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Treating Drug Addiction with Treatment Centers


Drug treatment centers are often the only forum through which a drug addict can conquer his or her demons. A drug addict may check themselves in to a treatment facility voluntarily, or accept an offer to attend drug treatment following a intervention. Treatment centers for drug rehabilitation offer round the clock care. They are staffed by professionals trained to deal with the physical, emotional, and spiritual ramifications addiction has on the body, mind and spirit. They often integrate several different types of therapy into their program in order to address all aspects of the addict. Dual diagnosis centers especially recognize addicts as multi-dimensional human beings in need of a strong support network, particularly early in sobriety. The professionals on staff can identify the underlying depression, eating disorder, etc linked arm and arm with the addiction. It’s a bitter pill to swallow to contemplate staying clean and sober early along in the recovery process. Thus, a treatment center is a safe facility in which the client is guaranteed a drug-free environment.

Group therapy sessions as well as one-on-one therapy sessions are offered to prescription pill addicts within the rehab center. All clients are required to attend group therapy sessions with their peers, precluding any extenuating circumstances. The groups are led by professionals who are trained in addiction and alcoholism. They are often pre-screened for friendliness, interpersonal skills, empathy, and ability to pick up on suspicious behavior. These resident assistants, or RA’s, can often sense when a client is on the path toward a prescription pill relapse before the addict even realizes it. Clients are encouraged to share their experiences in confidentiality in groups, and often work through difficult emotional issues surrounded by caring peers.

Treatment centers keep clients on a strict schedule. Preplanned schedules are enforced for a variety of reasons. One reason is to emphasize the importance of routine in sobriety. Staying busy also safeguards the addict brain against bullying the logical brain. Each day is intended to be productive as well as fun. The drug rehab environment is conducive to recovery even by décor – many rehab centers are located near a body of water, inundated by plants and flowers, soft lighting, and cushy perks. Nutrition, health and fitness are advocated as integral components of the client’s recovery program. Well-balanced meals are served. Reasonable bed times are enforced. A treatment center’s group therapy offers a great way for addicts to exchange stories of experience, strength and hope – similar to anonymous fellowship meetings. Rehab treatment centers will either host Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous meetings on-site, or provide transportation to outside AA/NA meetings several times per week. This way the client can get accustomed to a routine of recovery that can be replicated upon discharging the inpatient rehabilitation center.

Many drug treatment centers offer various forms of therapy including but not limited to:
  • Equine therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Creative Art therapy
  • Personal growth workshops
  • Relapse prevention group sessions
  • Nature walks and exposure to natural healing processes
Before discharging, each client is given a detailed after-care plan. Usually, drug addicts are required to attend 90 meetings within 90 days of their discharge date. They are also given choices of transitional living homes from which they can choose. Relapse prevention plan in hand, they leave the treatment center prepared to take on the world. Hopefully the addict keeps willingness at his or her fingertips, as it will serve as an asset in the recovery process following treatment. Clients will receive additional recommendations for after-care procedures such as follow-up therapy sessions, psychiatric referrals, outpatient clinic hours, exercise goals, identified triggers and commensurate coping mechanisms -- among other tools. It is the client’s responsibility upon discharge to maintain his or her progress by staying active in recovery-based activities, preferably in a transitional living home, on a daily basis. They are encouraged to reach out for help via a sponsor, fellow AA/NA member, and/or inpatient treatment staff members.

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