Addiction & Chemical Dependency:
Drug addiction, also known as Chemical Dependency, is a term that
refers to a disease of the nervous system which is manifested by a
loss of control over the use of a substance such as drugs or alcohol,
which results in problems from its use and may be accompanied by withdrawal
symptoms when the substance is discontinued. A person suffering from
drug or alcohol addiction may experience cravings for drugs and alcohol
and continue to use the substances despite adverse consequences. Each
substance can carry the risk for misuse, abuse, dependence and even
The abuse of drugs and alcohol may result in both physical and psychological
injury and illness, including liver damage, heart problems, infections
such as AIDs, legal problems, divorce, alienation from children, financial
loss, depression, panic attacks, hospitalization, memory loss(both
acute blackouts and actual brain injury that may be permanent) and
multiple injuries. Patients may develop physical, mental and emotion
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Disorders
- Alcohol Dependence
- Sedative Hypnotic Dependence
- Opiate Dependence
- Stimulant Dependence
- Marijuana Dependence
- Opiod Depenence
The Recovery Road Drug Abuse and Chemical Dependency Treatment Program
provides structured training and group support to assist patients in
becoming chemically free of mood altering drugs and alcohol. The treatment
program utilizes daily structured activities divided into education
and skills training groups and process groups. Treatment patients utilize
daily thought and mood logs to assist them in learning cognitive behavioral
therapy skills. Patients practice stress management techniques that
include relaxation training as well as learning how to take time out,
share their feelings and concerns and to ask for help. The group modality
assists patients in dealing with the shame and guilt that goes with
alchol or drug addiction.
Patients are expected to also attend 12 step groups, get a sponsor
and work the steps in parallel with the Recovery Road Program. It is
expected that the training the patient receives at Recovery Road will
provide needed skills to assist the patient in progressing through
the 12 steps. Twelve Step participation is emphasized as an essential
part of ongoing recovery.
Patients meet weekly with their program counselor to monitor their
progress towards their goals in their drug and alcohol treatment plan.
One of the Medical Directors also meets with the patients weekly regarding
medication and medical concerns. Patients who are seeing other counselors
and/or psychiatrists may continue their treatment with those providers
during this program.
All patients receive weekly random urine drug testing.
OBJECTIVES OF THE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT
- Abstinence from addictive chemicals unless the patient is on approved
opiate maintenance (such as Suboxone or methadone).
- Acceptance of addiction as a disease for which there is no cure,
but which can be arrested.
- Development of skills such as assertive communication, relaxation
training, drink refusal training, relapse prevention skills.
- Improvement in depression, anxiety and anger.
- When stressed the ability to take time out, share and ask for help.
- Reduction in cognitive distortions which increase dysfunction and
lead to relapse.
- Initiation of long term participation in 12 step programs.
- Involvement of family and friends in recovery from addiction.
TOPICS FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL EDUCATION GROUPS:
- Cycle of change.
- Values: what they value in their life.
- (Pros and Cons) Benefits of Sobriety and negative Consequences
- Physical Addiction and Disease Concept.
- Problem solving.
- Identifying triggers and their management (HALT, anger, anxiety,
- Managing stress.
- Managing criticism.
- The Critical Inner Voice.
- Managing cravings and urges.
- Effective refusals.
- AA and the 12 steps.
- Recommitting after a slip.
- Rewarding my success.
- New ways to enjoy life.
- Identifying Core Beliefs.
- Identifying Cognitive Distortions.
- Challenging negative cognitive distortions.
- Confidence and temptations.
- Proper boundaries in relationship.
- Developing a relationship with self and family.
- Communication, support and honesty in relationship.
- Shame and Stigma of Addiction.
SPECIFIC RECOVERY SKILLS:
- Daily thought and mood recordings.
- Identifying and challenging cognitive distortions.
- Stress management (Time out, sharing, asking for help).
- Drink refusal training.
- Management of craving and urges.
- Assertive communication.
- 12 step program participation and progress in spiritual recovery.