For individuals struggling with alcohol and drug use, addiction treatment help is available in inpatient, outpatient, medical and nonmedical programs. Different approaches include traditional 12 step methods, wellness programs, replacement drug therapy and cognitive behavioral education. Making the decision to seek assistance for substance use is one step closer to reclaiming your life.
Inpatient programs allow you to get away from all the pressures of life that can lead a person to start using substance. Most inpatient addiction treatment programs are six weeks, with some a little longer. Outpatient programs make it possible for you to continue daily activities in your life and still get the treatment that you need. Inpatient and outpatient treatments are available in medical and nonmedical programs.
Nonmedical programs include wellness treatments such as acupuncture, meditation therapy, vitamin therapy and yoga. Wellness treatments promote mind, body and spirit healing, while attending to your concerns. It is not uncommon for some wellness programs to also introduce a 12 step program. Wellness programs are not for everyone, but they can be very beneficial as relaxation therapies.
A 12 step program is also a form of nonmedical treatment. 12 step programs hold to the false idea that substance use is a disease that is passed down from generation to generation through an addiction or alcoholic gene. 12 step programs teach that there is no cure, those diseased individuals are powerless against substance use and that the only treatments are abstinence, belief in a higher power and indefinite meetings and group therapy. In spite of the millions of members, 12 step programs have a 95 percent dropout rate, largely due to the fact that they could not be successful.
Replacement drug therapies include methadone and suboxone which are used to exchange for substance use. Methadone and suboxone are opiate narcotics, from the same drug family as heroin, morphine and oxycodone. Methadone and suboxone work similarly to other opiates in that they block the opioid receptors, the part of the brain that stimulates pleasure and pain. The same risk for dependency exists for methadone and suboxone users. Quitting either drug may result in withdrawal symptoms.
Cognitive behavioral education teaches that behavior, even substance use, is a choice that one makes. Cognitive behavioral education does not support the disease theory that is found in 12 step programs, nor does it believe in an addictive gene. The reasons that you give for drug and alcohol use are just excuses for substance use.
St. Jude Retreats is a non-treatment program. They offer an educational cognitive behavioral program that teaches participants how to use self assessment and self change to reevaluate their choices and decisions and to make choices that are more productive. Participants learn to develop habits and behaviors that positively enhance their life. They are empowered and discover that they are not powerless against their substance use and that they can take back control of their life from drug and alcohol use permanently.