Getting Help for Addiction
Getting Help for Addiction
Almost 1 in every 10 Americans is addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Addiction is defined as a dependency, habit or problem with a substance, activity or thing. It comes in a variety of forms and may be both physical and psychological. Compulsive behaviors that are difficult to break such as abusing drugs or alcohol, eating disorders and gambling are all addictions.
Any addiction can grow into an obsession or enslavement and the word addiction actually means “to be enslaved” in Latin. Addiction is considered a chronic disorder that affects the area of the brain associated with reward, memory and motivation. This area of the brain will start to dysfunction and exhibit physical, psychological, spiritual, personal and social manifestations. Addiction will completely take over a person’s life and the addict will experience cravings for the addiction and an inability to stop the addiction.
There is a cycle that addiction follows consisting of engagement, remission and relapse. It is a disabling disease that will progress until the addict seeks to receive the proper help to stop the cycle and recover. If an addict does not seek help, they may develop chronic disorders and premature death. Addiction is serious business that requires serious answers.
Overcoming Addiction – Getting Started
Help is readily available to the addict by consulting with their doctor or contacting a rehabilitation facility. Most treatment centers accept medical insurance and there are rehab treatment centers in every price range. The addict can reclaim their life simply be reaching out for help. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers help in locating residential, outpatient and hospital inpatient rehab centers. Look for an accredited rehab center with proven, successful treatment programs.
Inpatient treatment programs offer programs and strategies to help the addict achieve recovery. The licensed, professional staff is experienced in addiction recovery treatments and will assist the addict with knowledge and compassion. Rehab centers provide safe, medically-assisted programs where the addict is monitored, treated and kept as comfortable as possible during the detox process. There are treatment options for 30, 60 and 90-day detox programs depending on the addict’s unique circumstances.
Gender specific treatment programs are designed for people who feel more comfortable when the opposite gender is not present. Men and women may be kept separate during treatments, therapy sessions, meals, activities and outings. Dual diagnosis treatment is for anyone with co-occurring mental disorders such as bi-polar, anxiety, depression and PTSD. Treatments are designed to address both brain diseases of substance abuse and mental disorders to overcome obstacles that block successful recovery
Holistic therapies address the needs of the body, mind and spirit. Rebuilding a malnourished, weak and depressed body, mind and spirit with wholesome food, vitamin/mineral supplementation, exercise, yoga, acupuncture, sauna, massage, etc. are just some holistic treatments that help the patient to fully heal. Meditation, prayer and praise may help the spirit soar and reconnect with a higher power.
Individual therapy is exclusively private and confidential and helps the patient identify problems and set goals for the future. This type of therapy is ongoing and changing as specific problems are worked through and new challenges arise. Healing is achieved in a safe environment with trusted therapists.
Group therapy provides a forum for meeting other patients with similar problems. Ideas and experiences relating to recovery, triggers, cravings and relapse are shared and patients no longer feel isolated and lonely. Behavior modification, another type of therapy, is designed to teach the patient new ways of thinking and acting. Former negative and destructive thinking that led to addiction is removed and replaced by healthy, positive thoughts and actions. Patients learn to recognize the situations and circumstances that led to substance abuse and addiction, and how to avoid them in the future. Behavioral therapy is based upon each individual’s past experiences and current circumstances.
Aftercare for a recovered addict is a lifelong process of continued counseling and 12-step programs. Family counseling helps to rebuild shattered relationships and establish a primary support system for the patient. Every aspect of the patient’s life is treated to equip them with the tools they need to lead a healthy and rewarding life.