Drug and alcohol treatment have come a long way since the 50’s and 60’s when a patient was just strapped to a bed to sweat out the symptoms of detox, and rehabilitation was no more than a warning not to return to the drug/alcohol lifestyle. There are a variety of programs available now in drug and alcohol treatment centers. The reason for this is simply that there is not a “one size fits all” treatment to dependency. Everyone must be treated individually.
Drug and alcohol dependency treatment center programs are becoming more and more holistic. What this means is that the whole person is treated and not just, say, the physical part. Drugs and alcohol affect people physically, mentally and spiritually. Unless all of these areas are addressed, the person is not fully treated. Since different centers adhere to different philosophies on treatment, it is best to specifically ask if they offer holistic treatment.
Some centers still advocate the use of drugs to combat drugs and alcohol dependency and abuse. Basically, this “treatment” is simply substituting one drug for another. In a more natural center, natural methods are used. You may see things like saunas and hot tubs. You will find more one-on-one help with counseling. These natural treatments are in the long run more effective and are not as dangerous as using substitute drugs.
The objective to obtaining treatment is to come out a healthier, happier and non-dependent person. There is more success is combating drug abuse naturally as well. If you or a loved one is contemplating seeking drug or alcohol treatment; choose a facility that offers natural remedies and a holistic approach. Ridding the body of drugs and alcohol is never easy, but the professionals at a holistic center have the latest techniques available to help the drug or alcohol dependent individual.
It doesn’t take long for the body to become dependent on drugs or alcohol, but beating the habit takes a little longer. There are short term and long term programs available. The longer term programs seem to have a higher success rate. The dependent individual has to learn new ways to handle stress and other obstacles, such as being around the old friends who are still doing drugs and alcohol. These are tough obstacles to overcome. The more time spent fine tuning new skills-the better.
Success is the ultimate goal, so whatever it takes to achieve that, is worth it.