What does addiction treatment look like? Why is it necessary? Addiction is a disease that affects the brain. Drug and alcohol abuse alter the body’s chemical balance and rewire the brain’s reward system, causing changes in thinking, mood, and behavior. The compulsion to pursue drug and alcohol use is both psychological and physiological. Because of this, recovering from addiction constitutes far more than detox (which occurs when substance use stops and the body rids itself of toxins).
Recovery is a process that should involve physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. If it is only physical, individuals may quickly relapse. That’s why addiction treatment, especially the kind of in-depth rehabilitation that takes place at residential treatment centers, is an important part of helping an individual live a fulfilling life without drugs or alcohol.
The Nature of Addiction and Why Treatment Matters
Drug and alcohol abuse lead to changes in the brain. This is largely why individuals who drink heavily, misuse prescription drugs, or abuse other types of drugs end up in a cycle of perpetual substance use. The nature of addiction is biochemical, which is why it takes more than willpower for an individual to overcome patterns of drug abuse. It’s also why individuals in recovery can be prone to relapse.
Fortunately, a great deal of research has been conducted in the past several decades on the science of addiction. Evidence-based treatment approaches (methods of treatment that have shown positive results) are now in use at many addiction treatment centers.
Here are just a few evidence-based approaches for recovery from addiction:
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include:
- 12-Step programs. 12-Step programs come from a tradition in which individuals in recovery meet together to provide community support for one another and reaffirm the principles that help them stay clean and sober. The first 12-Step program was Alcoholics Anonymous, which was started in 1935. These programs help individuals become other-centered instead of self-centered, giving them opportunities to heal personally, relationally, and spiritually as they receive accountability and peer support. They may often be part of a person’s residential or outpatient treatment, and individuals can continue attending meetings once they have finished treatment.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is focused on helping individuals develop positive coping skills. It gives them a chance to recognize and distinguish between healthy and unhealthy behaviors and regain self-control through conscious choices. CBT is often done in individual therapy sessions.
- Motivational Interviewing (MI). Motivational Interviewing is an approach that builds upon an individual’s desire to change and promotes transformation from the inside out. A more specific version of Motivational Interviewing is called Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), which may be used when clients are less prepared for change. Motivational Interviewing often takes place in individual therapy sessions.
Treatment professionals seek not only to help individuals stop using substances, but to help them learn how to cope and live rewarding lives. A life in recovery can be filled with temptations and challenges that must be overcome with positive internalized principles, coping strategies, life skills, and support systems. The more personal someone’s reasons are to be in recovery, the more effective and solid those principles will be in helping him or her remain in recovery.
Types of Addiction
- Alcohol Addiction
- Drug Addiction
- Cocaine Addiction
- Opioid Addiction
- Prescription Drug Addiction
- Heroin Addiction
- Methamphetamine Addiction
- Fentanyl Addiction
- Marijuana Addiction
The Importance of Curated Treatment Experiences
At BeWell Network, we consider curated treatment experiences to be an important piece of the rehabilitation process. This is because we want each person to take ownership of his or her life in recovery, and a customized plan is part of that. When individuals recognize what is good for them specifically, they can pursue it more confidently during and after treatment. We also believe that the recovery experience should be deeply positive and memorable so as to leave a lasting impression of what a fulfilling life in recovery can look like.
Not every treatment center is committed to curated experiences — in fact, most are not. A person can attend a rehab facility without recognizing that recovery is the right lifestyle for him or her. Individuals need to feel cared for, seen, and understood — and we are dedicated to this idea at our treatment facilities. We want to treat people, not conditions. And we want those people to rediscover themselves and truly find mind, body, and spirit healing. Recovery should not be seen as someone else’s agenda, but as a rewarding responsibility. Taking ownership of one’s recovery is a key factor in helping a person thrive for decades after the treatment experience.
How to Know When It’s Time to Seek Addiction Treatment
How do you know when it’s time to seek addiction treatment? If you’ve tried to quit using substances and have begun to experience withdrawal symptoms, please contact our team today. If your condition is severe, it’s important to be monitored and cared for by physicians who can ensure that you get through detox safely. At BeWell Network, we want to help you find the right treatment options so that you can heal from addiction — physically, mentally, and emotionally for the long-term.
Get Addiction Treatment through BeWell Network
BeWell Network is a family of evidence-based treatment centers. We help individuals suffering from addiction find the path to recovery, offering customized treatment experiences for the restoration of the mind, body, and spirit. If you or a loved one is considering treatment for addiction, please get in touch with our team today. We can assess your situation and recommend treatment options, verifying your benefits for free. We have a no-hassle billing process and are committed to providing treatment designed specially for you.