Traditional alcohol and drug addiction treatments usually consist of 12 step meetings, inpatient treatment at a drug rehab facility, counseling with a therapist, or outpatient treatment that may include group therapy. Which of these treatments are the most effective, and what should the struggling drug addict or alcohol seek out in order to get help with their problem?
Depending on the individual, people should try whatever solution works best for them in recovery. For some, this will mean experimenting in order to find out what helps them most in early recovery. Generally speaking, more intense forms of therapy will usually produce better results, though this might not be true for everyone.
For example, going to long term treatment and living in rehab for several months will probably produce better results than simply attending one counseling session each week. Long term rehab is more effective because it is more intense. The more action that an addict takes in recovery, the better their results are typically going to be. It is easy to sit around and think about recovery, and it is even pretty easy to sit around and talk about recovery. But to actually get into action and start taking positive steps every day and put a recovery plan into action–that is where the good results come from. This is especially true of early recovery, when an overwhelming amount of force is generally needed in order to overcome our habits of self medicating.
Later on in recovery, the best drug addiction treatments will point to the importance of continuous growth and seeking balance in life. This is because the importance of taking intense amounts of action shifts slightly and the new focus is on avoiding complacency. In long term recovery, most addicts and alcoholics relapse due to complacency, even those who appear to be successful using traditional recovery programs (such as the 12 steps). For this reason, it is important to focus on holistic growth in long term sobriety, because this will prevent a slide into complacency.
The idea is that if you can keep pushing yourself to grow in recovery, especially in different and unique directions, then you can avoid complacency and remain sober. For example, you might push yourself to get physically fit and start focusing more on proper nutrition. Or you might seek emotional balance and strive to improve your relationships. These are the types of holistic growth goals that can help keep an addict sober in the long run.