The 5 Things ‘Individualized Treatment’ Can Help You With

By Design For Change in Articles | | 3 Jul 2014
 

Making the decision to begin treatment for a drug or alcohol problem is a big one that has the potential to change your life. It’s also a decision that’s not exactly easy to arrive at. You may be experiencing a variety of conflicting emotions, ranging from fear, to shame, to hope for the future. The last thing you want at this time is to receive treatment that doesn’t address your unique needs.

There are rehabs out there that put their clients, no matter who they are, through the same course of treatment. Patients feel as if they are being put through the motions and are much more likely to relapse after leaving the treatment center.

Treatment that takes the latest breakthroughs in the science of addiction into consideration, as well as the background of each patient has been proven to be more effective. Here are 5 things individualized treatment can help with.

  1. Building A Sense Of Self Worth.
    Hitting a bottom is what usually leads a person to seek help for an addiction. You may have exhausted all other options, destroyed or strained relationships, or have gotten to the point where an addiction has permanently damaged your health or career. It takes courage to ask for help at this point. It can be scary to reach out at a time when you feel most vulnerable. Rehab can help rebuild self worth by acknowledging your needs and putting you in the driver’s seat when it comes to a treatment plan. By having the responsibility for your own treatment and knowing that others trust you with something that important, a shattered sense of self can begin to heal.
  2. Reaching Out To Others.
    You can’t get sober alone. In addition to working with therapists and other addiction specialists, you’ll have opportunities to connect with others who are going through the same experience. Addiction often leads to isolation, where an individual may feel completely alone and trapped in a deadly cycle. Rehab gives you a new chance to connect with others and share experiences through group activities. Listening to others and offering help when they need it helps you realize you’re not alone in the healing process. It also gives you a chance to feel good about yourself when you discover that you have the ability to truly help and connect with another human being.
  3. Getting Your Life Back.
    Believe it or not, this begins the moment you decide to seek help for an addiction. Asking for help is admitting that you’re vulnerable, which is a truly powerful thing in itself. By doing this, the beginning of a new cycle begins where real changes can be made. An individualized treatment plan puts you in control, so you move at your own pace and are able to learn about and understand the true nature of your addiction. The more you know about your addiction, the more you can do to conquer it and get your life back.
  4. Unveiling The Mystery Of An Addiction.
    Every person who goes into rehab has a different background and experiences that have shaped who they are today. Learning what emotions, places, people, or situations trigger you to use will help reveal the true source of an addiction. Armed with this knowledge, you can develop a plan with the help of your therapist to cope with these triggers. Cognitive, developmental, and sociological methods build a foundation for lasting recovery.
  5. Continued Treatment.
    Because recovery doesn’t stop once you leave a treatment center, there are options available to stay connected. This is extremely important because relapse is most common at this phase of recovery. Through 12 step meetings, outpatient treatment, and other activities, you maintain focus and continue to make progress.