We know the devastation that drug addiction can cause. It’s hard to live through, it’s hard to recover from, and it’s hard to watch it happen to someone you care about.
We know what it is to feel out of control. Powerless. Hopeless. We know you’re scared. But we can also tell you that you’re not alone. There are countless people out there who have experienced addiction. They’ve felt your pain. But the good news is that many of them are recovering. Many of them are getting back on their feet. They’re starting fresh. They’re getting clean. And by following in their footsteps, you can too.
If left untreated, drug addiction can be catastrophic. And the number of people who are finding that out firsthand is on the rise. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that overdose deaths attributed to heroin rose fivefold between 2001 and 2013, while overdose deaths linked to cocaine rose 29 percent during that same time period. Each death is a tragedy. Each loss hurts a family. And things could have gone so much differently. So much better. If a person had just chosen treatment.
What Does Treatment Look Like?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that a recovery from drugs should move on four fronts:
Recovering health involves beating back the addiction itself. The drinking. The drugging. The blackouts. The hangovers. The damage that drugs can cause to the tissues of the body and to the brain. Once the chaos has stopped, it’s time to learn how to make healthier choices. Live a healthier lifestyle. Learn how to eat. Learn when to exercise. Learn how to make informed, healthier choices. Develop balance. And start making choices that will give you a long and fulfilling life.
Home recovery refers to creating and living in a safe environment. No more running. No more hiding. No more fear of homelessness. And with people who show support and love. Healing the wounds that have threatened to poison your closest relationships. Having a peaceful environment to rest every night. A home really worth coming home to.
Healing with purpose involves discovering your meaning and pursuing your purpose in life. Finding intentional activities to fill up the day. Working, volunteering, taking care of children, caring for the elderly, or caring for pets helps the recovery process. Getting out of one’s head and helping others helps to gain perspective. Exploring your personal sense of spirituality. Connecting with things outside of yourself. Focusing on others keeps the obsession at bay, boosts self-esteem, and helps create a sustainable life of purpose.Recovering with a community means building strong relationships. Strong networks. Find people who can provide support, and often they are dealing with the same issues. Seeking out the right people provides friendship. Hope. Proof that recovery works – if it’s worked for them, maybe it can work for someone new in recovery too. These aren’t fleeting social ties. They’re strong connections. Feeling supported makes the journey smoother. No one wants to feel alone.
Healing in all of these ways takes time. At Northbound, we know that recovery is hard. We’ve seen it. But we’ve also helped thousands get through it. With a full continuum of care, we offer a series of treatment options to help those in recovery develop a flourishing lifestyle of recovery on all fronts. Health, home, purpose, and community – recovery is the key to flourishing in each of those arenas. We are here to help you pave your path.
First, our detox program, “oneEIGHTY,” helps you get through the immediate physical effects that come along with early sobriety. We walk by your side through the worst of the health recovery, and then teach you healthier life skills as you enter our full treatment program. Over the following months, we address the other aspects of recovery through our 12 step based treatment, experiential modalities, and group and individual therapy, all within our in vivo treatment model: giving you the opportunity to develop a sustainable and fulfilling lifestyle while within our supportive care. With the support of our dedicated therapists and case managers, we teach you how to transform your home into a safe and healthy space. We introduce you to healthy communities outside of treatment. And we guide you to rediscover your purpose and passion in life.
So how do treatment teams bring about all of these changes? How do they help someone to transform a life? Reputable programs aren’t based on opinions and guesswork. In these programs, people don’t just throw together ideas and hope that they work. Instead, administrators look at the evidence. Parse the studies. And choose techniques with a proven ability to work.
One of the most reputable techniques out there is therapy. According to NIDA, behavioral therapies can help people understand why they should stop using. Help them see why sobriety is better. Build the skills needed to stay sober. Find things to do instead of using drugs. And build better relationships each step of the way.
There’s no magic type of therapy that works for everyone. Some like one type. Others like a different type. We look to the individual to help us understand their specific situation. Their beliefs and their preferences. We work with you to develop the best plan for you. We know that therapy given often, and given well, has the proven power to help people change.
Counseling might also help people to overcome mental illnesses that spark an addiction. That’s a common problem. Too common. Per Mental Health America, for example, one depressed person in three also has a substance abuse or dependence issue. These mental illnesses make people feel low. Vulnerable. Too weak to move forward and change life. Therapy is one tool that can alter the course of that mental illness, making recovery easier.
Medications might also help. Per SAMHSA, medication paired with therapy can do remarkable things for people with addictions, including:
- Reducing unemployment
- Decreasing criminal acts
- Reducing treatment dropout rates
- Improving survival rates
Some medications help people tolerate the symptoms of withdrawal. To stabilize them. To ease the physical pain. To lessen the desperation for the drug. Symptoms can also include insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness. Medication is used to manage these sometimes overwhelming feelings. These symptoms can be relapse triggers, so soothing them often makes addiction treatment much more successful.
These therapies can be augmented with alternative techniques. People with addictions need to learn how to enjoy life. How to get through the day. How to find that spark of joy without reaching for a needle. Or the bottle. Or both.
A whole new lifestyle – one bursting with fulfillment, must be developed. Addiction can be seen as pursuing happiness the wrong way. By checking out. Numbing. Avoiding. Or altering our emotional states in an artificial way. We must help those who come to us learn to pursue happiness effectively. In such a way that life is enhanced, not gradually torn down. We build up self-efficacy. We help our clients engage in their passions. And we support them as they develop a thriving lifestyle of recovery.
So treatment facilities might offer exercise classes. Yoga. Gymnastics. Basketball. They might teach clients to knit. To draw. To dance. To hike. Clients might pick up cooking skills. Writing skills. Pottery skills.
Is this frivolous? Not at all. Each hobby can be very helpful in recovery. In their use, addicts often forget what they like to do. By encouraging them to try out different activities, they often find something that helps them rediscover their passion. So instead of reaching out for drugs, people have other things that make them happy. These classes offer a glimpse of hope. Happiness without using. A safe way to have fun. To relax. Or to relieve stress.
Treatment teams might also ask their clients to participate in support group meetings. Like Alcoholics Anonymous. Or Narcotics Anonymous. These meetings teach people how to share. How to cope. How to connect with others. And each meeting provides people with real tips they can use in order to combat an addiction. The right way. The strong way. The lasting way. Meetings and fellowships help enhance the meaning of recovery and give participants an even greater sense of the purpose behind their healthy choices. And when treatment is over? People have support in the community. They know where to go where they will always be welcomed.
Finding the Right FitThere are all sorts of facilities made for people with addictions to drugs and/or alcohol. And finding the facility that’s right for you can take a little time. You’ll need to ask questions. Look at photographs. Maybe even visit a few places. You’ll need to really make sure that the place you choose offers what you need. Recovery is a serious matter, so finding the right fit is important. Sobriety is worth it.
We hope you’ll consider Northwood as you search. We offer a very low patient/doctor ratio. Like 2 to 1. That means you’ll always have a team right there to help you with your recovery. You can beat this thing, and we want to help. We offer a full suite of treatments to help you. So you’ll have the support you need. From detox, to rehab, straight through to aftercare, and on to the rest of your life. Just contact us. We’ll tell you all about it.