Many people have asked the question: "Do drug treatment centers fail?"
This is an excellent question. Many doctors, addiction researchers, scientists, former patients and family members of patients note that many drug users are likely to go through rehab several times. While some people attempt to break their "addiction" through a standard rehabilitation center, many people use alternative methods to break from drug use.
Despite the common failures of conventional alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers, many of them continue to operate and remain financially successful as a money making business. There are several reasons for their success, but we are going to explore why drug treatment centers fail at providing any lasting results.
Very few doctors, health professionals or drug treatment center workers will admit this, but the sad truth is that many treatment centers focus more making money than they do on helping people. It is commonly accepted within the treatment industry that most people will relapse within a few days or weeks of leaving their care.
Of course, a center like this needs to earn profit to stay in business unless they are totally government funded, however shouldn't their first priority be helping their patients?
Unfortunately, many "rehab centers" focus mainly on how much profit they can earn and as a result these drug treatment centers neglect their main responsibility, their patients who want their help.
If you're wondering why do drug treatment centers fail, labeling patients is one of the main reasons. Many of these drug treatment centers label their patients as "addicts" or "junkies", and this method is completely wrong in two ways.
First of all, there has never been any research to show that addiction is a disease. This is simply a theory that can be easily shown through science to be wrong. Addiction can be defined much more accurately as a habitual adaption of one's body and mind to use of a certain substance over a long period of time during which a person may build a tolerance; but the user still maintains the choice to continue their drug use or not.
Second of all, by labeling people as chronic "drug addicts" the people who run drug treatment centers know that those people are much more likely to follow their program and even come back to the rehabilitation center once they have been treated and relapsed! The reason for this is that people generally live up their labels. While this is a sad truth, labeling people "addicts" increases the chance of repeat business for drug rehabilitation centers.
Many conventional drug treatment centers will focus on limiting one's choices and options as a method of treatment; limiting one's choices and options is a terrible strategy when it comes to treating a drug problem. When someone tells a person not to do something, the first thing that person is inclined to do is exactly what they have been "told" not to do and in many ways is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Thus this is why people fail when they are told they must remain abstinent from drugs forever. With so little options for the future, the person knows no other direction than to use.
Many conventional drug treatment centers also use talk therapy as the basis of treatment. While this may help in some cases with specific emotional problems, in many cases with respect to drug use it doesn't help at all. This is mainly because the therapist or psychotherapist provides the person with just one option, and that again is to remain completely abstinent from all drugs. There are much better and more effective options available. The key to success that many conventional drug treatment centers fail to focus on is education and free choice.
As opposed to the methods of conventional drug treatment centers, the best methods for solving drug and alcohol addiction are cognitive behavior education (CBL) and free choice. Educating those who may be "addicted" to a certain substance is the first step to success.
(CBL) helps people to understand their behaviors and habits, and then ways to change them. By using this educational tool it increases the person's options, self-confidence and free will and they are then able to make their own choices. (CBL) is by far the number one way to overcome "addiction" and help people overcome a drug problem.
Programs that focus on making free choices are also key. Free choice is the only way for people to truly be successful at something. "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink", this saying rings true in many situations. Trying to force a person do something they do not want to do will always fail which is why drug treatment centers fail.
By educating and empowering people you help and encourage them to make their own free choices. Giving them the freedom of choice to do exactly what they want to do is key.
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