Approaches to Addiction and Recovery
It was in 1935 when Alcoholics Anonymous was established by doctors Bob Smith and Bill Wilson. These two doctors have changed the approach to addiction and recovery forever.
Substance abuse is rampant and the doctors believed that individuals suffering from this form of addiction can’t possibly recover by themselves. Substance addiction can’t be eradicated unless brought to public attention.
Most of today’s recovery programs follow the ‘step program’ designed by Doctor Smith and Wilson. The program is used whether the addiction is due to the use of cocaine, nicotine, heroin, speed, and any other drugs.
In order to be successful in addiction recovery, the patient or the addict should be able to admit to one’s self that they are helpless. These addicts are helpless to their addictions and they need a superior power that they can rely on as they struggle against addiction. They must be able to forgive themselves to make way for complete recovery.
The program designed by Doctor Smith and Wilson have religious sentiments. Individuals who have very little belief in a higher being will not be able to appreciate the program. If they don’t believe in the program from the very start, it will not work for them. Recovery will not be realized.
Most of the addicts of today’s times strongly believe that their addiction is emotional and physical in nature and so they don’t think they need spiritual intervention.
To answer this, drug programs try to introduce to the patients intensive counseling. Through intensive counseling, the advocate will help the patient to understand that they are still of great value to their family and to the society despite their addiction.
However, in order for this approach to work, families and friends of the patient should always be there through the entire recovery process. They should be able to provide support and love so that the patient can stay away from drugs. This is one way to help the patients rebuild their own lives.
Oftentimes, addicts have group of friends. Once they go back to the real world, they should be able to keep away from destructive friendships and this can be very hard for them. Temptations are everywhere and the patient will struggle hard to fight the temptations. The patient should have the strength to stay away from harmful relationships which will only lead them back to addiction.
Recovery programs also emphasize behavior modification. The patient should be made to understand that the physical dependency on the drugs or substance started with an emotional pain. Emotions and attitudes are the roots to addiction. The patients should give importance to their emotions and attitudes.
They should not let these things lead them to the use of drugs or other substances. It is only the patient who can say ‘no’ to addiction and the support groups will just guide them in their struggle for new life.
If you’re determined to stop your addiction, you should seek immediate help. In most cases, you will undergo drug recovery programs which make use of the program designed by Doctor Smith and Wilson. Thanks to these two doctors because the addicts of today can be treated with a program that is effective.
If you have a loved one with addiction problems or perhaps you’re the one with the problem, decide now because your future depends on it.