Addiction is not a character flaw or lack of self-control. Individuals suffering from addiction experience guilt, shame, denial, minimization, and poverty of spirit. They are presently not in their right state of mind. They are not able to make decisions in their own best interests. They may feel lost and hopeless, but any means of escape eludes them.
- opportunity to learn how to live without use of addictive chemicals and behaviors;
- opportunity to develop effective coping skills,
- opportunity to initiate and apply positive behavioral changes,
- opportunity to address individual and family relationships, and
- opportunity to explore issues that may promote and sustain an individual's self-medication with alcohol and other drugs, or other maladaptive behaviors.
Treatment breaks the cycle of addiction and provides an opportunity to learn a new way of living.