How to Find the Right Recovery Program.
We live in a world that is inundated by drugs and alcohol. As if that were not bad enough, we are equally inundated by direct and indirect drug and alcohol positive messaging. It is as it always has been: Getting addicted to a substance is a lot easier than getting cured.
In some respects, it is wrong to talk about treatment programs as cures. Even if one is completely effective in eliminating your craving. There are some aspects of addiction that never go away. It was there before you paired it with your substance of choice. And it will always be there lurking in the corner.
So when seeking out a good treatment program, absolute success in curing the disease cannot be the end all, be all. Diabetes is never cured, only treated. But not every treatment program works the same for everyone who tries it.
If you have a drug or alcohol addiction and are looking for a treatment program, you have already taken the most important step. Here are some of the things you will look for when scouting the program that is right for you:
The Right Treatment for Your Particular Addiction
Since not all causes of addiction are the same, not all treatments should be the same. If you became addicted to a family of drugs via legitimate prescriptions written by a doctor, then you need prescription drug abuse rehab.
Your underlying condition is not that you are rebelling, or that you are trying to hide from an emotionally difficult situation. You are in physical pain that is destroying your quality of life. Sermonizing about self-respect and social responsibility may not be the most effective approach when dealing with pain-driven, prescription drug addiction.
Some aspects of treatment such as detox may be similar across the board. But you ultimately need to be specific about your addiction problem. And be sure that the treatment program understands that problem, and its associated treatment needs.
As it happens, men and women really are different. According to Psychology Today:
Women start using for different reasons, get addicted differently, progress faster, recover differently and relapse for different issues.
Women are more likely to become secret drinkers. They might start using drugs to keep up the appearance that they can have a high-power career and family all at once without missing a beat. Others might use for body image reasons.
Both alcohol and drugs physiologically effect women differently than men. One drink can do twice as much damage to a woman as to a man. When it comes to recovery, women tend towards connections where as men turn insular, looking for solutions from within.
A gender-specific treatment center may be even more important for women than for men simply because of the way they are naturally wired. Every person is different. If you are a woman seeking a treatment program for yourself, be aware that there a many female-only treatment programs from which to choose.
A Family-centered Program
Not everyone who enters a treatment program is highly social, nor have they any close ties to family. For others, it is all about social and family. The most tragic stories are the ones where the addicted person goes through treatment, only to find no support of family and friends on the other side. The only community that will have them back is the one from which they most need to distance themselves.
There are treatment programs that specialize in healing the whole family, not just the person experiencing addiction. These programs are designed to treat the whole family and not just an individual. At the end of the program, there is a better chance of success because all of the key people involved have been provided the same information and tools for coping.
Recovery programs are like clothes.
It is less about choosing the best, as much as it is choosing the best for you. One size most definitely does not fit all. Choose a recovery program based on your particular addiction, gender requirements, and family situation. The hardest part is deciding that you need a treatment program. The decisions get easier from there.