The Goal Of Addiction Treatment

751 WordsNov 13, 20154 Pages
When the goal of addiction treatment is to provide a behavioral change, it is beneficial to challenge the thought process of the individual. Clarifying thoughts can be substantial in the therapeutic process. Essentially, partaking in this activity can increase the chances of relapse prevention, and increase the likeliness of recovery. I visited the Phoenix house on a Sunday evening for an AA meeting. The set up was in a small room that had chairs shaped in a circular formation. I quickly spotted out who seemed to be the leader of the group. He was quite understanding, yet abrasive. He told me that I was able to sit in, and it might be better for me to sit closer to him. For some odd reason, I was anxious and a little nervous to be there. Not necessarily scared of the situation, but I didn’t know what others would think of me. It was that moment when I realized that others around me share this same feeling. I observed the people skimming the room seeking comfort in something or someone. As I attempted to mingle, this lady stopped me to compliment my shoes. We talked for maybe 15 minutes about the reason why we were both here. I told her that this was my first time, and she congratulated me on coming to see how everything goes here. She explained of the differences between having people there through the process verses trying to quit on without guidance. She shared with me the harsh reality of addiction. She stated, “I couldn’t help it. It was like the drinks were calling out
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