You might notice that when you take someone in to a rehab program to be treated for addiction that there are all kinds of different ways that the matter might be addressed. Addictions come in all shapes and forms and are difficult to define but a rehab program needs a practical, real definition to qualify its residents.
A rehab program will likely use the broad definition of addiction which is that it is a dependence on a substance that becomes primary in a person’s life. It is typically alcohol or drugs but it can also be an activity (like gambling) or even a person (as in sex addiction.)
Unlike simple habits, addictions are dependencies that take over the life and negatively affect and damage all of the person’s relationships as well as his physical, mental and spiritual health.
- A rehab program might use a point system to identify the characteristics of the addict such as –
- The person has a regular pattern of using that could be called habitual use
- The person continues use despite evidence that it causes problems at work, home and with finances
- The person demonstrates a tolerance towards the drug and needs more and more of the substance
- The person has a physical need for the substance or else physical problems start to occur
Some rehab program counselors see addiction as a disease in which addicts are seen as being afflicted with the illness of addiction. Some other rehab program counselors do not subscribe to the idea that the addict must be helpless and instead see these addictive behaviors as being a choice.
Often, in a rehab program, the addict will learn about how a predisposition towards addiction was developed by being exposed to addicted family members or about how some addictive behaviors have even been traced to DNA. In either case the point of the rehab program is to pinpoint the problem and help the drug addict address so he or she can be free of it.