Addiction is a complex disease that requires a range of treatments and therapies including long-term recovery programs. The first stage is often a stay in rehab for detoxification. It can be dangerous to just stop taking drugs or alcohol outside of a rehab center because the withdrawal symptoms can be severe. In rehab, the patient is able to withdraw safely and medical staff is on hand if needed.
Recovery programs are tailored to help the addicted person and their loved ones to understand the disease and recognize symptoms warning of an impending relapse. Call Alcohol Treatment Centers Sacramento at (530) 204-5366 for help with addiction.
After the detoxification period in which the body physically withdraws from the drug or alcohol, recovery programs form the next stage in treatment. If a recovering addict were to be discharged with no further treatment, a relapse would be almost inevitable because underlying and associated issues have not been dealt with. Recovery programs, tackling the physical and mental components of addiction, are essential if recovery is to be successful.
After the withdrawal period, the person’s body may be physically adjusted to the absence of the drug, but the emotional attachment remains and programs are needed to help them cope with the cravings and mental turmoil of recovery.
One of the most common therapies is counseling, which is often delivered in individual and group situations. In the group people with similar problems can share their experiences, which is often therapeutic for them all. The person in recovery tends to feel less alone and can obtain support from those further ahead in their treatment. Counseling is also offered to the patient’s loved ones, since they also need to understand the processes of addiction and recovery.
Another common addiction therapy offered in rehab is cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. This type of treatment helps the recovering addict to recognize and change their unhealthy thought processes and to learn new and positive behaviors. CBT is also a useful therapy for tackling problems underlying or associated with addictions, such as low self-esteem, poor anger management, and depression.
Treatment will also begin in rehab for any associated mental health illnesses such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.
After the residential period of recovery is over and the patient is discharged, recovery programs must be in place if relapse is to be avoided. Some of the therapies begun in drug rehab may continue, and other therapies may begin. These can include art and music therapy, restorative yoga, moral reconation therapy, group therapy, and 12-step and other long-term recovery programs.
One of the best-known programs is SMART Recovery, which helps recovering addicts learn how to cope with cravings and how to recognize relapse warning signs. Above all, the four point plan of SMART Recovery aims to teach people how to live a new and balanced life that does not involve addiction.
Another type of therapy is 12-step programs such as alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous. These programs are operated around 12 steps which the recovering addict must complete. Members remain abstinent and attend meetings, often for the rest of their lives. Meetings are free and anonymous, and provide a support network to help recovering addicts avoid a return to their addiction.
No recovery program works for everyone, but the most successful provide support that is readily available and address the complex needs of the person in recovery. Call the treatment experts at Alcohol Treatment Centers Sacramento at (530) 204-5366.
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