Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction
A drug is a substance consumed to modify, change or heal something within the body. Drugs can be legal or illegal, but even legal drugs can be dangerous. Regardless of the type of drug, most of are physically and psychologically addictive, and abuse can be deadly.
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Why can’t I recover on my own?
It’s common to believe and attempt recovery on one’s own. However, most of these attempts result in failure to achieve long-term abstinence. Research has shown that long-term drug use results in significant changes in brain function that persists long after the individual stops using. These drug-induced changes in brain function may have many behavioral consequences, including the compulsion to use drugs, despite adverse consequences the defining characteristic of addiction.
Understanding that addiction has such an important biological component may help explain the difficulty in achieving and maintaining abstinence without treatment. Psychological stress from work or family problems, social cues (such as meeting negative influences), or the environment (such as familiar streets, objects or even smells associated with drug use) can interact with biological factors that hinder recovery, factors removed from the treatment environment.
What is accreditation and certification?
Accreditation is a process of external reviews, used to insure quality assurance and quality improvement. In the field of Substance Abuse/Mental Health, accreditations and certifications are carried out by the state, and private, nonprofit organizations. The thorough evaluation of the policies and procedures make accreditation and certification of the treatment facility a vital part in making a decision for those seeking treatment.
What is CARF?
Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services by establishing standards of quality for organizations to use as guidelines in developing and offering their programs or services to consumers. CARF uses its standards to determine how well an organization is serving its consumers and how it can improve. Each year, the standards are reviewed and new ones are developed to keep pace with changing conditions and current consumer needs.
What does accreditation mean to me?
Choosing CARF-accredited programs and services provides the assurance that:
- The programs or services actively involve consumers in selecting, planning, and using services.
- The organization’s programs and services have met consumer-focused, state-of-the-art international standards of performance.
- These standards were developed with the involvement and input of consumers.
- The organization is focused on assisting each consumer in achieving his or her chosen goals and outcomes.
For more information about recovery options for drug and alcohol abuse, contact us today. We’re here to answer your questions and find the appropriate treatment option that suits your needs.
The Three Keys to Successful Recovery
For many, the thought of withdrawal brings fear and anxiety to an already emotional situation. Safe and comfortable medical withdraw is often the first step in starting a positive recovery program. Once detox is complete, treatment and the recovery process can begin.
2. Family Support/Relationship Repair
Addiction is a family affliction as the family is impacted by the disease. Family participation is a key component during the recovery process, as many addicts lack the ability to effectively begin this process and need professional guidance and methodology to insure lasting relationship repair.
3. Length of Stay
The chances of achieving sobriety and maintaining a healthy lifestyle increase when long-term inpatient care is the treatment of choice. Most addictions develop over years into patterns of behavior, and these patterns must be broken. This, coupled with bio-physical aspects and the emotional aspects of addiction, take time.