While it Wrecks Your Life What’s Addiction Doing to Your Body and Spirit?
Addiction of drugs and alcohol is a disease affecting roughly 1 in 10 people over the age of 12 in the United States. Just like other health related diseases, drug and alcohol addiction are ameliorated through treatment. This disease is persistent even after treatment is received and it is recommended that the person suffering the addiction stay the course for lasting success. Unlike other diseases, drug and alcohol addiction can affect brain functioning and has a compulsive component that can relentlessly drive the user to rearrange his/her life around the addiction.
Multiple Complicating Factors
There are other issues embedded and in some cases connected with the addiction that complicate treatment and are often dealt with at the same time. For instance there is often trauma, childhood abuse, depression, and other conditions underlying the addiction. Add to that any guilt or shame that a person struggling with addiction faces and there are many important emotions and thoughts that can be addressed via Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the same time addiction treatment is occurring. Additional stresses that some people face include legal ramifications and fallout from accidents or other consequences of the drug/alcohol use.
Younger Users, Higher Stakes
Children younger than 18 years of age that become addicted are faced with a lifelong struggle with many painful side outcomes if no intervention is made. First, there are chemical changes within the brain, which are still developing, and can damage their critical thinking skills for life. Second, there is the possibility of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis or other contagious diseases being spread through shared needles. Third, when inhibitions are down due to drug use people can take advantage of these youngsters leading to sexual assault, unwanted pregnancy, and even becoming the victim of human trafficking.
Hope for the Addicted
Faith based drug treatment centers offer more than intensive inpatient treatment. These centers incorporate spirituality and the strength that comes from overcoming temptation with the help of a higher power. Aside from the natural outcome of inpatient centers providing a controlled environment limiting exposure to the addictive substance, they offer myriad of treatment strategies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The multimodal approach used in faith based drug treatment centers is meant to offer the greatest outcome for success. For the faithful, addictions can be a very isolating experience and can even ostracize people from their faith communities. Finding an inpatient community that offers treatment customized toward personal, spiritual beliefs can be the right fit for those wanting to mend body and spirit.
How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Can Help
People struggling with addiction often have negative thought patterns that affect their ability to make positive choices. With CBT as a tool, the clinician can help the addict to change those thoughts that lead to poor decision-making and addiction. The strategies imparted in CBT can be employed on day one of treatment and remain with the person throughout treatment and beyond. The goal is a person with changed thinking.