What is the difference between drug rehabs for addiction, substance abuse & chemical dependency and treatment centers for those with alcoholism?
The treatment process for those suffering from things like drug addiction, substance abuse and chemical dependency versus alcoholism is basically the same. From a lay perspective, disregarding all the clinical jargon and fancy language, whether or not a client abuses drugs, alcohol, gambling and so on basically boils down to the fact that the substance or damaging behavior he or she chooses to partake in is not nearly as relevant as the underlying reasons perpetuating this behavior.
Granted, with regard to the initial detoxification process it is very important that the process is based specifically on the uniqueness of the substance/s being abused. As you may or may not know by now, alcohol detoxification can be a fatal proposition if done incorrectly whereas detox from marijuana or cocaine is basically non problematic. That said however, once the client is in the actual recovery or treatment process it comes down to resolving the underlying components which serve to perpetuate their need to drink, use drugs, gamble, etc. For example, taking a 12-Step point of view, if you compare the variation in wording between the written steps for NA (Narcotics Anonymous) and AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) you will see the difference is literally one or two words.
While drug rehab centers and alcohol treatment are basically one in the same, there is the common thought that it’s beneficial for the client to work with counselors, therapists and even a sponsor (a sponsor falls outside the scope of treatment) whom share a similar past in terms of the substance of choice. The reason behind this is that each substance has unique components that make it difficult for others to understand. Take crack-cocaine for instance; here is a drug that accompanies an often skid-row, criminal mentality, versus a lifestyle of alcohol abuse that can mean anything from high society lifestyle to living in a box on skid row as well…and everything in between.
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The information above is intended as a general guide based on the experience of many. The creators of this web page are not licensed physicians; we are caring individuals whom have experienced the horrors of addictive-type illnesses on many levels. We speak from many years of personal and professional experience. Please feel free to contact us for any reason at: firstname.lastname@example.org