When a Recovery Program Considers You a Patient

The emotional and mental components of addiction are at least as important to prominently attend to in any professional and reputable recovery treatment program.
Recent advances in medical technology and research have given the recovery and treatment community a new-found understanding of the biology and chemistry of addiction.

There is so much empirical evidence and objective data that has not existed before, and medical science is genuinely excited about the possibility of helping more people overcome addiction, the disease that impacts millions each year.

However, there are downsides to the new prominence of medicine in the treatment of drug abuse and alcoholism.  For the recovery program that is focused primarily on a medical or biochemical approach to recovery, there is an additional fear factor that many patients have to overcome in order to achieve the right frame of mind to encounter sobriety.  This is because of a general social fear of medicine, and of the judgement of medical professionals.  There can be bad experiences in past medical situations, a fear of being condemned or even committed, and a sincere distaste for the white coat, objective medical approach to what feels like a purely emotional problem to so many in recovery.  While so many recovery and addiction patients may benefit significantly from the empirical discoveries of modern science, there is enough baggage around the medical profession that programs must carefully balance the scientific approach with the emotional support that many addicts are craving.

The emotional and mental components of addiction are at least as important to prominently attend to in any professional and reputable recovery treatment program.  The mind is what helps the addict fight the biochemical urges and cravings that will cause him to fall back into the addiction behaviors that caused so many problems to start with.  There are definitely empirical studies backing the importance of behavioral modification to support chemical changes in the patient’s body.  For instance, cognitive behavioral therapy can bring clarity to some behaviors addicts struggle with repeatedly.  When an addict can recognize and control trigger response, the path to sobriety is better in reach, and, perhaps most importantly, this skill persists down the road when the addict has completed the recovery treatment program.

In addition, there is the emotional component of addiction recovery.  As strange as it may sound, there is a distinct sense of loss when giving up addiction.  The habits, friends, places and hangouts that have facilitated drug addiction and alcohol abuse are the components that make up a life, and the addict is being required to say goodbye to that life.  To put that into perspective, addicts also struggle with the feeling that the addiction treatment will not be successful, despite whatever evidence they are presented with, because of failures within their own person.  This conflict and fear, worry and anxiety, can easily derail a patient attempting to reclaim a life of sobriety.  Even the most supportive family and friends can be at a loss as to how to deal with these seemingly irrational and definitely competing perspectives held within one mind.  That is where the trained, professional services of a therapist who focuses on recovery treatment will serve the whole needs of the patient.

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