When a patient comes for treatment at JourneyPure Bowling Green, a major goal for our staff is to educate them and their families about the science of addiction. If you’ve ever known someone with substance abuse issues, and you’ve never faced them yourself, you might be quick to jump to conclusions. “They have no willpower,” you might think. You can’t wrap your head around the fact they are “choosing” this lifestyle.
Addiction can cause people to take part in risky behavior. It ruins relationships, threatens job security, causes health issues—the list goes on. So why, even after knowing the risks, the consequences, and the terrible things that addiction brings into a person’s life, do they continue to use?
Yes, they may choose that first drink, or take that first pain pill, but there are biological, genetic, and environmental factors that need to be considered. More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2015. Research into the science of addiction has been helpful in overcoming negative stereotypes and has also helped clinicians understand and apply better treatment methods. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug-seeking and drug use. Chemical dependency literally changes the brain, from its structure to how it works.
Knowledge = Success
The importance of understanding the disease of addiction cannot be understated. One thing that will set a patient up for failure and possible relapse is going into treatment with a mindset that addiction treatment alone will cure them.
Addiction is a chronic disease, much like diabetes or heart disease. It can be successfully managed but never cured. Therefore, the addict needs to understand that recovery is a lifelong commitment. It is a challenging, one-day-at-a-time, battle. There will be triggers. There will be good days and bad days.
What treatment does is provide patients with the tools to succeed in their recovery—the tools to overcome the powerful urges to use, to change old mindsets about drug use, to strive for something positive each and every day.
Evidence-based Treatment at JourneyPure Bowling Green
JourneyPure Bowling Green provides evidenced-based, dual diagnosis treatment. These are treatment methodologies that are backed by significant research. All of the therapies utilized in our group and individual sessions, (Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, twelve-step facilitation, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, among others), have strong research supporting their use with individuals with addiction.
If you or a loved one needs help fighting what seems like a never-ending battle with drugs or alcohol, we are here to help. Our staff is ready to talk to you. Contact us today for a free consultation and benefits check.
Chris Clancy is the in-house Content Manager for JourneyPure’s Digital Marketing team, where he gets to explore a wide variety of substance abuse- and mental health-related topics. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist and researcher, with strong working knowledge of hospital systems, health insurance, content strategy, and public relations. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two kids.