Rehab Addict

REHAB ADDICT TREATMENT

Anyone entering a rehab is likely to be referred to as an addict.

This is in one sense a bit of a label, in another sense anyone entering a rehab is looking for help or treatment with one or more  addictions, either to alcohol, drugs, gambling, food or a combination thereof.

Inevitably, a rehab  or treatment center will offer a wide range of treatment addiction programs, normally based upon the 12th program of Alcoholics Anonymous, as a way of helping the individual overcome any or all of these addictions.

This approach may work for some people, may be helpful to some people and  unhelpful for other people.

When treatment centers first came into being they were essentially hospitals and detox units for people who had a problem with alcohol, such people commonly referred to as alcoholics.

Truman centers then began to work with and help people who had other addictions such as narcotics and prescription drugs, and would refer to these people as being dual addicted.

Over time people were admitted to rehabs and treatment centers who were not only  alcoholics, but had other problems as well.

REHAB ADDICT TREATMENT

Treatment centers quickly realised that they could effectively treat anyone who had any addiction to anything, if they focused their efforts on the person, and treated their addictive substance or behaviour as ‘a drug of choice’.

Whether this approach was based on clinical evidence or not is unclear, but it did allow a  significant growth in the number and scope of treatment centers and rehabs.

The potential problem with this approach, and the categorisation of everyone as an addict,  is that it can be a slight distortion of an individual’s reality.

Dealing with the underlying emotional causes that can fuel someone’s alcoholism or addiction to drugs or other substances is inevitably going to be helpful, but it can also distort reality of what an individual’s problems with that substance or behaviour actually are.

There is a danger of fine tuning reality to fit a model that suits the finances and growth of the treatment center industry.

That is not to say that the majority of rehab’s and treatment centres do not approach that addiction treatment programs correctly, the majority of them do.

What is important is that any addiction treatment program at a rehab treatment center offers is based on solid clinical evidence and on solid therapeutic evidence such as the process of the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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REHAB ADDICT – ALCOHOLIC

Anyone who has a problem with alcohol or drugs and is entering a rehab to seek any type of treatment is likely to come up against the term rehab addict, or to be called an alcoholic as well.

A rehab addict understanding, normally refers to someone less had a problem with drugs or alcohol or any other type of addiction, and is seeking help probably without fully understanding the nature of addiction or alcoholism.

The term addict is quite often associated with someone who is a drug addict, and the term alcoholism is normally associated with someone who is an alcoholic or abuses alcohol.

In a rehab, the term addict tends to cover the individual themselves, with the substance or behaviour that they are addicted to normally been referred to as their drug of choice.

As an example, someone has a problem with gambling could be described as an addict, with gambling referred to as a drug of choice.

This can sometimes seem quite confusing to people, and it is important to understand where the rehab which has this approach, is coming from.

REHAB ADDICT – ALCOHOLIC

When people first started seeking treatment for alcoholism, they would normally be detoxed in a hospital, and then released into the community where they would either attend AA meetings, or seek some other form of spiritual or therapeutic help.

As Alcoholics Anonymous grew, and the number of sober alcoholics grew, the need for various treatment options grew and the number of rehabs and treatment centers grew exponentially.

As they grew, rehabs began to realise that they could treat people who had other addictions, mostly to be those with addictions to narcotics and other forms of drugs, gambling, food etc.

As such the notion of an addictive personality within the individual grew, with the drug or behaviour being labelled the drug of choice.

This allowed rehabs and treatment centers to effectively treat that anyone with any type of addiction.

The notion of an addictive personality being the major problem grew out of this we have focused approach to treatment, and has formed the major part of the approach to addiction recovery that has been embraced by many rehabs and treatment centers.

It is important to note that there are many people who do not go along with this approach, both within the world of rehabs and treatment centers, and within the world of alcoholism and addiction recovery generally. The idea of an addictive personality is often disputed, and is an area of clinical dispute that needs much further work and research.

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Rehab Addict

Rehab addict is a term that can have two very specific but very different meanings.

The most normal and traditional meaning is that it is a term that has applied to an individual who enters a rehab because they have an addiction to alcohol or drugs or some other type of compulsive behaviour such as gambling.

Such an individual will enter a residential rehab for a fixed period of time, normally about 28 days, where they will begin the process of recovery from their addiction.

They are quite often known as a rehab addict, and during the course of their treatment or when attending 12-step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous will refer to themselves either as an alcoholic or as an addict.

The other use of the term rehab addict is as real, but very different. It is a term normally applied to someone who knowingly is addicted, or is said to be addicted to entering rehabs to do with their life problems, which may well include serious addictions such as alcohol, drugs or gambling.

This can be a serious problem, but is one that rehabs themselves very rarely tend to address.

Anyone entering a residential rehab for a fixed period of time will normally have a fairly clear message given to them.

Rehab Addict

The message will be that the time spent in rehab is in many ways simply the beginning of the process of recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction, and that the main work needs to be done once the individual has left rehab.

As such the individual will most often be encouraged to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous as a way of sustaining and maintaining long-term sobriety.

The truth is that many people entering a rehab may struggle with this, and hope that simply going into a rehab once will solve their problems.

After they have left they inevitably find this is not the case, and whether or not they tend to offset meetings this will struggle with many of the underlying emotional difficulties fuelled that alcoholism or drug addiction in the first place.

There is quite often a tendency to want to go back into a rehab, not least of all because a rehab is often a very structured, quite rigid institution which creates a sense of safety that the individual in recovery does not necessarily experience in day-to-day life.

A rehab addict in this context, is someone who simply is always trying, albeit over a period of years to get their recovery sorted by continually going back into rehab.

This may be because although they have stayed sober they have not dealt with their underlying issues, or it may be because they have continually tried to give up alcohol/drugs and have been unable to do so.

The inherent danger in this type of approach is that it simply makes the individual dependant upon some type of institution rather than on their own recovery program, 12 step or otherwise.

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