Many people think they know everything about addiction. In truth, researchers still have much to learn about this unique mental disorder. However, they do know that addiction education is important to successful rehab treatment. In fact, many rehab centers offer educational classes to help abusers and family members understand this disease.

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People fear what they don’t understand. The same is true for addiction. Many people don’t understand their own addiction. They feel they’re no longer in control of their thoughts and behavior.

Addiction education will help you understand that addiction is a mental disorder. Once addiction sets in, those who struggle with it lose their freedom to choose. Educational courses help you become aware of this fact.

Addiction education is something you can start right away. In fact, some people start learning about their addiction as soon as they enter detox. In either case, learning about the disease continues throughout rehab.

Educating Family Members About Addiction

Learning about addiction isn’t only important for the abuser, but also for family members. Most relatives don’t understand addiction or the struggles that come with it. Some people even mistakenly think those with addiction choose to live that lifestyle.

While it’s true that people make the first choice to experiment with drugs, most abusers don’t choose to develop addiction. Educational courses teach family members that addiction is a mental disorder, rather than a lifestyle choice.

Learning About Triggers

Learning about triggers is a vital part of addiction education. These are events or situations that cause people to use drugs. Identifying triggers is key to overcoming addiction. After learning what triggers people to use drugs, therapists can help them avoid these triggers.

For example, maybe you feel the pressure to use drugs when you hang out with a certain group of friends. In this case, the group of friends is the drug trigger. Of course, triggers can include more than just friends. They can include certain situations, romantic relationships and family members.

Identifying triggers helps you avoid situations in which you’re more likely to use. Learning to stay away from triggers helps protect your long-term sobriety. Relapse happens, so you shouldn’t beat yourself up when it does. However, you can limit relapse occurrences if you avoid triggers.

Family Therapy

During individual and group therapy, drug abusers gain positive influences. During family therapy, however, both the drug abusers and their families learn about addiction and gain understanding.

Family therapists take the time to explain addiction and the struggles that come with it. However, they also take this time to look for problems within families. The members may learn that problems at home trigger drug use.

If there are certain problems at home that trigger drug use, it’s important to seek residential rehab. Inpatient treatment requires that you stay at the rehab center. The time away from home allows you to clearly identify triggers without outside influences.

Learn About Your Addiction at Crest View Recovery Center

At CVRC, we take pride in teaching our clients about addiction. You will learn about your drug abuse problems through addiction therapy and other substance abuse treatment programs, including:

At CVRC, we also offer many holistic approaches to rehab. For example, we invite our clients to participate in yoga and meditation classes. These holistic treatment methods help you reduce stress. They also help you find inner peace, which can aid your journey to remain drug-free.

Don’t let a lack of knowledge about addiction keep you from getting help. Get control of your addiction with the help of CVRC’s friendly staff. Contact us at 866.327.2505 for answers to any of your questions about addiction.

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.