An effective treatment for addiction must address each area of the victim’s life eroded by the persistent onslaught of the disease. The components of treatment must form a seamless focus that allows the Addict/Alcoholic to experience a quality of life that promotes a desire to remain clean and sober, and acquire a set of skills to prevent the very real danger of relapse.
Most patients enter treatment with little or no understanding of their disease and what recovery entails. Lack of this knowledge fosters denial, the symptom of the early and middle stages of addiction. Knowledge helps to address denial and promotes a willingness to develop a lifestyle that is conducive to long term recovery.
Much of the work of treatment is breaking down the form of denial that allows and addict/alcoholic to think” I’m different from those people.” In addition, each patient also comes with problems that he/she must also resolve on order to stay on the road of recovery.
As the patient and counselor form a therapeutic alliance they will determine these potential sticking points and arrive at workable plans to address them. There may be legal or financial areas that can’t be ignored, relationships that must be mended or simply self-esteem eroded that must be restored.
Finally at New Hope Recovery we have always believed that recovery is more than abstinece from drugs and alcohol. Recovery is about developing a new life style that includes healing in the family, developing new relationships and new activities that promote health and wellness. This recovery lifestly allows the Addict/Alcoholic to experience a life that makes it desirable to remain clean and sober.