Many people don’t get the treatment they need for a drug or alcohol addiction and that’s unfortunate for many reasons. Current treatments offer long-term relief for people with moderate and severe addictions and improve the quality of life for everyone in a person’s family.
Addiction is a complicated disease; people who struggle with alcohol abuse deal with generations of misinformation and uninformed attitudes about treatment. Because of addiction’s association with stigma and shame, some people still believe treatments don’t work because they saw their loved ones relapse. Research into addiction show drugs and alcohol create such intense changes to a person’s life because of changes the substances make to structures in the brain. However, sobriety is possible.When patients develop new skills for managing behavior and thinking about themselves – they begin living out healthy habits because ofthe ability to develop new brain structures.
Addiction Treatments that are Personal
Many people understand that treating a disease like diabetes requires constant maintenance. Someone with diabetes has to monitor his diet every day; there are no exceptions. Addiction requires the same dedication. Since it’s a brain disease with behavioral elements, someone must learn to monitor his thoughts and behavior every day. Learning to make lifestyle changes is challenging, but it’s also rewarding. The positive changes people make to stay sober improve their relationships, give them rewarding hobbies and give them more energy and improved health.
When looking for a treatment for alcoholism, look for facilities that offer evidence-based services, such as CBT, as well as therapies that meet personal goals. Facilities offering exercises such as yoga and nutritious meal plans give patients a stronger foundation for fighting cravings as well as more energy.
It’s also important to honestly consider if a residential treatment is needed or if outpatient care is the best option. Research shows patients need to spend adequate time in treatment to avoid relapse; too often leaving care too soon or not devoting enough time to treatment gives a person a poor foundation for fighting the stresses of sobriety.3
Types of Programs
There are thousands of drug and alcohol rehab centers in the U.S. alone. Many are structured around the 12-step recovery philosophy, sometimes using a slight variation in terminology. Other treatment centers focus on holistic or homeopathic therapies, religious inspiration, gender specific support or treatment for co-occurring disorders of addiction and mental health.
A facility may offer a combination of residential and outpatient services, which gives patients the chance to step-down to less intensive treatment as they meet goals. People with less severe addictions may only need outpatient treatment, which gives them more flexibility to go to work or handle childcare responsibilities. But for people who struggle to make a break from temptations, residential care offers the best option.
People who want more structure and support than outpatient treatment, may prefer sober living homes. A sober living homes requires strict adherence to house rules; nightly curfew, rent payments and no drug or alcohol use. Residents must be working, or working on continuing their education during the day, and attend support group meetings or community counseling sessions in the evening.
How to Choose the Right Treatment
Before choosing a facility, ask for a tour, go over the routine for a typical day and talk with the counselors and psychiatrists. It’s also important to understand the payment obligations, patient rights and responsibilities before you sign any paperwork. Look for a treatment center that offers a wide variety of comprehensive services to meet personal needs. Addiction requires competent medical attention, but there’s no reason to be rushed or manipulated by admission staff. Visit three or four that seem appealing and bring a trusted friend or family member to offer a grounded perspective.
Alcohol Rehab at The Canyon
The Canyon has admissions counselors standing by 24 hours a day to answer any questions or concerns you may have about our specialized treatment options.
Even if you’ve been through rehab before and are still having problems with drug or alcohol abuse, recovery is possible with the right care and combination of services.
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 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. (2010). The Next Step. Retrieved Feb. 13, 2017 from https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA12-4474/SMA12-4474.pdf.
 National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). How effective is drug addiction treatment? Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). Retrieved Feb. 13, 2017 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/how-effective-drug-addiction-treatment.