Every year over 20 million Americans require drug or alcohol addiction treatment. Drug and alcohol treatment not only provides an opportunity for these individuals to refrain from substance abuse but also provides them a safe environment to detox, a supportive atmosphere, and the skills needed to prevent relapse post treatment. There are multiple techniques and practices used in the treatment of a drug or alcohol addiction. It’s important to know that since addiction affects each individual differently, treatment must be approached differently for each individual. What might work with one person in treatment is likely to not be what the next person needs. Additionally, there is no one cure-all treatment for addiction. An individual’s past experiences, mental and physical health, family history, and specific personality characteristics help to determine what method of treatment may be the most successful.
How Do I Know if I have a Substance Abuse Problem?
There are a few defining characteristics that determine if there is a drug or alcohol addiction that is playing a part in your life. These, unlike popular belief, are more about behavioral tendencies than physical consequences from drug or alcohol abuse. A person afflicted with drug or alcohol dependence will convey:
- The inability to stop using alcohol or drugs, even after trying.
- Withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop using drugs.
- A neglect to dealing with responsibilities like work, school, or family involvement.
- A physical tolerance or dependence to the drug of their choice.
- A need to use the drug even though physical, mental, and emotional effects are evident.
- A lack of previous interests or hobbies.
- An increased amount of time spent alone.
- A neglect in dealing with personal hygiene.
- Changes in sleeping patterns.
- Changes in appetite and eating patterns.
- Increased paranoia, anxiety, or depression.
- Sudden changes in moods.
- Increased fatigue and exhaustion.
An addict does not necessarily have to experience one, or even all, of these symptoms to be characterized as having an addiction. However, these signs usually point to an addiction or the beginning stages of an addiction. Symptoms that portray addiction can sometimes lead to physical health concerns, so if you or a loved one is experiencing any number of these symptoms, the best chance to reverse effects is to seek help through treatment.
Different People; Different Addictions
The Florida House Experience understands that the patients that seek our help all have a different story, which is why they all require different treatment. Whether you have developed a dependency to a prescription your doctor handed you or you have used illicit drugs for many years, we help all walks of addiction. Additionally, we understand that some individuals may not think that their addiction is a big deal, where others find themselves stealing money to pay for their habit. We know that all of our patients are different, as the addictions that they face. We work not to find one approach that treats all, but an individual approach for each person that needs treatment so that their individual recovery needs can be met. By doing this, each patient can work to discover the underlying causes for their own personal dependencies or addictions and work on what they need to do to better themselves.
Approaches Used in Treatment
There are many different approaches to treatment. The Florida House Experience uses a well-rounded approach to cover every aspect of treatment. We first look to diagnose any medical issues that may be playing a role in how addiction affects a person’s life. Treatment of medical issues or medication management for those with mental disorders that could play a part in an addiction gives individuals in treatment the clear head they need to tackle their addictions. Additionally, the psychological approach provides a comprehensive examination of the brain and what neurological factors play a role in addiction. With this knowledge, the type of therapy in treatment needed can be determined. The last aspect of treatment at the Florida House Experience is a clinical approach, that looks to bring addiction treatment methods that have been proven in aiding in long-term recovery, to give our patients the best chance of success outside of our facility walls. Some examples of clinical therapy used at The Florida House Experience include:
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT): This approach to therapy involves a look at the deepest levels of what causes addiction. It helps a patient to examine their thought patterns to identify when their thoughts display into physical behaviors. Over time and practice, this therapy helps individuals learn how to control their thought patterns so they can prevent negative behaviors that cause negative consequences, like using drugs or alcohol. Additionally, confronting the underlying causes of addiction helps recovering patients identify triggers and cravings that may lead them to relapse. Identifying these triggers is helpful in relapse prevention strategies.
Family Therapy: The individual suffering from addiction is not the only one damaged by their addiction. The family of an individual who lives with addiction may feel helpless and guilty that their loved one is suffering from the consequences of addiction. Family therapy aims to educate family members of a patient in treatment on the effects of alcohol or drug addition, the dangers of enabling, and how to work on rebuilding relationships. Additionally, family therapy in drug addiction treatment can prove to help with family communication since it is performed in a controlled environment, guided by a professional psychiatric specialist.
Twelve Step Programs: These programs are a great tool to provide additional help outside of treatment. Additionally, it is a great way to form a support group filled with people who are motivated and determined to live a life with sobriety as a priority. Although, for many, these programs are not enough to help them stay sober. Only treatment can provide the in-depth and complete approach to curing addiction.
More Than Sobriety
When many people picture drug or alcohol addiction treatment, they expect to refrain from drug use and be cured. This just simply is not the most effective way to make sure addiction is no longer an issue. Although detox is an important part of treatment, it is only one small step in making sure addiction no longer impacts a person’s life negatively. Yes, detox eliminates the body’s need for a substance it was previously dependent on. But, what about the mental and emotional aspects of addiction? Treatment methods are successful in making sure that a person understands the causes of their addiction so that they can identify how to prevent relapse after treatment concludes. Additionally, treatment provides a support system that cannot be found elsewhere, education to prepare an individual for long-term recovery, and aftercare services to aid an individual in assimilating back into society post treatment.