Addiction is proven to be a disease and like most diseases it is also very treatable. However, unlike most diseases, the treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation from an addiction is highly subjective and irregular and one of the most complicated diseases to treat successfully.
One of the most baffling and hard to understand diseases, addiction treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation processes are extraordinarily varied and complicated. Addictions have long been considered to be social diseases with blame placed squarely on the shoulders of the individual suffering from the disease. It is now understood that addictions are physical and scientific in nature and are often related to the biological or genetic makeup of the individual and it has been determined that the disease is not a Personality Flaw.
Another dynamic in the case of individual addictive disorders and treatments is the fact that it is not only the individual who is addicted that is impacted. Families, friends, neighbors, and communities are almost always affected when the addict harms those around him and/or commits crimes or violent acts against society. Therefore, any treatment and recovery program, in order to be successful, must include family, friends, and even communities and governments.
Addictions are pretty easy to spot. The behaviors of an addict are pretty common and easy to recognize but let’s take a quick look at the stages and usual signs of an addiction.
We don’t just wake up one morning and find ourselves addicted. The addiction process is usually slow and takes place in phases over time.
In brief, the process, regardless of what the addiction is, always looks like this:
These are just a few examples. It’s a good idea to pay attention and if you recognize one or two of these signs it would be wise to study and search deeper into the possibility of a serious addiction.
One of the most powerful methods of bringing an addict to a treatment or recovery program is the evidence-based intervention. It could be a legal or court ordered intervention, a caring individual, or a family or family member, but an intervention is necessary in dealing with addicts because they will rarely, if ever, come to a treatment or recovery program on their own accord.
For people seeking recovery, the road can be painfully long and filled with seemingly insurmountable challenges and roadblocks. The challenges are physical, emotional, and mental and almost at the same time.
Recovery might seem impossible and sometimes feels like a futile attempt. However, it’s important to remember that anything is possible and with each successful step comes a powerful learning experience and a new growth and opportunity for the future.
In any addiction recovery attempt you will recognize these stages:
When an addict has reached the acceptance and planning stage he will need some help in reviewing options and making choices. To answer your questions and provide information about choice options we offer a comprehensive and complete Q&A report that was created and managed by Chateau Recovery. The list is updated regularly but you can receive the current report by clicking the link below.
As you begin to study treatment programs and offerings you will find it can be very confusing. After reading the “What to Ask” report mentioned above you may want to look at examples of the best programs available today. Here are some specifics about the addiction treatment programs offered at Chateau Recovery. Click the links to get more information:
“Our professional team uses comprehensive psychosocial interviews and addiction-specific assessments to help us create direction and focus for your treatment experience.”
“We don’t have a “one method fits all” approach. Instead, we help you come into contact with traditional and nontraditional methods of individual and group support and allow you to create the path to health and recovery that you will understand and commit to.”
“…you are not one-dimensional and don’t have simple problems. “ “Substance abuse is often an attempt to solve problems in one or more of these dimensions.”
“We have designed a progressive program that utilizes mindfulness, social support, and proactive problem-solving discussions that bring people together for a common purpose: creating a meaningful life outside addiction.”
“You really do have the choice to create your future… why not pursue your values?”
“Emotional and psychological well-being are the foundation of daily functioning. Developing self-acceptance, motivation, focus, and resilience make all the difference in overcoming the demands of our everyday lives.”
“Family health has an enormous impact on the emotional and social development of each of us. Recovery support is most effective when each family member has the knowledge, skill, and focus they need to be successful.”
“The overall health of our body directly impacts its ability to respond to daily challenges. Improving better health practices positively affects mental clarity, mood, and allows healing from the consequences of drug and alcohol use.”
“Healthy relationships, strong boundaries, social supports, and sober fun should be an exciting parts of your meaningful future. Learn how to minimize stress and relapse risk with peers who are looking for the same creative answers.”
“Self-worth comes from a sense of independence, effectiveness, and tested competence. Creating healthy daily habits, finding balance, adapting to change, and overcoming fears will help you see and experience the truth…Recovery works and it’s worth it.”
