Suntan12 - I just wanted to say that substance abuse rehabilitation programs are really important for the addict to deal with their addiction.
Most offer in patient care because the treatment is so intense and the patient has to be totally focused and free of distractions.
Some of these treatments involve receiving medication for the withdrawal symptoms suffered and it also includes psychotherapy and group therapy to address the reasons for the addiction.
Through cognitive behavioral therapy an addict can begin to understand the underlying patterns of why they make the choices that they make and what drives them to reach for their drug.
Once they undercover the reasons the therapist will be able to recondition the addict to reach for a different stimulus when developing feelings for the drug.
They say that it takes at least three weeks for a habit to be cemented which is why most of these programs require inpatient stays.
Once the addict has received treatment they can move on to a group therapy format like an alcoholics anonymous or narcotics anonymous in order to be held accountable for their actions outside of rehab program.
These groups are very effective because addicts start to realize that they are not alone in their addiction and they also begin to understand how destructive the addiction is.