Treatment For Addiction and The Recovery Process
Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease of the brain. Though it’s similar to other chronic diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, addiction is more than just a physical dependency to alcohol, a given drug or any combination thereof.
Intertwined with the physiological and neurological symptoms of addiction are sometimes mental health issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress syndrome.
In some cases, these disorders cause people to self-medicate and develop a substance abuse problem.
For others, mental health disorders develop as a result of chronic addiction that rewires the brain’s circuitry, making it difficult to function without self-medicating on drugs or alcohol.
The most effective treatment for addiction does not come in a one-size-fits-all category because every individual is unique. They cope with different underlying causes that lead to self-destructive behavior and face distinct personal and professional challenges that can’t necessarily be addressed in a simple self-help setting.
Advances in addiction treatment, such as medication assisted treatment (MAT) followed up with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), are approaches that address each person’s specific issues. These tools, along with others, are evidence-based approaches to addiction recovery and can be applied in either a residential, inpatient setting or an outpatient one.