How to Treat Addiction

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Addiction is a complex illness that does not discriminate. However, many people who would benefit from pursuing the goal of lifelong sobriety fail to seek treatment. Perhaps you have tried to quit drinking or using before, only to get discouraged when you experienced withdrawal symptoms. Or, maybe you have a co-occurring mental health disorder like depression or anxiety that makes the idea of getting professional help seem overwhelming. 

September is National Recovery Month 2021, themed “Recovery Is for Everyone.” Just as anyone can develop a substance use disorder, regardless of their background or beliefs, it is possible for everyone to break free from the cycle of self-destructive behavior with a customized, comprehensive treatment plan.    

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

Substance use often compounds untreated mental health disorders, and vice versa. Unfortunately, issues such as PTSD, anxiety and depression can also make you more vulnerable to developing a substance abuse problem. These issues feed into each other until it becomes nearly impossible to determine where one problem ends and the next begins.  

Because co-occurring conditions are so complicated, the gold standard for tackling a dual diagnosis is an interdisciplinary approach that simultaneously addresses your mental, physical and spiritual health. Specifically, Pine Grove’s treatment modalities can help people with a dual diagnosis learn new, healthy coping mechanisms that do not rely on drugs or alcohol.

Achieving Lifelong Recovery

If National Recovery Month has inspired you to make a lasting change in your life, you should be aware that there is no overnight cure for addiction. Instead, we offer a full continuum of care that equips you with the tools necessary to manage your disease for the rest of your life.  

Before you can begin participating in counseling, group therapy and other aspects of your recovery plan, you will need to achieve stability through medical detoxification. In this initial phase, our team will closely monitor your withdrawal from substances such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids and stimulants, providing medications to ease your symptoms as necessary. Then, you will move into the next phase of your tailored treatment plan, all at the Pine Grove campus. Through each stage of your recovery, you will have the support you need to cope with difficult emotions while you learn new life skills and work to address the root cause of your problems.  

Before your discharge from inpatient rehab, you and your treatment team will need to create an aftercare plan that accounts for what you are going to do next. Some people opt to continue with our intensive outpatient program or partial hospital program, while others move into sober living communities that help them transition between the structure of treatment and life in the outside world. Continued participation in peer groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous can help keep you accountable to your recovery goals.

You Are Not Your Disease

Since we tend to define ourselves with labels, you may feel lost or have trouble recognizing yourself without your substance of use. However, it is essential to understand that your life is larger than one definition. In recovery, you may discover new sides of your personality to embrace, focusing on dimensions of yourself beyond the narrow lens of addiction. 

At Pine Grove, we understand that substance use disorders do not arise because people are too weak-willed to resist them. We know everyone is equally deserving of happiness because we have seen the joy and fulfillment that are possible when our clients discover their potential. Contact us today to start your journey.

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