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Addiction Rehab and Nature Versus Nurture

Root Issues in Addiction Rehab - The Bergand Group

Everyone has something that they do, a vice, that they’ve tried to stop, told themselves that they need to stop, or have been told by others that they ought to curb the behavior.  It may not always be inherently or immediately dangerous to that person or to others, but this is often the case when it comes to issues of drug and alcohol addiction.  Something for everyone involved to understand about addiction rehab is that there can’t be a belief that the patient has “qualities that basically mean something about you is inherently wrong.”

The Root of Struggles Within Addiction Rehab

To tell yourself that you aren’t reaching your set goals within addiction rehab because of personal failings can be detrimental to the process… and is, in fact, untrue.  “These explanations are not supported by research.”  It should be something to celebrate, considering that internal factors are often more difficult to grapple with than external ones, but it takes more than logic or facts to change a person’s mind or way of thinking.

If a person in recovery makes a promise to change, it doesn’t simplify the experience.  In fact, it can put even more strain on him or her because of the disappointment or distress that can be felt if those goals aren’t met, or even if there is growth and success, but not as quickly as they planned.  These destructive habits can be a result of having been “born with a tendency to feel emotions a little more strongly than other people feel emotions.”  Therefore, the increased struggle can likely be contributed largely to biological factors, rather than some personal failing of the individual, which is crucial to understand within addiction rehab.

There are aspects of both “nature” and “nurture” in the efforts needed to push through addiction rehab.  A person’s environment obviously has a huge impact on the speed at which they can create new habits, or their ability to recover at all.  Some examples of these environments include: having grown up in a climate of abuse, criticism, bullying, neglect, or in a place where expressions of emotion are discouraged.  These are known as “invalidating” environments and can create a sense of self-loathing within the patient that makes for some serious roadblocks to recovery.  Consider a person who endured a childhood within one or more of these scenarios and who then found something that could dull or block out those uncomfortable or painful emotions or experiences.  This is a large part of how addiction begins and why these individuals have increased difficulty in addiction rehab; they may have come to rely on “dysregulated behaviors” to overcome and soldier on.

This is dangerous for a number of reasons, but seems so appealing at first try because they seem to offer a short-term “solution.”  The issue is that it’s a lot like a shaken, carbonated soda that’s still unopened, because there is high-pressure chaos just beneath the cap that doesn’t diminish.  To keep shaking the bottle without opening it will only make the problem more explosive once there is too much pressure for it to contain.

Part of the stress of working through addiction rehab is that many people feel as if they have no control over their lives at that point.  This is hardly the case; after all, the patient has to choose, to some degree, to make the change within his or her life.  This feeling may drive them to believe that they are responsible for their addiction when it’s more likely due to a mixture of factors that began beyond their control.  If a person used drugs or alcohol to combat painful experiences, it may be even more difficulty to go without, since it wasn’t just a “bad habit,” but was a coping method.

The most important thing to remember is that there really aren’t any “quick-fixes” for addiction.  Treatment is a process and one that isn’t easy by any means.  However, accepting that you aren’t to blame is the first step toward recovery; you can’t reach that landmark if you believe that something is inherently wrong with you as a person.  For more information about breaking the stigma within addiction rehab in Baltimore and Harford County, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

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At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of 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. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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