When you or a family member struggles with addiction, whether alcohol or drug related, you may find yourself wondering how to approach this disease. It’s important to understand that addiction is a brain disease that manifests in a variety of ways, from physical symptoms to psychological effects. The causes of addiction can be even more varied and include stress in the workplace, traumatic childhood experiences, unstable environments, and/or painkiller addiction as the result of an injury. A multi-faceted approach to rehabilitation is the best option to effectively treat drug or alcohol addiction.

Why a Multi-Faceted Approach to Rehab Works Best

Every case of addiction is unique, with its own causes, symptoms, and potential complications. It makes sense to search for a rehabilitation facility able to address each of these factors while offering multiple potential routes to successful addiction treatment.

What Does a Multi-Faceted Approach to Rehab Look Like?

The purpose of a multi-faceted approach to rehab is to return you to a happy, healthy, productive lifestyle, no longer weighed down by an addiction. Programs can take on many forms, but at its core, a multi-dimensional treatment will comprehensively explore and address the biological, behavioral and social factors which may be contributing to your addiction. Your rehab program will systematically address these factors wherever they’re present. A good multi-faceted approach will make use of the fact that addiction is a chronic disease of the brain by providing options for extended and long-term care.

 

Approaches used together to work towards a long-term and healthy recovery:

 

Medical Management 

Addiction is a disease. For this reason, a multi-dimensional treatment will enlist the help of medical professionals including board-certified physicians, credentialed clinicians, therapists, psychiatrists and nutritionists. This diverse array of medical professionals will assess your well-being from a variety of angles, making recommendations for the best path forward to recovery.

Addiction-Centered Counseling

It’s important to realize that addiction is a chronic ailment; it’s not enough to simply recover during rehabilitation treatment. Instead, you’ll need strategies to deal with addiction over the long-term. These strategies can be explored during counseling sessions, which will address the psychological, physical and social factors which may have contributed to your addiction and may continue to provide stresses in the future. Counseling will also help find ways to take advantage of your psychological, physical and social strengths in order to achieve a fulfilling and permanent recovery.

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

Meditation and mindfulness are powerful tools for relapse prevention. Often, negative thoughts and depression can feel overwhelming as you work your way through recovery. But meditation will help remove those thoughts and allow you open your mind and find some clarity. Meditation and mindfulness can be extremely useful for times when you feel overwhelmed or stressed, helping to improve your mental well-being.

Recovery Planning and Coaching

Once you reach this stage, you are well on your way to recovery. However, you will need a plan as you go forward on your own. Using what you have learned through counseling and mindfulness practices, you will make a comprehensive strategy with your recovery planning and coaching team. Realizing that addiction is a chronic disease of the brain and keeping in mind that you will need a lifetime full of support and planning, this stage is critical and will give you the most confidence as you re-enter society.

Upon utilizing the multi-faceted approach to addiction treatment, you’ll find you have the proper tools to stay steady and strong in your recovery, helping addiction remain a part of your past.

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com/addiction-treatment/addiction-complex-disease-requires-multi-faceted-treatment/

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment

http://www.drugabuse.net/drug-abuse/drug-abuse-help-for-addicts/