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Is Rehab the Best Place to Cure Addiction?

Learn if a drug rehab center is the best place to cure addiction from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.


The first point that I want to make is that there is no cure for addiction. It's a condition we need to manage over the course of our lives. In terms of residential treatment, there are some other options that a person can try before they go into residential treatment such as twelve-step programs or outpatient programs. Residential treatment provides the person the opportunity to focus on their addiction and get out of the situation, out of the context of their lives, that is causing them to stress, that's causing them pain, that's causing them discomfort, and focus on their recovery in a community of other people that are healing and also finding a solution to their addiction problem. It's also very important to note, when looking for a treatment center, that you are not going to be looking for a spa or for a place that people will babysit you. You really need to be doing some very serious therapeutic work there, and what I mean by that is you need to be looking at your underlying psychiatric conditions. If you are suffering from depression you need to go to a facility that can address that. You need to go to a facility that can address if you have an anxiety disorder. You need to go to a facility that has the capacity to deal with trauma that you may have in your life, because we know that people who suffer with addictions typically have an underlying issue with depression, anxiety and trauma, so again, it's important to look for a treatment facility that's not going to babysit you, that's not going to provide you with spa services, but that's going to help you do the hard serious work that you need to do to embrace recovery, and embrace recovery not just for a short period of time, but for the rest of your life.

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