Absolutely. Often, addicts have to confront their past to find their future. A common complaint by those people addicted to drugs is that they are trapped by their addiction. Outpatient therapy does many things. One of the positive things that it does is to help people realize that they are not alone. In a group setting, peer-to-peer encouragement helps to motivate people to stay clean. In a more personalized setting, counseling helps people deal with reentry into life as a recovered addict. It is also a place that helps people deal with psychosocial issues brought on by or exposed because of drug or alcohol abuse.
Although the length of substance abuse treatment is often dictated by the quality of insurance coverage, in reality, treatment for substance use disorders is a lifelong endeavor. Like other chronic diseases such as diabetes, the treatment cannot stop just because the ideal therapy is either not covered by insurance or goes to a different category of coverage. The problem is chronic and treatment for the problem is ongoing for the remainder of one's life. Still, one can live a fulfilled life even with a chronic illness.
Relapse happens. To pretend otherwise is misguided. Not every recovered addict relapses, but it does happen. When relapse occurs, we just start over. If the relapse is not significant, then we examine the events that led up to the relapse. We try to understand - together - the warning signs and to build tools that warn of a potential relapse situation. If you have relapsed, it is not the end of the world. It simply means you have to pick yourself up and become clean and sober again. That is not to say that relapse is a good thing. It is not. However, there is a way out and a path to find your way back to being clean.
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