Defining Addiction and How It Affects Drug Rehabs’ Effectiveness

It doesn’t matter what the addiction is, there’s something that the successful rehabs all know and do. Want to know what it is? It’s pervasively applicable across all sorts of addictions. This means it applies to drug addiction, alcohol addiction, screen addiction, and practically any destructive behavior people want to stop but seem to have a hard time tearing themselves away from.

A good drug rehab will help you to get clean, and in this article we will be discussing the counseling part that occurs after the initial detoxification and withdrawal stages.

Drug addiction causes and what can be done about them can be well illustrated by looking at some other mental illnesses, particularly OCD and phobias.

Obsessive-compulsive disorders are basically an addiction to certain compulsive behaviors and thoughts. This is why they vary so greatly for those suffering from them. It is closely related to phobias. OCD is an addiction to a particular phobia. The person uses certain rituals, behavior, or even thought processes to achieve some sort of goal. That goal can be achieving cleanliness, ridding oneself of guilt, absolving them from responsibility from some terrible event they feel might happen. You will start to see a common thread here. We’re looking at addiction from a mental health perspective.

You could even say that everyone has a certain level of OCD. Everyone has obsessions and compulsions. Think of it this way. If you don’t currently always think everything you want to think and do exactly what you want to do, then your brain is defaulting to some sort of obsession or compulsion. This is why I say everyone has it. Everyone has the O and C part of it. However, the D for Disorder is only recognized when the habits become so destructive that it interferes with what others consider to be normal. However, “normal” is not a good determinant of sound mental health, as I’m sure you will agree. It is much more useful to consider what is adaptive or maladaptive. Is it constructive to what that person is trying to accomplish in their life or not?

For example, someone with a phobia is trying to keep themselves safe from something so they can live and enjoy their lives and not be in danger. But, the phobia is where a normal common sense of “don’t pick up poisonous snakes” turns into something crippling to where they can’t even look at a picture of a snake without having extreme anxiety. Their goal of trying to be safe and enjoy life has been overshadowed by the fear that was originally intended to serve them and has now become destructive.

With drugs, the person is trying to accomplish something. They want to feel good, get relief from some kind of pain, or something similar. They want their lives to be better, even if it’s only a short-term high or drug trip. However, this over-focusing on the short term causes them to torpedo their long term chances of happiness, as can be made evident by looking to see how happy your average drug user is. The answer is “not very”. If you live in the United States and you want to learn where to find a local facility near you, visit Care Drug Rehab.

Therefore, the point is drug abuse is nothing more than a non-constructive way of trying to accomplish something. So, it is crucial that people who are going through rehab learn to accomplish that goal without the use of drugs. They need to know how to deal with people, how to handle problems, how to be okay with themselves, how to feel good about themselves. They need to learn how to approve of themselves. Too many people turn to substance abuse to numb the pain of not getting validation from external sources.

Of course, we always recommend a full detox for the patient first in any rehab. This is absolutely necessary. It’s difficult to learn any new skills when you have drugs in your system. Once a patient is in drug rehab, the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms also triggers fight or flight responses that make it practically impossible to learn anything new. That part of their brain is practically shut off and is just trying to survive.

Once this subsides, though, it’s time to learn new habits so that the same drug mistakes don’t happen and so that relapses don’t occur, or are at least are minimized.

Now you can see why we say that something that is almost universally found in people who overcome addictions is: a different perspective on dealing with life’s challenges. This is necessary for anyone who is trying to overcome addiction. Now you know, it doesn’t matter if its drug addiction, alcoholism, or any other sort of dependence.