Alcohol or drug addiction are both serious diseases. Each year, millions of people suffer from either affliction. Then, there are those who suffer from both afflictions at the same time. It is even possible for a person to suffer from a co-occurring mental disorder along with drug and alcohol addiction. In the past, not so long ago, drug/alcohol addiction and mental disorders were viewed as separate afflictions to deal with. Unfortunately, while treatment clinicians meant well, patients went untreated for a condition/s that left them open to relapse. They simply did not have the mental tools or medications to help them work toward a meaningful life of long-term sobriety. The result was usually a relapse whereby the treatment process had to begin anew.
What Modern Rehab Offers
At Genesis Recovery, professional clinicians embrace every modern rehab treatment method available that can help patients realize sobriety. Sobriety is place where people have the strength to resist temptations and triggers that may have enabled a past addiction. Treatment goes beyond simply giving medications and monitoring patients for change. Treatment today, seeks to offer dual diagnosis to catch and address co-occurring physical or mental disorders that may cause the patient to relapse. Mental disorders can include bipolar disorder, anxiety, and various forms of depression.
The key to success is for a rehab center to use multiple methods and treatment programs that are unique to each individual. No two patients take the same path to an addiction, and no treatment methods will work for multiple persons. Today, more than only the symptoms of a drug or alcohol disorder are treated. The best results occur when the “whole” person is treated.
Detox and Rehab
Detox and rehab are the first phases of treatment for drug addiction. A patient is either placed in an inpatient or outpatient program. Inpatient programs are more intense and can provide around-the-clock support where medications can be adjusted as needed. Outpatient programs are just as effective, and provide more flexibility as patients can return home at the end of their daily rehab session. Counseling and behavioral therapies are provided in both modalities that help patients to reconnect with themselves and the world in a meaningful way. They learn that thoughts matter, and that thoughts create actions—and ultimately desirable results.
Counseling and Behavioral Therapies
Counseling is offered as one-on-one, group, or as a family modality. With one-on-one, patients work closely with a counselor to talk through challenges and to address areas of difficulty. They will gain the tools to handle stress and anxieties differently. Stress and anxieties are often causes that can lead to an addiction. Families can also benefit from counseling in that it helps them examine their own actions. Had they become enablers without knowing it?
Drug rehab is a major accomplishment for anyone—even a miracle. The last person to realize they need clinical help is usually the one suffering from the addiction. It is heartbreaking to see someone fall back into relapse after their hard-won gains. Aftercare is a testament there is always more ground to cover. In fact, the ground to be covered may last a lifetime. Aftercare covers the transitional period between completing rehab and re-entering life. Since a recovering addict will always be in pursuit of continued sobriety, every day can be seen as a transitional period.
Patients can look forward to ongoing counseling and support once their program has been successfully navigated. There will be benchmarks that recovering individuals reach, and hopefully, the patient realizes that a cure is a continual process that comes with new habits and different ways of addressing and solving life’s complex challenges.
Unfortunately, there will always be temptations that line the pathway toward sobriety. The same challenges are there for most people. However, not everyone will see them as challenges to avoid because they never succumbed to the temptations to abuse drugs or alcohol. It will be an uphill battle, but millions of people have climbed the long, steep hill back to normalcy and entered into a life that is free of addiction.
It all starts with coming to terms with the fact there is an addiction problem, and then seeking clinical help. Rehab center employees are some of the best at what they do. They are credentialed and experienced. This translates into an experience that recovering addicts can internalize for the rest of their lives.
If there is an addiction at hand, seek help. If a loved one has fallen prey to an addiction, help them make the decision to find help. One can never tell what a wasted life could have been.