Of the various methods used to help someone overcome addiction to drugs or alcohol, there are just a few which can claim success rates of more than even 35%. The nature of addiction says that relapse is likely. So how is it that some people do completely recover from addiction and live the rest of their lives without drugs
No one has a 100% successful method to deal with addiction and there may never be one. We are dealing with individuals. And individuals have individual histories and problems. The reasons they started using drugs can be very different, as well as the reasons they continue to use drugs.
That being said, there are some basic factors that improve the likelihood of an addict achieving the goal of getting and remaining drug-free after completing a rehab program.
1. Choose a drug-free treatment program.
The last thing you need at this point in your recovery is another crutch. Using drugs during recovery may be justifiable for the first of the initial withdrawal, but even that is often overused. Getting off drugs should mean exactly that, getting off drugs. If the recovering addict comes out of treatment with, of all things, a prescription for drugs which are designed to keep him off drugs? What is wrong with this picture?
2. Opt for treatment that addresses the physical and mental aspects of addiction.
Addiction to drugs is not only physical and it is not only mental. Any treatment method which does not treat both is only doing part of the job and is going to have a much lower rate of success.
3. Look for treatment which does not restrain, but empowers the addict.
This is vital and should probably be in the number one spot. Who wants to spend their life constantly resisting something? To finish treatment with the belief that the rest of your life will be a struggle to avoid relapse is not recovering, it is just awaiting the inevitable. You can only resist something so hard and for just so long before it becomes irresistible. Much better is a program that helps the user to gain the skills and the strength to rise above the addiction and not forevermore be under the threat of slipping back into the habit.
4. Finally, the addict must gain the skills needed for living.
When he or she re-enters life it should be as a prepared, clean individual with all the abilities and skills needed to live without fear of failure. These skills should be learned in the rehabilitation facility and the person should have those skills so honed that there is no doubt of being able to use them competently.
While the methods of helping someone overcome drug addiction can still vary greatly, these points should be inherent in any drug addiction treatment program. This way, when the program is finished, the final result will be an individual who can make his or her way through life, on their own, without the need to lean on some substance. They should have the skills necessary for dealing with problems rather than escaping them.
If these four points were part of the treatment, we should have a new, strong individual who is willing to live as himself, without leaning on drugs and without the need to scam everyone who comes near.
If you never settle for a center which does not encompass these principles, and if the addict truly applies him or herself to the treatment, there is almost no drug or alcohol problem that cannot be corrected.