Before you enter a New Orleans addiction treatment facility, you probably want to know the specifics of treatment. Though insufficient knowledge about treatment plans is no reason to delay your treatment, it can alleviate your concerns about checking into a clinic and make you or your loved one more open to the possibility of recovery.
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Addiction is a disease, just like any other. Because of this, it is treated largely like a disease. You need time to recuperate in a facility that is equipped to handle this disease and staffed by doctors who understand your needs. Until recently, it was believed that addiction was a completely voluntary state, one that addicts chose to remain in because they simply enjoyed the sensation of the drug or alcohol. We know now that addiction is a very physical issue. Many addicts have lost the ability to stop themselves from choosing the drug over just about anything else in life.
Long-term addiction affects the brain, rewiring its reward processes, until it only recognizes the drug. Alcohol has a special effect on the brain, create its own impulse chemical. One of the reasons repeated and long-term alcohol abuse is so difficult to kick is because your brain trains itself to believe it needs the alcohol to function properly.
Treatment of the Disease
All New Orleans addiction treatment centers go about treatment a little differently, but all adhere to the same main tenants of recovery. Addiction is a disease, but a treatable one. It affects not only actions, but also thoughts. Cravings for the substance will be coupled with mental cravings.
All of this is treated through both individual and group therapy sessions. Individual therapy gives each person time to talk about their specific needs, to really delve into the underlying causes of their addiction, and with the help of their doctor, resolve those issues.
Group therapy allows you not only to build a support system of likeminded people, all striving for sobriety, but to get a taste of helping others and working in a group, both of which are essential to recovery. Once you leave the facility, you will likely join an "Anonymous" group, where recovery is bolstered by a group that works together and supports one another.
Though most addiction treatment facilities do not require patients to stay if they want to leave, it is important that you or your loved one remains in the facility for the duration of their treatment. These recovery programs are specially designed, in conjunction with an individual evaluation, to give the person adequate time to learn and develop the skills necessary for relapse prevention and long-term recovery.