Responsibility

There are lots of different ways to address a drug or alcohol addiction crisis. The best rehab centers are the ones that include many different types of approaches to addiction treatment that provide clients with a varied, assorted, far-reaching mix of different types of rehab modalities, treatment methods, and counseling tracks. In fact, the more types of approaches any one rehab center has to provide to their clients, the more successful they will be in the long run because they will have a much higher chance of really being able to get down to each and every client’s issues and address them properly.

Addiction might look the same person to person. It isn’t. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. People generally think that because addicts seem to act the same that they are the same. What people forget though is that every single person who is addicted to drugs and alcohol is still an innately different person and will be for life. That unique, underlying personality that makes a person stronger is being consumed by addiction. This is why some rehab approaches will work on some people, and some will work on others. It’s not to say that any rehab approach is a, “bad” rehab approach. It’s just to say that some will work for Bill but not for Joe. Some will work for Sarah but not for Mary. It’s as simple as that. Because of this though, rehab centers need to incorporate multiple different approaches into their treatment plans and schedules to affect one-hundred percent efficacy in all those who come to them for treatment.

Engaging Responsibility into all Rehab Programs

Something that is very key when it comes to addressing addiction but which is sadly still not being addressed and brought to bear nearly enough is the subject of responsibility. Responsibility is a huge factor when it is brought to bear on the subject of addiction and substance abuse. Inherently as an effect of its own nature, substance abuse in general is a very, very irresponsible thing to do to begin with. Even just drinking too much in one night is irresponsible. Smoking marijuana is irresponsible. Abusing hard, illegal, street drugs is very irresponsible. Abusing and becoming addicted to pills or alcohol is incredibly irresponsible.

Abusing drugs and alcohol is truly a terrible thing to do for anyone to do. It is a blow to themselves and to everyone who is connected to them. It is a risk that could and often does result in death. It is a very negligent, irrational, immature, and irresponsible thing to do. However, that does not mean that an individual cannot rehabilitate his or her own level of responsibility by going to a rehab center that actually has a focus on responsibility as a part of its treatment program. In fact, taking personal responsibility for substance abuse and addiction issues in a structured treatment facility is a productive and effective step toward recovery that can make the difference between a lifetime of recovery and a horrible relapse. In all truth and honesty, real change takes time and is not easy, but pushing forward with responsibly as a main focus of treatment can be very conducive to long term success and sobriety. Getting the right help makes success more likely too, and the right help has, “Newly achieved levels of responsibility for life and livingness,” written all over it.

Responsibility as it is taught in rehab includes knowing when help is needed and taking the important steps to get the best help available for those who need it, whether they are recovering addicts or the friends and family members of recovering addicts or really anyone for that matter.

As human beings recovering from addiction, there tends to be a likelihood to fall into traps of our very behavioral patterns. We get comfortable with these patterns, but these patterns can bring on the threat of relapse. Teaching responsibility in rehab can be the key to breaking this chain of events and keeping strength and zeal firmly in when it comes to maintaining that sobriety.

The Facts and the Statistics: Why Recovering Addicts Need to be Responsible

When looking at the statistics as it pertains to addiction and responsibility, one cannot do this without looking at the two demographics of substance abusers that tend to be the most irresponsible of them all. These are, sadly enough, individuals in the criminal justice system and, believe it or not, college students. Listed below are some of the stats on how addiction affects them and their responsibility levels:

  • Successful drug and alcohol treatment is possible within the criminal justice system and has been proven to reduce crime and to stop the spread of intravenously contracted infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis just to name a few. These treatment programs help substance-abusing criminals to change their attitudes and behaviors toward drug abuse, to avoid relapse, and to avoid situations that trigger substance abuse and associated criminal behaviors that tend to go along with it. Indeed, for every dollar spent on addiction treatment programs in the criminal justice system, there is approximately a $4 to $7 decrease in the cost of drug-related crimes and the terrible financial burdens that these have on the nation. Studies also indicate that substance abuse treatment in criminals can reduce drug abuse by 50 percent in any given area, reduce criminal activity up to a full 80 percent, and reduce arrests by no less than 64 percent.
  • Unfortunately, many substance abusers in the criminal justice system never receive the treatment that they need and they continue abusing drugs indefinitely because of it. In fact a 1997 Bureau of Justice Statistics, (BJS), survey found that less than 1/5 of all incarcerated criminals with substance abuse problems received proper treatment for that problem. These untreated offenders are much more likely to relapse and become repeat offenders, costing the public more money and overwhelming the criminal justice system in a big way.
  • Various types of drugs are prevalent on high school and college campuses too, and these make a terrible effect on those who use and abuse them. Each type adversely affects some aspect of school performance in some way. Marijuana abuse, for example, causes short-term memory loss and affects problem solving and logical thinking, all of which affects academic performance. Statistically speaking marijuana users have lower grades than non-marijuana users do. It can also result in loss of motor coordination, which can lead to errors on the sports field as well. Other drugs, such as anabolic androgenic steroids, may temporarily boost athletic performance, but they eventually cause a host of emotional and anger problems, as well as a variety of negative physical side effects that go along with them too.

Attaining New Found Levels of Responsibility in Rehab

To break from the patterns that could lead to irresponsibility takes significant courage and the ability to overcome all of the physical and emotional drives that we are used to as human beings. It takes personal responsibility and a willingness to be uncomfortable or pained to work toward something different and something far more valuable than comfort and moment to moment happiness.

Inpatient treatment as it applies to helping people achieve permanent sobriety is often structured on an understanding of these behavioral patterns and all that they entail. Therefore, recovery requires an honest and complete willingness to understand our behaviors and to be open to directed change that brings about an increase in responsibility.

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