Addiction rehabilitation is in great demand and many people struggling with substance use feel that it is necessary to attend. Excessive drug and alcohol use has a tremendous effect on the individual engaged in the substance use in particular and on society in general. For the individual, there may be a breakdown of their health and well being and a disruption of their career path and relationships and, for society, the cost of picking up the tab for habitual treatments and clinics as well as loss of tax revenue when an individual is not gainfully or fully employed to their potential coupled with the cost of the individual's dependence on social service programs and supports that are available is considerable. Effective addiction rehabilitation is critical to meeting the demands that substance use has placed on society.
There are addiction rehabilitation programs available including 12 Step and non 12 Step programs, drug replacement clinics, and natural alternative or holistic programs.
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), and other 12 Step based programs teach the false belief that substance use is an incurable, genetic disease. These programs promote that the only treatment available is belief in a higher power, a lifetime of meetings, and abstinence. 12 Step programs suggest that you are powerless in your efforts to stop your substance use and that relapse is a certainty.
Outpatient clinics are an option for individuals to self report to a clinic or doctor's office to receive medication to take instead of using substances. The majority of these clinics use methadone or Suboxone which are opioids from the same drug family as morphine, OxyContin and Vicodin. The problem usually lies in the fact that the vast majority of individuals who use methadone, Suboxone and other replacement drugs do not stop taking them after they have withdrawn from their substance use. In fact, studies show that many individuals never stop taking it and some have been taking replacement medications for more than 20 years.
Acupuncture, yoga, meditation and vitamin therapy are among the many holistic approaches to substance use. While these services offer some relief to some individuals, they are supportive services and not a causal factor in permanently helping people to change their substance use.
Cognitive Behavioral Education (CBE) takes a different approach in addressing substance use. Unlike 12 Step programs, CBE does not identify substance use as a disease and it does not recognize the need for a life filled with meetings or demand abstinence. CBE views substance use as a choice that the individual makes to use drugs and alcohol. Rather than allow the excuse that the individual uses because they have a genetic defect, CBE states that the reason that you use drugs is you chose to do so. There is no genetic or medically determined cause for your drug and alcohol use because it is a learned behavior that you can control and change if you choose to do so.
CBE does not label, judge, or manipulate individuals, but shows them how to use self-assessment and self-change to reevaluate their decisions and choices and to make more productive decisions and choices. CBE offers a way to learn to develop positive habits and behaviors. Individuals realize that they are not powerless and that they have the ability to move past their circumstances and situations to have a life that is more purposeful, successful and happier on their own terms. St. Jude Retreats offers a CBE program that builds confidence and empowers our guests to have a life that is permanently free from substance abuse.