Originally Posted @ http://www.newbridgerecovery.com/4-pillars-successful-addiction-treatment/
Has treatment failed for you in the past? Having trouble staying sober? This information could make a huge difference… The Four Pillars of Addiction Treatment are as follows:
- A Structured Treatment Program
- Medication-Assisted Treatment
- Family Involvement &Integration
- Recovery Network & 12 Step Support
Observation and experience has proven that these principles are paramount in successful long-term addiction treatment. Each pillar is important by itself, but for the recovering addict or alcoholic a firm recovery needs to incorporate all four pillars. What exactly are these pillars consisted of? More importantly, how do quality treatment centers like NewBridge Recovery provide clients with these tools?
The First Pillar: Structured Treatment Program
Early recovery can be a chaotic, emotional, and delicate situation. A healthy treatment regiment and a stable environment are conducive to recovery. By establishing an effective routine with planned out activities and groups, the treatment provider creates a comfortable and trusting place for recovery to occur. At NewBridge we structure our program to accommodate the individual. As recovery progresses, the treatment structure may change or adapt to meet the individual needs of each person.
The Second Pillar: Medication-Assisted Treatment
As I have written about recently, Medication-Assisted Treatment or MAT has really become an integral part of addiction treatment. Termed the new “Gold Standard” for treating opioid addiction, MAT can help people addicted to various substances. Medicines that reduce cravings and block narcotic effects can help aid in alcohol and opioid addiction. Other medications, non-addictive, can help with anxiety and insomnia. As more medications are developed to assist in addiction recovery, MAT is only going to become more wide-spread.
The Third Pillar: Family Involvement & Integration
Often undervalued as a component of recovery, the family aspect can be crucial in successful treatment. In active addiction, the addict and the family are often involved in a co-dependent or toxic relationship. In early recovery, NewBridge encourages rebuilding of the family unit and helps each member of the family to recover in their own way. We encourage family members to play a healthy role in the individuals recovery, without trying to “control” the situation.
The Fourth Pillar: Recovery Network & 12 Step Support
Experience has taught addiction professionals that a strong recovery support system, such as a 12 step program, can be a huge asset in staying sober. Having a group of peers, recovering alcoholics or addicts, can help reduce feelings of loneliness and guilt. It is also a great way for someone new to recovery begin making connections and friendships to people who have overcome addiction. These connections and the support support of sober peers can boost early recovery. These early relationships may develop into real friendships that can last a lifetime.
Each one of the Four Pillars for Successful Addiction Treatment plays a unique role in the overall recovery process. If all four of these pillars are being implemented during addiction treatment, the client has the best chances of long-term sobriety. These four pillars support sobriety and if one of these pillars is ignored or ceased, then sobriety becomes less stable like a chair that is missing a leg. Take away another pillar, and sobriety becomes a two-legged stool, bound to topple over soon.