If you’ve made the decision to find an addiction treatment center for a drug or alcohol addiction, you’ve taken a tough and important step. Selecting a residential addiction treatment center or non-residential treatment center with programs that cater to your specific needs will give you the resources and support to follow through on your commitment to overcome drug or alcohol addiction.
How an Addiction Treatment Center Provides Motivation
Admitting you need help with addiction is a difficult thing to do, says Alexandre Laudet, PhD, director of the Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery (C-STAR) at the National Development & Research Institutes in New York City. Many treatment centers provide counseling that helps reinforce the importance of this step.
“What’s important is fostering motivation to stay in treatment. There are interview techniques that counselors use to get the person to see that they have a problem,” and this recognition can often encourage people to continue treatment, Dr. Laudet notes.
The next challenge for the addiction treatment center is creating an environment in which addicts feel comfortable, she says. “The person has to feel that continuing to come to this program is going to be to their benefit.”