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Rethinking Rehab

Both the word and the concept of rehab are often associated with negative connotations. Part of the reason is the idea that the fact that a person is going to rehab is a bad thing. That rehab is something they had to do, whether as a result of the judicial system or the fact that their life became so consumed by substance abuse that it spiraled out of control. The other reason rehab has negative connotations ascribed to it is because of a misunderstanding of what rehab actually involves. Many associate rehab with a rigid, almost prison-like environment, a corrections facility. In fact, many of these preconceived notions of rehab are nothing like what rehab actually is.

The idea that going to rehab is a bad thing is mistaken. Making the choice to go to rehab is easily the most difficult action an addict can make. It is also the bravest choice an addict can make, because it shows that he or she is committed to making a fundamental change in their lifestyle for the better. Not only are they making this choice for themselves, but they are also making it for all of their friends and family, who want to see them get help. Often, hearing that someone has gone to rehab elicits a response that focuses on the severity and grave nature of their situation, when in fact, if you consider that they are seeking help, it should elicit a positive response and hope for the future.

The misconceptions of rehab as an environment similar to that of a corrections facility has much to do with the fact that many people have never been to rehab. Rehab is not a place that focuses on corrections or punishment for substance abuse. The goal of rehab is treatment, and a fundamental part of this treatment involves acceptance of the fact that ones substance abuse problems are out of their own control, and the willingness to overcome this. Rehab programs involve therapy and counseling and a profound concern for mental health. By recognizing rehab for what it is, we can create a connotation that encourages more people with substance abuse problems to seek treatment, and for their friends and family to encourage them to do so.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism or alcohol abuse, there is help available. At The Bergand Group in Baltimore, MD our therapists have over twenty years’ experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. To speak with someone at our office, please call us at 410-853-7691.

About The Bergand Group:

The Bergand Group is located in Lutherville, MD under the careful supervision of Dr. John Steinberg and Dr. Paul Giannandrea. The pair has created a true Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment program in The Bergand Group. Two complimentary doctors to provide a setting in which patients can be treated and in which clinicians can work that embodies the core principles Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Giannandrea have held to in over 25 years of practice to form the Bergand Group.

As the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders requires addressing each patient’s individual needs, the ability to individualize that treatment is essential. The Bergand Group offers varying levels of intensity in outpatient services, both individual and group. Efforts are made to match clients with appropriate therapists. Pharmacologic therapy, drug monitoring and prescribing, use of antagonist and blocking agents, buprenorphine- both detox and maintenance, are offered.

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