Coral Springs is home to some of the more mesmerizing views in the nation. Unfortunately, in the city of approximately 120,000 people, a lot struggle with the internal affliction of addiction. According to the Centers for Disease Control, alcohol is responsible for 1 in 7 deaths. Addiction is a disease that renders people helpless and out of control. They lose control and lives are lost because of it—sometimes literally.
For a long time, addiction was viewed as a moral defect. People who engaged in extreme drug and alcohol were outcast, made pariahs and seen as selfish. Little if any help was made for those who struggled with this condition. They often either they end up behind bars or dead. Fortunately, advances in science have shed light on addiction.
People who are afflicted suffer from a disease of the brain. Addiction rewires the brain chemistry in ways that take away people’s decision making ability. As such, people who abuse drugs and alcohol don’t need shame, they need support and therapy. Fortunately, several treatment centers are tackling the issue of addiction in ways that are innovative and proactive.
Addiction is a disease without a cure. However, there are several ways to provide treatment and tools to fight the affliction. One of the most proficient ways of treating addiction is through inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment provides the client with 24-hour supervised care. In these facilities, the client will undergo detox and therapy as a means of combating addiction. The first step of treatment is detox. Detox cleanses the body of harmful toxins that accumulated during abuse. It is a vital stage since people can’t effectively learn the tools for sobriety while under the influence of drugs.
After detox is therapy. Therapy can include everything from cognitive behavioral approaches to dialectical behavioral therapy to more expressive ones. In the therapy sessions, the client will learn, or relearn, how to live within society. When someone falls into drug or alcohol abuse, their social skills generally diminish. They are primarily galvanized by the need to get high, and everything else is secondary. The sessions are generally administered by licensed therapists, and the group sessions involve other peers whom the client can relate to and grow with.
There’s no timetable for going through recovery. Every client has their own window and will complete treatment at their own pace. When the client feels that they are ready for treatment, they will have the option of seeking out a sober living facility or going home. It is highly suggested that the client go to a sober living facility to mitigate the chances of relapse. It is much more likely that someone will relapse upon returning home then if they went to a sober living facility.
Treatment is just the beginning. Recovery is a life long journey. However, treatment provides you with the tools of self-love and coping to get through