Drug rehab is typically the place where addicts first begin to recognize that their choices, patterns of behavior and thought processes have been skewed terribly by drug and alcohol abuse. Addiction is accompanied by some characteristics common to all addicts. These features are often extremely unpleasant for the addict and friends and family of the addict to deal with.
The unhealthy characteristics of addiction often lead to failed relationships, missed employment opportunities, health issues, infractions with the law and loss of time with family and friends. They also keep the addict trapped in the disease of addiction. Uncomfortable external situations lead the addict to look for relief and enter drug rehab.
Many of these characteristics perpetuate the addict’s substance abuse while depleting him or her of self-esteem and confidence. The addict that attends drug rehab will be challenged to make the choice to change these characteristics.
PULL QUOTE: It is important to select a quality drug rehab facility. Lakeview Health’ staff will help you recognize and change unhealthy behavior patterns related to addiction, decreasing the risk of relapse.
Telling an addict to simply stop using drugs will not work. The way to change characteristics is to look at a pattern of behavior associated with addiction and work at changing the pattern to eliminate substance abuse. Characteristics don’t change just because we want them to.
Looking at the patterns of behavior associated with various characteristics will help us distinguish what changes need to take place. Oftentimes, usually in arguments, family and friends will point out the addicts’ negative behavior patterns. Once in drug rehab, the addict has already completed drug detox and is not under the influence of substances, which helps when attempting to change unhealthy behaviors.
|Characteristic||Old Pattern||New Pattern|
|Lying||Always has to be right, shifts blame||Can admit when wrong|
|Rule Breaking||Uses illegal drugs, violates boundaries||Follows drug rehab rules|
|Irresponsibility||Slacks off, doesn’t seem serious||Completes goals in a timely fashion|
|Hiding||Avoids responsibilities||Is assertive and responsible|
|Manipulation||Acts controlling to protect addiction||Uses honest and transparent communication|
|Emotional Unavailability||Detaches from family and friends||Is connected and emotionally present with family and friends|
This chart only indicates some possible behavior patterns. There are many more individualized patterns that develop from these unhealthy characteristics. Drug rehab is only the beginning of recovery from addiction and learning healthy behavior patterns will be a lifelong process for the recovering addict.
Entering drug rehab is the first step towards making changes in behavior patterns. When an addict chooses a different path and attends drug rehab, he or she will follow the rules, attend all scheduled meetings and be involved with the community. These are some of the opportunities for healthier behaviors found in drug rehab.
Drug rehab is beneficial in helping the addict learn new behaviors that are not self-defeating. The structure offered by a drug rehab program allows an addict to feel safe when attempting to make changes. Change takes time and practicing new behavior is essential. In a drug rehab program, the addict will have the time to practice new skills that promote sober living.
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