Today’s fast paced world is changing the face of
drug addiction. Many of our preconceived notions of what
a drug addict looks like and the social space they occupy
are being shattered with an increasing number of white collar
professionals and stay-at-home moms fighting the courageous
battle against crippling addiction. Also, the types of drugs
being abused and the manner in which they are obtained have
evolved making drug rehab one of the most crucial social
services being offered. The clients at drug rehab programs
come from all walks of life, have varying personalities and
appearances and have all committed to a program designed
to help them face their physical addiction while battling
the psychological factors which prompted them to use in the
With growing recognition that drug addiction is a disease; treatments have evolved.
The programs offered by drug rehab providers have changed in their style, approach
and main objective. Modern psychology views drug addiction as a symptom of an
underlying issue which needs to be recognized and confronted before a person
will adequately be able to cope with life’s pressure without returning
to the escape drugs provide. For this reason, drug rehab centers focus on treating
the physical symptoms of addiction and withdrawal but also changing the behaviors
and thought processes which make someone initially try drugs. Also popular in
today’s drug rehab programs, is an overall wellness approach where all
aspects of health are discussed and modified. For instance, it is not uncommon
for a drug rehab facility to offer exercise and nutrition programs to promote
an overall healthier lifestyle. Drug rehab staff is now emphasizing a complete
lifestyle change as the key to maintaining sobriety.
Just as drug addiction can shatter lives and destroy family relationships; drug
rehab strives to not only change drug using behaviors but to teach how to cope
with the recovery of a normal life and healthy relationships.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.