It's A Disease
Thousands of people are suffering from addiction in the United States. In spite of this, it is still a very misunderstood, highly stigmatized disease. In fact, there are lots of individuals that continue to assume that addiction is a decision, and that the person who chooses substance abuse should be disciplined rather than helped. That’s not the way to handle it. You wouldn’t discipline someone who had a disease. You would try to heal them. You would try to get them the help that they need. When most people have a disease, they want to try to get healthy again. But addiction changes your viewpoint. The addict comes to a place where they don’t think there’s any cure for their disease. They have become so dependent on the alcohol or drugs or whatever they are addicted to that they don’t want any help.
If You Can See It
But sometimes a miracle happens. Sometimes the addict is able to see and understand that their addiction is causing harm. Addiction harms not only the addict, but the friends and loved ones of the addict. Families have been broken apart because an addict’s behavior was becoming too dangerous to tolerate. Jobs have been lost because the addict couldn’t do what was expected of them anymore. Someone’s addiction can cause hardship and pain to all the people around them. If you, as an addict, can see the pain your addiction has brought upon you and others, then you are strong enough to get the help you need. There are people all around the world, including here in Chicago, who are very familiar with addiction and the best ways to overcome it.
Too many rehab facilities have a cookie-cutter strategy to getting clients clean, however all too often that method doesn't deal with the root causes of dependency or assist the client with how to learn to resist addiction by themselves.
Recovery from addiction does not happen by magic. There is a process involved that will vary from person to person. That’s because there is no one specific ‘cure’ for addiction. Several diseases, like hypertension and diabetes, don’t have a cure. But the people with those diseases have found ways of coping with them. Those diseases don’t control their lives anymore. There are ways of dealing with those diseases that allow the people afflicted to stay in control of their lives. Addiction management is similar to this. An addict needs to learn how specifically to treat the disease. The addict must understand the disease itself and whatever they need to do to combat it. Once the addict does this, they can be free of the bondage they encountered. They will be back in control of their lives and able to live comfortably without the addiction.
While the process will vary, there are certain elements to addiction recovery that are going to be standard. First the addict must recognize that they need help and look for it. It’s nearly impossible to recover from an addiction without help from professionals. Long-time addicts will likely have to go through a detox process. This will cleanse their bodies of harmful substances so they can be in a better position to recover. Treatment for addiction needs to be both physical and psychological. Physical treatment could involve medicine or exercise programs. Psychological treatment would include counseling or group therapy programs. There are many facets to treatment, but the goal will always be the same. Addiction takes control away from a person. With rehab treatment, the person can get that control back. If you live in the Chicago, IL area, call (312) 465-4664 to ask about local treatment available to stop addiction