Defining the Path to Success in Addiction Treatment

There are few situations in which permanent and meaningful change can be brought to bear on a person’s and their family’s lives, as profoundly as recovery from addiction.

When therapy is able to bring self-awareness, and a measure of light into a suffering patient’s life, it has to be judged to have had a least a measure of success.  However, the real motivation for patients, families and professionals who serve the addiction community is the real and present possibility for a lifelong and permanent recovery.  There is very rarely anything that is meaningful which is easy, and recovery from addiction is no exception.

There are several stages in the treatment program and growth of the patient’s ability to resist relapse.  First, any underlying mental health, physical, and medical issues must be evaluated.  Some mental and physical health issues counter-indicate the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, while others are not consequential.  A trained treatment professional will make sure that, before therapy begins, the patient is well suited to the platform and has a real chance of success.  A treatment program designed on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be individualized to the patient’s needs, and can also include aspects of group therapy.  In the big picture, the patient will likely be dealing with a stabilization phase for six to twelve weeks.  During this time, the patient will be in a safe and restricted environment, where the abused substance is not available.  The short-term and intense treatment phase is intended to make a break with the physical addiction.  There are a surprising number of cases in which this stabilization phase is particularly effective for cocaine addicts and results in ongoing improvement for up to a year.  

For some patients, however, the road is not as easy, and the stabilization phase is designed to be leveraged into a second phase of treatment.  Using the initial experience as a base, longer term treatment is designed around the patient’s responses to interacting with the outside world. Identifying triggers, creating coping mechanisms, and reinforcing a positive self-concept are all key components to an ongoing treatment platform for addiction sufferers.

It is incredibly critical that a program is designed around the individual’s needs.  Platforms that identify and leverage the patient’s strengths while creating coping mechanisms and defenses to isolate the patient from the negative effects of addiction are the best long term assistance an addiction treatment program can offer.

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