What really goes on during addiction treatment?

on Tuesday, 02 April 2013. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Confrontation In Addiction Treatment

As an intervention specialist, part of my job is to help people break through their denial and get to the right treatment center in time to make a difference. For some the battle has been ceaseless - they have been fighting senselessly, not knowing how to stop. In other cases, they have been down this road before or they think they have a little bit more in them and don’t want to give up control. In all of these cases, my job is still the same, to break through the denial, in a loving way with the individual’s close friends and family. Once the intervention is successful, then the next part is finding treatment that works. So what does that entail exactly, a recent article reveals the importance of collaboration as opposed to confrontation.

No one likes to be told they are wrong, broken down, made to be defensive. Instead, a more motivating type of addiction treatment relies on therapeutic professionals to help individuals recognize their destructive relationship to substances and identify how to make them better through individual therapy, group therapy and other activities that have been proven effective for treatment of these types of issues. Working through confrontation in addiction treatment is a delicate process. By creating an environment of collaboration, addicts feel as though they are on a team where the idea is to better his or her life with the help of medical doctors and psychologists.

As one therapist describes it, it is important that the client comes to the same conclusions about their life instead of someone just telling them how to live or trying to control behaviors from the outside. The technique used with a level of success is one where the client does not have to become defensive to stay engaged or disconnect completely because they don’t want to hear any advice.

Understanding addiction is a difficult process and can be painful especially if has gone on for a long time with on avail. There are excellent 12-step support groups that both family members and substance abusers can attend and in the case that that is not enough, there are also very good addiction recovery centers that offer treatment for all types of addiction.

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Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.

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