While many people assume that addiction treatment is a one-size-fits-all kind of deal, the reality is that there are a variety of recovery programs that a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can choose from. Recovery programs are designed so that every person suffering can find treatment that works to meet their individual needs and prevents that person from needing it again in the future.
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Recovery programs are sets of alcohol and drug treatments, therapies, coping mechanisms and strategies, and relapse prevention and aftercare programs that are all brought together to help a drug or alcohol addict overcome their problem. These programs are carefully and meticulously structured to walk the user through the process of overcoming the disorder in a logical sequence that best ensures continued sobriety following the treatment process.
Programs for recovery are designed using models that serve as the framework and structural foundation for those programs. Essentially these models provide the philosophy of treatment for the recovery programs. Some of these models of recovery can include:
Cognitive/behavioral treatment and recovery focuses primarily on two aspects of a person’s life. That is their thoughts (and feelings) and their actions (also known as their behaviors).
The emphasis is for a recovering user to discover and understand the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that contributed to their addiction, to remove as many of those problem elements as possible, and develop coping mechanisms and positive thoughts and behaviors to replace problematic ones.
Motivational Incentives Model
The motivational incentives model operates by offering recovering addicts tangible and attainable rewards or prizes for engaging in the program. The idea behind this is to use these rewards to stimulate the reward centers of the brain.
When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, their brain comes to a point where the reward centers are only stimulated by the drug itself. In providing prizes that can trigger the same brain response, a person will become more motivated and engaged in their recovery and will therefore be more successful.
Art therapy uses the act of creating art as well as the analysis and discussion of art to help a recovering addict to develop a greater awareness of their own emotions and how those emotions can influence everything they do (including the creation of art).
By being better able to recognize their own emotions, a recovering addict will be able to detect the early signs of relapse in themselves and redirect their emotions. Art is also an excellent coping mechanism that they can use once their program is complete.
Restorative yoga helps a person develop an awareness of the connection between their body and their minds. It also teaches a person to control their feelings, thoughts, and actions through meditative breathing, focused attention, and physical exercise and movements.
This form of treatment is also an excellent coping mechanism as it can easily be continued for many years to come following the initial addiction treatment process, either as a home coping mechanism or as a group or class activity.
Music therapy is much like art therapy, but it allows a recovering addict to become more aware of their emotions and express them through playing musical instruments, singing, writing songs, or even dancing to music. Again, this type of therapy can be used following treatment as a coping strategy.