Drug rehab focuses on changing behavior patterns and improving problem solving skills so that the addict can come out of drug treatment with new tools to help them overcome stressful situations without the use of drugs or alcohol. In the long term, the changed behaviors and changed way of thinking can help an addict remain drug free in the future. Drug rehab teaches addicts how to find value in life without the use of drugs and alcohol and find new ways to enjoy life while sober. Here’s a look at how drug rehab leads to long term sobriety.
Healing Compulsive Behaviors
Many drug addictions are the result of compulsive behaviors such as a compulsive desire to forget a particular thought or to “feel” less. Drug rehab helps to heal compulsive behaviors with a range of therapies that are aimed at helping the addict to overcome the past and to have a positive outlook on the future. Some compulsive behaviors are treatable with medication while others may require a form of therapy known as cognitive behavioral therapy. Together, drug rehab helps the addict to overcome compulsive behaviors that are at the root of their addiction which helps to provide long term recovery success.
Through extended care, drug rehab provides the addict with a way to get support and care long after they have completed drug treatment. Statistics show that completion of a long term drug treatment program that is followed by extended care or long term aftercare is directly correlated to the success of the addict in achieving sobriety. Extended care is provided in the form of counseling, group therapy and various other treatments that will help the addict to maintain sobriety for the long term.
The final phase of long term drug treatment, sober living, is aimed at offering the addict a safe place where they can begin to transition back into society while remaining drug free. Essentially, sober living is usually provided by drug rehab centers as a halfway house or a sober living facility that provides a place to live with others who are in the same phase of recovery and trying to transition back into society. Sober living is for that between phase when an addict is already sober and ready to work and live independently but not quite ready to do so completely on their own.
Long Term Drug Rehab Leads to Sobriety
Ultimately, long term drug rehabilitation is what leads to long term sobriety. The more support and help that an addict can receive throughout the drug addiction treatment process the more likely they are to recover fully from drug addiction and to live sober for the long term. Drug rehab centers provide addicts with a long term treatment approach that helps them to completely change their ways, meet new people, and learn how to cope with life and everyday stress without using drugs or alcohol.
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