Addiction is more than a dependency upon alcohol, drugs, or painkillers. It is a disease that causes people to become self-destructive and hurtful toward others. If addiction goes untreated, the person will be unable to control unhealthy and self-defeating behaviors despite the physical and mental risks. Those who suffer from addiction - whether to alcohol, drugs, or other obsessive behaviors like gambling - stand to damage their health, relationships with family and friends, careers and finances if nothing to done to help.
Physicians who operate and consult with drug and addiction rehabilitation clinics recognize that patients often need different treatment programs in order to get overcome their destructive behaviors. To this end, physicians and counselors work with clinic residents toward a common goal: full, long-term remission from this disease.
Can addicts be completely cured? No. Addiction is a chronic illness that never wholly goes away. Addiction can be controlled to a point that allows the addict to live a normal life. Rehab clinics may offer state of the art treatment programs and specialized rehab counseling to effectively achieve long-term remission for addicts. When done properly, abstinence treatment can ensure a happy future, free of dependency and full of love and hope.
To achieve remission, abstinence-based treatment is introduced immediately to clinic residents. This begins with a safe withdrawal from all controlled substances. Our Rehabilitation programs may include counseling and education on avoiding relapse, so that recovering alcoholics and drug addicts may enjoy a life in recovery for many years. The goal of abstinence treatment is to ensure that ill behaviors fade, that the body no longer craves the substances that can damage health and happiness.
If you suspect a loved one is abusing alcohol or drugs, or engaging in other destructive behaviors, it is important to contact a professional to determine the next steps. The sooner an addict is introduced to abstinence, the better the changes for strong recovery.
Stephanie Loebs is the executive director of Williamsburg Place, one of the top drug rehab clinics in the nation. Williamsburg Place aids those who suffer from drug and/or alcohol addiction, and specializes in caring for health care professionals. For over twenty years Williamsburg Place and its joint rehabilitation center, the William J. Farley Center, have helped thousands of people from all walks of life take back their lives and overcome substance abuse.