Addiction Treatment

Addiction Treatment

“Self-Help for The Addicted Mind”

Written By Kirk Markey — January 22, 2017

There is a revolution in addiction treatment which is great news for millions suffering with substance abuse disorders. The treatment community is now more responsive to individual’s needs. Recovery from addiction still requires professional assistance.

Self-Help and Addiction Treatment 

Each year American consumers spend billions of dollars on self-help materials to assist with an endless variety of emotional difficulties.  In many cases self-help is effective for helping sufferers to overcome their problems.  It is beneficial for problems related to finances, relationships and social anxiety. It has not proved to be beneficial for treating alcoholism and substance abuse addiction.  Self-help programs are shown to actually worsen addiction.  Addicts and alcoholics who turn to self-help are actually at a greater risk for relapse. This then results in further discouragement for the addict.

Why Doesn’t Self-Help Work for Addiction?

The answer is simple.  The addicted mind is irrational when thinking about substance abuse and alcoholism. Self-help is like trying to use a broken tool to repair something. It is useless. In clinical terms addiction is an egocentric disorder, meaning that sufferers are not able to distinguish between fact and fiction.  This is NOT a condemnation.  The self distortions of addicts should be treated compassionately.  These distortions are often the result of childhood traumas, low self esteem and the drug use itself.

The True Path to Recovery

Despite the many changes in addiction treatment, the essentials for recovery have not changed.  Recovery from addiction requires: medical detox, addiction counseling and long term assistance. These all require professional assistance. Treatment programs offer this assistance which ultimately increases the odds of successful recovery.