The Importance of Being Involved in Your Treatment Experience

The Importance of Being Involved in Your Treatment Experience

Being involved in your treatment encourages success

Although addiction treatment is available to anyone and everyone, it is not always successful in leading to long-term sobriety. Recovery is not a passive or half-hearted activity, and it requires active participation and involvement. Addiction to any drugs, whether prescription painkillers such as Lortab or street drugs like heroin, is a chronic disease, which means that relapse is unfortunately common. According to the New York Times, “Of the 23.5 million teenagers and adults addicted to alcohol or drugs, only about 1 in 10 gets treatment” (“Effective Addiction Treatment”), and of this already limited selection, 40 to 60 percent relapse. The reasons for relapse can be chemical, genetic, environmental, social or situational, but relapse is more likely to occur after inadequate or uninvolved treatment and aftercare.

Individuals should be involved in every step of the recovery process. The New York Times reports that “people typically do more research when shopping for a new car than when seeking treatment for addiction.” They may choose the closest or cheapest recovery program without verifying if it will treat the unique circumstances surrounding their addiction, if the counselors and therapy programs offered will match their personality and recovery needs and if the treatment program offers long-term support and guidance. Addiction treatment is an investment in your or a loved one’s future, so taking an active role in researching and selecting the right program as opposed to any program will benefit the recovery process.

Being involved in the process of selecting the right treatment program is the first step to successful addiction recovery, but the effort and energy involved does not end there. Treatment programs will not do the work for you. They offer information, guidance and therapy, but you must stay with the program and commit yourself to taking the necessary actions. reports, “successful outcomes often depend on a person’s staying in treatment,” and factors contributing to staying in treatment include individual motivation to change, social support, positive therapeutic relationships and help with co-occurring mental or physical health concerns (“What Helps People Stay in Treatment?”). Mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, often contribute to a lack of involvement and relapse, but quality addiction treatment programs will help patients address these concerns for an integrated and holistic recovery experience. However, patients have to be willing to participate and change thought and lifestyle patterns for addiction recovery to truly begin.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Lortab or Vicodin, call our toll-free helpline. We are here to help you take the first active step toward recovery. Our admissions coordinators will talk with you, listen to your concerns and match you or the addict in your life to the right treatment program. We are here 24 hours a day, and all calls are confidential. Please don’t hesitate to get involved; pick up the phone and begin recovery today.