Due to decades of quality drug addiction research, rehabilitation programs used in the present day, now focus on providing tailored strategies to meet the needs of everyone seeking recovery. At Restore Rehab Detox Treatment Center LA, we offer a variety of wellness programs to assist people in overcoming substance abuse, addiction, and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Most addiction treatment programs begin by taking a motivational approach with clients. By utilizing techniques, such as motivational interviewing and motivational discussion, our therapists are able to encourage clients to take a strong interest in their own recovery process.
Once a level of motivation is achieved by the client, the therapist will employ a therapy known as Contingency Management (CM). Research shows that CM is particularly useful in addiction recovery from alcohol, opioids, and cocaine. Contingency Management encourages a sustained recovery by using a system of simple rewards and consequences for how well a client adheres to treatment.
In drug recovery programs, CM will typically be paired with cognitive therapy (CBT). Cognitive behavioral therapy further enforces treatment adherence by teaching clients the skills to actually stick to treatment goals. Working on coping skills to deal with situations that may trigger a relapse, helps clients to gain an increased sense of confidence and self-efficacy.
The scope of cognitive behavioral therapy extends far beyond individual therapy, into family and couples therapy sessions as well. A recovering addict’s significant other or family may be brought in for several sessions, as social ties have a strong bearing on treatment outcomes. Families and couples are taught how to work together to encourage an addict’s recovery.
Twelve-Step programs can be used as an additional and invaluable tool for achieving sustained abstinence. Based on the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step treatment model, there are a variety of other self-help groups available today, such as Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous.
These community-based addiction treatment programs begin by emphasizing that drug addiction is a chronic disease. Similar to many other chronic diseases, the goal is to manage the symptoms of the disorder. While an addiction may never be entirely eliminated, the belief of 12-Step programs is that it can be controlled.
Studies over the years have shown that the people who find success in 12-Step programs, are the ones who follow all of the steps through to completion, and who begin attending meetings while still receiving other psychosocial treatments. Successfully following the steps helps recovering addicts feel more in control of their lives.
Addiction recovery comes in many forms – some of these forms being alternative addiction recovery programs. Addicts sometimes turn to alternative medicine as a means for seeking a more balanced approach, which can complement the mainstream treatments they are already receiving. Common examples of alternative wellness programs for addiction treatment, may include: exercise therapy, yoga, meditation, music and art therapy, chiropractic care, biofeedback, and equine therapy.
Exercise therapy, in particular, has received much attention in recent years. As an inherently rewarding therapy which activates the body’s pleasure pathways, exercise provides a drug and alcohol-free alternative to enhancing one’s mood. Even light exercise can help reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Yoga is another increasingly common alternative addiction treatment therapy used by addicts from all walks of life. Most often used as an aid to enhance other recovery treatments, yoga works to bring down stress levels and improve anxiety and depression.
The benefits of yoga for addiction treatment also include an increase in self-awareness and a greater ability to self-regulate. The goal-directed behavior which brings success on the yoga mat, also seems to bring success in recovery.
Though they can differ substantially from one another, successful drug recovery wellness programs share several important commonalities. One is that they use techniques to enhance a client’s sense of self-efficacy, while also teaching them better coping skills. Wellness programs used for addiction recovery from drugs or alcohol offer clients rewards, as well as opportunities for inherently rewarding activities. Most importantly, addiction treatment programs offer much-needed structure, goal direction, and social support.