Recovery programs are carefully structured and designed sets of treatments and therapies created with the specific purpose of assisting a person with a drug or alcohol addiction overcome that addiction and avoid relapse and future substance abuse. These programs are designed based upon models of recovery that give the programs structure and necessary sequencing.
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The 12 steps are a series of realizations, admissions, and actions that a recovering addict takes to overcome their addiction. It is one of the most well-known models of addiction recovery in existence. As such, the 12 steps are often used in the development of many programs of recovery, particularly to help sequence treatments as well as subjects discussed in treatment.
There are various other models of recovery in addition to the 12 steps that are used in the formation of programs of recovery. Some of these various models of recovery include:
The cognitive/behavioral model of recovery focuses on the actions, thoughts, and feelings of a person that a person has the contributed to the development of a drug or alcohol addiction and that could serve as triggers for addictive behaviors. If a person can identify these elements within themselves, they can then learn alternative patterns of behavior and various methods to cope with triggers to avoid future substance abuse and relapse.
The motivational incentives model focuses on a person’s motivation and brain functions in regards to both addiction and addiction treatment. When a person is addicted to a drug or alcohol and is abusing the substance, their brain begins to associate drug use and abuse with pleasure and reward due to the stimulation that occurs to those areas of the brain. As such, when that reward is taken away, a person can find it difficult to feel motivation to engage in addiction recovery and treatments. This reluctance will hinder their progress in their recovery and may even cause the person to relapse or resume substance abuse.
The motivational incentives model attempts to improve motivation for recovery by offering physical (tangible) rewards or incentives like food, movie tickets, or gift cards that can give the recovering addict that instant gratification or stimulation of the reward centers of the brain. This helps the recovering addict to begin to feel that positive reward or pleasure stimulus in the brain and associate it with sober living rather than substance abuse and addiction. This can help a recovering addict to better engage in recovery and treatment.
Within every addiction recovery program, there are several treatment options available to help a recovering addict along in the process. Some of these include:
Art therapy is a form of treatment that allows recovering addicts to create and discuss art to help them become more aware of their emotions and the ways in which those emotions affect their actions. Emotional awareness is a key concept in relapse prevention and can help the recovering addict to understand themselves better. The creation of art to channel negative emotions is also an excellent way to cope with those emotions and avoid substance abuse.
Family therapy focuses on rebuilding the relationships and bonds between a recovering addict and their immediate family members. This allows the family members to open up about the issues that they have and the hurt they experienced while the recovering addict was abusing drugs or alcohol. It also helps those family members to become a stronger support system for the recovering addict, knowing the signs and symptoms of relapse so that they can prevent relapse and perform an intervention if and when necessary.
Recovery programs are unique and varied so that they can accommodate the various needs of different recovering addicts. To find the right recovery program for you, call Union Drug Rehab at (908) 329-2286.
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