Living in Los Angeles, a drug-laden environment can be witnessed quite readily. This urban center was recently cited as having the eight highest rate of drug use per capita. Another city in California (San Francisco) sports the highest national rate. In such an environment, it’s easy to get swept up in self-damaging drug use, leaving a person unable to maintain a job and family life for very long before collapsing under this debilitating pressure. Quitting alone is a difficult process that few manage to make it through. Typically, when someone decides to quit their drug use alone, they end up relapsing and reconfirming their addiction. This is especially true in a place like Los Angeles, where drug use is so prevalent. Drug rehabilitation is most effective when it is supported and guided by medical professionals who have both a theoretical and an experiential background in drug rehabilitation techniques.
Escaping addiction is about more than simply quitting the drug. It’s also about developing the emotional and psychological strength to stay away from the drug in the future, and developing new emotional mechanisms that replace the drug use. The void created by the absence of drug use needs to be filled with something more wholesome and sustainable, and mental healing needs to occur in the process. Effective drug rehabilitation programs recognize these needs and meet them in various ways – whether via faith, new physical projects and hobbies, healthy and balanced lifestyle, or volunteerism. The key to finding a drug rehabilitation program that’s right for you is envisioning your ideal post-addiction life, and finding a program that helps you take concrete steps towards achieving it.
While there are a number of levels of immersion you can find in treatment methods (ranging from weekly support groups to all-inclusive retreat facilities), it’s typically true that the stronger the addiction, the more immersive the following drug rehabilitation efforts need to be. If you’re only a short ways along on the road to recovery, it’s easy to relapse into old habits. The sight of a familiar alleyway or a chance encounter with an old drug contact can easily set you back on the wrong path. Drug rehabilitation that takes place in a secluded sanctuary lets you build up defense systems before having that sort of encounter, so that you’re better equipped to deal with the situation when it does arrive. For most people, an immersive retreat environment is most effective when it comes to drug rehabilitation.