No one way is right for everyone, and there is evidence that the commitment to change is more important than the type of treatment program.
Whatever the treatment under consideration, say independent researchers, there are number of features to look for to identify an effective program.
Moreover, one feature of a good treatment program is regular monitoring of individual progress and it is likely that the components of treatment will change over the course of recovery.
In addition to variety in the components, treatment is available in a variety of settings, from a doctor’s office or outpatient clinic to long-term residential facility.
Over time, pursuit of the pleasurable effects of the substance or behavior may dominate an individual’s activities.
Although all addictions have the capacity to induce a sense of hopelessness and feelings of failure, as well as shame and guilt, research documents that recovery is the rule rather than the exception, and that there are many routes to recovery.
There are plenty of myths and misconceptions about addiction, but in reality, the processes that give rise to addictive behavior resist a simplistic explanation.
There is not just one cause: Although genetic or other biological factors contribute to a person’s vulnerability to the condition, many social, psychological, and environmental factors have a powerful influence on substance use.
Still others opt for clinical-based recovery through the services of credentialed professionals.
The road to recovery is seldom straight: Relapse, or recurrence of substance use, is common—but definitely not the end of the road.