If you’re reading this, chances are you already know about the damaging effects of drug addiction. Whether you’re struggling with it first hand or you’re trying to find help for a loved one, you just want the madness to stop. Fortunately for you, there’s hope. At Crest View Recovery Center in Asheville, our drug addiction treatment program can be the perfect launching point for a bright, substance-free future.

Why It’s Difficult to Overcome Addiction Without a Drug Addiction Treatment ProgramGroup therapy in a drug addiction treatment program

Perhaps you or your loved one has already made the decision to stop using drugs or alcohol. While it’s a noble decision, that’s just the first step in recovery. Moreover, many individuals believe they can rely on sheer willpower to overcome their drug addiction. In turn, they don’t feel the need to seek professional addiction treatment.

Individuals who are suffering from addiction often have difficulty overcoming this issue. This is mainly due to withdrawal symptoms. Once a person stops using drugs or alcohol, his or her body goes into what one might think of as a sort of shock.

This happens because, after continuous alcohol or drug use, the body starts to depend on these substances. The effects of substance abuse depend on the type of substance a person is using. But, in many cases, drugs or alcohol can actually cause rewiring in the brain and body. As a result of these changes, the body will crave more and more of the substance.

So, when a person stops drinking or using, he or she experiences withdrawal symptoms. This is the body’s reaction to a lack of something it’s gotten used to having. In other words, people who have an addiction depend on alcohol or drugs. So, without substance use, their bodies struggle to feel “normal”.

This withdrawal can make it hard for people to continue going without alcohol or drug use. In fact, many people resort back to substance use because withdrawal is simply too difficult to handle without help. That’s what makes professional detox and rehab programs so important.

In our country, nearly 23 million people fit the criteria for substance abuse disorder. Of those people, just over 10 percent actually seek professional help. That means 90% continue to live a chaotic life with untreated disease. This doesn’t have to be your story, however.

Why Do Some People Avoid Professional Treatment?

There are a few reasons why some individuals don’t get the help they need for substance abuse. Some people do not get treatment because:

  • They are unsure about the effectiveness of professional rehab.
  • They’re uncomfortable with the idea of residential treatment.
  • Shame or guilt prevents them from asking for help.
  • The idea of life without drugs or alcohol makes them feel uncomfortable.

All of these could be reasons why individuals opt not to get help. But, the last point is important to discuss as it is fairly common, and understandably so. People who are dealing with addiction depend on alcohol or drugs. This means that they often feel as though they can’t manage without substance use. Many people use alcohol as a way to cope with stress or anxiety. Some use drugs as a way to escape from emotional or physical pain.

The very thought of not being able to turn to these substances in difficult times seems overwhelming. Most people want to become free from addiction. But, they re just uncertain about how life will be without these coping tools.

Another one of the main reasons is that they are not sure they can afford professional treatment. In many cases, rehab proves to be much more expensive than people can manage. 

Thankfully, there is hope for everyone who needs help, no matter what concerns them regarding substance abuse treatment.

Rehab is Definitely Effective!

Many people try to detox from and end substance abuse on their own. They may attempt to quit substance use “cold turkey”, or abruptly. But, this can be both dangerous and life-threatening in some situations. Sometimes, people who are trying to end alcohol or drug abuse may experience very serious withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slowed breathing
  • Impaired judgment or cognition

This is why it’s so important for people to get medical treatment while working to overcome substance abuse. With help from professionals who understand the recovery process, individuals can safely and comfortably end addiction. 

While in rehab, individuals can develop relapse prevention skills. They can also gain the confidence and courage they need in order to stay on track after treatment is over!

How the ACA Impacts Drug Addiction Treatment Program Availability

Make no mistake—addiction is definitely a disease. Moreover, illicit substances like heroin, meth, and cocaine alter brain chemistry, which leads to negative long-term physical side effects and dangerous drug-seeking behavior. Because medical experts consider addiction to be a pre-existing mental health disorder, the Affordable Care Act mandates that insurance companies have to cover at least a portion of your substance abuse treatment programs. At a minimum, it makes paying for rehab easier.

CVRC will work with your insurance company to ensure that you get the most coverage possible toward our recovery programs. Additionally, depending upon your policy, you may be eligible to receive treatment with little to no out-of-pocket costs.

There is More to Treatment Than Inpatient Programs

Most of the time, when people think about drug and alcohol rehab, they think of residential treatment. It’s true that inpatient addiction rehab is one of the main parts of treatment. It’s actually an extremely helpful and, in some cases, necessary component of the recovery process. But, there’s more to treatment than that.

After an individual goes through a residential program, he or she may transition to an intensive outpatient program or an outpatient program. These programs help individuals to prepare for their transition from life in treatment to life outside of rehab. This is beneficial since outpatient treatment allows people to live outside of the rehab facility while still being able to participate in therapy!

Shame and Guilt Do Not Have to Stand in Your Way

Often, individuals who are suffering from substance abuse feel overwhelmed by guilt or shame. Some may even feel as though they don’t deserve to live a life that is free from addiction. Others might be too ashamed to talk about their struggles with other people. The very thought of reaching out for help can seem to be completely out of the question.

It’s not easy to admit that you need help. Telling someone about your emotional, mental, and physical struggles is one of the hardest things to do. But, by taking this step, you are doing something you may not have thought was possible. You’re taking your life back into your own hands. No doubt, addiction has affected you for far too long.

But, you can overcome the fear, guilt, or shame that may be standing in your way. All it takes is a phone call to a treatment center that truly cares. Once you are admitted to a good rehab center, you can finally begin your journey to the addiction-free life you deserve to live!

The Importance of Our Continual Care Model

At CVRC, we take a comprehensive, individualized approach to drug addiction recovery. But, keep in mind that recovery doesn’t happen overnight. Just like it took continued abuse for addiction to develop, it’s going to take a complete rehab experience to undo months—or in many cases, years—of substance abuse.

Individuals begin their recovery experience at our initial rehab treatment level. Over the course of 35–45 days, we blend extensive clinical care with a non-secluded reality-based therapy approach to prepare individuals for post-treatment life.

Upon finishing the first level of care, clients graduate into our intensive outpatient program for 4–6 weeks as they begin transitioning back into their everyday lives. This duration gives individuals ample time to regain their independence while maintaining the healthy, sober living habits they acquired during treatment.

Addictions We Treat

At CVRC, our drug addiction treatment programs help individuals overcome various types of addiction, including:

Regardless of the type of addiction you may be dealing with, there is hope. Here at Crest View Recovery Center, we offer help to all those who are struggling. We understand that our clients are all different and have had varying experiences with substance abuse. So, we work to address each person’s needs individually through treatment.

Through our therapy models here at Crest View, we strive to help our clients heal in every area of their lives. Addiction affects one’s emotional wellness, physical health, and mental well-being. That’s why we use therapy methods such as holistic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). 

If you’re struggling with substance abuse, now is the time to make a change. You can find hope today. It’s never too late to turn your life around. Crest View Recovery Center is here to help individuals achieve a new beginning. Enroll in our drug addiction treatment program today and begin your journey to recovery. Call us today at (866) 327-2505.

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Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.