Addiction recovery options

The purpose of this article is to present the various options available for recovery from substance addiction, the beliefs and understandings on which those options are based, and to identify those options.

This is an article, not a book, so I’m not going to delve into the different points covered, but I have included links to articles and websites that offer more in-depth coverage. Hopefully you will find what you are looking for; whatever you may need.

So where do you start?

Because addiction has both physiological and psychological components that must be addressed, it is important to understand that the psychological components are not easily accessible until the physiological components are addressed. This means that a period of detoxification (Detox) must be endured. This is not an option. Regardless of the approach, recovery begins with some reduction in use; any reduction will have an impact on both mind and body.

The mind and body of an addicted individual have become accustomed to the presents of a substance and have made physical and mental adjustments to deal with its constant influences. When the substance is no longer available, the body begins to readjust to that absence. This readjustment is called post-acute withdrawal. Symptoms after acute withdrawal can be very uncomfortable, but they are manageable.

Regardless of the option or options chosen, this is where the ‘recovery’ begins.

Treatment options:

Residential Treatment Centers (RTC):

Residential treatment centers go by many names and offer a variety of treatment approaches. They are sometimes called clinics, rehab, homes or houses of recovery, retreats, transitional houses, or sober homes. The most common approach used by RTCs is one that addresses the individual’s medical needs while offering a 12-step program that includes workshops, group meetings, and individual counseling. The inclusion of the 12-step component is sometimes, but not often, omitted as there is controversy regarding the definition and interpretation of the use of the words “God” and “spirituality” in the 12 steps.

Outpatient Facilities:

Outpatient facilities serve people who cannot afford the time or expenses of a residential treatment facility. They often offer a wider range of options for both addicts and their families. These options may include counseling, group meetings, family support, crisis support, relapse prevention workshops, as well as support and training for school personnel, employers, pregnant women, and parents with addiction problems.

Individual advice:

Most counselors combine cognitive-behavioral, motivational, insightful, and goal-oriented therapies.

The process will look something like this: You and the counselor will Dennis Berry Life Coach your challenges, determine what you want from therapy, describe and set goals, and implement a course of action. This will continue with ongoing sessions until you and the counselor determine otherwise. Counselors can also recognize physical and psychological problems that are beyond their training and direct you to the help you may need.

A knowledgeable and well-trained counselor will approach each client as a unique individual with challenges that require a personalized fit. If a counselor claims or implies that there is a one-size-fits-all solution to addiction recovery, then they are neither trained nor well trained. Their therapeutic style should be empathetic, client-centered and flexible regardless of whether they accept the disease model or the addiction life process model.