“Addictive thinking is about unrealistic control, ego-centric justification, and compromising long-term values to meet short-term needs. We help you explore and connect to values that increase personal potential. We support personal connections to ideas and belief systems larger than ourselves. We encourage sharing responsibility, shifting perspective, and rebuilding personal integrity.”
“I feel like me again. I learned things at the Chateau to help myself. Be in the moment, be a spectator of your life & just view it. Be emotionally in it. View it for what it is.
My quality of life keeps me motivated now. I love my life. I love how I feel about myself and I don’t want to go back to how I was. I just want to live my life how I feel right now, even if it is simple. Because I feel whole. I have completely changed the way I view my life. My life is still the same but my attitude and outlook has changed. “
Commonly referred to as 12-step programs patterned after the most successful and most famous and well known, ‘Alcoholic Anonymous’, these are groups of anonymous people who meet together with a common desire to overcome addiction.
The Different groups use similar methods, which have proven to be effective in an addiction recovery and rehabilitation program. Here are the most common groups:
Twelve-step addiction recovery groups
These are the steps that members learn and follow when they join the 12-step program. The steps are carefully designed to help the member with his growth and recovery as he moves carefully through the steps.
Recovery is a lifetime process, there’s a beginning but there is no end because an addict in one of these programs is never led to believe that he is cured and understands that he is just a short mistake away from plunging full steam back into his addiction. Regular attendance in the meetings and fellowship with other members keeps them on track and out of trouble.
Here are the 12 Steps as defined by Alcoholics Anonymous:
The 12 Traditions
The 12 Traditions are upheld by members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a group. Unlike the 12 steps, the 12 Traditions apply strictly to the dynamics and behavior of the group and not to the individual.
Here are the 12 traditions:
We’ve added just a few here that don’t seem to be covered elsewhere in the article.
Does Addiction run in families?
Yes, it happens in a great many cases however many addicts come from families with no history of the disease. There is actually no scientific proof that genetics plays a role in addiction but for some reason there seems to be an abnormal number of addicts in certain families. Other circumstances may come into play in those cases.
How long does it take to recover from an addiction?
Addiction Treatment and recovery programs vary greatly depending on the type of addiction and the degree of seriousness. Most treatment programs are between 30 and 90 days, depending on your addiction and personal circumstances. The programs are designed and administered by skilled professionals who will assess your situation and determine what program is best for you and the minimum length of time needed.
It’s a very personal situation. One great determining factor is how well you adapt to the treatment program and what your attitude is and your willingness to work hard towards your success.
Can addiction be cured?
Let me use this example: in the case of a serious disease like cancer we often say that it is in ‘remission’ and then we are watched and monitored, often tested, and never ignore the fact that the cancer is still ‘lurking’ in our system and although it’s considered to be in remission it could just come alive again without notice.
The same is true of addiction. We may go through a great addiction recovery and treatment program but since we have had the experience of an addiction to a specific substance we can assume that the possibility of a relapse and re-addiction is always there.
The secret to success in recover is to manage your treatment program and your life successfully afterwards.
What are the chances of relapse after rehab?
It happens. The answer might be another question, “How bad do you want quality of life, joy, and happiness?!” A lot of your success depends on your treatment and rehabilitation program and how hard you work at getting and staying straight.
Why does an addict relapse?
It’s usually caused by something negative in their life. They get lazy in their rehabilitation program; they might experience some extraordinary stress that causes them to break. They might have some new fear or frustration, they might suddenly become depressed or anxious. These are emotions or experiences that can certainly lead to a relapse.
What are the warning signs of relapse?
The most common signs of a potential relapse are:
The most common signs of a potential relapse are:
Light At The End of the Tunnel?
There is always light at the end of the tunnel. As you move from darkness towards the light you will see less darkness and more light and you’ll see that eventually you can reach the end of the tunnel and pure light. All you have to do is keep your eye on the end result and keep moving.
Anything is possible! Anybody can achieve positive results. All they have to do is accept the problem and desire a solution, find a good program, commit to it, and do the work, and the work can be hard… very hard. I don’t want to make it sound too easy or simple…it’s neither. It takes a strong will and determination but the outcome is astounding and precious to all!
As you work hard and progress in your recovery, here are some parting words of advice from many who have been there:
Best Wishes and if we can help in any way please contact us here on the website or call our Help Line at 888-971-2963