Treatment is never about the treatment itself, but always about improving your life. When treated for drug addiction, treatments may begin intensively and short-term, then move on to long-term treatment. Substance abuse is considered a chronic disorder, so one or a few sessions of treatments are never going to be sufficient enough. For treatments to work, several interventions and regular monitoring takes places.

While some people try to quit drugs or alcohol on their own, many others take the decision to quit with the help of a facility where experts are there to guide the addict every step of the way towards recovery. The journey of rehabilitation is comprised of 4 major stages:


  • Stage1: Awareness and acknowledgment
  • Stage 2: Commitment to action
  • Stage 3: Rehabilitation
  • Stage 4: Ongoing recovery


This brief road is going to focus on stage 3 of rehabilitation because it is at this stage where addicts are introduced to different therapies that provide them with new skills to cope with and manage their addiction, and live a better and more productive life without the use of substances. Facilities provide a mix of therapies that include: Detoxing, individual behavioral therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. Recovering addicts work on these four issues and delve into the core reasons for their addictions. Here’s a bit of a closer look at how these treatments work to improve your life.

Regain your physical health

Clearly, drug abuse has a negative impact on your overall health. Nothing new can start with a weak body without detoxing deadly toxins out of you. Detoxing itself is very challenging and you won’t come out of it feeling immediately great. This step of rehab is best to be done within the medical supervision of a facility to ease withdrawal symptoms.

Remove unwanted behavior

A professional therapist will examine your behavior and focus with you to obtain goals directly related to you. Substance users still value the benefit of uses more than the risk of the consequences. Behavior treatments are many and these treatments could include training on assertiveness or relaxation, among many others. Eventually, there will be the need for the patient to be exposed to the stimuli (substance) while practicing a new behavior.

Build social ties

Behavioral treatments focus on your individual strengths and weaknesses, while group therapy allows people suffering from addiction to interact and share their experiences. This always helps the addicted person to know they’re not alone in their struggle and build a strong community around them.

Rebuild family ties

Drug addiction is considered a family disease because the behavior of the addict affects those closest to him. Family therapy allows other family members to participate in the recovery process and helps to resolve past, difficult issues.

Treatments are an ongoing process and those who continue to achieve success and overcome the odds. Your road to recovery deals with all aspects concerning your physical and mental health. With time, commitment, and applying new behavior, you can regain control of your life. With treatments, you will become the well-adjusted individual you deserve to be and can be.

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