When a person is addicted to one or more drugs, life is going to eventually begin a downward spiral. Most people do not set out to become drug addicts. Typically, mental and emotional issues in their lives lead them to try certain drugs and then as they experience some form of escape from what is causing their underlying unhappiness or depression, the physical nature of an addiction takes over and the person is then consumed by the constant need for the drug. Once the physical addiction takes over, their mental and emotional issues may be temporarily blanked out for certain periods of time, but their entire lives become worse as they lose all semblance of control over their actions.
If the addicted person doesn’t then seek help on their own, perhaps friends or family have put together an intervention to force them to confront their addiction. Sometimes, their drug induced state may have caused them to unintentionally seriously harm another person, themselves, or perform an illegal act, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causing a serious accident. Such a circumstance might end up with a court ordered directive to enter a drug rehab program or face a jail sentence.
Any successful drug rehab program must address the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the addiction. This means that while physical detoxification is occurring, and the drug is working its way out of the individual’s system, the mental and emotional components that caused the addiction in the first place must be addressed. Causes need to be determined by various therapies as well as group, family, and individual counseling. The person must ultimately be able to admit that they do indeed have an addiction and they want to permanently recover from it.
Though different drug rehab programs may have their own variations to the basic ways of addressing these issues, they are all residential facilities that require a certain amount of time and a tremendous amount of will and effort to identify the underlying destructive behaviors and emotions and change those in order to avoid a relapse.