Biophysical Rehab = Higher Success Rates
The biophysical rehabilitation method has been around for nearly 40 years, and it has become increasingly popular as people do research to find more successful drug and alcohol rehab alternatives. Specifically, biophysical rehabs have been documented to have by far the highest success rates for long-term recovery. One reason is that they do not use a short-term approach, which is what most 12-step programs offer. Drug addiction is complex and does not typically respond well to a short-term treatment method, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Most people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol need a long-term treatment process. Research conducted by NIDA validates that a minimum of 90 days of treatment is generally needed for a positive outcome.
Unfortunately, the physical component to handling substance abuse is clearly missing in nearly all other forms of alcohol and drug rehab. For this reason, doctors, addiction specialists and research studies are documenting success rates for biophysical therapy that range very commonly in the upper 70 to 80 percent range – which is roughly five times more successful than traditional programs.
Biophysical drug rehab programs do not use a 12-step approach. 12-step programs are organized around the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous, a fellowship organization that began in 1935 to help people stop drinking. The multi-step model requires people to admit that they are powerless over their addiction. This tells the person that they will always have to battle their demons; which this thought process can lead to feelings of hopelessness and often relapse. The 12-step program is not unique to AA. It has been expanded to include Narcotics Anonymous, and a host of other specialized groups meant to address different addictions and compulsions.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there is a lack of research on 12-step models. Scientific American reported that according to Bankole Johnson, a professor of neuroscience at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine, traditional 12-step programs are not much better than spontaneous recovery.
Biophysical rehab programs are a more comprehensive type of treatment regimen. Addressing both the physical and emotional aspect of addiction, this enables the individual to become permanently drug-free. The whole recovery program typically lasts upwards of 90 days, with one of the first stages being a completely holistic biophysical detox. It is important to go through a proper drug detoxification process and withdrawal as part of any type of successful recovery as this addresses the physical cravings at a cellular level.
A non-12 step drug program is the second stage, and is key to addressing the underlying emotional issues at the root of all substance abuse. Biophysical rehabs believe that BOTH the physical health of the individual and the underlying mental aspects of the addiction must be properly treated for long-term rehabilitation success. Drug and alcohol abuse damages the addict physically, mentally and spiritually. Incorporating properly balanced holistic drug rehab treatment with individual drug counseling is the best way to address all three aspects of addiction, according to NIDA.
Why Traditional Rehab is Failing Most Patients
It is a tragedy that today's traditional 28-day rehab model is failing most who have attempted to end their addiction. At best, national studies report 10 to 12 percent efficacy (some studies suggest it is actually much lower). There are two main problems with traditional programs, which are at the root of why most relapse:
- There is no physical component to handling the cravings and underlying physical nature of the compulsion.
- The 12-step disease model is the only therapy received in most of those programs, and as such, people leave with the idea they are powerless and will always struggle with their condition.
Cravings are part of an addict's reality. Without treatment that specifically addresses the cravings, they are unlikely to go away. Cravings are both emotional and physical, and both areas need to be addressed in treatment. Cravings are a learned response to environmental signals, according to Adi Jaffe, Ph.D. Individual counseling is needed for people to understand what triggers their cravings and how to deal with those issues in a healthier manner, than resorting to drugs or alcohol. Cravings are also caused from toxins in drugs and alcohol that are stored in the fatty tissue of the body. Unless the body is cleansed of those toxins through detoxification, they remain within the body and can re-enter the bloodstream, causing physical cravings.
Traditional drug programs teach people that they have a disease of which they are powerless to control and that being an addict is their fate. This causes people to become passive about recovery, which often leads to relapse. These programs don't consider individual needs and concerns. If a person fails or does not make adequate progress in a 12-step program, the person is expected to repeat the steps until they get it right. After a while, the person caught in this cycle of recovery and relapse is likely to just give up. These lesser programs are easier to find than non-twelve step centers, and they are often more affordable. However, the easy way in this case, is not the best way. Those who are serious about ending their drug or alcohol addiction have a much better chance of doing so at a biophysical treatment facility. Many of these inpatient centers have payment plans to make substance abuse treatment affordable, and some insurance policies cover the extended care.
People who believe they can change will take an active role in ending their destructive behavior. By taking a more positive approach and teaching addicts that they can control and end their addiction through holistic recovery, empowers the individual to transform their life. As a result, people return home with much higher recovery rates and without relapsing.
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