Drug addiction recovery programs are not all the same as many people think. All people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol are not the same. As such, not all people will respond to the treatments and treatment styles offered in different recovery programs. The key is to understand some of the differences so that you can find a recovery program and treatment center that will best cater to your individual needs.
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Recovery programs are groups of treatments, therapies, and other techniques with the express intention of helping people with alcohol and/or drug addictions to overcome those addictions and build the skills and strategies needed to maintain their sobriety and avoid relapse following the completion of the recovery program. These programs are designed based upon models of recovery that give the program a philosophical base as well as help the program take shape and structure.
There are many different models of recovery that can be used to design these programs. Three of the most common are the cognitive/behavioral model, the motivational interviewing model, and the motivational incentives model.
The cognitive/behavioral model places the focus of treatment upon the thoughts and feelings that lead up to and contribute to addiction, and then the actions (and patterns of action) those thoughts and feelings cause. By identifying the deep-seated feelings (emotions) and thoughts that can precipitate addiction and substance abuse, a person can handle these thoughts and feelings in a way that has nothing to do with substance abuse. These strategies work the same way for troublesome patterns of behavior. The sooner they can be identified and recognized, the sooner they can be rerouted to avoid substance abuse.
In the motivational interviewing model of recovery, the focus of treatment is on the individual addict’s motivations to be in treatment and to successfully recover from their addiction. Because of this, the therapist cannot be a distant authority figure, instructor, or the like. They must instead forge an alliance with the recovering addict so that the addict feels as if they are both invested in the addict’s recovery.
This also gives the recovering addict a sense of independence and self-reliance as they are largely in charge of their own recovery and progress in treatment. The therapist is not going to drag them through treatments and to reach conclusions or develop coping strategies, the recovering addict must be complicit in guiding and developing their treatments.
When a recovering addict enters into treatment, they may have strong motivations for being there and be ready and willing to participate in treatments and for overcoming their addiction. However, a major part of any recovery from addiction is that recovering addicts will be on an emotional rollercoaster during treatment.
This means that they will experience periods of resistance and/or reluctance to treatments and participation. The motivational incentives model addresses this by offering tangible incentives such as food, gift cards or even cash to participate in treatments and continue making progress in addiction treatments. This helps the recovering addict fight against their emotional downturns and to continue in recovery in spite of changes in feelings or mood.
Within every recovery program, there are several treatment offerings as well. Some of these treatments include:
Music therapy is an exercise in emotional awareness and expression. Recovering addicts may write, play, listen to, discuss, or even dance to music as a way to both become more aware of their emotions, moods, and feelings and to express those emotions, whatever they may be, in healthy and productive ways rather than smothering those emotions through substance abuse. By becoming more aware of their emotions, recovering addicts will know when they are beginning the relapse process following treatment and will be able to reroute themselves.
Individual counseling is a form of therapy in which a counselor or therapist and a recovering addict meet one-on-one to discuss the recovering addict’s progress and to delve into the underlying causes of their addiction, their own individual behavioral and thought patterns that contribute to substance abuse, and their plans for after treatment. These therapy sessions are designed to deal with the issues unique to the individual recovering addict and discuss things that may be too private or difficult to discuss in group therapy sessions.
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