Addiction touches the lives of millions every year. According to various surveys, almost two-thirds of American families have been significantly impacted in some way by substance abuse and addiction. Be it a family member, co-worker, neighbor or spouse, it is safe to say that almost everyone knows someone who struggles with or has struggled with addiction.
Can Drug Addiction Be Cured?
Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease. It is classified as chronic because it can never be cured. When people think of or refer to something as being cured, it is generally in the context of permanence. For example, when someone is cured of a disease or illness, all traces of that disease or illness are completely removed from the body. In the case of chronic disease such as cancer or heart disease, there may always be a small portion of the disease that remains, it just enters remission and does not impact your day-to-day health and well-being. Until it does. Chronic illness like addiction can return. This is known as relapse. Similar to the return of a chronic medical illness, some of the symptoms of addiction will always remain even if you achieve sobriety through addiction treatment. In short, addiction cannot be cured, however, it can be silenced through commitment and ongoing work in sobriety and recovery.
Different Ways Addiction Is Treated in Rehab
Each addiction treatment program is different in some ways, however, they all share some standard features when it comes to addiction treatment.
Detox and Withdrawal Services
The first step to treating addiction in rehab for many is detox. When you enter a drug rehab, it is essential to free your body of the influence substances. In a residential treatment setting this is often achieved through medically assisted detox. During this vital time, medical supports are available to help limit unpleasant symptoms and mitigate potentially dangerous symptoms associated with the detox process.
Individualized Therapy Programs
In rehab, evidence-based, individualized therapies are an essential tool in a comprehensive addiction treatment program. Residential addiction treatment rehabs will generally offer several different therapeutic intervention modalities used in conjunction with holistic and alternative therapies to ensure treatment addresses the needs of the whole person rather than just the addiction. Individual therapy sessions are essential to effective addiction treatment.
Family, Group and Couples Counseling Programs
Group, family and couples counseling sessions are another important element in the treatment process. Taking the time to teach the person’s loved ones about substance abuse disorder and its implications can help them gain the ability to support their loved one’s recovery once they return home. Participating in group therapy can also provide opportunities to learn and practice healthy social interaction in a safe setting without substances or triggers. One of the most difficult elements of achieving and maintaining sobriety, is developing healthy coping strategies you can use once you return home. Learning how to use these strategies in a group therapy setting helps make them more useful in the future. Group therapy also provides the opportunity to interact with like-minded peers who share similar struggles. This new support circle can be of vital importance in early recovery and beyond.
Get Help With Addiction at Bayshore Retreat
All addiction treatment is not created equally. If you or a loved one have decided it is time to see drug rehab, it is important to do your research. Because each program is different in terms of therapies used, alternative therapies provided and amenities available, it is important to ensure your chosen program provides the necessary treatment models to ensure your success. Within the rehab setting, therapists and treatment providers call upon various evidence-based treatment models to provide patients with the most comprehensive treatment possible. If it’s time to defeat addiction and begin your journey to sobriety, contact us at Bayshore Retreat in Destin, Florida today.