Drug or Alcohol addiction is defined as the repeated use or abuse of a substance with no regard for physical or mental effects.The addictive nature of a substance varies from substance to substance. There is a lot of debate on where or what causes addiction. It is generally agreed upon that addiction is a combination of physical and physiological factors. Addiction and detox go hand in hand because when a person is addicted to drugs, alcohol, etc. they will first have to lose their physical cravings before they can fully begin their recovery process over their addiction.
Things to Know About Addiction Programs
Research still continues to try and find a more effective way to treat addiction, but it is difficult because addiction is such a complex disease. Many different variables go into determining how successful a treatment program is with each one focusing on healing different aspects of the damage done by addiction…read more information about addiction programs
How to Identify Drug Addiction
There are warning signs and symptoms that are good indicators of drug addiction. Many individuals who are addicted to drugs or alcohol attempt to hide the addictive behavior…click to read more information on identifying a drug addiction
What is so Addictive About Alcohol?
A strong theme in alcohol addiction is a strong and overpowering urge or desire to consume alcohol. It can also be categorized by the inability to stop drinking once alcohol has been consumed…find more information on alcohol addiction
What Causes Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction is something that can affect anyone at any time. It is not unique to one particular type, group, race, social standing, educational level or sex. It is a universal problem that has been around since the beginning of time…read more information on drug addiction
What Should You Look for in Addiction Counseling?
Let’s first look at the environment of a quality addiction counseling center. A place of peace and balance is a common theme where harmony resides and focus can be obtained. The facility should be clean, of course, but also consider the furnishings and design in order to create a conductive atmosphere that will motivate and allow the addict to create a focal point toward recovery. It makes sense that you need a space that is liberated of unnecessary clutter, confusing patterns and harshly loud, both in color and noise. Preferably, one that offers soothing and tranquil effects, such as the sound of moving water, music that inspires and does not jangle the emotions, scenery that promotes a feeling of oneness with the self and nature, simple and comfortable clothing that allows movement without restriction. An environment that will make the individual attending addiction counseling feel as though being free from the past is not only possible, but openly and totally available. Many drug rehab and drug detox programs offer addiction counseling programs and types as part of the addiction treatment process.
Addiction counselors take many forms, and although credentials are important, seek out drug rehab centers that hire their staff based on their ability to exhibit compassionate ethics and high standards not for their own personal achievements, but for yours, the addict wishing to be cleansed.
Do your research as well. What are the success rates of recovery for the counseling center? Will you be allowed back if the initial treatment was not enough to keep you from chronic relapse? Do the addiction counselors offer a variety of treatment options such as tradition and nontraditional recovery methods? What is available to you aside from the hour or so you may be spending with the actual counselor? Do they offer nutritional counseling? Support groups? Are there detoxification protocols that include non-chemical applications like massage and saunas? Is the center looking at you as a whole (mind, body, spirit) or is the focus solely on just the “bad” behavior.
The Hippocratic Oath states clearly that the primary moral code for healthcare providers is to “Do no harm.” There are still addiction counselors and drug rehab treatment providers who believe and hold themselves to this standard. That is what you should look for in your quest for addiction counseling and recovery. In today’s crazy profit hungry world, you can still find this ancient and wisely profound concept.
Envision the environment you need to surround yourself with in order to find yourself again. It is a guarantee that your vision is shared by many right now, this very day. You have only to seek it.