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Is Drug or Alcohol Rehab a Last Resort?

Client enters addiction treatment in Fort Lauderdale Florida at Destination Hope and shakes hand with doctor over discussing the treatment plan

Despite its portrayal in the media or what common knowledge may try to dictate, drug and alcohol treatment is not just for people who have hit rock bottom with substance abuse. Addiction is a chronic disease, and as with most medical conditions, treatment and subsequent recovery are not a quick fix or a desperate measure, nor does it happen overnight. It requires time, patience, and commitment, and the earlier you start, the more effective it can be. Though many do, there’s no need to wait until you are at your lowest point to enter treatment. If you suspect you or a loved one could use help, act on that feeling and seek help as soon as possible.

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The Basics of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the cornerstone of many substance abuse treatment programs. It targets harmful behavioral patterns and changes them through a process of identifying, understanding, and reworking the way a person thinks and feels.

Through its focus on long-term change, CBT has helped many people develop the skills necessary to cope with urges and find healthier ways to seek pleasure. Helping your loved ones understand what CBT entails can help them take an active role in their own recovery.

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Why Treatment – Not Jail – is the Solution to Addiction

For decades, the war on drugs may have seriously undermined the battle that could have been waged against addiction. Unfortunately for many addicts, the best place to battle addiction is in treatment–not jail.

According to the Pew Research Center, “A national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 67% of Americans say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for those who use illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

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Building a New Support Network after Treatment

Completing an addiction treatment program doesn’t mean that you’re finished with your recovery. The challenges of recovery don’t end when you leave the treatment center, and developing a strong support network is essential for long-term success.

Addiction can be an isolating disease; you may think you can handle it on your own, but you’re far more likely to relapse without a solid network of support. A few simple tips and guidelines can help you build your own support network to make your recovery journey easier.

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Replacing Drugs with Meaning

Once addiction takes over your life, it’s hard to see what you’re giving up.

Addiction to drugs keeps you from a meaningful and fulfilling life. If you take a moment to think about just one thing that you have not been able to do because of your dependence on drugs, something that is important to you, you can focus on achieving it when you are in recovery.

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Will I Get a Job After Substance Abuse Rehab?

Many people go back to work after substance abuse rehab and have successful careers. You may worry that taking time away from your job to enter rehab might allow your skills to become rusty from disuse. This is far from the truth- in fact, taking the time away to go to a substance abuse treatment center to tackle your addiction will not only cleanse your body of toxins from alcohol or drugs, but also your overall health and well-being will probably be better and sharper.

However, going back to work can lead to some unexpected challenges along the way.

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Alcohol Treatment Program Myths Families Have

Alcohol treatment program clients’ families often believe a number of myths regarding the rehabilitation experience. Learn the truth about these common myths to gain a better understanding of what addiction is and how the alcohol treatment program works.

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10 Things That Are More Fun than Using Ever Was

Destination Hope reminds clients of the benefits of recovery from substance abuse and addiction with examples of 10 activities that are so much more fun than using drugs ever was.

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Do High-Functioning Alcoholics Need An Alcohol Treatment Program?

Alcohol treatment program offerings are for anyone struggling with alcohol abuse or alcoholism of any kind. Alcoholism is alcoholism and even high-functioning alcoholics who appear to be functioning well in society can benefit from the assistance of an alcohol treatment program.

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Opiate Addiction Treatment: Is Methadone the Only Way?

Opiate addiction treatment is commonly thought to only consist of the use of the medication methadone. Methadone is not the only available medication for opiate addiction treatment and treatment consists of other methods of care beyond medication, including psychotherapy.

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