Addiction treatment is an intensive process and there are no overnight cures for addiction. The right course of treatment is necessary, and with the assistance of experienced counsellors, it is possible to treat addiction successfully, with positive long-term benefits through successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment programmes.
A holistic approach to addiction treatment and rehabilitation has proven highly effective in not only improving addiction recovery rates but also in preventing relapse. This approach, combined with a 12 step recovery programme, is considered to be a remarkably successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment programme.
Successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment programmes treat the root of the addiction, and not just the symptoms.
The root of addiction
All successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment programmes begin with an understanding of the nature of addiction in order to employ the best treatments available.
Addictive behaviour indicates severe emotional difficulties that need to be dealt with in order to overcome addiction which is why a successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment programme is not simply about stopping drug use.
As a first step towards treatment cessation is important, but this does not in itself heal an addict’s underlying emotional problems. The success of the holistic treatment model is based on healing the body, mind and spirit of the addict.
Successful treatment deals with deep-seated issues, offering multi-faceted drug addiction therapy that treats the root of the problem, rather than just the symptoms.
The 12 step treatment programme
The highly successful 12 step recovery programme is based on spirituality, not religion, and includes 12 step meetings, written work, lectures and workshops. The programme assists addicts in altering the aspects of their lives that they have the power to control and to come to terms with the compulsions that they cannot control, one day at a time.
Members are encouraged to admit to and take accountability for any wrong-doings or harm caused to others as a result of their addictions. The programme teaches addicts to manage their daily lives in a healthy and productive manner. It encourages members to stay connected with recovering addicts for support, in the pursuit of abstinence and recovery.
12 step recovery programmes are endorsed by well-known addiction treatment centres and form a core component in successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment programmes.
Group therapy and one-to-one counselling
Support group therapy provides an interactive platform for sharing experiences, and members can relate to the apprehensions and challenges of fellow addicts so as not to feel alone and isolated in their struggle for recovery.
Intensive one-to-one counselling assists addicts in the emotional phases of the holistic addiction treatment process. Focused individual therapy provides a safe and confidential setting, where addicts can divulge their problems and deal with their troubled pasts and core issues
Taking a holistic approach to addiction, incorporating a 12 step philosophy and engaging in one-to-one and group therapy sessions with trained addiction councillors are all key components of successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment programmes.
About the author:Oasis Counselling Centre offers professional addiction recovery programmes in South Africa. Oasis offers professional counselling for drug abuse and other addictive behaviours.