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The Benefits of Drug Rehab

Perhaps you have made the significant first step of acknowledging that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Drug rehab is the next crucial step in building a strong foundation for lasting recovery. There are many factors that play a role in this process. A large study of nearly 1,200 addicts showed that extended abstinence predicted long-term recovery. Among the study findings:

  • About a third of people who were abstinent less than a year remained abstinent.
  • Less than 50% of people who attained one year of sobriety relapsed.
  • The risk of relapse was less than 15% once people hit the five-year sobriety mark.1

The Benefits of Drug Rehab Centers

Residential treatment centers provide a multidisciplinary approach to addiction recovery. Many people prefer to stay in a residential drug rehab center located in a private beautiful setting, such as Promises Malibu. A warm, welcoming environment awaits clients who detoxify and cleanse their bodies of toxins at Promises. While detoxification varies from client to client, the process typically includes medical supervision, medication, exercise, dietary modifications and more.

Care is provided in a structured treatment environment that begins with withdrawal/detoxification and extends through treatment strategies following discharge. Drug rehab encompasses education targeted at teaching clients about addiction and what triggers it. After a person thoroughly understands what has happened to their body and mind, they are better equipped to take control of their lives. At Promises, therapists work closely with clients to identify personal stressors and triggers, as well as any obstacles they might face when they leave rehab.

Exceptional care and support are provided throughout one’s stay, including one-on-one therapy, group therapy and numerous complementary therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, equine therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and more.

The Benefits of Complementary Therapies

Substance abuse has tragic consequences for far too many individuals and families. Furthermore, abuse of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs exacts a significant financial toll on our nation, with more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and healthcare.2 With relapse rates higher than 40%, addiction specialists and those in recovery are turning to adjunct therapies such as yoga to supplement traditional 12-step programs. “Yoga is an alternative, a positive way to generate a change in consciousness that, instead of providing an escape, empowers people with the ability to access a peaceful, restorative inner state that integrates mind, body, and spirit,” said Sat Bir Khalsa, director of the Kundalini Research Institute and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.3 A growing number of addiction experts believe that yoga techniques used for detoxification and rehabilitation such as breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation, postures, diet and chanting can help in the recovery process. Moreover, these forms of therapy could prove to be highly cost-effective interventions.4

EMDR is a type of psychotherapy that enables people to heal from symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment that methodically identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural coping capacity, thereby generating traumatic symptoms and/or harmful coping strategies such as self-medication with drugs and alcohol. Clients who undergo EMDR therapy are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive. An increasing number of therapists are utilizing EMDR for addiction recovery.5

The 12-Step Program

Promises offers a 12-step program where clients seek support from counselors and one another. The basic concept behind 12-step programs is to make people feel stronger in the company of people with similar problems. Addiction is inherently an isolating disease, so the first inclination is for many people to deal with it on their own. A 12-step program provides a safe haven to reach out and ask for help.6 The efficacy of 12-step programs varies greatly and they are not for everyone. Therefore, Promises offer a wide variety of other therapies.

At Promises, a continuity of care is provided, ensuring that every client has access to all of necessary resources once they re-enter the community. As part of the discharge process, Promises’ staff works to match clients to appropriate resources in their local area, including psychologists, psychiatrists, medical doctors and 12-step programs. Promises also offers a longstanding alumni network, enabling clients to turn to individuals who have stayed sober and thrived in the community for ongoing help and support.

A warm, inviting environment that feels like home is an ideal path to long-term recovery. To find out more, contact Promises today at 1-888-545-4618.

  1. How Often Do Long-Term Sober Alcoholics and Addicts Relapse? Psychology Today website. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/craving/201402/how-often-do-long-term-sober-alcoholics-and-addicts-relapse Published February 13, 2014. Accessed July 23, 2016.
  2. Trends & Statistics. National Institute on Drug Abuse website. https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics Updated August 2015. Accessed July 23, 2016.
  3. Yoga for Addiction Recovery. Yoga Journal website. http://www.yogajournal.com/article/practice-section/higher-ground/ Published October 11, 2012. Accessed July 23, 2016.
  4. Schware R. Yoga: Helping the ‘United States of Addiction’ Recover. Huffington Post. May 11, 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-schware/yoga-for-addiction_b_2844192.html Accessed July 23, 2016.
  5. What Is EMDR and Is It Effective for Addiction Treatment? The Fix website. https://www.thefix.com/can-emdr-treat-addiction Published November 15, 2015. Accessed July 23, 2016.
  6. 12 Step Groups. Addictions and Recovery website. http://www.addictionsandrecovery.org/12-step-groups.htm Updated May 20, 2016. Accessed July 23, 2016.

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