Addiction is viewed as a family disease as every member of the family is impacted by their loved one’s addiction.
Family involvement is a vital part of successful treatment. Families can be assured that they will receive weekly updates from the client’s case manager, through phone sessions, if the family is out of the area. There are also written exercises, as well as face to face family and individual family sessions.
Depending on the client’s individualized treatment plan, family involvement will vary. Families are always welcome to help participate in programming. At Sobertec, we believe that family involvement is one of the most important components in the process of healing. Family therapy at Sobertec focuses on building a structure of support for the client after they leave our center. We also concentrate on the value of supporting family members in their healing process as well as recovery from the effects that the addiction had on him or her.
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon participation is highly recommended. Both, are support groups for persons that have a loved one that struggles with addiction and/or alcoholism and are the the perfect introduction to family support programs.
Sobertec is a luxurious treatment center with the focus on recovery for each and every individual. The helpful staff encourages you to keep in touch with them on the challenges and successes of recovery. At Sobertec, clients complete the program with feelings of excitement, new confidence, as well as a strong base for continual sobriety.
Drug addiction is considered a brain disease due to the fact that drugs alter the brain through changing its structure and how it works. In addition, these changes in the brain can last for a long time.
Source: From the laboratories of Drs. N. Volkow and H. Schelbert
Addiction does, in fact, function as a disease, in that it attacks the mid-brain resulting in neurological dysfunction. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) “addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” When the brain’s circuitry is dysfunctional, it impacts an individual not only on a biological level but also on a psychological and social level as well. It also has a consistent set of symptoms, such as distorted thinking, impaired decision making or ability to recognize a growing problem, physiological substance dependence, and craving. According to ASAM, addiction is a progressive disease and without the active participation in a recovery-based program, addiction can result in permanent disability or premature death.