With all the stories you hear about people relapsing following treatment at a rehab clinic, you may believe that long-term addiction recovery is unattainable. Staying drug-free is not impossible, but it requires perseverance and plenty of support from a network of family, friends, therapists and support groups.
Drug addiction is a disease. Effective recovery requires a long-term commitment to taking positive, life-affirming actions and creating a healthy lifestyle where drugs don’t have a place.
Why Addiction Relapses Occur
In the 2014 National Survey by SAMHSA, 8.5 percent (22.5 million people) of the U.S. population ages 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol addiction; however only 4.2 million people received treatment of any kind in the same year.
Many people look at entering drug rehab as the end-all solution to a drug addiction. However, rehabilitation treatments only last on average between 30 to 90 days. Years of drug addiction can’t be overcome in such a short period. Drugs chemically and structurally alter the neural networks in your brain, and in turn, affect your behavior and habits.
Relapses can occur for a variety of reasons, but most often has to do with encountering “triggers” for past drug use. For example, you may visit a place where you used to obtain drugs, or you may see drug-related paraphernalia. Long-term drug use affects the reward center (ventral tegmental) of your brain and triggers can over-stimulate this region making it difficult to abstain from the allure of drug use.
Most relapses occur within the first 90 days of treatment. After 90 days of being drug-free, your chances of long-term addiction recovery improve — all the better to stay at a rehabilitation treatment program for a longer term.
Components of Effective Drug Treatment
Treatment from drug addiction doesn’t end when you leave rehab. Ongoing aftercare is a critical part of long-term recovery. At Beachway, our holistic approach to healing includes looking after not only your physical issues but also providing support with emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Our comprehensive aftercare treatments include:
- Work and education re-integration. Helping you lead a productive life following treatment is a major component of aftercare. Whether you need help completing your education, or looking for work, our Resource Center provides help with resumes and interviewing skills.
- Sober living environment. To aid in your recovery, you may be placed in a home nearby the facility with curfews and monitoring.
- Group sessions. If you need a lift getting to group therapy sessions, we’ll provide you with transportation.
- Family counselling. Providing support to your family is vital to ensure you have a strong support system.