What Happens in Rehab

How is addiction caused?
Answer:
Though various theories would argue that a genetic predisposition or adolescent environmental issues cause addiction, there is no clear-cut answer to this question. While research is ongoing, we are still uncertain as to why certain people are more susceptible to addiction than others.
What is an addiction?
Answer:
A drug or alcohol addiction is a disease that starts in the brain. Habitual in nature, this disease creates side effects such as hunger for more chemicals, searching and continued abuse in the face of great personal and professional risk. Drugs and alcohol distort how the brain operates and typically their abuse turns into addiction. Treatment is available for drug and alcohol addiction with constant and lifelong abstinence the ultimate goal.
How can I identify an addiction?
Answer:

It is very difficult to discern between drug or alcohol abuse and addiction. While both cases show a detriment in overall health, an addict will typically take greater risks to fuel their addiction. Often physical harm or destruction of personal relationships is the result. Visible and physical signs of addiction can be:

  • Spontaneous behavioral changes and aggressive tantrums. In addition to stress on the brain, chemical dependency causes mood swings, causing the addict to be more argumentative, irritable, and violent, in some cases.
  • Altered eating / sleeping habits where a person will consistently eat / sleep much more or much less than their usual amount.
  • Changes in appearances – bloodshot eyes, darker clothing, and significant weight gain or weight loss.
  • Peculiar social habits – increased visits to bars or clubs that are notorious for drug usage and abandoning a long-standing social group to be with a significantly different group.
  • Solitude – a person consistently abusing drugs will typically go from being socially outgoing to very introverted.
What is an intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment program?
Answer:
IOP is a treatment program that allows an addict or abuser to be given thorough, part-time care for their disease. Intensive Outpatient Programs allow the addicted person to live at home, continue to work at their job, and allow for treatment and therapy in their free time.
What is a dual diagnosis treatment program?
Answer:
It is very rare that our clients only suffer from drug and alcohol abuse or addiction. Often, clients battle with mental afflictions that can be either the cause or result of an addiction. With dual diagnosis, both issues are assessed and treatment programs are created to simultaneously treat the two while increasing overall physical and mental health. For more information on programs that treat two drug related disorders at once, please visit our Dual Diagnosis page.
What is a co-dependency?
Answer:
A situation where a person mimics the negative characteristics of role models – in this case, habitual use of drugs and alcohol. The source of these feelings is typically caused by a need for acceptance amongst a person’s peers or family, which is why we believe so strongly in treating the addict and family.
Can addiction be cured?
Answer:
Addiction is not a disease that can be eliminated by simply taking medication. In fact most graduates of our program consider themselves “recovering addicts” for the rest of their lives. Addiction requires frequent counseling to provide the tools, decision-making skills, and knowledge of how to abstain from drugs and alcohol to achieve lifelong sobriety.
Are there program options for after treatment?
Answer:
Yes – addiction requires consistent treatment, both immediately after graduating from a rehab program and several years later. At Destination Hope, we encourage addicts to spend time in an Intensive Outpatient Program or in a Halfway House to adjust to everyday life outside our facility. For more information on program options after treatment, please visit our Aftercare page.
Why would someone choose Destination Hope?
Answer:

At Destination Hope, we live by three powerful philosophies concerning treatment:

  1. Separate, gender specified treatment is most effective.
  2. Offering a smaller, more intimate facility allows for complete attention to each client.
  3. Involving loved ones in family therapy sessions builds relationships and provides greater insight to what caused the addiction.

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