There is no easy way to kick an addiction. The sad fact is that the state of addiction requires a multiphase approach to treat the many factors that contributed to the addiction in the first place. The risk factors for addiction include: genetic predisposition, mental illness, stress, family dynamics, and peer pressure. Without specialized inpatient treatment facilities, some of these factors may never be addressed. This can lead to a higher occurrence of relapse since that is a classic symptom of people who struggle with addiction disorders.
Every person who becomes addicted to some substance may have gotten there in a variety of ways. That’s what makes treatment so hard and relapses so common. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Much of the work of recovery has to take place with support from an inpatient facility to weed out all the triggers, create effective strategies to combat relapses, and deal with complications in relationships that come with addiction. However, the difficulty of treatment can also depend on the type of substance causing the addiction.
You’ve probably heard people in the office suggest that they need to get their “caffeine fix” before they can function. In actuality, you can become addicted to high-caffeine substances, although it would never be diagnosed as a substance abuse disorder under DSM-5. Substances like meth, crack cocaine, and heroin are going to impact not just your mood, like caffeine is known to do, but they’ll eventually cause problems with your job, your relationships, and your health. Plus, they can end up causing extreme financial stress due to a user trying to obtain more and more of the drug at any cost. These types of drugs are definitely more dangerous than caffeine and thus require programs to kick the habit. Some substances are much more addictive than others and can cause more harm to people, thus requiring specialized treatment to address all the issues associated with them.
Even legal substances, like alcohol, can become addictive and harmful. One study compiled by the peer-reviewed UK journal Lancet, published in 2010, listed alcohol as the most addictive substance. Alcohol does cause harm to others, to personal health, and is highly addictive. People who use other drugs lower on the list of harm often use them in conjunction with alcohol, as it is just that popular. The partial list of substances abused in decreasing order of dangerous dependence in the study included these top five:
Whether you are addicted to one or multiple substances, like alcohol and cocaine, inpatient treatment can offer customized solutions for your particular dependence. They will not only be able to treat the multiple substances, but they’ll also treat the consequences of addiction with:
Inpatient treatment facilities allow a patient to be guided and counseled by experts who can customize a treatment plan according to what works best for that patient. It is not a one-size-fits-all approach. That can significantly increase the chances that the patient will be able to stick with the program and also have the training they need to better cope with the stress of life outside the treatment center too.