It is hardly controversial to say that lives are ruined by drug addiction; legal, financial, physical and psychological problems easily find their ways into drug addicts’ lives. One of the best ways to combat addiction is through residential treatment at a drug rehabilitation centre.
If a stereotypical idea of a drug rehabilitation centre exists it is probably very wrong. Many clinics are proud of their professional, patient-centered treatments, are diverse in their approach and offer five-star residencies. Many drug rehabilitation centres all over the world accept English-speaking patient. Offering the patient treatment in an environment free of their usual stresses (which may act as ‘triggers’ for taking drugs) allows them to focus fully on recovery. Activities such as scuba-diving or kayaking are offered to give a glimpse of the world that is available beyond drugs and build self-esteem in the patient by helping them learn new skills to demonstrate how anything is possible with commitment.
The luxuries offered by some drug rehabilitation centres can be unavailable to many drug addicts, but cheaper centres offer treatments underpinned by the same beliefs. Patients will still have the opportunity to develop new interests, pursuing a common goal of abstinence with other recovering drug addicts in a safe environment.
Along with the cost and location of the rehabilitation centre there are other considerations. Some centres are single sex while others are mixed, and some centres even allow couples (the necessity of private space is never compromised however). Methods of treatment can also vary greatly. Some centres will prefer solo over group counselling sessions while some will suggest a mix of the two. Some centres use drugs in the detoxification process and others focus exclusively on the addict’s diet and the nutritional supplements that may help.
Different people will react more favourably to certain treatments than others, which is demonstrated simply by the fact that different treatments exist. It is not a case then of finding which centre is ‘the best’ but finding which one is best for you, and thankfully there are plenty of people who can offer expert, independent advice.
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