How Does Treatment Get Me From Addiction to Recovery?

How Does Treatment Get Me From Addiction to Recovery?

A key part of every treatment program is counseling

Understanding the process behind treatment can be incredibly valuable. Knowing how treatment works can be the motivating factor to get you into a program. Each step of a qualified treatment program is specifically designed to give you the support and structure you need to step in a clean and sober life.

The Battle Before Treatment

Before even discussing the practical workings of a treatment program for addiction, it is good to appreciate the battle that will wage in your mind before you ever seek out help. If you are struggling with an addiction, agreeing you need treatment can seem like admitting failure. The truth is that nothing could be farther from the truth.

Addiction is actually a chronic illness and as such should be compared to diabetes or obesity. While a chronic illness can be managed independently, there is a great deal of risk associated with this choice. There is no shame in seeking outside professional assistance in managing your chronic illness. Once you decide to seek treatment, then you are ready to understand the stages of a rehab program and how it will jumpstart you to a life without addictions.

Detox Is the Beginning

Treatment programs begin with detox. The Mayo Clinic has an exception definition of this familiar term:

“The goal of detoxification, also called “detox” or withdrawal therapy, is to enable you to stop taking the addicting drug as quickly and safely as possible.” The specifics for detox vary greatly depending upon the strength of the addiction and the specific drug that is the source of the addiction.

Detox can occur on an outpatient basis in some cases while for other medical supervision in an inpatient setting is more appropriate. At times detox can be as simple as not taking the drug that is the source of the addiction. With certain drugs, this cold turkey approach can be deadly, and synthetic replacement substances are used instead.

The bottom line is that a clean life starts with detox. It is the first stage of addiction treatment, and it lays the groundwork for the rest of a treatment plan. Many mistakenly believe that addiction treatment begins and ends with detox, but research has shown detox in and of itself is rarely sufficient to help a person gain long term abstinence. More support and training is necessary.

Counseling Is a Key Component of a Treatment Program

A key part of every treatment program is counseling. The specific format and focus of the counseling for a given treatment program will vary as will you experience as compared to another’s in the same program. Common components include the following:

  • Group counseling – This is where one or more faculty members provide an open forum for sharing victories and setbacks. Often new skills are taught or reinforced in this environment. Role play may be a part of group counseling as well.
  • Individual counseling – This offers a safer environment for discussing challenges to clean living and personalized instruction upon better coping skills for your specific triggers.
  • Psychotherapy – This is a third common component. Many have an immediately negative response to this term, but the truth is that psychotherapy is nothing more than informed directed conversations intended to offer thoughtful responses and coaching to improve responses to life’s challenges.

It is not unusual for an individual to feel as though counseling in any format is unnecessary to break out of an addiction, but this is typically not the case. An addiction has social implications, for example, that you may not be able to manage independently. However, you must be prepared to know how to step away from situations that will cause you to stumble. This is one practical outcome of counseling, an invaluable asset as you build back toward a clean life.

Rehab Treatment Follows a Proven Path

There is no such thing as a guaranteed success with addiction recovery. Indeed, if anyone tells you they have a surefire way to get you to a clean lifestyle, don’t trust them. In one way or another, they are not being honest with you. However, legitimate inpatient and outpatient recovery programs are built on a solid foundation of proven results. Every faculty or staff member of a rehab program is highly trained to perform exactly the tasks they have been given, and each activity fits into a schedule and process that has been shown to work.

At the end of the day, you greatly increase your chances of success if you actually want to be drug free, but research suggests that even those entering treatment against their will experience freedom from their addiction.

If you are ready for a change, you don’t have to make it alone because there is support available. We can help you. We can answer your questions. The admission counselors at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline can help you learn more about your addiction. They can help you find your way. Please call now.