“I began asking myself just what my high was about. What did I do when I was high that I didn’t do when I was sober? What was wrong that heroin fixed?”
~ Pax Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure
This is Part Three of a three-part series
Every single San Diego addiction rehab program is full of people who thought that they had their own answers. Just as they were stubborn when they were actively addicted, they are just as stubborn when it comes to their recovery.
And, just as their addicted actions and behaviors were contrary to their best interests, their haphazard approach to recovery from that addiction is also counterproductive. Too many people affected by substance abuse make the effort without having all of the facts, instead depending upon what they think to be the truth.
Myth #6 – All Addiction Recovery Treatments and Programs Are the Same
When a suffering addict or alcoholic (or their family) has had enough and they begin looking for the right San Diego alcohol rehab/drug program, most don’t really bother to do the necessary homework. In their mind, one program is as good as another.
Unfortunately, that is not always true.
There are many paths that one can take on their own personal journey of recovery, and while all eventually lead (hopefully) to the same destination – sobriety – it is true that some treatment programs are better than others, at least for the individual addict/alcoholic.
Why is this?
There are many types of recovery programs, because there are many causal factors when it comes to the development of the disease of addiction.
- Genetics/family history
- Peer pressure
- Other co-occurring mental or psychological disorders
- Personal usage/consumption
Addiction has no one single identifiable cause, and the influence each one of those causes has will vary from person to person. Obviously, this means that there cannot be a “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment.
However, some rehab programs will rigidly stick to their approach and only their approach. This means that clients don’t always get the complete menu of services that they need.
The best San Diego drug addiction recovery programs will offer several types of services, each of which will play a part in helping the person move further along on their journey back to sobriety. Some possible offerings might include:
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy
- Group education
- Family sessions
- Family group education
- 12-Step support and fellowship
- Alternative recovery support groups
- Medication for cravings
- Trigger/relapse avoidance
- Treatment for co-occurring disorders
- Nutritional guidance
- Exercise programs
- Mindfulness meditation
- Pet and/or equine therapy
- Facilitating contact with local resources to assist with housing or job placement
Individually, each of these approaches might have a minimal impact upon recovery efforts, but together – enough of the issues are addressed to make a real difference.
Myth #7 – If You Fail at Rehab, It’s Hopeless
This is one of the biggest, most persistent myths, and belief in it can seriously hamper successful recovery. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, rehab methods can fail.
Maybe the addict/alcoholic wasn’t properly motivated. Perhaps they had a poor system of support from their friends and family. It could be that the particular treatment approach didn’t address their individual issues. The effort at recovery may have been years ago, and there could have been advances since then.
The reasons for an unsuccessful recovery effort are only important in terms of not repeating the same mistakes. What is critical, however, is the realization that the past does not dictate the future. No matter how many times a person has fallen down in recovery, there is always another opportunity to get back up.
It’s important to remember that addiction is a chronic disease. Like other such conditions, the goal of treatment is not to find a cure. Instead, the focus is upon learning to manage the disease so as to mitigate the damage caused by the symptoms.
In fact, when you look at addiction from a “chronic disease” standpoint, you can see that the relapse rates are actually very similar:
- 40 %-60 % of addicts/alcoholics relapse
- 30%-60% of Type I Diabetics fail to follow their plan
- 50%-70% of people with high blood pressure do not adhere to their diet or take their medication properly
- 50%-70% of asthma sufferers take their medicine incorrectly
Non-adherence – relapse – is very common with chronic diseases, with comparable rates across the board.
All chronic diseases are managed by adopting healthy behaviors. Because the person’s history is one of unhealthy behaviors that have become ingrained over time, it will take time to break those old, learned patterns. Just because a slip or relapse happens, it does not have to mean that the treatment program has failed.
What it does mean is that the person in recovery should learn from their experience and re-dedicate themselves to adhering to their prescribed treatment program or relapse prevention plan. The professionals in charge of the program should also make any necessary plan adjustments, in order to ensure that their client is getting all of the support and treatment options that they need.
Facts Versus Assumptions
Across America, there are millions of people whose lives have been impacted by drug addiction and alcoholism, and it seems as if there are just as many misconceptions. The only way to effectively combat the disease is by clearing up those misconceptions.
Lasting Recovery, the premier outpatient addiction treatment San Diego has to offer, can help. When you call, you will speak to a trained professional who can answer all of your questions and point you in the right direction.