The majority of substance abuse programs are designed for the individual ready to give up his or her substance abuse. That is, most programs operate under the assumption that the individual has already decided that recovery is more attractive than getting high or inebriated. If this was true, which it most certainly is not, the success rate of these programs would be much more impressive than they are. As it stands, most users who enter drug and alcohol rehab litation programs, drop out after the first few sessions. Part of the reason is that, many people entering these programs are forced through coercion, and not because they see any personal benefit of their participation.
Most family members focus on the obvious line of attack – nagging, pleading and threatening, and in spite of these tactics their loved ones continue to abuse alcohol and other drugs. The reason these tactics never work is that, the abuser must be in control of their destiny and focus on new meaningful sources of satisfaction. Responsibility for getting high and inebriated must rest upon the abusers shoulders in order for them to understand the impact recovery can have on his or her life.
Uninspired for full recovery, many abusers look towards Detoxification. Over 90 percent of alcohol and drug abusers relapse. Detoxing only deals with the physical aspects of drug and alcohol abuse, and does not stress the relationship between behaviors and stimuli that prompt the abuse. The emotional and mental challenges of habitual ways remain the same.
The most successful method of alcohol and drug recovery is a simple system of behavior modification that has two goals; (1) to improve the abusers quality of life and (2) to make clean and sober more attractive. For the most part, the common reason for abusers not wanting to give up alcohol or drugs is ìnot being ready to stop.î However, most abusers will agree, there is always a road map to why they drink or do drugs. Detailing those triggers, whether they are events, moods, people, places or even smells, can help identify the patterns for the abuse and begin to work on alternatives.
Successful rehabilitation treatment programs focus on getting resistant alcohol and drug abusers to analyze situations and center on the rewards of the program. More specifically, the programs pinpoint step-by-step sequences that resulted in the abuse and focus on how to change those patterns.
Additionally, for the individual ready to accept the challenge, but still requires flexibility and privacy, there are rehabilitation programs with several different environments. For example, several Florida treatment centers offer a range of 24 hour, in-
patient treatment options with individual residences. Some resemble apartment complexes, and others, high-end villas. This form of flexibility allows abusers to create a more home-like setting while being involved in a productive rehabilitative program.
Addiction is a disease of ìnot enough.î Recovery challenges the abuser to look deeper and see the abundance of life within each person. It is a moral inventory of self-imposed rules and coming to the realization that no one has to fill a void with a drug or a drink.