Community Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

Whether we live alone in a busy city, or in the midst of a huge family in a small rural town, we are all part of a community. America was created as separate but equal parts of a larger community, and despite efforts to isolate ourselves (the Internet) we still thrive in these types of settings.

Community drug and alcohol rehab programs operate along this line of thinking. Individuals enter these residential addiction treatment programs, and gain strength and support from living side-by-side with other recovering addicts.

It is a simple formula, but one that works quite well for those recovering addicts who respond favorably to the setting.

What is a Community Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center?

Community addiction treatment is a program that places special emphasis on the group as a whole. In these types of rehab center, the individual is strengthened by extensive interaction with a larger group. How? The process works because individuals living with addiction generally do so in isolation. They are secretive about their addiction – and don’t share their feelings or concerns with others.

Take this person and put them in a strong group setting and suddenly you will see them blossom. Many people experience breakthroughs when they hear about the experiences of others. Suddenly, they find out that there are other people just like them who are going through a similar set of circumstances!

Group Counseling and Community Drug Rehab

Drug rehab counseling represents the core of most drug rehab programs – and when the individual is not engaged in one-on-one meetings with their therapist, chances are they are in group therapy. There are a number of benefits to group counseling in a community setting, including:

  • Support. The individuals in a regular group therapy meeting form an almost immediate support structure. They listen to one and other and share experiences and understanding. This is the kind of support that most addicts don’t believe could ever be possible when they are suffering with addiction.
  • Release. Sometimes, just talking about your problems with other people can lead to significant breakthroughs. Group counseling makes this possible by giving every recovering addict in the session a forum to make their opinion heard.
  • Honesty. Talking openly and honestly about an alcohol or drug addiction does not come easy for many people – yet it is an essential part of achieving wellness. Group therapy is the first chance many recovering addicts have to be honest with others – and themselves.