Getting Help

There are more than 14,000 facilities in the United States where victims of addiction can get treatment.  That’s a lot of places.  For obvious reasons, metropolitan areas are more likely to have a n

 

 

umber of treatment facilities than rural areas.  Facilities differ in how they approach treatment.  Some facilities are residential, meaning that the clients live at the treatment location.  Others ask clients to be present for a given number of treatment sessions during the week.  Some facilities focus on individual treatment sessions while others prefer group therapy sessions.

There are a variety of reasons why different facilities provide different approaches to treatment.  The more severe the addiction or the more frequent the relapse, the more likely it is that the client will need a more intensive style of treatment.  No matter what style of treatment is used, the purpose is to enable the client to manage their behavior and avoid further use of drugs.

Learning to manage their behavior involves more than a certain number of days of being drug free.  The use of drugs becomes a habitual way in which the person responds to pain, whether that pain be physical, emotional or psychological.  When the individual encounters pain again, their habitual response will be to return to the use of drugs, to that previous behavior.  Therefore, beyond avoiding the use of drugs for a certain period of time, the victim of addiction must learn different, better ways to respond to pain when it comes.

During treatment, the victim of addiction will have the support of counselors and therapists, as well as the encouragement of other people in treatment.  Once treatment is completed, however, this support will be more difficult to find.  That does not mean that the victim of addiction will not have the support they need.  Believers, because of their relationship with Jesus Christ, will have powerful and lasting support.  It is this relationship that the victim of addiction must cultivate if they want to remain successful in their recovery from addiction.  Counselors, therapists and friends may not always be there when they’re needed.  Jesus Christ will never abandon us.  His grace and strength will always support us in our recovery.

Treatment will provide knowledge and skills which will help the victim of addiction to understand and change their behavior.  Therapy will help the individual to move forward in their recovery.  Sharing with other victims of addiction will help them to realize that real change is possible.  All of this is very important in the process of recovery.  Nonetheless, ongoing help is very important and those who truly believe in Jesus Christ, those who have developed a personal relationship with Him will have the most important help of all.

Samhsa.gov has a great link for finding treatment, plus lots of other great information:  https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help

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