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The Problems with Traditional Addiction TreatmentAddiction may develop because of many complex and interrelated problems in people’s lives in Anchorage. These problems can be social, financial, physical or psychological. Other people’s addictions create these problems in their lives. Regardless of whether personal problems lead to an addiction or vice versa, the relationships between an addiction and other problems in a person’s life needs to be acknowledged in a successful addiction treatment program. While most traditional treatments address only a person’s addiction, the best treatments look at all aspects of a person’s addiction and the problems related to it.

How Traditional Addiction Treatment Works for Anchorage Residents

Traditional addiction treatments emphasize getting rid of a person’s addiction. Most of the time they do not focus on the reasons behind the addiction or the problems that have come up in a person’s life in Anchorage as a result of the addiction. These forms of treatment often use medications and drug detox programs to help a person break out of their physical addiction. They will also sometimes use counseling and support groups to help people maintain their addiction-free lifestyle.

How Holistic Addiction Treatment Works for Anchorage Residents

Holistic addiction treatments look at a person’s life in Anchorage as a whole to seek out the aspects of his or her life that have contributed to the addiction. These programs also identify the effects of the addiction and attempt to repair any damage done. Many people who struggle with addiction also have other problems in their lives such as the following:

  • Abuse or history of abuse
  • Lack of social connections
  • Loss of job
  • Loss of loved one
  • Poor job or school performance

Quite often people with addictions also suffer from a psychological issue. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that about 50 percent of people who have severe mental illnesses also have a problem with a substance addiction. Psychological disorders that are commonly found alongside addictions include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Psychosis

In holistic treatment both the addiction itself and the problems surrounding it are addressed. Holistic addiction treatment programs work with Anchorage residents to identify how the addiction is affecting lives, how the situations in their lives are affecting the addiction, and what they can do to regain control of all aspects of their lives and begin recovery. The treatment and recovery process is usually longer than a treatment focused only on the physical addiction, but it includes support for long-term addiction recovery success.

Anchorage Residents Can Find Addiction Treatment That Works

Although many addiction treatment programs focus on the addiction and overlook its underlying causes or effects, there are holistic treatment options available for Anchorage residents. We are available 24 hours a day to help you address all facets of your addiction and help you get on the right track to recovery. Call our toll-free number today.