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Holistic Rehabilitation vs. Addiction Treatment

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By January 14, 2019

When discussing life changing, chronic illnesses such a cancer or heart disease, rehabilitation through treatment includes reintroducing a patient back into their life through therapies and counseling, often times requiring a patient to relearn new ways to do previous activities which were no trouble. In essence, it involves repairing the invisible damage the illness can bring. When someone breaks their leg, they are given a wheelchair, later crutches or a walker and may even be required to go through physical training as they heal, none of which actually involving medicine, but help the a person navigate their life with their disability, however permanent or temporary it is.

But what about addiction? Very few illnesses, especially one that’s exploding in numbers within the United States, have the same impact on a person’s entire life as substance use disorders do. Financial ruin, physical decay which can often be permanent, strained and severed relationships between family, friends and significant others, job loss, homelessness; addiction has side effects which are unmatched in scope comparatively next to most other diseases. For this reason, modern approaches to addiction treatment in New Jersey is beginning to steer towards rehabilitation that addresses more than just substance use disorder as a walled-off, tiny set of specific direct features for which treatment is focused and now beginning to include aspects such as social rehabilitation and psychological therapy.

Social rehabilitation can include behavioral therapies outside that which is typically considered rehab for other health problems such as job placement. Because of the stigma that surrounds addiction in the United States that disregards the medical advances and continues to consider it a moral failing, companies institute drug testing and look at drug use criminal history as a risk assessment for hiring, leaving many trying to rebuild their lives without many options for becoming part of productive society as a self supporting individual. Often times addicts will find themselves in prison for their addiction, due in large part to the moral stance the law itself takes on drug use, with possession and purchase constituting a federal crime. Simply obtaining or having heroin, cocaine or meth is grounds for imprisonment, which compounds to the false stigma and hinders job searches after treatment.

Social rehabilitation can also include family therapy. Family relationships are often damage or destroyed by a person’s addiction. Drug use and alcoholism can often put strain on the trust between family members in part from dishonesty that surrounds the use of substances. Money may be siphoned, stolen or simply misused to support the substance use disorder without disclosing it to necessary parties. Someone’s reliability for gatherings and appointments may be highly compromised from the drug’s effects. A person’s behavior while on a controlled substance, especially alcohol and meth to which both which are known to illicit major instabilities in mood, can create tension and emotional hardships with loved ones. Combining all of these can devastate a family and estrange an addict from the life they know.

Holistic rehabs in New Jersey that address these issues in addiction are gaining traction within the medical community and treatment professionals as we learn more and more that addiction is far from being a moral failing but a chronic disease of the brain.

Finding drug rehab in NJ is as easy as calling Discovery Institute at 844-478-6563 if you or someone you know is suffering from the effects of addiction.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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