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Important reasons why the SRC program is different and more effective includes long-term treatment, intensive physical detoxification to remove the drugs & toxins from the body that cause cravings & relapse, intensive life skills, cognitive therapy and counseling.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Dependence:
Our program methodology aligns with a recognized evidence-based treatment approach known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Substance Dependence. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors more than external things, such as people, one’s surroundings, and events happening around one. The benefit of this approach is that we can change the way we think to feel/act better even if the external situation does not change. The concept is that one is responsible for one’s own condition and life. CBT embraces the scientifically supported assumption that most emotional and behavioral reactions are learned. Therefore, the goal of CBT is to help clients discover the cause of their unwanted reactions to external life problems and to learn new, more responsible and constructive ways of solving problems. The educational emphasis of CBT has an additional benefit—it leads to long term results. When people understand how and why they are doing well, they know what to do to continue doing well.
The 30-day Myth:
Many American’s will admit that they are impatient and have become accustomed to quick fixes, but new evidence is making it very clear that quick isn’t always best when it comes to addiction treatment. Scientific evidence is showing that the longer the treatment program, the better the chances are for lasting sobriety. Many treatment centers across the country are responding to this evidence by extending the length of their programs and encouraging clients to complete their course of treatment. Addiction experts agree that a specified length of stay at a program is not going to work for everyone and that the length of stay should be tailored to meet each client’s specific needs.
Addiction experts agree that longer treatments will result in less relapse and less cycling through 28 to 30 day programs year after year. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 40% to 60% of people relapse after drug treatment.
Where did the 30 day treatment model come from?
This model was never based on medical evidence, says Dr. David Lewis, Vision’s medical director. Lewis, who in the 1970s helped establish the first addiction treatment program in the U.S. Air Force, says 30-day stays were scheduled for bureaucratic reasons — men and women didn’t need to be reassigned if they were away from duty for no more than 30 days. Other treatment centers followed suit, and insurers adopted the standard of 28 or 30 days of inpatient care.
At SRC we have a long-term program that allows the client to fully recover physically from the damage that drugs and alcohol have created over years of abuse; engage in counseling with our Certified Addiction Professionals to uncover the root cause of the drug use; and provide a solid education with our life-skills and cognitive therapy approach which gets the client back in control of his/her own life, without the need to continually “fight” and “overcome” the addiction day after day. After years of drug use, the body isn’t even restored nutritionally and otherwise in only 30 days. It takes longer than that to regain the health and optimum operating state of the body itself which is what our program focuses on in the first 30 days. After the physical cause of cravings have been removed, then we move onto the mental aspect of treatment with the remaining phases of the program.