If you struggle with addiction, know that there a number of things you can do to begin recovery. The most important task is to choose a professional treatment program.
Help! I am an Addict: 10 Ways to Get your Addiction Under Control
When you are an addict, there will be a moment in time that you realize that everything is slipping away and you need to get your addiction under control. Fortunately there are ways to do that. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, there are a number of treatments that have proven very effective in treating substance abuse problems.
1. Intensive Inpatient Treatment
During inpatient treatment you stay at the facility. In intensive treatment you attend counseling and therapy sessions daily for several weeks. Many times this type of treatment involves a variety of other therapies and treatments such as medication assisted treatment and holistic therapies.
2. Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Intensive outpatient treatment is very similar to intensive inpatient treatment in that therapy and counseling sessions daily for several weeks. Outpatient treatment is nonresidential treatment so you go to these sessions during the day and are at home at night.
3. Personalized Counseling
Personalized counseling is a counseling treatment program that is designed specifically for you. It can be inpatient or outpatient counseling depending on your individual circumstances. The purpose of individualized counseling is that the treatment program fits your needs as closely as it can.
4. 12 Step Programs
12 step programs are programs designed so that addicts can help other addicts recover. This helps both the person already in recovery and those just entering it. You can attend meetings as often as you need to. It also gives you a clear set of steps to motivate you in your recovery efforts.
5. Community Supported Harm Reduction Treatment
Harm reduction is a relatively new area of treatment. Instead of insisting on abstinence harm reduction seeks to reduce the harm you are doing to yourself and others by using the drugs. Although the ultimate goal is for you to end your addiction, harm reduction focuses more on helping you to stop harming yourself with addictive behaviors.
6. Social Recovery Treatment
Social recovery is a treatment method that aims to correct the overall circumstances that led up to the addiction. In social recovery the belief is that addiction is caused by life circumstances such as:
- stress at school
- stress at work
- stress at home
- financial difficulties
- family issues
- mental or medical issues
In social recovery, when your life is filled with social activities, good coping mechanisms, and happiness, your addiction naturally stops.
7. Alternative Therapies
Many treatment centers and addiction specialists are turning to alternative treatment methods to help addiction. These alternative treatment methods help to supplement addiction treatment with treatments like:
- good nutrition
- herbal medicine
Most alternative therapies focus on helping you to cope with the life circumstances and other things that lead to addiction.
8. Holistic Therapies
Holistic therapies rely on treating the whole person. The belief is that treating the mental, physical, and spiritual health of a person is the way to treat the drug addiction. Holistic treatment often involves eastern and alternative medicine.
9. Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication assisted treatment treats any physical or mental illness with medication while using therapy and counseling to supplement the medication. Most medication assisted treatment is used as a treatment for those who have a dual diagnosis.
10. Find a Treatment Center that is Right for You
One of the most important things that you can do to get your addiction under control is to find the treatment center that is right for you. We can help you find that. Call us at (800) 407-7195(Who Answers?).