Phase 2 of Effective Treatment for Alcoholism, Drug Dependence, and Chronic Addiction


Phase 2 of Effective Treatment for Alcoholism, Drug Dependence, and Chronic Addiction

Last week we talked about treatment for substance abuse and the importance of a recovery program that consists of 3 separate phases of treatment. Detoxification is just the first phase but a very important step for most people recovering from substance abuse. There is so much more to addiction than just the physical and emotional cravings for the substance.


If all a person needed to recover from alcohol or drug addiction was to detox, we wouldn't have the problem that exists throughout the United States right now. Effective treatment for substance abuse and addiction has to address the emotional and spiritual aspects of addiction and provide the education and skills that are needed to stop using, remain sober, and manage recovery on a daily basis. When a person is spiritually broken they lose their ability and desire to go on and sometimes their will to live and get better. They see no light at the end of the tunnel and they need to see and understand that life is worth living and that recovery is attainable.

No one can really get a grip on their addiction and stop using if they don't recognize that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol in the first place. Once a person truly sees this in themselves and realizes they have a problem, it takes work on their part to begin to understand their own unique addiction. Most people recovering from addiction and most especially chronic addiction need help and guidance to fully understand addiction and what it takes to heal and recover with long term success.

No two people are alike, their life stories are different, personalities are unique, their extent of substance use is different, and some suffer from mental health issues which affect the way they feel, behave and react. It's important that after detoxification is completed the following steps are taken during recovery to promote abstinence, maintain sobriety and reach the recovery goals of each person.

Phase 2 Steps Toward a Successful Long Term Recovery

Full Assessments can make a big difference in a person's recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction. Many people suffer from mental health illness and are not being treated for their disorder. A lot of people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol also have mental health issues and this is referred to as co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. When a person is suffering from addiction and they are also living with major depression, anxiety disorder, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorder or any other mental health illness their chance for long-term recovery is greatly reduced if both illnesses aren't addressed and treated.

Individualized Treatment for Addiction

Individualized treatment is also necessary when a person is recovering from substance abuse and addiction. It's important that treatment focus on the unique needs of each individual person so that all areas of the individual's addiction are addressed. Many outpatient and residential treatment centers realize just how important personalized treatment is to their client's recovery success and provide individualized plans to fit their recovery needs which can include one-on-one counseling and therapy.

Behavioral Therapy for Addiction

Behavioral therapy helps a person to recognize areas of their life that contribute to negative and toxic behaviors. We all develop habits over time or develop negative thinking patterns that aren't exactly emotionally or physically healthy for us. It's not easy to change behaviors we don't recognize or understand and in order to stop abusing substances and learn to deal with life's challenges in a healthy way, we need to make serious changes in the way we think, behave and react.

Understanding Addiction to Prevent Relapse

Addiction education and Relapse Prevention are also part of an effective recovery substance abuse treatment program. The more we understand how and why we are mentally and physically affected by substance use, what triggers our substance use and effective ways to avoid them the more successful our recovery will be.

Family and Group Support During Recovery

Positive support is so important during recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction and there are wonderful support groups available today to help anyone suffering from addiction. Many recovery programs utilize 12 step programs during treatment which provides strength, hope and confidence to members of the group while they are recovering. Interacting with others facing the same challenges during recovery helps to reinforce strength and self-confidence during this time for many people.

Treatment Programs for Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are extremely beneficial support groups that have helped thousands of people stop drinking or using substances, take personal responsibility, and reach their recovery goals. There is nothing more rewarding than to help someone else recovering from addiction and inspiring them with knowledge that you have obtained during your own personal recovery.

Not all recovery programs provide family counseling during treatment but many do. Family and loved ones are equally affected by substance abuse and addiction and they need to heal also. Relationships are affected and sometimes destroyed due to alcoholism, substance abuse, or drug addiction and there is a definite void in a person's life if they're unable to mend and heal. Treatment programs that provide family counseling to me are well worth looking into because everyone needs to heal and support each other during this time.

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