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Why Hasn't Addiction Treatment Worked for Me?

Even though millions of people struggle with substance use disorder (SUD), many are unable to find addiction treatment that works. Fortunately, comprehensive and diverse treatment is seeing a rise in popularity, allowing people to find more suitable methods.

Low Treatment Attendance

Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that only 13% of people with drug use disorders actually received any treatment. Out of the millions of people experiencing SUDs, this number is astronomically low.

Outdated Addiction Treatment Models

SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 35 suggests that addiction treatment doesn’t work for many because of a lack of motivation for change. While this may be true, there are many other factors that contribute to the issue. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), traditional views see abstinence as the “sole aim and only valid outcome of addiction treatment.” Unfortunately, it’s difficult to maintain abstinence when you have a chronically-relapsing condition like SUD.

Unwillingness to Continue Treatment

The NIDA mentions that relapse is common, yet these setbacks “may still be regarded by family, friends, communities, and even physicians as failures, resetting the clock of recovery to zero.” Even for those who go to voluntary treatment, the many rules can make it seem like you’re in jail or on parole. The NIDA points out that some programs will even expel patients for producing positive urine samples.

Need for Change

According to the NIDA, the current addiction crisis “demands out-of-the-box thinking.” No two people are the same, and neither are their struggles with SUD. For example, many SUDs are caused by traumatic experiences in life. In recent years, quality treatment centers have been offering more programs to help you fully heal from trauma and other causes of addiction.

Individualized and Diverse Treatment at The Guest House

At The Guest House, we offer an abundance of treatment options. These will allow you to find what works best for your unique needs. We understand that addiction is a disease that needs more than just surface-level therapy or simple medication.

While we do employ traditional therapies in our programs, we also offer many non-traditional methods. These can help you get to the root of your addiction. Modalities like sound healing, somatic therapy, and breathwork can help you move stuck trauma out of your body, allowing you to finally feel free.

You may also want to consider outdoor remedies, like exercise or equine and adventure therapy. Getting fresh air and taking care of your health can work wonders along your journey of recovery. If traditional treatment hasn’t worked for you in the past, there are many other options that will give you the confidence you need to find lasting sobriety and joy in your life.

Traditional addiction treatment models often utilize an abstinence-based approach. These models are outdated and do not fully heal addiction as the chronic disease that it is. At The Guest House, we offer many non-traditional approaches to treatment, along with traditional therapies and psychiatric care. Therapies like meditation, breathwork, yoga, and music healing can help you process the root cause of your addiction and stuck trauma in your body. Our many methods will allow you to create your own recovery toolkit with the practices that work best for your individual needs and goals. Call us today at (855) 483-7800.