The Benefits Of Rehab As A Way To Treat Addiction

What Is A Rehabilitation Center?

Treatment is not the freewheeling horror show that sometimes gets portrayed in movies and on TV. Addiction treatment is a trying and difficult process for clients, but it’s not the stuff of fantastical nightmares. Patients in addiction treatment struggle every day towards the hope of a brighter tomorrow; addiction treatment services are first and foremost places of optimism, support and aspiration. The best addiction treatment counsellors, programs and centers help recovering addicts navigate the long road to recovery with a minimum of discomfort and aim to ensure that every patient works towards a positive and permanent behavioural change.

Why Do People Need Rehab Treatment?

There are many reasons why people turn to substances to help them through the day. To a certain degree, almost everyone in society has a crutch that they fall back on. We might not think of them as harmful, but anyone that must have coffee, wine or chocolate every day has some degree of addiction within them.

The main causes of this relaiance are either habit, family or workplace stress.

Many people have a love/hate relationship with their jobs. Some love the work they do but aren’t fond of the environment in which they do it. Others like their coworkers, but they do not find their duties challenging or enjoyable. Still others feel totally overwhelmed with demands and responsibilities. There are strategies that can help with easing stress at work.

Everyone has probably had a boss who insisted in perfection in all things. The smallest mistake is met with criticism or the threat of disciplinary action. An overly demanding boss does not only cause stress in the workplace, but can also make an employee feel devalued. The quickest way to ruin office morale is to make your employees feel like failures.

The Pressure Of Financial Services

Some business sectors are notorious for the pressure put on staff and the stress that they need to be able to endure. In recent years the financial services sector has seen an increase in people who felt at risk of severe workplace stress. Rapid change in the banking and financial services sector, unachievable targets, lack of recognition, understaffing, and increased workload are just some of the main causes. Unfortunately, bullying and inappropriate behaviour in the sector are also a source of stress and anxiety.

Patients often seek help with worries over something that seems, on the surface, to be more innocuous, but when investigated they are often struggling to master their day as a result of reduced ability to focus because of the pressure they are under. Many believe the industry has a long way to go in regard to understanding and supporting mental wellness and flexible working.

One therapist told us: “In the City, the culture is that if you’re still breathing, you show up to work. Don’t let any company brochure tell you otherwise. Stress is seen as something for the weak and is something that is treated as a taboo, even today.”

These stresses often lead to higher than average staff turnover in financial services and market related positions. Words like “burnout” are often used.

Dealing With Gambling Addiction

Another sector that has a very close relationship with addiction is gambling. There are obviously centers that specialise in helping gambling addicts and most governments now have strong and enforced legislation to ensure that bookmakers and casinos play fairly with their customers and are aware of the signs of addiction for their players own protection.

This means that most government agencies, such as the Malta Gaming Authority, which oversees around two hundred European igaming companies, ensure that their firms recruit staff for gaming jobs in Malta where the protection of individual players is of paramount importance. This can only be seen as a good thing.

How Should A Rehab Center Treat Patients?

Over 65% of individuals with substance abuse disorder are also self medicating for depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, grief, or some other psychological or psychiatric ailment. The best programs are designed to provide treatment both for the addictive behaviour and such concurrent disorders.

The best psychotherapeutic approaches include cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behavioural therapy (REBT), psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive bias modification therapy> These are all proven and effective treatments for drug addiction and for the underlying emotional and psychological issues involved with drug addiction.

Evidence-based psychotherapy should not be the only activity for patients. Centers should schedule a wide variety of alternative therapies that help reinforce the more clinical drug rehab treatments and keep each day interesting and rewarding. Programs might include any or a mix of yoga, hypnotherapy, meditation, mindfulness meditation, acupuncture, Tai Chi, relaxation therapy, creative art therapy and native healing rituals. These activities help renew the body, the mind, and the soul. In some locations near the sea, we have even heard of patients being taught freediving! These practices cannot cure a patient of a drug addiction, they can empower her with a healthy and entirely individual strength and spirit that will help provide the inner strength to cope with life’s daily stresses and anxieties without resorting to self medicating with drugs or alcohol.

Any customised drug addiction treatment program should be guided by an individual treatment plan that addresses co-occurring psychological or psychiatric disorders. Most common mental health issues such as ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), anxiety disorders, and depression are often the cause of self-medication that leads to drug addiction and alcoholism. It would not make sense to treat only the addictive behaviour without addressing the psychological problems causing the drug addiction. For this, centers sometimes turn to hypnotherapy to help identify a patient’s inner issues more closely.

Alcoholism As A Treatment Example

If alcohol consumption leads to alcoholism, the body also inflicts a “punishment” for stopping: withdrawal. What this means is that the body gets used to alcohol stimulating various receptors, and it cannot function without it.

There are some who claim that alcoholism can be cured. Personal stories abound of people, like Charlie Sheen, never touching alcohol again after going to AA or receiving certain treatments. For some, alcoholism can be overcome, although whether it is cured is debatable. The other issue is that those who drink a lot are not necessarily alcoholics, so they may not undergo withdrawal. In addition, some people may not experience severe cravings and so on.

The hard evidence is that alcoholism is a lifelong condition. Why? Because although you read about the odd person “never” experiencing cravings again, thousands of people in virtually identical positions do not experience the same cure.

There are different ways to become alcohol-dependent,” said Schumann. “Some people become alcohol abusers because of a lack of executive control, others want to reduce stress and anxiety. The important take-home message is that there is a substantial amount of heritability, but there is no single gene that causes one to become alcoholic.

What Treatments Exist To Help Patients Stop Smoking?

It is becoming very difficult to continue to be a smoker in many countries and smokers are being made to feel very uncomfortable in the workplace and also in social and leisure situations.

Smoking, like all habits, is a habit controlled by the unconscious mind – this is exactly the realm dealt with by hypnotherapists.

It is very hard to stop smoking merely with will power alone and, nicotine replacement therapy, although helpful, still requires a considerable amount of will power and continues the individual’s dependency on nicotine.

Many people think that stopping smoking is depriving them of something, and in this case it is just a matter of time until they start again. Hypnotherapy is ideal for this. Using hypnosis, deals with all of the emotional and psychological aspects of giving up smoking.

Stopping smoking with hypnotherapy can be painlessly and easily achieved, often in just two or three sessions. It is one of the most common reasons for people to consult a hypnotherapist and it is extremely successful.

The stop smoking hypnotherapy sessions include gathering information regarding your personal reasons for wanting to quit smoking, your present smoking habits and lifestyle followed by a gentle relaxation together with the use of hypnotherapy techniques, positive affirmations and suggestions.

Should People Be Able To Do What They Want With Their Bodies?

Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, has often discussed the philosophy of addiction. He suggests that drugs can facilitate people’s well-being, and argued that people should be free to harm themselves if they wish.

Freedom, he said, is the ability to make choices and live one’s life according to one’s own rules. “We become responsible when we set rules and live according to them,” said Savulescu. “Some people have better impulse control than others, and that has implications for whether they become addicts, end up in prison, or become successful.”

“There are many factors that make it more or less difficult to exercise control over whatever rules we set ourselves. Addiction is an expression of the rough-and-ready nature of the brain’s learning and reward systems, and the fragility of our proneness to environmental insults, genetic susceptibility, and so on.”

He concluded by reiterating that prohibition never works. “When the human animal wants something, it finds a way of getting it, so harm reduction strategies are necessary and will be more effective,” he said.