Addiction is still overlooked in society as a physical disease and consequently, its need for intervention and medical assistance is pushed under the radar and even silenced upon action. Addiction is most common with alcohol, drugs and other chemical substances. Often, treatment is necessary to overcome addiction to any of the above.
What is addiction treatment?
Strategic Mental Health addiction treatment approaches patient care holistically so that the patient not only overcomes the current physical addiction in a healthy way, but also so that the patient can learn root causes for cravings and coping mechanisms for avoiding the harmful substances in everyday life and particularly tempting situations.
Each substance abuse counselor is trained to care for addicts and to cater to each patient on a case-to-case basis. Addiction treatment involves patients getting to know themselves to cleanse emotionally while cleansing physically. Depending on the patient’s health history, medical conditions and current state, a unique approach or set of approaches is designed and carried out together between patient and treatment professionals.
Will addiction treatment cure me?
The fruitfulness of addiction treatment depends largely on the patient. This isn’t to undermine the intelligence, attention and experience of treatment professionals, because these qualities are important as well, but a patient must be ready to commit, to surrender, to self-discover and to make a change in current, everyday lifestyle. The substance abuse therapist here to guide the process and help discover reasons for improved living, but ultimately, addiction recovery rests on the willingness of the patient.
Is addiction treatment right for me?
Patients who seek treatment tend to experience the following:
- failing to cut down on addictive habits when frequently promising to do so
- noticing overindulgences intervening in relationships, career and life development
- turning to addictive substances in times of stress
- using addictive substances in situations that can harm themselves and others
- thinking frequently about addictive substances
- defensiveness upon suggestion of addiction or substance abuse problem
- using addictive substances to alleviate symptoms caused by substance withdrawal
To learn more about substance abuse treatment programs and protocols, reach out to Strategic Mental Health.
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