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A great education about life can come from anywhere. In fact, some of the greatest educators are those individuals that are willing to share their expertise and drug addiction stories with others.  This is what Clarissa in her drug addiction story titled “learning to walk with your head up” discovered during her recovery process. “I have been lucky enough to have been to great schools. But this is the best education I have had. I have left with a strong foundation and great tools that I apply a step at a time. I listened and learned every day” she said. Some of the most vital lessons communicated to people still struggling with addiction is that treatment can make a significant difference in their day to day lives.  

Experts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse responds with a resounding yes to the question of whether or not treatment for drug addiction works. They also pointed out that when an individual relapse because they temporarily feel bad or in a moment of weakness and start using drugs again, the best option is for that individual to get back into treatment as quickly as possible. A relapse is inherent in the drug addiction process and treatment get people back on track as many times as they need to.  

Essentially, drug addiction treatment provides a stronger foundation for staying sober than continuing to engage in drug use without it.   Although the success of a drug treatment programs is often measured by how long a patient is able to maintain long term sobriety, this is really dependent on a number of variables that are often unique to each individual such as:

  1. Physical and psychological health.  People who suffer with chronic pain or mental illness remain candidates, even after drug rehab, for medication to manage pain or control emotional imbalances.  As such, these individuals are at a higher risk of relapsing if their drug use is not carefully monitored after they complete treatment for a primary substance addiction.  
  2. Environment also plays a key role in sobriety maintenance.  People who, after rehab, return to homes or families that favor drug use, are more likely to struggle with issues that can trigger a relapse.  As Nora Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse director explains, anyone can experience addiction if sufficiently exposed to drugs and alcohol. Memory systems, reward circuits, decision-making skills and conditioning automatically kick in when those that have created memory triggers through addiction are again exposed to drugs.  
  3. People with a genetic predisposition to addiction are also at high risk of relapse if they do consistently apply relapse prevention tools and techniques to maintain long term sobriety.

These are highly salient “threats” to sobriety that can be unique for each individual.  As such, sustainable sobriety demands the development and implementation of certain strategies to avoid them. Customized drug treatment programs are designed to address core issues and deterrents to sobriety presented by each patient in order to support their long term recovery goals.    Despite the fact that many people have fought and lost the battle with addiction, there are millions that have overcome and gone on to live happy and productive lives.  No matter where you are in the addiction process, the way your story unfolds depends to a large degree on whether you choose to stay in addiction or commit to however long it takes to end the cycles of addiction.    

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