New York City is an international hub for travel and business. NYC is also at the center for drug trafficking and a high number of people who use drugs excessively. Heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and prescription drugs are among the most used substances and there are more than a million individuals who struggle with use and are in need of drug rehab in NYC. 

There are many reasons why to stop or moderate drug use, the most important is the devastating effects it can have on your health. Excessive drug use can lead to heart, liver and kidney disease, hepatitis B and C, to name a few. Trying to maintain a drug dependency can lead you to  engaging in more risky behavior that under normal circumstances you would not do.

Certain types of drug use may require you to seek detoxification to remove the drug toxins in your system before you begin a rehabilitation program. With hundreds of drug rehab in NYC available, it is possible to find the right one for you. Something to consider when searching for an after detox or addiction program is the philosophy of the facility and the type of program. Inpatient programs offer a place for you to go, some are hospital type environments while others are more like a retreat or spa, to rest and regroup; to prepare you to return to society free from drug use. Outpatient programs offer counseling or education programs where you visit during the day, either daily, weekly, or as often as you need.

The vast majority of programs for drug rehab in NYC subscribe to the idea that drug addiction is a disease for which there is no cure. While you can receive treatment, the believe states, once a drug addict, always a drug addict.. 12 step programs are one type of drug rehab that supports the “drug use is a disease” claim.

12 step programs are religiously based and promote a belief in a higher power is necessary for recovery. They usually pray the Serenity Prayer at end of meetings. Group members are required to attend meetings, group therapy – where they are expected to openly share feelings, hostilities, drug history and relapse stories.. While a large number of people join 12 step programs, the dropout rate is exceedingly high at nearly 50% at the end of one month and 95% by end of one year.

Alternatives to 12 step programs offer a more holistic approach such as behavioral education, acupuncture and other Eastern practices, vitamin therapy and meditation and self hypnosis. Still, many of these programs also promote the drug addiction is a disease philosophy. Drug addiction  is not a disease. All drug use is a choice. You did not inherit a drug addiction gene from your family. You made a conscious decision to use drugs and you have the power to make a different choice.

At St. Jude Retreats, our guests come to realize that they are not diseased and that there is hope. Through our educational cognitive behavioral program, guests learn self assessment and behavior techniques that will help them make different decisions, develop different habits and present different behaviors that will be productive and be more enriching and satisfying to their lives.  Our guests go on to have long term success permanently free from drug use.