A person dependent on a mood-altering substance is a person battling addition. Depending on the drug of choice, addiction can take control quickly or gradually over time. But one thing is for sure – addiction does not discriminate, touching the lives of men, women, young, elderly. What it does do, however, is wreak havoc on the life of the individual, and his or her family, friends and loved ones.
When substance use reaches the point where the individual gives into cravings and continues to use the substance regardless of known consequences, it’s time to seek help and work towards addiction recovery.
Stages of Addiction
In order for an addiction recovery program to be successful, patients must understand the common stages of addiction and subsequent treatment:
Pre-treatment: The period before seeking treatment during which the addiction is denied.
Realization: Addiction is identified, but the individual may be unsure about seeking treatment.
Acceptance: Change is sought, even through independent research on various treatment programs.
Actively seeking change: The individual may begin to participate in support groups, speak with a professional or enter into treatment.
Maintaining new behavior: A successful treatment program, like the programs offered by American Addiction Centers, anticipate set-backs and challenges along the way. Relapse prevention, coping strategies and a learned lifestyle change are crucial.
Relapse: Returning to old behavior is very common. If and when relapse occurs, it’s important to remain headstrong. This means the patient’s needs must be reassessed and the treatment program must be adjusted accordingly.
Millions of Americans battle addiction, but it doesn’t have to be this way. While a major step toward recovery is admitting a chemical dependency problem, the next is seeking professional help.
Call us now at 1-888-300-3332 to learn more about our philosophy, program and treatment options. Begin on your path toward recovery today.