Addiction Recovery Methods

Addiction recovery may vary based on the specific addiction you or your loved one is trying to overcome. Different addictions require different levels of intervention and support. It's also important to find out how severe the addiction is so you can respond appropriately. All of the recovery methods listed below are useful, but in most cases one recovery method alone won't do the trick. Addiction is tricky, and you will get the best success if you combine several of these methods together in one concentrated effort to overcome the addiction.

Retreat in Residential Treatment Center
For the most severe cases, removal from the home and admission to a treatment facility is the most effective option. The primary benefits of admitting an addict to a treatment center are the following:

  • Removal from the source of temptation
  • Supervision
  • Therapy
  • Group support
  • Medical support and professional guidance as the addict learns to rehabilitate

Drug addiction recovery methods may involve the use of prescription drugs and a doctor's supervision as the addict detoxifies and endures the withdrawal symptoms, which can be quite severe for some addictions. While this option is expensive, it is also most likely to produce long lasting results because the professionals at the treatment center will prepare the addict for re-entry into normal life and equip the addict with all the necessary tools for success.

If you can't afford residential treatment, you can combine the following recovery methods as you tailor a recovery plan:

  • Physician-supervised treatment: Ask your doctor if there are any prescription medications that will offer support as you tackle your addiction.
  • Support groups: Join a support group and go regularly. You may not agree with all of the principles espoused by the group, but even just going will help you remain committed to your recovery effort. You may also develop relationships through the support groups that may help you stay on track.
  • Weaning with support: You may wish to wean yourself off your addiction with support instead of trying to quit cold turkey. Again, your doctor may know of medications or substitute foods, beverages or activities that may help you make the transition.
  • Therapy to resolve underlying issues: Addictions are often developed because you are trying to cope with emotional issues and have not found a successful way to cope. Therapy may help you resolve issues underlying your addictions.
  • Hypnosis: Hypnosis may help you lessen cravings and replace unhealthy thinking with healthy alternatives.
  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture may help lessen cravings and promote a sense of well-being.
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