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While privacy and confidentiality are the law at all drug treatment centers, some programs specialize in creating an exclusive environment conducive to a discreet recovery. Unlike many large addiction treatment programs which accommodate dozens of people, smaller programs may create a more intimate and private setting – which is ideal for executives and professionals. The Company of Like-Minded People

High-functioning addicts may be in denial and think, “How can I be a drug addict? I haven’t lost my job; I’m not homeless.” It is very helpful to find a recovery environment which fits your image of yourself. Treatment with like-minded people or people with a similar socio-economic status may help you realize that other affluent and successful people also struggle with addiction. In these surroundings you may be more likely to acknowledge that you have a problem. Treatment in a safe, healing and gender-specific environment may allow you to share vulnerable information about self-esteem issues, past traumas and other concerns without worrying about how these personal revelations may be interpreted by the opposite sex. An Opportunity to Reinvent Oneself

Addicts generally are intelligent and full of potential, but haven’t found healthy ways to manage their stress. Many may have co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficient disorders or social phobias. These may contribute to feelings of shame and low self-esteem. Individuals may have chosen to play it safe in their profession, choosing one that is comfortable rather than challenging. They may not be living up to their full potential. Twelve Step programs challenge recovering addicts to take contrary action; feel the fear, but act with courage. Choosing a treatment program which teaches ways to improve self-esteem while you work on underlying personal issues may assist you in acting with courage. Treatment can be an opportunity to completely reinvent one’s self. Some may uncover new passions and begin to live life more fully. After completing rehab, many addicts find new options open to them. Some go back to school, begin new career paths and find new hobbies and interests. Family Involvement

Addiction is a family disease, and recovery is a family process. Family member learn behaviors in response to a loved one’s addiction, and family members may need to recover in order to restore healthy functioning to the family system. Family involvement and support is critical to the success of every recovering person. Most programs have a family component in which families are encouraged to participate. Families are taught about the disease of addiction, how to support their addicted family member, as well as how to take care of themselves. Families need to feel empowered to deal with the addict in their lives. Ongoing Support While Transitioning Back to the Community

Outpatient programs and sober living houses offer structure, therapy and support while recovering addicts transition

into regular life. Clients usually work or attend school during the day and attend Twelve Step meetings and therapy sessions in the evenings. Choosing a program which includes frequent attendance at Twelve Step meetings may make attending meetings after treatment more comfortable. A Final Note

To facilitate a smooth transition back into the community, a comprehensive aftercare plan is necessary. That plan should include attendance at Twelve Step meetings, outpatient treatment and/or therapy. Most programs encourage attending at least 90 Twelve Step meetings in 90 days. Once at home, focus on doing what you learned to do in treatment. Use the tools you have been taught to ensure a smooth transition from treatment to ‘real life’. Drug rehab is only a short sojourn in the larger scheme of life, but it is an experience that may bring hope and a world of new possibilities. Even if rehab means taking a short break from a career, new doors may open which may make the sacrifice worthwhile. Tanya Desloover, MA, CADC-II, is the program manager and Marriage and Family Therapist at The Rose, a renowned women-only addiction treatment center in Newport Beach, CA. She also has a private practice in Costa Mesa, CA.

In recovery magazine winter 2013  
In recovery magazine winter 2013  
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