Learning to Trust the Method in Treatment

Learning to Trust the Method in Treatment

Addiction treatment may at first seem unfamiliar, but you are more likely to succeed if you trust the treatment process

The most important step in treating drug or alcohol addiction is to realize that you have a problem. Once you decide to get treatment, then finding the right rehab program for your unique situation is the next step. For many drug and alcohol addictions, an undiagnosed mental illness factors into their habits, but Dual Diagnosis treatment can address both issues at the same time. In fact, through the right combination of medication and psychotherapy, those with co-occurring problems can learn to lead drug-free lives while also addressing the issues that encourage relapse. However, whether or not you have a Dual Diagnosis, you must learn to trust the treatment you will receive to see the best results. The process may seem foreign, but you may succeed if you have confidence in your rehab team of doctors, therapists and other mental health professionals. Understand the different types of treatment you may encounter to find the options that best suit your individual needs.

Addiction Treatment Basics

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as a chronic disease characterized by compulsive drug abuse in spite of negative consequences[i]. Addiction restructures the brain, which can have a life-long impact on behavior; as a result, addicts need professional help to avoid drugs in the future. Professionals use several methods in addiction treatment, but the most successful programs begin with medically supervised detox. This process gives the body a chance to rid itself of the toxins of drugs in a safe and controlled environment. In other words, you can break the physical addiction while medical professionals ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.

Once detox ends, the next step in treatment is diagnosis. At this stage, it is important to determine whether you have an undiagnosed mental illness that contributes your drug abuse. After professionals diagnose you, then treatment will begin with individual therapy sessions to explore your addiction and how it formed. Your therapist will also help you learn coping strategies to deal with drug cravings and addiction triggers that increase your risk of relapse. Also, through group therapy sessions, you can learn to communicate about addiction in healthy ways while drawing encouragement from the experiences, success and struggles of other patients. Lastly, many rehab centers include holistic options, such as exercise, meditation, nutrition counseling, spiritual guidance and life-skills training to treat the entire person: body, mind and spirit. In short, the best treatment for you will address every need you have.

Drug rehab programs are offered on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Treatment typically lasts 30, 60 or 90 days depending upon your health insurance and the severity of the addiction. Many people begin the recovery journey in outpatient programs, but inpatient treatment allows patients to focus on recovery without any outside distractions getting in the way.

After drug treatment ends, then get involved in a support group to continue your life in recovery. Support groups provide safe places to share your struggles with people who understand your journey. They also offer much-needed social outlets for recovering addicts to have fun without fearing relapse.

Behavioral Therapies

Several therapy types are used in addiction rehab; one of the most common is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or “talk therapy.” In this treatment, patients identify negative thought patterns that result in negative or destructive behaviors. Patients can then change their thoughts, which will lead to different behaviors in the future. Part of this work occurs as patients learn to deal with relapse triggers in healthy ways. CBT encourages patients to think through potential choices to logical conclusions before acting[ii]. Research shows that the skills people learn in CBT stay with patients even after treatment ends, which makes this method highly successful. Other types of therapies include contingency management, motivational enhancement therapy and 12-Step programs that support people throughout recovery[iii]. Many addicts engage more than one therapeutic method to individualize treatment as best as possible to their unique struggles.

Trusting the Method

No matter what course of treatment your rehab team recommends, it is important that you trust the judgment of professionals, because the therapies that treat addiction are proven courses of action. It may be difficult in the early days of treatment to accept the help that your team offers, and you may not even  understand that everyone involved truly wants you to get and stay sober. However, if you trust the program and the people who designed it for you, then you will increase the likelihood of treatment success, which means you are more likely to get and stay clean from drugs.

Find Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

It may seem difficult at first to trust the people who initiate your recovery journey, but it may help you to know that the rehab professionals involved in your care have your best interest at heart. If you or a loved one struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, then know that we are here for you. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline now to speak to an admissions coordinator about available treatment options. You are not alone, so call us now to begin recovery as soon as possible.

[i] The National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Drug Facts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction.” Accessed February 22, 2016. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction

[ii] The National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Researched-Based Guide (Third Edition).” Accessed February 22, 2016. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/evidence-based-approaches-to-drug-addiction-treatment/behavioral

[iii] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration. “Treatments for Substance Use Disorders.” Accessed February 22, 2016. http://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/substance-use-disorders