The medical profession recognizes that addiction to drugs or alcohol is actually a disease. It is not the kind of disease that will simply disappear after a few weeks, or even a few years, but one that needs ongoing treatment, probably for the rest of the addict’s natural life.
Rehab recovery programs and therapy are built around providing immediate detox assistance to addicts, followed by ongoing therapy to help addicts stay free of addictive substances. For more information, contact Drug Rehab Centers Elizabeth at (908) 329-2158 to speak with an addiction specialist.
There are numerous methods that have been shown to help addicts recover. “Recover” is a bit of a misnomer, because addicts never recover. Instead, they can learn to live without taking drugs, but the addiction will always be there.
No matter what types of recovery programs an addict signs up to, the first step in the recovery process will be eliminating the drug(s) from the addict’s body. This is often a harrowing experience for addicts, and is best done in residential treatment centers where the best medical care is available round the clock.
The medical care the addict receives during the withdrawal process will mainly be medications to alleviate the symptoms that withdrawing from addictive substances can bring on. Emotional and psychological therapy sessions will also commence. Once the medical detox is complete, the focus of the recovery program will change to equipping the addict to live without the addictive substances.
Therapists and recovery professionals talk about the models they use, and this can sometimes lead to confusion. Many recovery techniques are about the recipient developing sufficient insight into his or her character and actions so that he or she can be motivated to stop bad behavior.
The underlying principles behind recovery programs are often modified slightly to suit particular circumstances. For example, a person being treated for delinquency will be brought on the same journey of discovery as a recovering addict, but the aids, or models, used will be different.
A commonly used therapy for treating recovering addicts is motivational interviewing (MI). The addict will be invited to answer a series of questions, normally in one-to-one session with a therapist. The principle behind MI is that an addict must come to his or her own conclusions about why they are addicts, why they should change, and what they need to do to change.
The Interview part of MI is there because during a session the therapist will ask questions, and then may ask further questions based on the answers to previous questions. The atmosphere is non-confrontational and non-judgmental.
For example, a male addict might be asked to rate his self-confidence on a scale of 1 to 10. Later, he might be asked to explain why he chose the answer he did. There will be no implication that the chosen answer is wrong. Instead, the addict will be guided towards greater self-awareness.
Anything that can reduce stress and help an addict develop a more positive outlook can help keep him or her clean. Yoga and meditation are really good therapies for relaxation. Addicts can explore their creative sides by trying various arts, such as painting, poetry, or sculpting. Even something as simple as finding some quiet time to listen to relaxing music can help.
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