Is there a cure for addiction? There are differing opinions to this question. The long-time answer is no, or not really, but don’t allow this precept to discourage you. Addiction can be successfully treated. Now, you may wonder what “successfully treated” means.
Evidence-based solutions to counteract addiction exist, and successful treatment happens all around the world. Successful treatment first begins by detoxing the body from the toxins built up in the organs. Further treatment is about healing the mind and spirit from whatever it was that called a person to become addicted in the first place. Furthermore, an addicted person can develop coping strategies, that with time, commitment and determination can ease, and in many cases, eradicate the craving associated with the addiction. Having the craving virtually disappear doesn’t mean that a person can drink or take drugs again without reactivating the addiction.
The “cure” for addiction is to forevermore abstain from taking the substance. It’s simple and it works, but abstinence alone won’t necessarily free the addict from accompanying tethers. These tethers include shame, guilt, criminal acts, overstepped boundaries, poor judgement, denial, offensive, stubborn, dangerous behavior and more.
Successful treatment is dependent upon the willingness of a person to accept they have a problem in the first place. Do they want to accept help from others, and gain information about their particular addiction? Accepting help and listening to others is a crucial step in treatment.
Alcoholism and drug addiction are categorized as diseases, but it is the attitude of the addict that makes a difference with the degree of healing. Let’s say someone is in a car accident in which their neck was broken. They need an operation. The operation involves plates and pins screwed into bones to hold the vertebrae in place. The operation is like treatment. It treats the neck, but the neck can never be cured. The person carries on with their life, but suffers from chronic pain. How to they cope with the pain?
Studies show the more attention a person gives to pain, the less likely the pain is to diminish. Likewise in recovery from addiction, if a person puts down the substance, but continues to focus on the drinks or drugs they are missing from their daily life, then they are at a greater risk for relapse. Accepting all that treatment offers is an attitude for success.
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”— Michael Jordan
At Infinity Malibu we believe extended care is a catalyst for sobriety success. It is only through a heightened sense of personal awareness that genuine change can occur. We will give you the tools to succeed in your sobriety. Take charge of your life right now and call us at 888-266-9048.