Addiction is more than a physical dependence on drugs or alcohol. Genetics, environmental, and psychological factors can all contribute to drug and alcohol use. Awakening’s individualized treatment programs use a variety of therapeutic programs to address these underlying factors and get to the heart of your substance use.
Their addiction treatment programs can also be adapted to every stage of recovery to help you move through the stages of change: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance.
Depending on your unique circumstances, your individualized treatment plan may include some or all of the following:
You will begin the treatment process with an in-depth clinical assessment. This allows Awakening’s expert physicians and therapists to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses your needs and specific schedule. Addiction is often accompanied by other mental health issues or behavioral disorders, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorders. Therefore, an accurate diagnosis of any related issues is essential for successful treatment.
Alcohol and Drug Detoxification
The healing process begins with detoxification from drugs and alcohol. If you meet the criteria for our outpatient detox program, you will benefit from detoxing at home with the help of our expert addiction medicine team. Outpatient detox is typically most successful for patients who have a safe and stable home life. An outpatient detox program minimizes disruptions to family or daily life while creating a foundation for successful sobriety. Family involvement is encouraged, and in some cases, family members can participate in treatment and aftercare programs.
Following detox, you will enter into either Awakening’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) or our PHP. Their expert recovery team will determine the appropriate level of care based on your clinical evaluation.
Awakening Recovery Center recognizes that drug and alcohol dependence is typically the result of neurological, psychological, and environmental factors, which all need to be addressed for successful recovery to occur. You have the option to use medications to help reduce cravings if such an approach is recommended by the treatment team.
Long-term use of mood-altering substances can change the brain’s neurochemistry, leading to chemical imbalances. Removing the substances can lead to intense cravings. When combined with a comprehensive treatment program, the use of certain medications can help improve these chemical imbalances, reducing or eliminating cravings. Without the discomfort and distraction of the cravings, you are better able to participate more fully in treatment and focus on learning new ways of living without the use of drugs or alcohol.
Discuss the use of medications with your treatment team to determine if anti-craving medications are the right approach for you.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that helps people identify and change the underlying thought patterns that have contributed to negative or destructive behaviors. CBT teaches patients how to identify negative thoughts, challenge them, and replace them with more accurate or realistic thoughts. Tools and processes used in CBT may include setting and working toward realistic goals, identifying factors that trigger the desire to use drugs or alcohol, learning other ways of coping with situations that cause anxiety, and learning how to change your self-talk.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is another type of therapy that can help you change your way of thinking and regulate your emotions. Dialectical refers to opposing forces. The treatment is intended to help you find ways to hold seemingly opposite perspectives at the same time, thereby promoting balance.
DBT focuses on helping you build skills in four key areas:
- Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment
- Distress tolerance helps you sit with and tolerate negative emotions rather than trying to escape from them
- Emotion regulation is geared toward managing and changing negative emotions that lead to destructive behaviors
- Interpersonal effectiveness helps you communicate with others in a way that builds strong relationships
Group therapy can be extremely beneficial for individuals going through recovery. Simply sharing your struggles with others and learning that you are not alone can be immensely helpful. Group therapy also gives you a safe environment in which you can develop your communication and socialization skills. Giving support to and receiving support from others provide opportunities for growth and learning, and are considered important components of the treatment process. It also gives you the opportunity to learn from others who have experienced similar challenges and have adopted successful behaviors.
Awakening Recovery Center offers several forms of holistic therapy to complement traditional addiction treatment methods and enhance the recovery experience. They recognize that successful recovery requires treating the whole person, and not just the symptoms of substance abuse. Holistic treatment components have been found to help patients build the skills they need for lasting recovery.
Awakening’s holistic therapies include:
- Nutritional counseling
- Regular exercise
- Recreational therapy
- Movement practices such as yoga and tai chi
Recovery requires a lifelong commitment. Research shows that patients who remain active in continued support systems are more successful at achieving complete remission and preventing relapse. Once a drug rehab program is completed, the stress of work, family, and everyday life often triggers the urge to resume the use of drugs or alcohol.
The skills you learn during treatment take time to become permanent. The aftercare program provides you with the continued support and structure necessary to practice and build on those skills. Their therapists and counselors will help you connect with a mental health professional so that you can continue your therapeutic work, and help you find a support group or other meetings you can attend. They will also provide you with resources and instructions to guide you if you feel like using drugs or alcohol again. Relapse prevention is the key to complete recovery.