and includes group therapy sessions and establishing a close connection between the lead addiction specialist & the client. Users learn about the addiction and recovery processes, how to avoid a relapse, and how to socialize in a drug-free environment.

The Matrix Therapy Model, Rehab & Addiction Treatment Centre in Spain
Key Principles of the Matrix Model include:

  • Establishing a strong relationship between the addiction specialist and client
  • Educating clients about withdrawal effects, cravings, and other relevant information about drug and alcohol abuse
  • Using a several effective treatment models in order to provide comprehensive care.
  • Involving family members or loved ones in the treatment process to help them better understand their loved one’s drug or alcohol problem
  • Encouraging clients to attend community support groups (e.g. 12-step meetings) for continued care outside of a formal treatment environment
  • Conducting urine tests to monitor drug or alcohol use

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