Overcoming Addiction: Is it Possible?

Addiction can be a difficult thing to overcome, but it is possible. Olympia House Rehab's residential treatment program provides a peaceful and structured environment to begin the drug and alcohol recovery process. Our 24-hour staff is trained in various treatment options to offer the most individualized and effective treatment program for each resident. Although addiction recovery is challenging, addiction is treatable.

With supportive resources and the right treatment approach, you can overcome the physical and mental challenges you face recovering. Like other chronic relapsing diseases, such as asthma or heart disease, addiction is not curable, but can be successfully managed through appropriate treatment. Addiction has a relapse rate similar to that of other chronic diseases; for example, the relapse rate for asthma or high blood pressure is 50 to 70%, while addiction has a relapse rate of around 40 to 60%. Quitting smoking is a gradual process that often requires several attempts.

The unpleasant and sometimes life-threatening reactions that accompany abandoning an addiction can be challenging. But don't lose hope if things are difficult for you. Usually, the first step is to purge the body of drugs and control withdrawal symptoms. Medications may be used to control withdrawal symptoms, prevent relapse, or treat any co-occurring mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety.

Long-term follow-up can help prevent relapse and maintain sobriety. This may include attending in-person support groups or online meetings to help keep your recovery on track. Drug addiction treatment is not a quick and easy process. In general, the longer and more intense the drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment you will need. And in all cases, long-term follow-up care is crucial to recovery.

Be honest about your history of drug use when seeking medical treatment. If you need to have a medical or dental procedure, be sincere and look for a provider who will work with you on prescribing alternatives or on the absolute minimum medication needed. You should never be embarrassed or humiliated by previous drug use or denied pain medication; if that happens, look for another provider. If you were addicted to a prescription medication, such as an opioid pain reliever, you may need to talk to your doctor to find alternative ways to manage your pain. Regardless of which medication you have had problems with, it is important to stay away from prescription drugs with potential for abuse or use only when necessary and with extreme caution. Effective treatments for opioid addiction include medications used in the treatment of opioid addiction.

Only you can decide to overcome an addiction, but with the right plan and resources, recovery is possible. If you are struggling with an addiction, don't hesitate to reach out for help. Your number is (800) 662-HELP (435) or you can call our local rehabilitation center at (88) 795-1965 today.