Addiction is a disease of the mind that is less about the substance and more about the person’s mental and emotional health. People who use drugs and alcohol are self-medicating. Before Covid-19, going to treatment quickly was how a person could address the issues that cause them to use substances to feel better.
This is still the case even during the pandemic. Drug and alcohol addiction have become worse as social distancing and isolation conditions are mentally tricky for anyone and even more challenging for someone already at risk because of their personal histories that led them to get addicted to drugs.
Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. increased during Covid in 2020, reaching more than 91,000, which far exceeding totals for the previous year. (CDC)
What Does Treatment Do?
The point of treatment is to help the person remain clean and sober for a set time and ideally forever. Anyone addicted to substances can no longer use or drink without returning to another out-of-control lifestyle. The next objective while in treatment is to uncover, address, and treat with therapy why the person is using drugs.
They will also understand how they misinterpret the world around them because of their condition, not the substances; then, they can more easily see that drugs are not the answer. In-depth therapy and counseling is provided at treatment and helps the individual work through common issues that lead to addiction, and they include:
- Personal histories of physical, sexual, emotional abuse
- Experiences of trauma and neglect
- Family histories of drug and alcohol addictions
- Undiagnosed mental or emotional health disorders
Is Treatment For Addiction Critical?
The success rates are much stronger when a person has received professional, evidence-based addiction treatment. That means they receive behavioral therapy, pharmacotherapies, and other in-depth psychological support. In addition, the treatment programs must educate the patient on the mental and emotional turmoil they are already aware of and use drugs and alcohol to numb.
Without education on how the mind and emotions function under the stress of trauma or another predetermining factor for addiction, people in new recovery will remain abstinent but not recover from their illness to sustain a drug and alcohol-free life. Therefore, another necessary aspect to addiction treatment is the development of spirituality, as this is the key for surrendering to the lifelong process and is what successful recovery looks like.
What Do The Experts Recommend For Addiction Treatment?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is the leading source for information about cutting-edge addiction treatment methods and what programs ensure recovery. In addition, they suggest behavioral therapy types such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Behavioral approaches help engage people in drug abuse treatment, provide incentives for them to remain abstinent, modify their attitudes and behaviors related to drug abuse, and increase their life skills to handle stressful circumstances and environmental cues that may trigger intense craving for drugs and prompt another cycle of compulsive abuse. (NIDA)
Behavioral Approaches include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Contingency Management, Community Reinforcement Approach, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, The Matrix Mode, 12-Step Facilitation Therapy, Family Behavior Therapy, and Behavioral Therapies.
Help is Available Now at Addiction Recovery Institute of America in Florida
In response to the threat of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), we have taken significant steps to continue to provide professional drug and alcohol treatment to individuals experiencing addiction and alcoholism. We are committed to helping prevent the spread of the virus and assisting the public by requiring all of our patients and staff to be fully vaccinated to slow down the pandemic. In addition, our attention to health and safety standards recommended by and directed by the CDC are in effect. At the same time, our continued commitment to helping addicts and alcoholics get help for their addictions continues.
Which Program is Best For Me? Get Help With ARIA FL
To determine what program will help you or a loved one, it is essential to speak with a member of our clinical staff and a treatment program representative. Many factors contribute to why a person has become addicted to a substance. Drug-specific treatment programs are also necessary as different substances cause different behaviors and create unique needs. We have the expertise on how to help you right now. Do not let addiction end your life, even during these challenging COVID-19 times. Let us show you a new and more rewarding way to live!
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