Someone suffering from an addiction to opiates learns much about himself simply from his efforts to quit. Accessing treatment teaches you to explore what and how you’ve been using, what your drugs are doing to your body, and how to handle your cravings. All of those things plus more fall under the heading of discovery. But the rooms, as they say, are for your actual recovery.
Inside the Room of Drug Rehabilitation Programs>
It takes the room where you’ll meet your substance abuse treatment counselor. This is the person who will take you on your discovery journey—exploring the personal issues that brought you to addiction. You can gain insights into a family history or culture that contributes to your use. You’ll learn how to adjust the relationships you have with the people in your world so that you can remain drug free and have positive interactions with them.
It takes the room where you’ll participate in group counseling. Many doctors who provide Suboxone or buprenorphine treatment for opiate addiction from their private offices fail to offer this important aspect of treatment, and that’s why a clinic offers better options. It’s important to sit down as part of a group of people who share many of the same issues as you. Group members learn to support one another, challenge one another, and learn from one another. Typically you won’t find that kind of therapeutic interaction in a doctor’s office, and the staff in buprenorphine clinics will manage all aspects of your health while you’re in treatment.
It takes the room, the many rooms, where you’ll join others for therapy or support groups such as 12-step meetings. Those meetings are an important part of your therapy. It’s discouraging that many AA and NA groups have been reported to look down on people involved in medication-assisted treatment, because there simply aren’t enough Methadone Anonymous groups. But keep trying groups available in your area until you find the right one—especially AA, because they most often will embrace you if you simply want to stop using your substance of choice.
Those are the rooms where you will find recovery, because the longer you participate the better you’ll become at articulating the symptoms that lead to relapse.