#1: Medically Monitored Detox.
Medical detox allows a person to undergo a pain-free and comfortable drug or alcohol withdrawal in a safe, medically monitored environment. When a person stops using a chemical substance suddenly their body goes into withdrawal. Physical and psychological symptoms develop, and these symptoms can result in serious complications when left untreated. Entering into a medical detox center is an important part of nearly every addiction recovery program for several reasons. First of all, physical withdrawal symptoms can be adequately treated as soon as they develop, preventing the risk of health-related consequences and leading to dramatically improved comfort. Secondly, the psychological drug and alcohol cravings that go hand-in-hand with withdrawal often lead a person to relapse before the detox process is completely over. Physically separating a person from their substance of choice improves treatment outcomes by preventing relapse and setting a person up to take the next appropriate step on their personal recovery journey.
#2: Therapeutic Intervention.
Therapy is a fundamental component of effective addiction treatment. There are many therapeutic methods that have proven beneficial, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, and traditional talk therapy. Most residential treatment centers offer a combination of individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy.
#3: 12 Step Program Involvement.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was first developed in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Doctor Bob Smith. Bill Wilson (widely known as Bill W.) had had a spiritual experience while on his deathbed, after a long battle with severe alcoholism. His experience led him to believe that the key to his recovery was to help others find sobriety. Doctor Bob was the first person Bill W. helped. Together, Bill W. and Doctor Bob built a program of action consisting of 12 steps. The two men expanded AA in 1939, the same year that the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous was published. Known simply as the Big Book, this piece of literature outlines the 12 steps in depth. Today, AA has spread to nearly every country across the world, and has helped millions of people of all ages successfully overcome addiction and go on to lead healthy, meaningful lives. AA recognizes alcoholism as a medical condition — a condition that affects mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and well-being. The 12 steps outline a path to heal from this condition. There are many benefits to 12 Step program involvement including ongoing peer support and accountability, the development of relapse prevention skills, and a solid support circle of other sober individuals.