Addiction is something that millions of Americans struggle with everyday. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to the help and treatment that they need to get sober and stay that way. Even fewer actually know how to treat addiction.
The first thing to understand is that addiction is not simply something that someone can “get over”. Addiction is a disease that requires the proper medical treatment to deal with not only the substance that someone is addicted to but the underlying factors that lead to the addiction in the first place.
At Ocean Coast Recovery we believe in helping people get the assistance they need to get sober. In this post, we will discuss what addiction is, how to treat addiction, and how Ocean Coast Recovery will treat your addiction. Knowing what addiction is and how it is treated will help you or your loved one get the help needed to overcome addiction, and move forward to a life of sobriety.
What Is Addiction?
It is important to know what addiction really is before one can understand how to treat it. Addiction, in all its forms, has a tendency to distort our perception of reality and as such make the problem seem much more complicated than it actually is thus making recovery difficult.
Addiction may be defined by:
- The physical need for drugs or alcohol that drives you toward them no matter what the cost. In this way, a person who is addicted will continue to seek out and use the substance even if there are negative consequences such as physical illness, loss of friends, family, employment or other issues.
- A psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol where your mind will not function without them even if they are causing problems with life at home and work. Typically this is because of underlying factors which also helped to cause the addiction. This is why treatment is necessary to fully recover from the addiction.
- How their pursuit of substances affects everything else going on around them including failure to meet responsibilities.
- How addiction can lead to, or worsen mental health problems which are also a major contributing factor in drug and alcohol addictions such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, self esteem issues, and difficulty coping with stressful situations.
How to Treat Addiction
There is no simple explanation for how to treat addiction, but the process always starts with the person addicted agreeing to get the help they need. Once that happens, the next step is finding an addiction treatment facility that has the medically trained staff, the tools, technology, and expertise to help them get sober.
Treatment programs vary by the individual and may involve outpatient treatment, inpatient residential care, counseling, group therapy, and even 12 step programs. All of these options are aimed at getting to the root cause of the addiction, not just removing the substance from the body.
Addiction treatment is a multilayered approach that deals with physical, mental, spiritual, and social effects of drug and alcohol abuse. It’s important to remember there is no one right way of treating addiction.
How Ocean Coast Recovery Will Treat Your Addiction
Ocean Coast Recovery is not your typical treatment center. Our goal is to get you the individualized treatment you need to get sober.
Our program is designed around residential inpatient treatment in a calm, relaxing, and supportive environment that takes you away from day-to-day life so that you can focus on recovery. Once treatment ends, we take things a step further by offering extensive aftercare services that are there to give you the peer support and guidance you need to continue a life of sobriety.
If you are struggling with addiction, don’t hesitate, give Ocean Coast Recovery a call and get help right away.