Many people harbor the misconception that addiction treatment centers are somewhat akin to a minimum-security prison. Once you commit yourself to one, you are surrendering a whole host of your freedoms, and that once you check-in, you cannot voluntarily check out. You cannot leave of your own volition. And that you are treated with condescending disrespect by the nursing staff, who act as prison guards, intent upon keeping you “incarcerated” therein indefinitely.
But this caricature of sober living palm springs addiction treatment centers has absolutely no basis in reality. It may make for entertaining storylines on television and in the movies, but this is clearly not how addiction treatment centers actually operate in the real world. On the contrary, you will find that a treatment center is nothing like a prison. You are a free person, free to come and free to go, at will. And the staff that works at the facility there is not there to punish you, to restrict your freedoms, to punish, ridicule, humiliate, or break down your will in any way. On the contrary, they are most often kind, cordial, courteous, good listeners, good communicators, with a highly professional demeanor and work ethic.
An addiction treatment center provides hope. It provides guidance and direction to help you get your life back on track from whence it has derailed. When you are down and out, and your life has been completely overrun by the object of your obsession, to the point where it has destroyed not only your life, but the lives of those around you, and you are at the end of your rope, who can you turn to for help? Who can help you liberate yourself from the self-destruction that your addiction has wrought upon your life? An addiction treatment center helps to wean you off of your addiction, to enlighten you that life is possible without this addiction, to educate you on how to overcome and conquer it, and ultimately to provide you with the support, guidance, and encouragement you need to move on with your life.
There is an addiction treatment center for practically every type of addiction these days. There are treatment centers for drug addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, and even sex and/or pornography addiction. Each one of these vices tears away at the very fabric of what makes a human being a human being: They rob you of your free will and your ability to control yourself, because they take control over you to the point where you no longer have the ability to say no, and you are essentially obsessed with the object of your addiction, and your life revolves around it.
So what are some of the specific services that addiction treatment centers offer? What are some of the practices that they engage in? Let’s take a look at what are some of the services you might expect from them:
Substance Abuse Treatment – Quitting a drug cold turkey is neither easy nor is it always safe. They can help to wean you off of the substance you have been abusing and can help to detoxify your system, nursing you back to recovery.
Interventionism – Need someone who can keep tabs on you, hold you accountable, and be available to step in when you feel compelled to succumb to the temptation to indulge in your addiction? This can take the form of the buddy system, daily or weekly check-ins, monitoring, or even psychological conditioning therapy.
Counselors / Therapists – If you need someone to talk to, someone to pour your heart out to and vent, someone to turn to for guidance and help, then you can meet with a counselor or a therapist on a regular basis, to help you cope with your addiction and any other issues in your life that are affecting your ability to recover and resume a normal life.
Sober living homes – Sometimes, addiction can wreak so much havoc on your life, and deal such a devastating blow to your financial and social stability, and uproot you from your once-happy domicile, that you literally have no place to go in the post-recovery phase of your life. You need a place to stay, and going back to your former residence would prove to do more harm than good at this stage in your life when you are still vulnerable to succumbing to your addiction and falling back into remission. A sober living home is a transitory hospice facilitated by the addiction treatment center where you can stay for a while, with other recovering addicts, have to ease of access to counselors, and prepare you for returning back to your home, clean and sober.