Treatment is a major factor that can change the course of any drug addiction story. Drug use that is allowed to continue uninterrupted feeds the need for more and keeps the individual trapped in the cycles of addiction. A comprehensive drug intervention program can stop regular substance abuse and halt the aggressive progression of addiction. In most successful drug treatment stories, this recovery process is engaged in long enough for restoration of neurological functions damaged by habituated drug use to begin.
The turning point in Susannah’s drug use lifestyle, which began in high school only came when desperation made her change her approach to treatment. During the recovery process, she received the support that enabled her to hope and continue to work towards sobriety even when she could not believe in herself. “Building relationships on beautiful things like who we are as human beings as opposed to what we do in active addiction has been the ultimate gift” Susannah said in her drug addiction story.
The incessant search for solutions to the drug epidemic has facilitated a continuous evolution of the substance addiction treatment process. Advancements in technology and a greater focus on healing has led to a subtle shift in the decision by more individuals than ever before to seek treatment as an initial course of action rather than as a last ditch effort. Changes in judicial rules and court mandated treatment programs have resulted in fewer arrests for drug users, less recidivism rates and a reduction in the financial burden caused by addiction on the public health and criminal justice systems.
For many people like Joseph Paige that has been battling heroin addiction for most of his adult life, mandated drug treatment offers a second chance. Returning to court after treatment and sustaining his sobriety for almost a year, the Judge was so pleased that she initiated an applause by clerks, lawyers, other defendants and 30 people on the benches in the courtroom to celebrate Paige’s recovery. When given a chance to speak he said, “I was a heroin addict for over 27 years… today I consider myself 271 days old. That’s how long I’ve been clean.”
Whether it occurs voluntarily, through a family drug intervention or as a directive from a drug court judge, treatment for addiction has the potential to change lives. Essentially it can help to heals bodies, restores physical and psychological balance, mend families and divert thousands of addicts from the jail system. Drug treatment programs are designed to help people find their way out of the debilitating cycles of addiction. Residential treatment programs, in particular, provide a safe environment where addicts can halt daily drug use and address the physical and psychological issues that are driving their addiction. Although treatment must be based on the issues unique to each individual, the basic treatment model entails:
Upon completion of the drug rehab process, people in recovery are armed with the tools and techniques to sustain sobriety. They are also better able to recognize when they may need to seek additional help from their support systems or return to treatment to stave off a relapse. In the long run, the commitment and dedication of the person to stay in recovery ultimately determines whether they do or not.
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