Addiction is not something solved with a prescription and a week’s rest. It is a complex physical and mental health problem, a condition that lasts for months or years and one that can only be combated through personalized care, and a specialized treatment plan that takes all valid factors into consideration.
In other words, there is no cookie-cutter treatment for addiction. Some people swear by the twelve steps, while others have no kind words to spare for them. Some people feel that medication helps, while others say that any form of medication hurts your sobriety.
The only way to approach addiction is with a mindset of finding what works, and working it, a day at a time.
Here in the United States, the addiction epidemic is a very real problem. Opioid overdoses have never been this high, and an influx of drugs from abroad and at home continues to fuel the deaths on the street. Yet even though we know that roughly 6 percent of the adult population in the US has a substance abuse problem, only a small fraction of them seek out treatment at all.
Many have preconceived notions of what works and what does not, or they feel like addiction treatment is a waste of time. Others perhaps do not want to get better yet, thinking that their addiction is a choice they make on their own terms, not realizing that it greatly affects others as well. There are dozens of reasons why, from shame to poor insurance and more. The first step to changing that is opening people’s eyes to how addiction can be treated today: through personalized care.
What Is Personalized Care?
Personalized care is the concept of evaluating each case not only based on the diagnosis, but every contributing factor and relevant detail, to create a treatment plan that best suits the person’s needs and circumstances, rather than applying a one-size-fits-all solution. While simple fixes are applicable for many diseases, such as the common cold or bronchitis, something more serious requires a more comprehensive approach. In medicine, personalized care is about as comprehensive as it gets.
Some doctors fail to understand how important this is when dealing with certain conditions. Addiction is one that is often overlooked – the potential to improve patient recovery with a personalized approach over a generic one is massive, although it does take more time to come to a good conclusion on how to approach the treatment.
Personalized Care In Addiction Treatment
Several factors can affect how your care is determined. For one, it depends on where you live, what you can afford, and what you can afford to do. Treatment comes in various degrees of commitment – inpatient treatment involves living at a treatment facility for a time, while intensive outpatient care allows you to continue getting treated while living at home, coming over on a regular basis for therapy and other treatment methods.
Then, there is the matter of what you best respond to. Individual therapy, group therapy, art therapy, CBT, DBT and more – there are several effective psychotherapy methods and group therapy models that can help patients feel stronger in their sobriety.
How Sober Living Allows For Individually-Tailored Treatment
Sober living is a form of addiction recovery perfect for people who have undergone rehab and need a better introduction into the responsibilities of living among the responsible, or for people who want to jump straight into a sober living community.
Unlike rehab, a sober living community is more of a large dorm, where established rules give each tenant their own tasks, schedules, and responsibilities. Rent is paid every month, and school or work is mandatory.
The idea is to get people accustomed to feeling accountable again, while creating an environment where sober addicts from across all walks of life can come together to share stories, talk about their experiences, and find new perspectives on addiction. It is important to broaden your horizon, and there is no better way to do that than by meeting new people.
Sober living communities vary from community to community in how they handle certain things, including visits, guests, and curfew, but universal rules include mandatory drug testing, contribution, and attendance at certain group events or meetings.
Through a sober living community, you can receive personalized care and learn how to get strong and independent to grow past rehab and addiction into a new life. However, the exact road to getting there is unclear, and depends on you and how you react to the tasks and challenges presented to you in a sober living environment.
Addiction Recovery Is A Team Effort
Support is integral to recovery, both on a professional level and through family and friends. Therapy can only go so far, and the time will come when a person must resume living life in a normal environment. With this shift from treatment to “reality” comes the realization that recovery does not really stop. It continues, yet this time, you can look towards those you care about for personalized care and support.
Most treatment programs such as Transcend take a personalized care approach and work with the family to teach them the do’s and do nots of helping someone get through addiction. The people a patient surrounds themselves with after treatment effectively continue to be their own form of therapy, and it is important to be able to return to a supportive environment after treatment.
While it is a team effort in the sense that one person alone is not enough to beat an addiction, that does not mean you are letting others fight your battles for you. That is not possible. Ultimately, the patient must do the heavy lifting. They must stick to their schedules. Adhere to their responsibilities. Be accountable to others. They must stay strong and never cave in to the temptations and the cravings, even when things go sour and life gets hard.
The strength to do that is immense, and it is all on them. But being able to talk about it with others can help offset some of the burden and make the weight a little lighter to bear on the days it gets too heavy. And with time, that weight – the fear of relapse and addiction – will be almost entirely gone.