Addiction treatment centers are like lighthouses. They are beacons of light shining through the darkness of night, providing guidance for those who are lost at sea, unable to find rescue. Sometimes the pressures of life can be so great, that we seek to find an escape. We seek to find a way to drown out the misery and find a source of comfort. But unfortunately, sometimes people who are merely looking for ways to escape the stresses, worries, and anxieties of life, end up taking the wrong path. VirginiaCenterForAddictionMedicine
They seek refuge drugs and alcohol, gambling and pornography. These “vices” start out as minor indulgences of curiosity. We think that nothing of trying these out. But then we find that we can escape our problems for a while and think nothing of the consequences of indulging in these. The experiences of “escapism” appear to be pleasurable.
But then they turn into an addiction. And before you know it, this addiction consumes you. You become addicted. You are unable to cope without getting your daily “fix” of these intoxicants. Eventually, the addiction begins to destroy you from the inside out.
And that is where addiction treatment centers come to the rescue. Their purpose is to not only bring you back from the brink of complete self-destruction (and the destruction of your relationships with your family, your job, and your friends), but to completely rehabilitate you. Their job is to literally “set you free” of the shackles of your addiction.
Addiction treatment centers may be vilified by the addicted person at first. He or she may not be ready to let go of their addiction. But once they are able to be brought in, whether it be of their own accord, at the persuasion of a loved one, as prescribed by a medical professional, or by a court order of the judicial system, addiction treatment centers get to work right away. Their first goal is to help you accept the reality that you have an addiction problem. They help you recognize that whatever the problems you were having in life that led you to this addiction can be resolved through other means. Addiction treatment centers specialize in a variety of practices and offer a variety of services:
Substance abuse treatment – They help you detoxify your system and wean you off of the drugs and the alcohol you had been abusing.
Interventionists – They can intervene in your life to prevent you from falling into temptation, through some form of accountability, whether it be a buddy system, monitoring, daily check ins, or psychological conditioning therapy.
Counselors – If a messy situation in your life led you to your addiction, than counselors are always available on hand at addiction treatment centers to help you cope. Some examples include, divorce, death of a loved one, loss of a job, failure in school, social rejection, academic or career failure, and low self-esteem issues.
Sober living homes – With any addiction, there is always a strong possibility of going into remission (falling back into your addiction) soon after being discharged from addiction treatment centers, so arrangements are usually made for you to live in what are known as “sober living homes”. These are akin to residential facilities and are sometimes owned and operated by non-profit organizations. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited in these facilities. You can live together with other recovering addicts, and can have access to counselors on the premises.
Many people harbor a negative impression of addiction treatment centers. They are incorrectly perceived as being like prisons or jail cells. They are also incorrectly perceived as being psychological wards for people with mental issues. They are even incorrectly perceived as doubling as homeless shelters for losers and low-lifes.
The reality is far from any of these misperceptions. Addiction treatment centers, on the contrary, are places where people are rehabilitated. Not only do they completely overcome and conquer their addictions. They are also able to reclaim their sense of self-worth and identity. Furthermore, they are able to develop strong bonds of friendship with their peers through teamwork, moral support, mentoring, guidance, and networking. They develop a sense of accountability to themselves, to each other, to their families, friends, and even to society.
It is there, at these addiction treatment centers, where they learn effective coping and problem solving techniques. In the end, they are even able to come away as upright citizens who are contributing positively and giving back to society. Addiction treatment centers are not a form of punishment. They are a means of elevating you as a human being, bringing you back on the road to recovery, and helping you live your life to the fullest, reestablishing healthy relationships with yourself and your loved ones.