Addiction is more than just the abuse of drugs or alcohol. Many times an addiction is coexistent meaning an addict is suffering from another disorder in addition to their addiction. Addictions often begin when a user attempts to treat an undiagnosed condition through self-medication. Effective addiction treatment requires complete wellness and the addressing of all underlying conditions. Make sure your treatment plan addresses all aspects of health and wellness:
People suffering from addictions are often found to be malnourished. An addict’s preoccupation with their substance of choice can lead to a neglect of their nutritional requirements. These imbalances can cause added stress on the body. By addressing the body’s nutritional needs, patients will feel better physically as well as mentally.
The human body was designed for movement. Many times addicts find themselves craving drugs or alcohol simply because their body’s pent up energy is making them restless. Ensuring the body receives the activity it requires can help to curb cravings for drugs and alcohol. Exercise can also be a great distraction if you find yourself craving drugs or alcohol.
Mental health issues are the most common conditions to coexist with an addiction. Recovering from an addiction requires that you address all underlying mental health issues. While addiction is a chronic disease that will never be cured, many addicts have found that by addressing their mental health problems they are able to eliminate any cravings for drugs or alcohol. Properly treating a mental health issue requires the help of a trained professional and may consist of counseling, medication, behavioral therapy, or a combination of all three.
Learning to manage and express your emotions in a healthy way is vital to maintaining your sobriety. In recovery, you will learn skills to help cope with the emotions that come along with life in a healthy way that does not involve the use of drugs or alcohol. It is important that you continue to improve your emotional health after treatment. Attending regular group support meetings can make sure that you are handling your emotions in a positive way.
Many times the use of drugs and alcohol have become something a person turns to without second thought. By learning to identify your negative habits and behaviors you can begin to create healthier habits and responses to certain situations. Behavioral therapy is a part of the foundation to a successful addiction recovery program.
The Lakehouse Recovery Center offers privacy, client-focused care, and more. Our belief is that treatment should teach clients how to find fun and laughter again in their life. Offering 30, 60, and 90 day programs, we help clients heal in mind, body, and spirit, while helping them find joy in life again without drugs and alcohol. Call us today for information: 877.762.3707