Why Drug Addiction Recovery Requires More Than Willpower

Why Drug Addiction Recovery Requires More Than Willpower

Jun 28, 2018 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

Addiction is not simply ‘mind over matter’. Despite outdated beliefs that drug addiction is a sign of weakness, there is now a plethora of studies that confirm that addiction is a chronic brain disease. Drugs negatively impact the brain structure and metabolism. Like any other disease, this affects the function of the body’s organ and can have dangerous consequences if left untreated. So how does willpower play a part in drug addiction treatment and recovery?

Willingness is the first step

Drug addiction may not be a lack of will power. But willingness is essential to drug rehab treatment and recovery. Admitting you have a problem and learning to take responsibility for your actions is the first step to recovery.

At the start of this process, there may be a temptation to go ‘cold turkey’. However, abruptly removing drugs from your system can cause a variety of serious medical conditions, such as seizures and heart conditions. At The Providence Projects, we recommend seeking medical assistance to ensure you withdraw from drugs safely and in comfort. We offer detox programmes at our private drug rehab provided by our team of specialist doctors.

If you lack willpower

To overcome drug addiction, a drug addiction treatment programme will help you put your recovery first. This may mean staying away from possible triggers, such as certain people or places you associate with drugs. Drug rehab programmes may also encourage self-care habits, such as a healthy diet, exercise and fun sober activities. But many find their attention and desire to continue their recover may diminish after a little while.

At this point, it can be beneficial to have a support network of friends and family. Your loved ones can be a valuable motivator to help you remember why you started your drug recovery programme in the first place.

Therapy and drug counselling also offer techniques on how to increase your self-control. Our 1-2-1 counselling sessions include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, 12 Step and relapse prevention styles to help you continue your progress, even when your willpower is down.

 If you are concerned about your drug habits, or think a loved one may be suffering from drug abuse, contact our residential rehab, The Providence Projects in Bournemouth on 0800 955 0945 and learn more about how we can help.

Why Us:

The Providence Projects has been successfully delivering alcohol and drug rehab for over 20 years. The highly skilled counselling team and a proven and innovative treatment programme combine to ensure that all of our clients have the best possible chance of recovery.

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Our Model:

Steve Spiegel and Dr Turnbull agreed a mission when opening The Providence Projects in 1996 and our mission has remained the same; to provide effective and affordable addiction treatment in order to help men, women and families begin the process of recovery.

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If you are the person with the problem, or if you are the friend or family member and you want to speak confidentially or find out about the detox and rehab packages, please call us today and speak to one of our highly skilled addiction specialists on 0800 9550945.

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