Substance Abuse Recovery

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Despite the higher cost, a high-end substance abuse treatment center does not constitute better treatment. The support of therapists, counselors, family, friends, and peers can all be important factors in the recovery process. The most significant factor for an individual in the recovery process is a desire and a willingness to change. Many options exist for individuals that want to recover from addiction. These options include substance abuse rehabilitation centers and support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and SMART Recovery. These programs all have the same goal but use different techniques that at times even contradict other programs. Although the approach of the programs may vary, they have all been proven to work for certain individuals. Alcoholics Anonymous is a nonprofit support group and the model it is based on has been transferred over to many other types of recovery programs. This model is known as the twelve-step program and was first published in 1939 (cite). The twelve-step program has gained mainstream acceptance as a viable option for substance abuse treatment. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings can be attended at no cost and the program states that its membership is open to anyone who has a desire to change (cite). The twelve-step program views addiction as a disease that an afflicted person is powerless against (cite). According to the twelve-step model once a person becomes an addict they must remain in recovery their entire lives (cite). The twelve-step program takes a faith-based approach that requires a belief in a higher power to recover from addiction (cite). This program has helped thousands of people recover from addiction by following its steps. Critics of the twelve-step program would argue that there... ... middle of paper ... rehabilitation centers across the United States gives those looking for treatment from substance abuse many options. All of these options can be beneficial to a person in recovery and range in price from free to thousands of dollars per day. Regardless of what type of treatment a person may seek out, the individual must have a desire to change his or her behavior and a willingness to follow through with what he or she has learned. Works Cited Carey, B. (2008). Drug Rehabilitation or Revolving Door?. Retrieved from Catton, L. A. (n.d.). Drug Rehab Success Rates. Retrieved from Orange, A. (n.d.). The Effectiveness of the Twelve-Step Treatment. Retrieved from
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