Archive for May, 2010
The first key to successful addiction recovery is the patient’s understanding of addiction itself. Addiction treatment is, in the end, a patient-driven enterprise, and there’s nothing more important that self-education. If you want to beat drug dependency, you’ve got to know what you’re up against, and you’ve got to understand how drug rehab can help you beat drug abuse.
Addiction recovery doesn’t work, can’t work, if it isn’t focused, and addiction recovery isn’t and can’t be focused if the patient doesn’t understand what exactly addiction is. In that sense, addiction recovery is a hopeless undertaking unless it’s grounded in a firm knowledge of drug dependency itself: of what makes addiction addiction, and of why drug abuse is so difficult to overcome.
The most important lesson for anyone pursuing addiction recovery: Drug addiction is a clinical disease, with clinical causes and clinical treatments. Addiction recovery is substantively impeded by the misconstruction of addiction as a moral issue, or a problem of personal will. Anyone hoping to pursue an addiction recovery program must understand that addiction is not and can never be a choice, and that addicts can’t simply decide to stop using drugs. Drug abuse, in the end, is a matter of need, not desire.
The nature of that need is also important to the addiction recovery process. Drug dependency exists in both physiological and psychological dimensions, and addiction recovery can only work if it addresses the disease in all its forms. Practically speaking, then, addiction recovery programs must account for both the physical and emotional health of their patients, and provide services to help recovering addicts regain the physical and emotional freedom that drug abuse strips away. Anything less, in fact, can’t be called addiction recovery at all.