What is Drug Addiction?

Addiction to drugs is a complex behavior which requires the person struggling with it to go through drug treatment in a systematic way. Drug treatment or drug rehabilitation referred to also as drug addiction treatment is generally performed in a hospital environment or in drug rehab centers. There are many drug treatment programs for addictions like, prescription drug addiction as well as hard drug addictions like heroin and cocaine addictions. Addiction is characterized by deep, uncontrollable cravings, along with compulsive drug seeking and addictive behaviors that inflicted individuals demonstrate.

Drug Treatment Program

Drug use always starts as a willful choice, but eventually the drug or alcohol becomes an addiction and an individual’s ability to stop the use is confronted with physical and mental discomfort, blurring the lines between choice and need, which is actually the symptoms of drug abuse. Each addiction has its own signs and symptoms, as sings of Gambling addiction not only obviously are different than other addictions but the symptoms are manifested differently as well. Alcohol abuse, similarly is treated in an alcohol treatment program facility. Since drug addiction disrupts so many aspects of an individual’s life, its treatment is not simple. Effective treatment incorporates different components directed to particular aspects of the illness and its consequences. Drug treatment must help the individual stop using drugs, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and achieve productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society. Because addiction is typically a chronic disease, people cannot simply stop using drugs or alcohol for a few days and be cured. Most patients addicted to drugs and alcohol require long-term or repeated episodes of care to achieve the ultimate goal of sustained abstinence of drug and alcohol, and recovery of their lives.

The Cove Center for Recovery embraces psychotherapy, solution focused therapy, narrative therapy, expressive therapy, trauma therapy, cognitive therapy, and experiential therapy as tools for assisting the addicted recovering individual find solutions for the problems associated with drug or alcohol addiction.

A core component of a good drug treatment program is one that provides an opportunity for the treatment staff and the client to work together to co-create an individual treatment plan and a solution minded approach to a successful recovery life.

According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA), “scientific research since the mid–1970s shows that treatment can help patients addicted to drugs and alcohol stop using, avoid relapse, and successfully recover their lives.”

The Cove Center for Recovery Drug Treatment

The Cove Center for Recovery drug treatment program allows the patient/client to work through many emotional conflicts within the safe boundaries of our facility. Individuals suffering from drug addiction move through levels and are assisted in developing living skills, interpersonal skills and relapse prevention skills. In addition to the regular program, patients attend special workshops designed to meet their needs and attend on-site tutorial services to help them reach their educational goals. The setting at The Cove is designed for our program to allow room for exploration and meditation.

The Cove’s program provides treatment for patients whose addictive disease, emotional and behavioral problems prevent adequate functioning in a less restrictive setting. It is the philosophy of the staff at The Cove that these behaviors are symptoms of deeper problems that may include difficulties in the emotional life of the patient and his/her family and friends. This philosophy promotes the provision of a secure, structured environment to address chemical dependence, inclusive of these difficulties while encouraging independence and self esteem for the individual. It further promotes that every effort be made to involve the family in an intensive family program, as all members are adversely affected by chemical dependency. Program, Services, Treatment Team and Planning Process.

The Cove’s multidisciplinary treatment team is led by licensed therapists and is composed of master level mental health counselors and social workers, addiction therapist, nursing staff, recreational therapist, and educational staff. All treatment is overseen by a board certified adolescent psychiatrist.

The Cove’s treatment team meets twice a week and is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the course of treatment for each patient. The team develops a comprehensive treatment plan that is individualized and meets all the needs of the patient. The plan also includes discharge criteria as well as aftercare plans. Parents, guardians and referral agencies are critical components of the treatment and aftercare process and their participation is highly encouraged. The patient is also an integral part of the planning process and may at times be included in the team meeting.

The Cove’s treatment programs include:

  • Residential addiction treatment
  • 12-step program
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Dual-Diagnosis
  • Gender specific drug abuse treatment for men and women
  • Short-term and long-term rehabilitation
  • Intervention
  • Recreation, Art, Music, and Trauma therapy

If you are abusing drugs reach out to us. We at the Cove understand the unique challenges of being a parent. If you have any questions, please know that we are here to provide you with support and guidance, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We welcome the opportunity to answer your questions free of charge about our drug rehab.

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