Addiction Recovery : Counseling And Other Behavioral Therapies
“While the path to drug addiction begins with the voluntary act of taking drugs, over time a person 's ability to choose not to do so becomes compromised.” (NIDA, 2009)
Addiction is something that takes over your mind and body, changing the person you were before. Most people react differently to drugs, therefore there are many different methods to recover from addiction. Although it is not easy, it is possible. Some of the methods to help an addict include: Counselling and other behavioural therapies of different types, some patients need medication along with counseling so the effect on their body is not as bad as it would be without medication, but this has to be monitored of course. Detox, and if the addiction is not “in too deep” support from family and friends and close supervision may be just as effective. There are five basic stages to addiction recovery: Awareness and Early acknowledgment, Consideration, Exploring recovery, early recovery and Active recovery and maintenance. (CRC, 2011) Awareness and early acknowledgment is basically acknowledging that there is an addiction. Consideration is when the addict is ready to take the first step towards recovery, often in the form of learning more about the addiction itself.
Exploring recovery is when the addict is out of denial and is making small steps to being off the substance of which they were addicted to.
Early recovery is the official first step IN recovery where the…