Drug and alcohol addiction destroys the desire to be healthy, and interferes with any health-building habits such as eating healthy meals, exercising, not smoking, and of course, not using drugs and/or alcohol. Thus, many people have to learn how what it takes to be healthy during their inpatient detox program. At these programs, they may teach healthy eating, how to exercise, how to meditate, and how to think mentally healthy thoughts.
You've no doubt heard of the 12-step program. This is a program you will find in many detox facilities in Oregon, Utah, Idaho and other western states. The 12-step process is based on the idea that your addiction is incurable - and possibly genetic. Thus, the philosophy is that you will need ongoing treatment for the rest of your life. The 12-step process offers some psychological strategies for dealing with the stressors of life and includes an accountability component where you are accountable to your mentor for your actions.
Some people want a 12-step program to help them get through the next six months of their life or may use the program for times longer than this.
By believing that your addiction is incurable, you are setting up a way to fail at recovery. When you think about it, if you believe a disease is incurable, it's easy to give up and not do much to help yourself. It's also easy to pass the buck and not take responsibility for your actions. When you believe a disease is curable, on the other hand, you will do everything you can in your power to overcome the disease.
Addiction cannot be incurable because many have been able to overcome it. At many detox facilities in Idaho, Washington, Utah, Oregon, Montana, and other states, you'll find that the counselors do not believe that addiction is incurable, nor is it genetic. Addiction may occur for many reasons, and sometimes the addiction is the result of prescription drug medications.
Thus, would you say the doctor caused addiction and made you develop the need for addiction treatment? The doctor would say it's the drug's fault, as the pharmacological companies have made the drugs more potent and addictive and if your physiology is human, then it will become susceptible to developing addiction. Sometimes as little as one dosage of the medication is addictive and leads to the need for addiction treatment.
One of the first steps in detox is psychological, admitting you have a problem, but the next steps involve taking personal responsibility for your choices. If you were 'stuck' in a situation where you had to take the prescription drug that was addictive for pain, then decreasing the source of the pain is the solution. You wouldn't need any painkillers if the source of the pain were eliminated. This is why it's so important to work with practitioners who can heal your body of the source of the pain before you go into the detox center.
The good news is that detox centers in Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and other states are ready for you to begin your healing process. Addiction treatment can be very successful.