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Complete Addiction Recovery is the ultimate destination in ones journey through substance abuse treatment or addiction rehabilitation. Many believe addiction recovery is a lifelong process and is ongoing for the remainder of an addict’s life. While this addiction treatment approach has proven successful for a number of people there are other substance abuse treatment and addiction recovery programs that achieve much higher lifelong success without the need for follow up meetings.  The following information is given in an attempt to explain addiction, the process of permanent addiction recovery from substance abuse through the drug rehabilitation process with alternative treatment options.

Addiction Recovery – Drug Addiction Rehabilitation

Addiction Recovery has been an ongoing discussion since the inception of the traditional 12 step program in 1939. Many attempts to explain the seemingly confusing components of drug and alcohol addiction are possibly borne out of a lack of understanding of all the potential contributing factors. These factors, both mental and physical, can be formidable barriers to successful addiction recovery.

Someone suffering drug or alcohol addiction obviously had some underlying reason for abusing the substance. A drug or alcohol addict, afflicted with addiction is always hung up on something in the past. However most start out using drugs or alcohol as a teenager having made a uniformed decision to do so. No one ever thinks they will become a drug or alcohol addict and need substance abuse treatment to achieve addiction recovery. Addiction Recovery as an ongoing process was a noble attempt by two honorable men (Dr Bob and Bill W) to help themselves and others overcome addiction to alcohol and provide fellowship for those afflicted with addiction.

Relapse is NOT part of Addiction Recovery

With the mantra “relapse is part of addiction recovery” it seems as though the addict is expected to fail versus succeed. This is viewed by many as disheartening and hopeless and often used as an excuse to revert back to drug or alcohol abuse ending the addiction recovery. Further attempts to achieve addiction recovery and the subsequent failures seem to drive in and solidify the belief that addiction is an incurable disease and addiction recovery is impossible.

Other addiction counselor and medical professionals, in the attempt to profit from the misgivings and failures of those going through drug addiction or alcoholism overtly describe addiction as a psychiatric mental emotional problem that should be dealt with more chemicals known as psychotropic drugs or anti-anxiety medications. This approach to addiction recovery can lead to further addictions.

Addiction Recovery is possible.

There as many scenarios that describe the millions of beginnings of drug or alcohol addiction in society as there are drug or alcohol addicts. Influences on today’s youth directly related to this are many, and if those that profit from the sale of drugs or alcohol would take responsibility for the death and destruction that results we might get somewhere. It looks quite possible this is the only industry that can catch people coming and going. Invent drugs that cause addiction, only to invent more drugs to treat addiction. With this approach even addiction watch counselors can begin to think addiction recovery is impossible.

There is hope! But it takes an understanding of addiction, hard work and the willingness to confront all possible factors to achieve addiction recovery. Each and every human being has a built stimulus response system designed to reward pro-survival behavior that will prolong the human race. This system has chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. These naturally produced chemicals are directly related to how a person thinks and feel. When someone has abused drugs or alcohol an imbalance of these chemicals is created. Restoration of these naturally produced chemicals is essential in addiction recovery and usually occurs in 90 days or so after any and all drugs are stopped.

The toll Drugs Take on the Body

Alcohol and drugs are recognized by the body as a poison and are filtered out by the liver and kidneys and secreted out of the body via the sweat glands, urination or excrement. These metabolites are what are tested for in a drug or alcohol test within the bloodstream and are promoted to leave the body via bloodstream within 3-5 days after use for drugs, such as methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, crack and others. Marijuana takes 30 days or longer and alcohol is usually gone with in 24 hours. Many studies have shown these metabolite toxins to adhere to various tissues in the body and opiates to imbed themselves in bone marrow. Thus it is unknown how long these metabolic toxins actually stay in the body.  Hair follicle tests have proven these toxins to stay much longer than previously thought, probably for years.

Drug and alcohol abuse burns up vitamins and minerals which causes a person to feel bad and get sick very easily. With the adherence to the tissue the continued burn up of nutrients occurs causing the person to continually feel worse and increase the desire to use drugs or alcohol and impedes addiction recovery. We have yet to mention the underlying mental emotional problems, quilt or self esteem issues that lay in the road to addiction recovery. Until all of these factors are confronted achieving permanent addiction recovery and lifelong sobriety is extremely difficult.

Addiction Recovery- Substance Abuse Treatment

With many factors to confront, various levels of addiction, thousands of drugs and millions addicts, substance abuse treatment or drug rehabilitation comes in a variety of methods, philosophies, and lengths of stays. There are virtually as many substance abuse treatment programs for addiction recovery as there are drug rehabilitation facilities.

Quality addiction treatment centers or drug rehabilitation programs confront all aspects of addiction to achieve addiction recovery.  The drug or alcohol addiction definitely needs to be treated however if the barriers listed above are not handled, the chances of complete addiction recovery are diminished.

Rehabilitating the entire individual should include restoring the nutritional deficiencies, removing the toxins that can cause drug or alcohol cravings, handling the underlying mental emotional issues and teaching the person how to live life and be happy again. With this approach the probability of achieving permanent addiction recovery is improved many times over. Addiction recovery programs of 90 days or longer assists in this endeavor.


Permanent addiction recovery is possible with the right addiction treatment center, but it is important to consider all the facets of addiction. Most addiction treatment centers offer one of four types of drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs that vary in cost, length and most importantly success.

These programs offer many different kinds of treatment for addicts needing addiction recovery, like inpatient treatment, outpatient rehab, detox facilities, and sober living homes. Inpatient addiction treatment is generally designed for addicts who require more intensive treatment to achieve addiction recovery where they will reside with supervision and counseling from certified addiction treatment professionals.

Outpatient addiction treatment is usually for those addicts who have less severe addictions and might achieve addiction recovery in a drug rehabilitation program with a few addiction counseling sessions a week for several hours, then return home at the end of the day. Detox is the first step in recovering from addiction to alcohol and benzodiazepines and offered at some addiction treatment centers, but only those with medical equipment and staff on hand to handle the safe detoxification of addicts in a comfortable environment.

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