Recognizing a Good Treatment Program
Treatment centers provide a number of different treatment programs but not all programs will be effective for all people. Recognizing a good treatment program begins with an understanding of what a treatment program will (and will not) be able to do for you. The road to sobriety begins with the unique needs of each patient and although drug treatment programs can help to pave the way to recovery, the addict must do much of the work for themselves. Here’s a look at what a good treatment program can do for you – the rest is ultimately up to you to assure your own recovery.
A good treatment program will help you to effectively eliminate the physical dependence that you have on drugs through detox. Once detox has completed, the program will also work with you on the range of psychological dependence issues so that you no longer are physically or psychologically dependent on drugs or alcohol to maintain.
A good drug treatment program will guide you through the withdrawal process and help you to heal physically. Some treatment centers will provide medication therapy as a means of helping you to overcome the withdrawal symptoms. Others offer a range of alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage or various other methods to help the recovering addict overcome or at least control withdrawal symptoms.
A good treatment program provides a safe and comfortable atmosphere where treatment can take place. The recovering addict must feel safe while they are in treatment so that they can focus their time more effectively on healing and getting the most out of therapy. Additionally, a treatment program that provides comfortable surroundings can help the recovering addict to focus 100% on their recovery in a relaxing environment.
A good treatment program will help the recovering addict to identify the factors or situations that caused them to use drugs or alcohol. This identification typically takes place in individual counseling sessions where patient confidentiality is highly respected and privacy is the number one concern. Here the recovering addict will talk with their counselor about their daily life, drug use and those things which may have caused them to use such as past or present physical, emotional or sexual abuse, trauma or other situations.
A good treatment program will provide the recovering addict with a toolbox full of all the tools necessary to facilitate their long term sobriety. Some of the tools that are provided at treatment include education, the ability to recognize the signs of potential relapse triggers and how to cope with stress in an effective manner. Armed with the tools to stay clean after treatment, the recovering addict can plan for long term sobriety.