Addiction Treatment Palatine, IL

ADDICTION TREATMENT NEEDS A UNIQUE APPROACH
Addiction is a terrible disease that can have more than just physical damage to one’s body. Many people who struggle with drug addiction or substance abuse, may also struggle with co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, depression or PTSD, to name a few. The reality is that treating only one symptom will not be enough.

A patient who has anxiety will drink to deal with the anxiety. By treating the alcohol addiction, the anxiety will still be present and can easily drive the patient to begin drinking again. Even people with physical conditions such as low blood sugar or hypoglycemia will consistently consume large amounts of alcohol just for the sugar. Many people do not realize this and are plagued by relapse in an endless cycle of one’s life. Thus, we offer treatment that addresses the multiple conditions that fuel the addictive behaviors to begin with.

ADDICTION TREATMENT NEEDS A UNIQUE APPROACH

IN ORDER TO HELP PATIENTS BEAT THEIR ADDICTION, WE COMBINE TRADITIONAL MEDICATION WITH:

  • MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING
  • POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
  • HOLISTIC SELF-CARE
  • NUTRITIONAL GUIDANCE
  • MEDITATION/YOGA
  • SMART RECOVERY
  • PROCESS GROUPS

HOWEVER, TO TRULY BEGIN ADDICTION TREATMENT, THE ADDICTED INDIVIDUAL NEEDS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ADDICTION AND BE WILLING TO SEEK TREATMENT ON SOME LEVEL. THIS IS WHERE AN INTERVENTION CAN HELP, IF ONE DOES SO PROPERLY. AN INTERVENTION IS THE CHANCE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO COME FORWARD WITH CONCERNS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL WHO STRUGGLES WITH AN ADDICTION. HOWEVER, THE INTERVENTION NEEDS TO FOCUS ON SHARING AND SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER, NOT ABOUT ACCUSING OR ANTAGONIZING ONE ANOTHER.

WHILE IT IS HIGHLY PROBABLE THAT THE ADDICTED INDIVIDUAL DOES NOT REALIZE THE ADDICTION IS HURTING THOSE AROUND HIM OR HER, IT IS NOT HEALTHY TO ONLY FOCUS ON HURTING THE INDIVIDUAL INSTEAD OF SEEKING TREATMENT. WE CAN OFFER ADVICE ON HOW TO PROCEED WITH AN INTERVENTION, IF NECESSARY. THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IS THAT THE ADDICTED INDIVIDUAL SEEKS AND RECEIVES TREATMENT FOR THE ADDICTION. IN OTHER CASES, AN INTERVENTION MAY NOT BE NECESSARY.

ONCE THE INDIVIDUAL IS WILLING TO SEEK TREATMENT, WE WILL BEGIN THE INTAKE PROCESS. SINCE NO TWO PATIENTS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME, WE NEED TO DEVELOP A TREATMENT THAT ADDRESSES THE INDIVIDUAL PATIENT’S NEEDS. DURING THE INTAKE PROCESS, WE WILL GO OVER THE PATIENT’S MEDICAL HISTORY, CURRENT CONDITION AND ANY PAST ADDICTION TREATMENT METHODS THE PATIENT HAS GONE THROUGH.

AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT PERSON

One factor about addiction that many people do not realize is that addiction can cause people to drastically change in personality. A variety of illicit substances hijack the neurotransmitters, which are the messengers that carry signals to the brain. The substance can provide a rush of chemicals in the brain that make the individual feel good, more so than other non-lethal substances. The hijacked neurotransmitters tell the brain that it needs more of the illicit substance. The longer one abuses the substance, the more they need to consume in order to feel the effects.

Slowly but surely, the substance almost rebuilds the brain to constantly require the specific substance. So when family and friends approach a loved one about an addiction, the individual is not necessarily the exact same person they knew. Due to this, it is important to speak with professionals about how to help the individual receive the necessary treatment. If the individual is willing to seek treatment, then feel free to give us a call.

TREATMENT THAT ADDRESSES ALL ISSUES

In order to properly treat one’s addiction, we need to treat the issues that also cause the addiction. If we do not address what caused the addiction, then there is a high possibility of the addiction returning following the treatment. It is important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all addiction treatment. While the detox process may be similar to others, the overall treatment will vary per the individual patient’s needs.

By developing a personal treatment plan for the individual, we can help to establish what the individual needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle free of the addiction. The road to addiction recovery is not as simple as just taking a form of medication; it requires therapy, positive psychology and group therapy. The key to a successful recovery is to find support from family, friends or AA/NA (Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous) groups.

To begin treatment, call us today. Whether you are a loved-one of an addicted individual or the individual struggling with addiction, do not hesitate to give us a call. We take the time to truly understand the patient in a comforting environment. This way, you or your loved one will feel safe to open up about the addiction struggle and seek treatment.

If you would like to learn more about counseling and the various treatments we provide, call 773-592-7227 to schedule a consultation.