What is Chemical Dependency Treatment?

The concepts of addiction and chemical dependency may seem like similar or identical illnesses. Outside of the medical community, it would make sense to think of someone who struggles with an addiction to drugs or alcohol as being chemically dependent. However, the two terms have different meanings.


Addiction is loosely defined as the changes in behavior and physical health symptoms that result from being chemically dependent on a substance. Chemical dependency, on the other hand, causes physical dependence. For example, if you have used cocaine for an extended period of time. And developed a tolerance to the substance or experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to reduce or stop using, you have a chemical dependency on cocaine. Chemical dependency is treatable through comprehensive addiction treatment. 


What Is Chemical Dependency Treatment? 

There are various types of chemical dependency treatment programs. The type of program and treatment intensity offered at the treatment facility will vary depending on your unique treatment needs. If you are struggling with a severe addiction or have completed a treatment program before and experienced relapse, an inpatient rehab program is likely the best choice for you. At an inpatient rehab, the first step is often detox. During medically supervised detox, a highly trained staff of treatment professionals will provide support and guidance throughout the most challenging times of the detox. From there, it is possible to transition to the therapeutic portion of your program so you can begin taking the steps towards overcoming chemical dependency. 


For those who struggle with a less severe addiction or chemical dependency, outpatient programs are often an effective way to meet your sobriety goals. Outpatient programs offer the same types of addiction treatment without the residential component. Outpatient programs allow participants the opportunity to receive potentially lifesaving treatment services while remaining at home and participating in day-to-day obligations such as work, childcare, or education. 


In addition to inpatient treatment programs (residential treatment programs), aftercare services and family education programs are vital components to chemical dependency treatment. Although a comprehensive addiction treatment program can help you achieve sobriety and begin your journey to long-term recovery, the work of staying sober does not end when you need treatment. Aftercare programs are designed to help keep you immersed in the treatment process while slowly transitioning back into your community environment. Most aftercare programs involve weekly sessions and regularly scheduled peer support groups to help you continue making progress while practicing and reinforcing relapse prevention skills learned during therapy.


Although the immediate impacts of addiction affect the individual struggling with drug or alcohol use, family, friends, and loved ones also suffer. Part of a comprehensive treatment program at Rise in Malibu includes family education programs. It is essential to include family as part of the treatment and aftercare process as many addicts in recovery will return home to their family members. The family must understand how to help their loved one without enabling and how to recognize the signs of potential relapse to help their loved ones get back into treatment before relapse occurs.


How Rise in Malibu Treats Addiction Effectively

At Rise in Malibu, we understand that addiction is a unique disease, meaning although two people may experience an addiction to the same substance, the symptoms, and struggles they will experience while using and while trying to get clean will be different. At our luxury Malibu rehab, we understand that for treatment to be effective, it must be designed specifically around your unique treatment needs and goals. Cookie-cutter treatments are simply not effective in helping everybody achieve sobriety.


When you first come to Rise, our highly trained treatment staff will work with you to learn more about your addiction and treatment needs. From there, we will design A comprehensive addiction treatment program using a mix of evidence-based therapies and alternative holistic therapy models designed to help you heal physically, psychologically, and spiritually. If you are ready to take the first steps towards overcoming addiction, contact us at our luxury Malibu rehab today to learn more about how our programs can help. 

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