Recognizing and admitting that you have a drug and alcohol addiction problem is the first step in your journey to living a life in recovery. Addiction is a brain disease and requires a course of treatment, just like any other disease would require treatment.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) characterizes addiction as: “a complex illness characterized by intense and, at times, uncontrollable drug craving, along with compulsive drug seeking and use that persist even in the face of devastating consequences. While the path to drug addiction begins with the voluntary act of taking drugs, over time a person’s ability to choose not to do so becomes compromised, and seeking and consuming the drug becomes compulsive. This behavior results largely from the effects of prolonged drug exposure on brain functioning. Addiction is a brain disease that affects multiple brain circuits, including those involved in reward and motivation, learning and memory, and inhibitory control over behavior.”
If you are diagnosed with cancer, depending on the type and progression, you may begin radiation and chemo. Also, you typically would begin your treatment for cancer immediately, since it is a progressive and fatal disease. The same is true for alcoholism and addiction.
Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction
There are thousands of drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs all over the United States. And, most of them offer each client something a little bit different. So, it is important that you recognize and address your needs when selecting a treatment center.
For example, if you battle an eating disorder in addition to a substance use disorder, you will need to attend a treatment center that specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and substance use disorders. Or, if you have a psychological illness, such as major depressive disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you will need to attend a treatment center that can address your co-occurring illness and addiction.
There are some treatment centers that specialize in the treatment of adolescents– some adults, some specific genders, and some treatment professionals who need special assistance in licensure. Your specific needs will determine which treatment center you should go to.
Most drug and alcohol rehab centers work with insurance companies to cover the cost of treatment. But, some are private-pay only. The gold standard for addiction treatment is a minimum of ninety days of inpatient treatment, but some insurance companies will cover shorter amounts of time or only outpatient treatment.
The NIDA summarizes the necessity of treatment:
“Because drug abuse and addiction have so many dimensions and disrupt so many aspects of an individual’s life, treatment is not simple. Effective treatment programs typically incorporate many components, each directed to a particular aspect of the illness and its consequences. Addiction treatment must help the individual stop using drugs, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and achieve productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society. Because addiction is typically a chronic disease, people cannot simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Most patients require long-term or repeated episodes of care to achieve the ultimate goal of sustained abstinence and recovery of their lives.”
Personalized Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment
There is no single treatment approach that works best for everyone– there is no universal treatment, or “magic bullet” in the treatment of addiction. Each individual is unique, and each substance abuse problem is different. A treatment center that works closely with each client to develop a treatment plan that meets his needs is essential for recovery.
It has been proven that personalized treatment yields the best results, meaning that in combination with following through with aftercare plans, personalized treatment is a main component of long-term sobriety. Not only is a personalized treatment plan important, but a personalized course of treatment is equally as important. An experienced and accredited addiction professional can adequately craft a treatment plan and provide treatment to address the needs of the patient.
Based on scientific research in the 1970s, there are several key aspects of successful treatment (NIDA):
- Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior.
- No single treatment is appropriate for everyone.
- Treatment needs to be readily available.
- Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse.
- Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical.
- Counseling—individual and/or group—and other behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of drug abuse treatment.
- Medications are an important element of treatment for many patients, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies.
- An individual’s treatment and services plan must be assessed continually and modified as necessary to ensure that it meets his or her changing needs.
- Many drug–addicted individuals also have other mental disorders.
- Medically assisted detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long–term drug abuse.
- Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.
- Drug use during treatment must be monitored continuously, as lapses during treatment do occur.
- Treatment programs should assess patients for the presence of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases as well as provide targeted risk–reduction counseling to help patients modify or change behaviors that place them at risk of contracting or spreading infectious diseases.
How to Find Personalized Treatment
If you think you or your loved one may be struggling with a substance abuse disorder or any other mental health disorder, it is critical that you find professional help. A good first step to take in finding treatment is through counseling with a behavioral health center. In meeting with a counselor, you can establish what your needs may be, and what treatment center may be most appropriate for you or your loved one.
Dream Center for Recovery is a treatment center located in Delray Beach, Florida, and specializes in the treatment of addicted adults. Dream Center for Recovery offers inpatient, or residential treatment, intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient. If you or your loved one needs addiction treatment, contact us today.