Addiction treatment is a field of care that is perpetually developing and improving as science teaches more about the brain and behaviors behind substance abuse and alcoholism. This page takes a look at some of these approaches and also the treatment
approach offered at the Cirque Lodge in Sundance and Orem Utah. It is our hope you will get more out of what goes into treating substance abuse and recovery.
Addiction Can Require Professional Treatment
Prolonged use and abuse of drugs and alcohol can make changes to the brain that results in dependency. Alcohol and drug addiction can develop into an uncontrollable impulse, changing behaviors significantly as the individual becomes solely focused on obtaining that next high from their substance of choice. The dilemma in this behavior is that toxic levels of substances can become fatal, and all too often do. The individual can go to any lengths to meet their need for the substance; hurting their family, friends, affecting professional relationships and even becoming involved in illegal activities.
Addiction treatment efforts become a life saving measure in this case. The significant changes to the brain demonstrate mental disease-like qualities within the individual. Professional treatment is a means to addressing this disease, a chronically relapsing problem for some. The help of an addiction treatment program can be crucial in lowering the levels of toxicity in the individual and offering needed care and intervention.
The treatment approach to addiction can vary according to the needs of the individual. Advancements have been made in the clinical treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse. When an addict comes to a treatment center with their problem this process will usually begin with a thorough assessment. Most providers and facilities will begin with this type of process to best determine the most effective approach to care. It can be with more personalized therapies, or through a series of experiential or behavioral interventions. The assessment will provide the information in creating an appropriate treatment plan for that individual.
Approaches to Addiction Treatment
A more effective approach to treating the disease of addiction is to create a continuum of care and therapy for the alcoholic/addict. The alcohol or drug rehab center should offer a number of caring approaches to treat the addiction. In this disease of individuals, different levels of intervention and therapy based upon that initial critical assessment can help address personal struggles upon a personal level. Below are simple breakdowns of a few different approaches used normally within an addiction treatment program.
Most treatment approaches will begin with a period of detoxification. Most facilities will use a medical detox to allow the drugs or alcohol to run their course through the system. Different types of drugs and especially alcohol can be complicated by withdrawal symptoms. These are adverse health reactions that can occur when the drugs/alcohol is taken away from the dependent person. These effects can vary, but can become quite severe and even fatal if not appropriately treated. The medical environment provides for appropriate clinical and physician care and medications to address such withdrawal reaction. Once the individual is stabilized, the alcoholic or addict is prepared to undergo the other aspects of treatment.
Therapy is a broad subject when it comes to an addiction treatment facility. Generally, some form of clinical therapy will be used by an alcohol or drug rehab provider. The difference in treatment centers may be the degree of therapies that are offered. Personal therapies are utilized to address the individual person. Treatment can also involve the use of group therapies and family therapies for dealing with all the underlying concerns and resentments that may be present in the struggling individual. Behavioral therapies can be used to look at the thought processes and actions taken by the alcoholic/addict. Experiential therapies have also been used in many different capacities and forms in addiction treatment.
Support groups and networks are also introduced within the structure of an addiction program. The majority of rehab facilities work upon a recovery oriented system. Many also utilize the modality of the 12-step program developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. These systems and models give levels of personal and group support as a means of getting and staying sober. Support is a great equalizer in this field. Counselors, therapist and professionals alike have oftentimes walked a similar path of addiction and recovery; they can provide levels of support. Fellow addicts and alcoholics can relate their experiences with one another as a means to strengthen and support one another.
Treating substance abuse can also involve levels of prescription medications to assist with addiction and recovery. There are medications that have been developed to lessen cravings, to deal with withdrawal symptoms and also to help with stabilization. Many alcohol and drug rehab centers are referred to as Dual diagnosis centers, or as a co-occurring treatment facility. These facilities diagnose and treat co-occurring mental health and eating disorders that may be present in individuals. These facilities will prescribe medications to help those struggling with addictions to deal with things like depression, anxiety or similar mental health disorders.
Cirque Lodge Approaches to Addiction Treatment
Cirque Lodge utilizes many of the approaches used in effective addiction treatment today, including many of the aspects that were discussed previously. What has made the Cirque Lodge a well-respected and leading addiction treatment center is our unique approaches to treatment, care and support that is utilized here in the surround of the mountains of Utah.
More on our Program
The environment in and around Cirque Lodge plays quite the therapeutic role in the treatment and recovery process for individuals and families. The facilities are private and exclusive and provide an atmosphere of luxury to those who are struggling and in need of niceness in their lives. This environment is facilitated by a dedicated and caring staff, available around the clock to meet individual needs with care and support. A unique and beneficial part of this environment is the mountain locations of the facilities. The surround of nature and the mountains are utilized not only for their therapeutic, but also their spiritual qualities for healing, growing and recovery.
Balance to Care and Recovery with a Treatment Plan
Many times you run into situations where therapy is emphasized and the continuing care aspect of recovery is not covered. Or adversely, you get a very involved support network, without the clinical means to address the underlying medical concerns or underlying issues of the substance abuse problem. A treatment plan takes great care in providing a continuum of recovery with the intensive therapies needed to address the underlying things and loving support needed for a long term sober outcome. Treatment planning by is extensive an ongoing to provide the best possible approaches on a caring level for each resident.
Clinical and Experiential Therapies
Treatment involves the best approaches to clinical therapies. This is combined with a highly effective experiential program. Experiential therapies allow the recovering alcoholic or addict to learn and develop through hands on experiences. Much of this is done in our beautiful mountain environment through nature based activities. At our Studio facility, there is also an indoor ropes challenge course used to teach strategies of problem solving and recovery. Perhaps one of the most effective programs offered through experiential work is through equine therapy. Valuable lessons are learned as the alcoholic/addict engages in working with horses.
Aftercare & Alumni Programs
Recovery from addiction is a long term process. Time spent in a residential treatment is only the beginning. Continued efforts are required to assist individuals in early recovery, when relapse is most likely to occur. Cirque Lodge takes a step forward with individuals by providing them with a coordinated aftercare effort. Those who remain local to our facility can take advantage of weekly aftercare meetings and 12-step recovery meetings held at the Studio Facility each and every night. Cirque Lodge also provides a growing Alumni program for graduates of alcohol and drug rehab. This involves Mentors, sober companions, renewal programs and support groups across the country.
We encourage you to visit our next section about how the treatment program and its clinical approach through experiential therapies and family support can set one on the proper course for recovery.