For as long as there have been treatment centers, their efficacy in healing addiction has been questioned. Sometimes people feel it may be better than going at it alone. Many times people ask us what is best, considering getting clean and sober is such a major step in any addict’s life.
While it is possible to detox from alcohol and drugs on one’s own, it is highly recommended that the addict and alcoholic detox in a medically supervised treatment center. Depending on the severity of addiction, detoxing without medical supervision can be dangerous and even fatal. This was the case when actor Nelsan Ellis died recently during a home detox attempt. But most addicts and alcoholics cannot tolerate the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms on their own and relapse.
In treatment, the ravaging effects of addiction are evaluated by professionals and the addict can finally get the rest, nutrition, support, and medical attention they so desperately need. Most addicts have neglected their health and the body must safely detox before any real treatment can begin.
Treatment centers also provide a safe haven from distractions and friends and family members who may be enabling the addict. In early recovery, many uncomfortable feelings surface that have been numbed for a long time.
As the addict recovers from their physical addiction to drugs and alcohol, the physiological addiction must be addressed as well. The addict has been living a life that has been focused completely on themselves, and getting and using a substance that numbs their pain.
Legal, health, career, and family issues can seem daunting to the addict in early recovery. Individual and group therapy provide support and teach coping tools and how to apply the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and/or Narcotics Anonymous.
*As it says in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, “Without help it is too much for us.”
*Chapter 5, Page 59, Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, or if you would like more information about finding recovery, please call us at (844) SOBER-50. Sober Nexus offers free, unbiased information and help sorting through the many treatment options that are available.