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Drug Addiction Treatment – How to Stop Codependency

A new type of problem has arisen in dysfunctional families where one partner or a parent is an alcoholic or drug addict. This dysfunction is called codependence, and it primarily affects the sober partner, who tends to become the rescuer of the dependent person. The sober partner becomes the “therapist” to the alcoholic partner, hence the term “codependent” which describes the behaviors that help these couples to remain in the same vicious circle of dependence. If the dependent partner is dependent on a substance, and the codependent partner is dependent on the relationship, this codependency demands that excuses and allowances be made in order to preserve the relationship and continue the cycle.

Couples and families trapped in this co-dependent relationship are unlikely to identify the problem because each partner is unaware of their circumstance. If you or someone you know suffers from this volatile combination of codependency, get help now.

Therapy (individual and / or group) is a critical part of effective addiction treatment. Most alcoholics and addicts believe that if they are able to stop drinking or using for a week or two, that they could stop using forever. In reality, they need both group and individual therapy.

In individual therapy, addicts examine the motivation for their addictive behavior, build skills to resist drug use, replace drug-using activities with non-drug-using activities that are constructive and enlightening, and improve their ability to resolve problems. In addition, therapy helps individuals to rebuild and re-learn family and social living patterns.

Without learning and adopting the tools provided in therapy to identify and avoid addictive behavior, the likelihood of a relapse is greatly increased. When you are ready to admit that you need help from a professional addiction treatment program, we are here to help.

The appropriate duration of treatment for any individual depends on their unique problems and needs. Research indicates that for most patients, significant improvement is reached at about 3 months of addiction treatment.

The majority of these successful patients started their treatment with a safe, medical detox and continued their treatment with an inpatient residential rehab program. After this initial period, additional treatment through partial hospitalization can produce further progress toward recovery. This combination of treatment, followed with an extended stay at a halfway house, is significantly more successful than short-term outpatient care.

Our addiction treatment professionals are ready to help you find the addiction treatment program that will work best for you.

Get Help Now. Call 1-877-HOPE (4673).

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