Treatment Is a Transition, Not an End

Treatment Is a Transition, Not an End

Treatment helps California residents find effective ways to transition into and to maintain long-term recovery

Addiction is a treatable, but chronic disease. There is no guaranteed cure, but there are effective ways that California drug addicts can find and maintain long-term recovery. Treatment provides the tools that people need to transition from active addiction to a healthy, drug-free life.

Transition and Relapse

Relapse is an unfortunately common mistake that California drug addicts will make as they transition from active addiction into active sobriety. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that “no single treatment is effective for everyone” (“DrugFacts: Treatment Appr oaches for Drug Addiction,” September 2009). This statement means that no one treatment is a cure-all for addiction, because recovery is a gradual process that builds upon itself. If one treatment method does not work, it does not mean that recovery is out of reach. In fact, relapse or failed treatment attempts are learning experiences, because they shape and guide the next steps people should take as they transition into recovery.

Change and Recovery

The NIDA shares that another tenet of treatment is that “an individual’s treatment and services plan must be assessed continually and modified as necessary to ensure that it meets his or her changing needs.” Change is the key word—recovery is a process of change, and initial treatment is essential for beginning that change. It provides the tools, resources and motivation that California drug addicts need to get sober, but it is a short-term solution to a long-term transition. As addicts continue recovering, the level of treatment that they need will change. They may immediately benefit from a stay in an inpatient treatment center that provides around-the-clock support and supervision. These centers provide controlled environments in which drug use is impossible. After detox and intensive inpatient therapy end, a patient may have different needs; he may choose transitional housing or intensive outpatient therapy, which may be followed by support group meetings and continued therapy sessions. Treatment is available at all stages of addiction and recovery, and it will support every transition throughout life, so do not ever stop attending it.

Find Treatment for California Drug Addicts

If you or a California loved one is ready to transition into a drug-free life, we are here to help. When you call our toll-free helpline, you will speak directly with an admissions coordinator to learn more about treatment options. They are available 24 hours a day to help you take the first step towards a healthy, happy future.

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