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Addiction Treatment Centers Saving More Lives Now Than Ever


Addiction treatment centers are like lighthouses. They are beacons of light shining through the darkness of night, providing guidance for those who are lost at sea, unable to find rescue.
Sometimes the pressures of life can be so great, that people seek to find an escape. They seek to find a way to drown out the misery and find a source of comfort. But unfortunately, sometimes people who are merely looking for ways to escape the stresses, worries, and anxieties of life, end up taking the wrong path.

They seek refuge in drugs and alcohol, gambling and pornography. These “vices” start out as minor indulgences of curiosity. They think nothing of trying these out. But then they find that they can escape their problems for a while and think nothing of the consequences of indulging in these. The experiences of “escapism” appear to be pleasurable.

But then the escapes turn in to an addiction. And before they know it, this addiction consumes the whole person and they become addicted. They are unable to cope without getting a daily “fix” of these intoxicants. Eventually, the addiction begins to destroy them from the inside out.

And that is where addiction treatment centers come to the rescue. Their purpose is to not only bring them back from the brink of complete self-destruction (and the destruction of relationships with family, jobs, and friends), but to completely rehabilitate a person. Their job is to literally “set them free” of the shackles of their addiction.

Addiction treatment centers may be vilified by the addicted person at first. He or she may not be ready to let go of their addiction. But once they are able to be brought in, whether it is of their own accord, at the persuasion of a loved one, as prescribed by a medical professional, or by a court order of the judicial system, addiction treatment centers get to work right away.

Their first goal is to help people accept the reality that they have an addiction problem. They help people recognize that whatever problems they were having in life that led them to this addiction can be resolved through other means.

Addiction treatment centers specialize in a variety of practices and offer a variety of services:

Substance abuse treatment – They help detoxify the whole body system and wean the person off of the drugs and the alcohol they had been abusing.

Interventionists – They can intervene in a life to prevent people from falling into temptation, through some form of accountability, whether it be a buddy system, monitoring, daily check ins, or psychological conditioning therapy.

Counselors – If a messy situation in their life led them to their addiction, then counselors are always available on hand at addiction treatment centers to help them cope. Some examples include, divorce, death of a loved one, loss of a job, failure in school, social rejection, academic or career failure, and low self-esteem issues.

Sober living homes – With any addiction, there is always a strong possibility of going into remission (falling back into addiction) soon after being discharged from addiction treatment centers, so arrangements are usually made for recovering addicts to live in what are known as “sober living homes”. These are akin to residential facilities and are sometimes owned and operated by non-profit organizations. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited in these facilities. Recovering addicts can live together with other recovering addicts, and can have access to counselors on the premises.

Many people harbor a negative impression of addiction treatment centers. They are incorrectly perceived as being like prisons or jail cells. They are also incorrectly perceived as being psychological wards for people with mental issues. They are even incorrectly perceived as doubling as homeless shelters for losers and low-lives.

The reality is far from any of these misperceptions. Addiction treatment centers, on the contrary, are places where people are rehabilitated. Not only do they completely overcome and conquer their addictions. They are also able to reclaim their sense of self-worth and identity. Furthermore, they are able to develop strong bonds of friendship with their peers through teamwork, moral support, mentoring, guidance, and networking. They develop a sense of accountability to themselves, to each other, to their families, friends, and even to society. It is there, at these addiction treatment centers, where they learn effective coping and problem solving techniques. In the end, they are even able to come away as upright citizens who are contributing positively and giving back to society.

Addiction treatment centers are not a form of punishment. They are a means of elevating people as a human being, bringing them back on the road to recovery, and helping them live their life to the fullest, reestablishing healthy relationships with themselves and their loved ones.

Finding the closest alcohol and addiction treatment centers is made easy at the website “The Addiction Treatment Directory”


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