Recovery from addiction looks different for everyone and can even change with each attempt. For many of us, the struggle with addiction has touched our lives in one way or another. Overcoming the disease is no easy feat, but it’s possible when the right targets are focused during the recovery. Certain checkpoints along the road to recovery should be used to guide the person along as they take the actions needed to live free of substance abuse.
The Pillars of Addiction Recovery
There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment that guarantees success for a patient. It takes a tailored approach based on the person’s:
- mental and physical health
- past traumas
- family history of addiction
- previous attempts at treatment
- type of substance abuse and how long it’s been abused
Given the variables at play, each member of a person’s recovery team needs to be working towards the same goals with the same principles in mind. In order for someone to have the best odds at a successful recovery, they will need to prioritize certain aspects of their journey.
They Must Be Ready To Change
A willingness to admit there’s a problem and that help is needed is required to start treatment off. If someone isn’t truly ready to enter treatment for their addiction, they’re more likely not to complete their treatment the first time. A common approach to getting someone to agree to treatment is to stage an intervention consisting of their closest loved ones. As participants take their turn discussing how the addiction has impacted them, the focus of the intervention gets a better understanding of just how far addiction’s impact spreads.
After they’ve agreed to seek treatment, it’s important that the individual receive compassion and support from their friends and family. Encouragement goes a long way when the person is going through one of the hardest times in their life. Overcoming that first hurdle of starting treatment is the first victory of many on the road to recovery.
Rehab Should Address All Sides of Addiction
Ending drug or alcohol use is a goal that helps achieve the larger mission of long-term sobriety and management of cravings and impulses. It’s common for mental health issues such as anxiety and depression to be linked to addiction as each one can increase the severity of the other. Achieving initial sobriety has little value if the emotional forces that led to initial substance abuse are still alive and well. Often referred to as a dual-diagnosis, the treatment of both addiction and underlying mental illnesses takes a specialized approach from an experienced team of recovery professionals.
Medical professionals also provide 24/7 support to patients undergoing treatment. Creating a safe environment is crucial to fostering healing and growth following detox. Inpatient treatment allows patients to immerse themselves in this supportive environment by surrounding themselves with peers working towards a common goal. Many ARC alumni have become lifelong friends while others have chosen to be mentors to those going through the same struggles they’ve overcome.
If one’s environment plays a role in the development of an addiction, sober living homes or inpatient treatment plans can address the issue. ARC’s living quarters were designed to provide a luxury feel along with privacy. Returning to an unhealthy home life can make staying sober difficult. Group and individual therapy sessions can help guests develop the tools and social skills needed to create their ideal environment following treatment.
It All Comes Down to the Treatment
The quality and depth of treatment someone receives can be the difference in how successful they are in maintaining sobriety. Anyone who has struggled with addiction knows that life looks completely different when it’s being run by the condition. Part of proper treatment is preparing the patient for the regular stresses of life without the mask of drugs or alcohol. When someone is able to better engage while sober, they’re less likely to return to substance use out of boredom or a lack of direction.
When the time comes for comprehensive addiction treatment, America’s Rehab Campus is here to help. With resort-style amenities and the acceptance of both government and private insurance plans, ARC hopes to set the new standard for what rehab can truly be. Reach out today to get started with a no-obligation consultation.