Eliminating Compulsive Behaviors During Treatment

Eliminating Compulsive Behaviors During Treatment

Becoming aware of things that can be unhealthy for you during the treatment process is an important realization. When people enter a substance use disorder treatment program, one of their primary purposes is to stop the compulsive desire to use addictive substances. This is accomplished by medical detoxification along with participating in the therapy provided by the inpatient treatment center. Once a person has eliminated the addictive substances from their body, they begin to look at other areas of their life that need improving. Sometimes it is related to nutritional support, physical exercise, healing relationships, anger problems, increasing one’s self-esteem, and a host of other possible addiction-related problems.

An inpatient treatment program provides an opportunity to re-set the brain chemistry that has been harmed by using addictive substances. Once a person begins to achieve a clear mind away from addictive substances, they often notice other problems or difficulties that need to be addressed. Compulsive behaviors are an area of major concern for individuals in treatment because of the tendency to allow a compulsive behavior to disrupt a person’s recovery. Some compulsive behaviors can disrupt the treatment process and the recovery process. Once these behaviors surface, they can lead a person back into the relapse process. So, it’s vital that individuals in treatment learn to identify compulsive behaviors and how to deal with them appropriately.

Compulsive Behaviors

Compulsive behaviors can produce intense excitement for people that are new to treatment and recovery. The emotional release produced by certain compulsive behaviors can produce pain and discomfort. These compulsive behaviors can disrupt an individual’s thinking, imagination, and feelings. Many experience disruptions with their ability to work, play and communicate with others because of the preoccupation with compulsive behavior. For this reason, it is important that when a person is in an addiction treatment program that they learn about compulsive behaviors and how to prevent them from disrupting their treatment and recovery.

Common Compulsive Behaviors

  • Eating/Dieting
  • Eating foods high in sugar
  • Avoiding Responsibilities
  • Sex
  • Escape
  • Drinking a lot of caffeine
  • Increasing smoking or nicotine products
  • Gambling
  • Spending too much money
  • Exercising to the extreme
  • Thrill Seeking
  • Working all the time

During treatment, an individual will need to explore any compulsive behaviors that are not productive and eliminate those behaviors that cause pain or distract an individual from achieving their sobriety goals. Developing positive outlets is extremely important. An example of a healthy outlet without alcohol or drugs would be developing a healthy exercise routine.

Summer Sky Treatment Programs

Medical Detoxification Program

Summer Sky can help those individuals that need immediate detox from either alcohol or drugs. Summer Sky offers detoxification services for anyone in the State of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas, and the United States as a whole. People travel from all around Texas and across the United States to utilize our addiction treatment centers. We are a National Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program. Our medical detox program only uses FDA approved medications to help people deal with withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification process. Our 24-hour a day medically supervised detox program can help people detoxify from any addictive substance.

What is detoxification?

Very simply, detoxification is a set of interventions that are aimed at managing the acute intoxication and withdrawal syndrome that people experience when they stop using addictive substances. During the detox process, an individual is cleared from toxins from the body and addictive substances are eliminated from the body while managing and monitoring withdrawal symptoms. Some individuals will require help with the acute effects of chemicals that cause intoxication or dependence on addictive substances. The Detoxification process will seek to minimize the physical harm caused by using either alcohol or addictive substances. During the detox process, a trained medical detox program will help the individual by managing the acute life-threatening intoxication and any other medical problems.

Inpatient Treatment Programs & Compulsive Behaviors

As previously discussed, inpatient treatment programs will help people become free from addictive substances, and once the acute withdrawal process is finished, people move into an inpatient treatment program to finish their treatment. It is during the inpatient treatment phase that people look at the causes and conditions of their alcohol or drug-related problems. If an individual discovers that other compulsive behaviors are also causing them problems, then they will work with a personal addiction counselor during inpatient treatment to deal with this problem. The counseling staff will help them discover solutions to help them move past any compulsive behaviors.

Compulsive Behaviors can contribute to Relapse

Eliminating compulsive behaviors from a person’s life will help in preventing relapse. People have been known to use compulsive behaviors to keep their minds off uncomfortable feelings that they should be sharing with either treatment professionals or their recovery support team. In addition to compulsive behaviors, some people get stuck in old, rigid, and self-defeating ways of thinking and acting when the compulsive behaviors stop working. So, learning positive outlets versus using compulsive behaviors is always better than engaging in compulsive behaviors. In treatment, an individual will learn how to interrupt compulsive behaviors and design plans to intervene in the relapse process to prevent a future relapse into active drinking or using addictive substances.

Do you need help with either an alcohol or drug problem?

If you or a loved one needs help with an alcohol or drug problem? You can contact Summer Sky for medical detoxification, inpatient treatment, residential treatment, or intensive outpatient treatment 24-hours a day 7-days a week. Our addiction treatment programs are licensed by the State of Texas and accredited by The Joint Commission. We can be reached by calling 1-888-857-8857.

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