Alcohol and drugs are both addictive substances. Rehab centers have doctors and counselors to help patients overcome their addictions, though. They do this by first having the patients create goals for themselves. The patient must make a commitment to themselves and their loved ones to change for the better. These goals are both short-term and long-term.
For rehab to work best for an addiction to alcohol and drugs, the patient must first overcome their denial. They need to commit to making healthy choices as they are educated by the doctors on the consequences and effects of their addiction. They are taught the effects of drugs on their bodies to help motivate them to make changes.
Counseling is offered to patients in rehabs for alcohol and drugs. In inpatient rehabs, these counseling sessions are typically every day. The doctors and counselors help the patient to discover any psychological or emotional factors that contributed to their addictions. For the patient to make a full recovery, the psychological factors are addressed.
Many counseling programs also offer group therapy. In group therapy, a counselor meets with a group of patients that have a similar addiction. Friendships are encouraged since personal bonds have been proven to help in the recovery process.
Recovering addicts also learn to discover the triggers that led them to abuse alcohol and drugs. The triggers can be almost anything, such as a relationship or a physical or emotional trigger. Once the triggers are found, the counselors help the patient learn how to combat them and remove themselves from situations that could potentially lead them to a relapse.
Patients are taught the skills they need to cope with the triggers in their life. Individualized plans are created to help the patient learn the coping skills they need to prevent them from returning to alcohol and drugs. They are taught to change their negative habits that relate to their addictions. This sometimes means changing parts of their everyday life, such as what they do for leisure. The goal of this is to reduce the triggers in their life to help keep them from a relapse.
Addictions can be overcome with the right resources and support. We offer both at Coastline Behavioral Health, so contact us today to get started on your rehabilitation.